WS picThis is my second year speaking at the W.E.L.L. Summit, an incredible event focused on Wellness, Education, Leadership, and Luxury and it is absolutely one of my favorite events of the year. Here’s why—as well as my top 3 tips on how to make the most when you attend.

3 Reasons I’m Excited to Speak at the W.E.L.L. Summit:

  1. I love living WELL. From what I put IN my body, to what I put ON my body (from products to clothing) I try to make conscious choices.  I try to eat well, clean green, exercise, floss, and meditate…but I can’t know about allllll the products and all the things. So I trust the W.E.L.L. Summit, and its founder, Boston’s Best Wellness Guru, Gianne Doherty, to introduce me to brands I want to know about.

Here’s how the W.E.L.L. Summit has directly impacted me:

What you put IN your body: I met Nectar & Green, a local, organic, handmade in small batches (and delivered to your door!) almond milk company at the W.E.L.L. Summit last year. Turns out, the founder lives in my neighborhood…but I would’ve never known about them if they hadn’t catered the WELL Summit’s tea bar. Ditto for Wedderspoon Honey, a honey company doing things in a whole new way that I believe in and want to support (also it’s delicious) 🙂

What you put ON your body: I met my fellow presenter Josh Rosebrookhttp://joshrosebrook.com/ when I sat in on his mediation session. I fell in love with his beautiful spirit. Turn’s out, he also has a world-known, award-winning hair and skincare line. Wha…?! Yes, Josh has been featured in Vanity Fair, W, Marie Claire, and has been hyped by Alicia Silverstone (vegan beauty extraordinaire…but I met him and his fair trade, organic, beautifying products at the W.E.L.L. Summit. After the Summit, I went to Josh’s website and read his manifesto. It actually brought tears to my eyes. His organic products ensure that everyone in the chain of production–from who grows and harvests the products, to how they’re made–are given a fair living wage, and sustainably, responsibly sourced. These are products that not only make my hair look great, they are also a chance for me to vote for my wallet for a brand that I believe makes the world a better place. It doesn’t get any better than that.

2. I can’t know how to do ALL the things…and I don’t have to

I’m a writer, speaker, and yoga teacher. I am a great home chef, an excellent advice giver, and a mom to a rescue mutt who is the love of my life.  I am NOT, however, a social media maven. Social media isn’t intuitive to me. I feel like I never know what to post. So I wasted no time in sitting in on my fellow presenter Ksenia Avdulova’s How to Crack Social Media Code. Ksenia is the founder of the super successful Breakfast Criminals. I learned…a lot. And I left feeling confident. Takeaway: Step outside your comfort zone. I learn a lot from my fellow presenters!

3: It’s a chance to meet industry leaders across all sorts of topics.

Leaders like Josh, Ksenia, and Siobhan O’Connor, co-author of the natural beauty bible and blog No More Dirty Looks. O’Connor’s blend of science and spirituality is right up my alley. I want to back my practice up with facts. Plus I love to connect with kick-ass female authors! I’m also looking forward to meeting Cyndie Spiegel, another kick-ass speaker leading sessions on overcoming fear and the imposter syndrome. I know from leading workshops that fear is the #1 thing that holds people back. So I know Cyndie’s session is going to free attendees from the fears that hold them back, and if her Instagram posts are anything to go by, it’s going to rock! These are only a sample of the incredible variety of awesome and inspiring leaders presenting all sorts of awesomeness!

3 Tips to make the most of attending:

  1. Go with an open mind and an open heart.
    I love the W.E.L.L. Summit because being there is truly an authentic, open-hearted experience. That’s because that’s the tone set at the top. This is a safe place to be vulnerable. Go in with that attitude, talk to people—attendees and presenters—we’re all looking to connect.
  2. Seek to serve
    Think about what you bring to the table and offer it up. One thing I notice about networking is that people often come in with an “ask” first. Friends, I promise you will receive more if you lead with giving. An attitude of generosity is much more magnetic than an attitude of need.
  3. Diversify your schedule.
    There is truly tantalizing array of classes—mix it up! From Meditation with Josh and also the OMazing Lauren Ash of Black Girl in OM, (creating a meditation play list? I am RSVPing Y-E-S!) to  how to decrease inflammation, learn about fertility, to how to take professional level photos (I will be sitting in on Kristen Kellogg‘s sesh for SURE!), to Where in the OM Am I? (ahem), to how to view beauty in a whole new way at Rebecca Casciano’s Sacred Beauty Salon (I sat in last year!) and sooooo much more, this is your chance to get a well-rounded, full experience of the topics that matter most to you.Open your heart, open your mind, and come join us.

Oct. 21-22, New York City. Tickets: wellsummit.org

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