In an age where social distancing is a thing, virtual conferences are on the rise. A company I’ve grown to love – The Hollis Co – put on the RISE Healthy & Happy conference recently and I had a chance to attend. If you haven’t heard of them, don’t worry, I’ll fill ya in.
Rachel Hollis is the brains behind The Hollis Co. She’s a woman that motivates, inspires and encourages people all around the world to be their best self. I’ve followed Rachel (and other members of The Hollis Co.) for quite some time now. For some reason, she breaks me down to my core. . .in a great way. I feel inspired to be a better person each time I listen to her, a podcast from The Hollis Co. or attend one of her conferences. The RISE Healthy & Happy virtual conference and the speaker lineup was top notch. I want to share with you some of my biggest takeaways from this conference in hopes that they inspire you to follow these leaders and make your personal growth a priority, just like I have.
During conferences, Rachel says so many things that move me. But two things stuck out:
- You need to generate your own energy. – The is something Brendon Burchard says a lot and I love when I hear it because it’s true. During conferences Rachel will at any point in time say “5, 4, 3, 2, 1” and the DJ starts playing dance music and YOU DANCE! Those few moments of dancing generate energy and make you more focused to continue the day.
- Healthy is NOT about your looks. – Rachel said to celebrate your body instead of shame it, love your body as it is right now and be proud of everything you’ve done. When she said this, I looked back at my life and realized just how far I’ve come. I realized that although I’m not where I want to be, I’ve come along way and need to be happy for all that I’ve done.
I didn’t know Trent Shelton until I started following The Hollis Co. His energy is like none other. He makes (and takes) no excuses and is constantly working on improving his life. The thing that Trent said that stuck out to me the most is FACTS OVER FEELINGS. When I heard Trent say this, it brought me back to my science roots. Feelings help guide us and lead us one way or the other. Facts, though, give us the raw truth that we can follow to grow and take true, honest action.
When I first heard Stacey Flowers speak, I was immediately connected to her. Her thoughts on self-care and mental health hit home for me. Stacey talked about trust and how we need to succumb to trusting what comes to us. We need to be grateful for what we have around us, we need to think about the thoughts we have and how they affect us and those around us, we need to give ourselves grace because we are all doing the very best we can in this crazy world.
I absolutely LOVE what Kelly LeVeque stands for and how she teaches the world about food. Kelly says something that I connect with on so many levels – Consistency will ALWAYS outpace fad diets. This one statement is so simple yet so powerful. The world is all about diets and being skinny and being healthy is so much more important. When it comes to eating, have foods that make you feel good and if you’re going to make changes, start with just one thing.
Wow! This man moved me to tears. Nick Vujicic is a man that was born with no arms and no legs. I related to him in regards to his suicide journey and he said three things that made me cry like a baby:
- If you tried to commit suicide and made it, think about what you would have missed. – When I think back about my suicide journey, I realize I would have missed a lot. Nick made me realize I’m still here and I survived for a reason.
- Don’t get stuck in the muck. – We all have struggles and challenges in our lives and some of those challenges last a while. But those are the times we have the biggest opportunity to learn and grow.
- Failure is your classroom. – A lot of people (including me) don’t like to fail. As a perfectionist, failing is like the worst of the worst for me. But Nick says to use the failure and learn from it. Examine what happened, what you did, what you could have done and use what you learn to grow.
Dave Hollis is the guy to follow if you want to know about accountability. He has changed his life and grown to the person he is today because he got out of his own way and decided to change. Dave gave us two questions to ask ourself:
- What do I need right now for who I am becoming?
- How do you feel about yourself when you’re by yourself?
These two questions help you determine what you need around you to continue your growth, what actions you need to take to continue on your journey and if you need to make adjustments so you can be happy and healthy. These are questions we all need to ask of ourself.
Once a monk, now an author and coach, Jay Shetty teaches how being present, using meditation and finding your purpose can lead you to enlightenment. Two things he said stood out to me:
- Location has energy, but time has memory. – When he refers to location, he is talking about the spaces you go to in your home or around town. The spaces in your home should give you energy and serve a purpose. The time to spend in those spaces is what your subconscious mind will remember.
- Every day for at least 5 minutes, we must take TIME. – T for thankfulness that we have in our day, I for something that inspires us, M for meditation and moments of peace and E for exercise and daily movement.
These speakers moved me to keep going, push through the hard times and the chaos and live my life with passion. Attending conferences like RISE Healthy & Happy inspire me and keep me on the right path. I try to attend at least two a year in order to keep up with my personal development journey. Whether in-person or virtual, you get out what you put in at these events and I promise you, if you’re focused and committed, you will reap the benefits.
On my Instagram today, I asked fellow attendees of the conference to give me their biggest takeaway. If you’re reading this and you attended RISE Healthy & Happy, I want you to give me your biggest takeaway in the comments. Sharing even just one thing will help you connect with other like-minded people and possibly even inspire someone else that reads this post.