After attending W.E.L.L. Summit, she came home and started simple by doing one thing: investing in a personal trainer. She started getting fit, indulging in self care, taking pride in food prep and nourishing her body. One thing led to another and new perspective brought clarity. It shed a light on the less-than choices she didn’t even realize she was making. This snowballed. Just one year later, she left a life partner, made new friends, moved and is currently up for an amazing new job. Best of all? She is happy now.
This is a true story of one of my friends who attended W.E.L.L. Summit with me. What was the catalyst you may ask? A W.E.L.L. Summit talk where a fellow woman looked her in the eye and said, “You need to put yourself first.” And she did. Isn’t this amazing!? I think about this friend often and revel in her strength and tenacity.
After attending W.E.L.L. for three years now I can tell you without a doubt this is not an isolated story. The first year, I went to W.E.L.L. alone. I was fresh to the green scene with my Instagram but I hadn’t even started my blog yet. I didn’t realize at the time but W.E.L.L. gave me a chance to connect with other bloggers like Amanda Light from Prim and Proppah who was so generous with her time, pointing me to a Boston Blogger group and introducing me to a few fellow bloggers. I got to meet clean beauty brand founders like Josh Rosebrook of Josh Rosebrook and Tara Pelletier of Meow Meow Tweet. I got to meet and learn from Kristen Arnett, a green beauty artist, about what makeup products to use and how to apply….Tara Folly of Follain and Brandi Gilliam of the soon to be Thoughtfully Magazine. I was meeting people who were making a difference, building my green beauty/green living network and putting a fire in my belly that would soon ignite into This Organic Girl blog. (See!? It kinda happened to me too!)
Two Ways to W.E.L.L.
I’ve done W.E.L.L. alone but I’ve also brought friends. And there is absolutely value in both. Going stag invites the opportunity to meet new people, grow your branches, take risks and really just put yourself out there. Some of the talks include small group work where you will inevitably meet someone new who just may be going through something parallel to you. Lunch may bring you to sit next to a fellow colleague or someone who does the same thing as you. You never know where fate will strike and sometimes going alone is the magic that makes it all happen.
I’ve also brought friends too. And the same thing happens every year. W.E.L.L. Summit is essentially an entire day of workshops/talks/speakers where you choose which talks to attend. So after sitting through and engaging with topics ranging from how to improve your skin, meditation, eating to support autoimmunity, girl badassary, green beauty, how to heal thorough food, happiness and success, how to rock Instagram, self care, changing the stories we tell ourselves, bringing balance into your life and more….you leave with a spinning head and a full heart. Each time, I’ve gone out to dinner that Saturday evening with the friend who joined me and we sat, talked, laughed and cried about life, dreams, hopes and why. Big picture and little picture. No topic was left un-talked, no emotion unturned and no tear unshed. Truly cathartic in every way possible.
So my advice on whether to go alone or bring a friend is: Either! You really can’t lose. This year I am bringing two of my besties from Boston and I can’t wait to see what unfolds.
Wait, What Exactly is W.E.L.L. Summit!?
But let me back up because I haven’t even told you what W.E.L.L. Summit actually is yet! W.E.L.L. stands for Wellness, Empowerment, Learning and Luxury. It’s a 360° wellness event looking at wellness and self-improvement from a holistic standpoint. It brings industry experts in from an array of disciplines including clean eating, fitness trends, green beauty and more. This event embodies wellness in mind, body and spirit.
This summit stands out however because although there will be keynotes, lunch and networking parties; the magic happens on Saturday during the breakouts. These are small break-out sessions that are capped allowing attendees to meet, connect, ask questions and get eye contact from presenters. Really get their questions answered and take something home.
The W.E.L.L. Summit is for you if you:
Care about your health and are looking to make positive life changes.
Want to create the safest environment for you, your family and your loved ones.
Strive to be around like-minded individuals who can help you to reach your health goals.
Boston April 21, 2018
The speaker lineup and schedule for Boston is still being built and is available in it’s current state at W.E.L.L. I’ve been looking though to see what I want to take. Here are some sessions or speakers that caught my eye.
- Everyday Products, Their Ingredients and Our Health
- Eat Well: Demystifying Trends in Healthy Eating
- Turning It Off When You’re Always On
- Creating Success on YOUR Terms
- Business of Wellness Panel: Female Founders discuss Funding and Growing Your Wellness Business
Also looking forward to hearing from Elizabeth Zulick, PhD professor and researcher who received an Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellowship award to study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer and more. Marilee Nelson, Environmental Consultant and co-founder of Branch Basics. And Jenny D. Brice, MFT, MPH, Psychotherapist & Reiki Practitioner. Want to know more? You can check out the full lineup here!
Did I mention, gift bags, tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day, Sweet Green lunch, Live W.E.L.L. Marketplace and yoga?
The event is set to be held in the Seaport at Boston Design Center with a block of discounted rooms at the Element Hotel (see my Element Hotel review!)- a 15 minute walk to Boston Design Center. Choose either general admission or VIP. Here’s the deets. More at W.E.L.L. Summit.
I’ll be rollin’ in VIP style – Will I see you there!?
For more check out these other posts on my past experiences at W.E.L.L.!
- My Experience At W.E.L.L. Summit 2016
- 10 Things People Are Saying About W.E.L.L. Summit
- Looking Forward to W.E.L.L. Summit 2017
Photos by Monkey & Squirrel
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