While I was recovering from surgery, I spent DAYS watching Parks and Rec... To be precise: I watched the entire series start to finish (and then rewatched my favorite episodes a second time). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is hands down one of my favorite shows—positive, light hearted, and downright hilarious. Huey jokes that I am the community building equivalent of Leslie Knope and he is a slightly more techy Ron Swanson. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m not going to fight him on that one. 😂 Anyway... one of my favorite things on the show was the idea of “Treat Yo Self Day” where you spend an entire day celebrating YOU and living your best life. Well, sweet friends, the past two days have been precisely that. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Eating incredible food in NOLA, exploring the French Quarter, dancing the night away at a 1920’s masquerade, reconnecting with friends, and dreaming big for the future. I’ve returned to San Francisco with a happy heart. #rtsretreat — Thank you @honeybook for hosting this event, @littlemissjc for planning every detail, and @travelbankhq + @weebly for sponsoring. It was a retreat we will never forget!
Words cannot express what this community means to me. They are the wave makers, trail blazers, and tide raisers who are making this industry a better place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The past three years of leading Rising Tide + working for @honeybook has taught me that when a group of people who share core values unite for a common purpose... there is nothing they cannot accomplish. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m leaving the #rtsretreat with a full heart and so many new friends!#communityovercompetition ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by: @laurenlcarnes
THE TIME HAS COME! This morning we welcomed 120 leaders from around the world into a historic little space in downtown New Orleans. Currently watching @marymarantz talk about building a legacy of leadership with tears in my eyes. She reminds us that we must have integrity in the small things if we hope to be trusted with the big ones... that being a leader isn’t about popularity or sitting at the cool kids table... it’s about doing what is right even when it is hard. It’s about speaking life into someone else, empowering them, and seeing the person they are becoming. Two hours in and this event has already rocked my world. It’s going to be an incredible event and I feel so honored to be a part of this community. #rtsretreat | Chalkboard by the incredible @smallchalk
Stepping into the #rtsretreat like... 🙌🏼 Heading to the French Quarter for a group tour and photo walk! New Orleans is such a magical city! I’m already in love! #risingtidesociety
This weekend, over one hundred creative leaders are gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana to talk about the impact of community. The theme of the #rtsretreat is ‘make your mark’ and I can’t wait to spend two days discussing how to raise the tide together. Legacies are built one day at a time. #communityovercompetition
I got the thumbs up 👍🏼 to fly from my doctors and in two days I’ll be New Orleans bound for the #rtsretreat — YAY! This event is a huge piece of my heart as we gather over a hundred local chapter leaders to learn, connect, and grow together! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll also be giving my new @delseyusa luggage a spin for the first time and I can’t wait to pack all the things in this bag! (I’m a serious overpacker!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is the second year that I’ve partnered with Delsey and I truly adore this brand. Feel free to check out this bag (and he smaller versions) with the link in my bio! #partnership #delsey #delseyusa
Vulnerability alert ✨ Sending up some big prayers today as I head into my first MRI since my surgery in November. We’re hoping for good news from the neurosurgeon and wisdom from the endocrinologist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been having a rough few weeks battling water diabetes (constant thirst, electrolyte issues, muscle cramps, fatigue) and I’m holding out hope that my body will heal itself! So far, we haven’t seen any changes and it’s been discouraging. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you pray—please squeeze me onto your list this morning! 🙏🏻 I would be so grateful. ✨Edit/Update: MRI LOOKED GOOD! Still a lot of inflammation, but overall things are healing! We ran a ton of blood tests that will provide additional clarity, but so far so good! 🙌🏻 Praise the Lord!!
