Last Sunday I had the pleasure of attending Sacramento’s first-ever Northern Ambition gathering. Creativepreneurs and bloggers from Northern California, mainly Sacramento, gathered to mingle and learn from one another. Although I’ve been getting more into the blogging network scene, this was unlike anything I’d experienced so far. In larger cities, there are blogger conferences galore, so it was a treat to have a mini, intimate one right here in our own backyard. To name just a few of the activities, we learned photography techniques to make your Instagram photos look more beautiful and professional from Bounjour Miss Mary, branding advice from Wild Ink Press, and all about the benefits of matcha tea from Ful-Filled.
Turns out my girl Susan Yee of En Pointe Photography has a knack for typography too!
Nicolette, co-founder of City Scout, is no stranger to crafting! We did some crafting for the holidays last year.
Everyone practiced with the same outline of the word, “create,” but experimented with different approaches to color and blending. Water colorist Haley Lyons advised us to first fill in the word with just water, then fill it with the color to encourage it to swirl around and move organically.
Rebecca Plumb and Meghan Phillips of The Honey Agency blew us all away with an incredibly honest and invaluable talk on how their agency was hatched and how it’s developed over the years. Loved hearing how they depend on their core values to guide them through projects and client acquisition.
Lindsay Ashcraft, one of the organizers, was snapping photos around the clock. I love her Instagram account!
Oh hey, it’s Say Hey Girl and Politely Wild of the Cap City Blogger Network! These ladies challenged us to find one word that describes us or our blog that sets us apart from everyone else. It’s actually really hard! The assignment sort of sent me into a panicked thought pattern, until I looked at my Instagram feed and it came to me! I struggle with the message behind my blog, finding that one thing I’m really about, but suddenly I realized that there is a “musicality” to everything I do. My style is influenced by music, I’ve always covered music for various publications, I love to dance and move my body and hopefully, there’s a musicality to the way I write. We’ll see – I still have to give it some more thought. But I was ecstatic to make some headway there.
All in all, an awesome event that led to new friendships and a renewed energy to find my voice. If you missed this one, no fret – the Northern Ambition ladies are planning monthly meet-ups. Follow me on Twitter for dates!