Being a Girl Boss can look like a lot of different things. It can look like a stay at home mom, it can look like a direct sales/MLM consultant, it can look like a straight outta college entrepreneur, or a middle aged empty nester trying to find her purpose again, a blogger, and so on. I've been a 'Girl Boss' since 2009 when I really started digging into my music career. I quickly found out that you had to really sell yourself, talk yourself up, make the rounds, put on a face, and truly believe you were the next best thing. I wasn't (still am not) good at ANY of that. I wasn't any good at the hustle. I wasn't good at playing the game. I guess I had what you called, a lot of 'heart'. I purposefully would NOT talk about myself in regards to music as to not draw attention to myself (and maybe that was my biggest flaw and at the same time my greatest gift). But I LOVED the music, the industry, the business. I lived and breathed music row like it was a part of me.
If you take any minute at all to scan social media, one of the most popular words you see being used in the Girl Boss world is 'hustle'. But does anyone ever stop and look up what that word actually means?
to crowd or push roughly, to convey forcibly, to sell or promote energetically and aggressively, to shove, to hurry, to hasten, energetic activity....
These are just a few of the definitions that are listed under the word 'hustle' in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Do any of these definitions give off a positive vibe?
I've never been a fan of this word. To me, it sounds "pushy", leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and comes across as disingenuous. Not to say that "energetic activity" isn't needed to run and propel your business especially when starting up, but in all reality, the rest of the definitions are not becoming. The idea of hustle stirs up chaos, and clutter, and all sorts of mind clouding activity.
Let's take at the word that is typically paired with hustle; heart.
the emotional or moral nature as distinguished from the intellectual nature: such as a generous disposition, courage or enthusiasm especially when maintained during a difficult situation, one's innermost character.
You aren't your hustle. You are your HEART. Your why, your how, YOU are enough. So, take that breather, don't push yourself too hard, give yourself grace. You are enough. No hustle needed.
The Pop Ups are amazing and fun, but our favorite part of GBE is the community that is being created with amazing Girl Bosses and the friendships that we see forming! Our monthly mixers are such a fun and relaxed time for us to get together, chat about life in general, and just be.
Our February mixer was at Cavu Coffee in West Chester where some of the members were able to come together casually and enjoy coffee, company and a Galentine's Photo Booth! Our favorite part was "speed dating" Girl Boss style where we got to know the members a little better than before!
We LOVE getting to know our Girl Bosses better each month! If you are interested in joining in on the fun, please send us a message or head over to our membership page for more information!
Photos: Emma McMahan Photography.
So, our sweet spot is creating and hosting events to bring our Girl Boss community together as well as showcasing their businesses to the consumers in the area. We've had two "generic" pop ups and are now embarking on our first themed pop up. We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting a one of a kind Bridal Pop Up event in the Cincinnati area!
And, I know what you may be thinking...why should I go? What makes GBE Bridal Pop Up different from the other dozens of Bridal shows in the area. Well, let me give a few reasons of how we are different and why should you come!
REASON #1: We pride ourselves on having intimate pop ups. Because: 1. Who wants to feel like cattle? and 2. we LOVE seeing the connection the community makes with THE BEST women owned businesses in the area. You actually have time to chat with the Girl Bosses who own the businesses represented as well as shop their goods right then and there, AND get ideas for your big day (or just life in general)!
REASON #2: Our pop ups tend to have the feel of a party or modern market, if you will, rather than a craft fair or expo. Our Bridal Pop Up will be no exception. We have SO many exciting things happening during the day that will make it worth your while to pop in, even if you are already married, proud and single, or actually a bride-to-be.
REASON #3: $10 gets you in the door, but that's not all it will get you.
REASON #4: It's going to be a good time. It just is. Trust us on this one.
In the coming weeks, we'll be blogging a bit more about the event and what you can expect, who you can see, meet, and chat with, and ALL THE THINGS that will be going on during the Pop Up!
So, when you hear the term "Girl Boss" what pops into your head? A "fempreneur" who gives ALL her energy to the hustle, never stops, comes across as perfect, has it all together, and thinks that girls are better than boys?
Well, you won't find that person here.
Hopefully, you've had a chance to read 'the story' about how and why Girl Boss Events was started. If not, head on back before you read any further! Here at GBE you'll find real, raw, non-perfect, encouraging, non judgmental, team players, who believe in self-care and refilling our own buckets while navigating the waters of entrepreneurism.
On my desk, there is a ceramic piece that reads, 'GIRL BOSS: vision to see obstacles as opportunities'.
And that's exactly what I think a Girl Boss is. Someone who can take an obstacle or situation in life, find the idea within that and turn that idea into an opportunity.
The Girl Boss life isn't easy, it isn't for all, but for those of us who have chosen to walk the road of starting up our own businesses, it truly is a wonderful thing to find a group of like-minded women who can cheer each other on without feeling like what they have to offer isn't good enough.
So here's to those living the Girl Boss life and struggling to find balance, hope, rest, peace, and a sense of humor when we feel like we should just give up.
Our Holiday Pop Up was filled with Joy, Peace, and LOTS of Love! On November 10th, we held our first Holiday Pop Up at Sabin Hall + Unity Chapel at The Liberty Center in Liberty Township, Ohio. We always say that we have the BEST Girl Bosses at our Pop-Ups and this event was no exception. We had over 30 Girl Bosses that brought their Holiday cheer to the Pop Up and it was such a joy to see the rooms filled with such light!
We had some amazing sponsors that helped us pull off such an amazing event! In Sabin Hall, we had a kids area provided by Sweet Petite Seating, where the kids could enjoy their donuts and create a Holiday craft. Cavu Coffee came and provided amazing hot chocolate and coffee while The Donut House sponsored a donut bar for our guests and Girl Bosses,
Over in Unity Chapel, Collective Charm + Winnie James Co. sponsored pieces for The Crystal Collection to create an amazing photo booth set up for guests to enjoy. JScoFoto brought along Queso to provide our guests with a souvenir from the Pop Up!
We had such a fantastic turn out from the community and we want to thank you for coming out to shop and support local Girl Bosses and their small businesses. Take a look at some of the magic that was captured by Emma McMahan Photography!