1. Aging is a gift.
We attended Rebecca Casciano’s Aging Beautifully session and got the chance to be part of her Sacred Beauty Bar, where attendees got makeup touch-ups with VERT Beauty and more. But what stood out to us about her session was her reminder to put “aging” into context. The media and big makeup and skincare brands are targeting us with the anti-aging message nearly 24/7. The truth is that to be “aging” is to be alive! Rebecca highlighted radical self-love and acceptance as a necessary part of our beauty routines, and we were so happy to get that reminder.
2. Notice what’s making you “sick.”
Yogi, author and podcast host Kathryn Budig spoke about happiness from the main stage with her podcast co-host Kate Fagan. The quote that most stuck with us was, “Notice what we’re worshipping and how it’s making us sick. Dispose of that thing.” It’s not a new concept, but the way she said it put it into perspective. We have to examine ourselves and pay attention in order to be happy. We actually have control over our happiness and we can make daily choices to live a fuller, happier life.
3. Red lipstick is a chi tonic.
Sandra Landshin Chui gave us so much to think about in the context of self-care. Not only did she remind us that red lipstick can be a complete mood booster, she also reframed our concept of self-care: “Self-care is an awareness state where you remember yourself.” So, you don’t have to get a professional facial or massage to be taking care of yourself (even though we love and support those things!). Just listening to yourself and being aware of your body and mind’s needs is (sometimes radical) self-care.
4. We’re not supposed to fit in; we’re supposed to stand out.
Keynote speaker Agapi Stassinopoulos shared SO. MANY. gems that we could write a whole book on her wisdom. “Don’t want more. Want to become more.” “Comparison is an addiction to losing.” “Align with your soul’s purpose.” “Love YOU a lot.” (We could go on.) She imparted so much love and knowledge and compassion to the group and we’re grateful for her inspiring, funny and thoughtful presence. Here’s one last nugget from her: “I release the need to be more, have more, do more to be fulfilled. I am enough, just the way I am.” Swoon.
5. We’re walking experiments. Keep testing.
Speaker, doula and wellness expert (who was named one of Oprah’s Supersoul 100 Teachers) Latham Thomas was yet another inspiring speaker from the main stage. Her theme was a shot to the heart: Nobody has all the answers FOR YOU. You have to be your own advocate and design your life about what works for you. It was a gentle permission to listen acutely to your body, to ensure you’re doing what is best for you. On repeat.