To start, if you are not familiar with the Rewardstyle Conference it is an annual weekend held in Dallas where RS is headquartered. 200 influencers are invited and the invites are based off of yearly performance. The weekend consists of classroom sessions, brand meetings and nightly cocktail parties where you get to mix + mingle with other bloggers, brand reps and the RS team. So obviously its a HUGE honor to be invited and every year I get nervous I might not make the cut as there are so many influencers who use RS and every year that number grows.
This was my third year being invited and attending and every year the same thing happens. At first, I am just SO excited to be invited, but then as the conference gets closer, I start FREAKING. I am like, what if these other girls don’t like me this year, what if my outfits are not cute enough, what if brand meetings dont go well…basically thinking all the bad thoughts and setting myself up for failure (for NO REASON!). Here’s the thing, I am normally a fairly confident person. Especially when it comes to fashion! But, in this situation it’s so different. You are surrounded by the best of the best and each year they get younger and cuter. Haha, but also, for real! SO like any girl (or human for that matter), I lose all my self confidence and become this awful mess of self doubt.
This year I did something different that I had not in previous years. I had spent so many days worrying over it all, to the point that I told Colby maybe I shouldn’t go this year. He told me to get over myself and it all and that I had to go (thank goodness for him, because I knew deep down I wanted to and that it would be so fun). When I got on the plane to head to Dallas, I had this weird epiphany or something as I just felt super calm and ok with it all. I told myself that A) I was invited for a reason and that in it self is an accomplishment I should be proud of and B) instead of assuming people might not like you or want to hang out with you, assume the opposite! I decided I was going to just be myself and hope for the best with everyone I met. If someone wasnt nice back, it was going to be what it was and who cares?! I can only control myself and I know I am a loving, kind, fun and fab person.
The real tidbit I will include is that obviously not everyone you meet on Instagram is going to be who they are in real life. That’s just reality and probably doesnt surprise any of you. I am 100% who I am on Instagram that I am real life. If I like and comment on your pictures or follow you, its because I genuinely like your style and support what you are doing. To me, we are all just girls who love fashion and are trying to help other women find clothes that will make them feel good about themselves! So what about that makes it ok for some of these bloggers to think they are better than another? I have NO idea, but I don’t support it and never will be that person. I do not care how many followers you have, I just care that you are kind human. Kindness is all that matters! Plus, there is room for all of us, so enough with the cattiness. That being said, most the girls are who they show themselves to be and I just LOVED getting to hang with them. Here are some of the girls I was lucky to get to know better and hang with. All gorg inside and out!
I think in life it’s so so important to push yourself outside your comfort zone. I am the worst at getting in a routine and not branching out enough, but when I do, I always feel good about myself and I always grow from those experiences. I am SO thankful to have attended another Rewardstyle Conference and I am always just blown away at the whole weekend. Their events team is amazing and plan the coolest things for everyone. The attention to detail is over the top and just so fun to get to be a part of. I truly feel so personally motivated to keep up my game and really challenge myself to do as much as I can to help you guys (aka the reason why I am here). I am going to try to share more real life, more of myself and more of fashion of course too! One big takeaway: BE YOURSELF. We are each our own amazing, unique person and that is what makes us special. Embrace that, do YOU, share YOU and dont try to be anyone you are not (its kinda cheesy, kinda a no brainer, but always a needed reminder).
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