Last year, I fell out of love with social media. Maybe you can relate? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A virtual world that I once enjoyed now left me feeling empty and overwhelmed. Every post was hand-selected, curated, and styled. Comparison and feelings of inadequacy flourished in the endless scrolling. A place created for social interaction had started to feel like a constant popularity contest that I wanted no part of. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During my recovery from brain surgery I made a pros and cons list—literally weighing the benefits against the cost of social media in my life. Here's what I realized. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Social media is never going away. It is neither good nor bad—humans have the ability to use it for either. Platforms, like this one, were created to keep us addicted, to ignite the pleasure centers of our brain so that we feel good to see those comments and likes pour in. They were designed to keep our attention as long as possible, to leverage our desire to feel important and to belong with every new notification that distracts us from daily life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Social media can, however, be used for good. It gives us a unique ability to connect with and support one another. We have the chance to discover people who can inspire us, speak truth into our lives, and give us hope. We can follow creatives, brands, and businesses that we want to support. And as our platforms grow, we can elevate the voices of others and we have opportunities to shine the light on issues that we care about. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Social media gives every single one of us the opportunity to become an influencer for good in this world... and that, in my humble opinion, is enough of a reason to dig deeper. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a result of this post-surgery soul searching, you might notice some changes around this account in the New Year—more personal images, more vulnerability, more messy moments + new series (like the kickoff of 'female founders to follow' on InstaStories). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My purpose, my heart in all that I do, is to raise the tide, empower others to live their best life, and to foster the spirit of community over competition. I want to use this corner of the internet to do just that. #communityovercompetition
She didn’t want to climb the corporate ladder... she wanted to build her own. ✨ She dreamed of making her mark on the world—of leaving a legacy behind. She was, and always would be, an entrepreneur. ♥️ Tag a friend below who this reminds you of!#risingtidesociety
Today is my FAVORITE day of the month—TuesdaysTogether! Creatives will be meeting in over 400 cities around the world to foster the spirit of #communityovercompetition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our philosophy? ✨ Build others up rather than tear them down. Champion camaraderie. Empower one another to thrive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We want to encourage you to be brave. The world needs you to be courageous. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you win, we all win. We truly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. #tuesdaystogether #risingtidesociety
Sweaters are optional in California... for dogs and for people. Sixty degrees and sunny today. This is not real life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Who wants to come visit? This East Coast girl cant believe the weather news from back home. Hunter would love to show you around San Francisco! 😎 #thehayesadventures
Like a proud parent on the first day of school... Huey wanted a photo of me on my first day back to work 😂 Oh, how I love this man! #thehayesadventures
You are a walking miracle. Every breath that you breathe, every beat of your heart, is a gift. Each morning when you open your eyes, feel the sun on your skin, and inhale—you have a responsibility to do so to the fullest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please do not take your life for granted. By now you know that it is precious. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Believe in yourself. Learn everything you can. Kiss the ones you love. Forgive quickly. Sing out loud. Fall in love with scripture. Write thank you notes. Belly laugh, often. Empower others. Live to serve. Never lose sight of your purpose. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fill your days with love, joy, faith, and forgiveness. Wrap your arms around every swirling second and hold on tight.
Guess who is going back to work tomorrow? THIS GIRL! 💪🏻Oh friends, I'm so excited to get back into the swing of things after weeks of rest + recovery! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oh, 2017… you were quite the year! I get emotional thinking back over the past twelve months and realizing just how much we have overcome. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In October, my doctors at UCSF determined that surgery was the best option to treat a benign brain tumor that I had been monitoring over the past five years. With the support of our family, friends, and community—we faced this thing head on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That was the toughest chapter in the book of 2017, however it was also the most beautiful. Every step of the way, we were covered in prayer and surrounded by support. Not once did we ever feel alone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The fact that I’m returning to work tomorrow, just a few weeks after having a brain tumor removed, is a gift from God. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We will never be able to adequately thank all of you for your help during this season of our lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Happy New Year, friends! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @laurenrswann | #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition
Up for a collective New Year’s resolution? Raise your hand if you’re with me! 🙋🏼♀️Let’s kick scarcity mindsets to the curb—empowering one another to flourish in 2018. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Collaboration is the new competition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Goodbye comparison, jealously, + isolation. Hello community—true community that fuels our ambitions and supports us when the going gets tough. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ All tides rise when we support one another in the pursuit of our dreams! 🌊 Are you with me? #communityovercompetition