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Create & Cultivate: RECAP by Hannah Marsh

It’s been almost a month since I returned from Create & Cultivate Chicago with a heart and suitcase full of goodness.  To be honest, I’m still unpacking all of the incredible goodies that the Create & Cultivate Team and their sponsors showered each attendee with. I have NEVER had so many fun products to play with in my life.  For this beauty addict it was like Christmas morning. I have a new face mask and lotion for every day of the week. Even still, the loaded bag of goodies they gave everyone as we left that day, was just a sample of the overload of goodness that the Create & Cultivate team imparted to each of us.  From the abundance of beauty around every corner to the depth of content and authenticity that seasoned every talk, the thing that resonated most with me was the GENEROSITY of it all.
The generosity of Jaclyn Johnson, CEO & Founder of Create & Cultivate, to share the launch of her new book WorkParty with us.
The generosity of EastOlivia in creating some of the most beautiful visual displays I’ve ever seen.
The generosity of each and every staff member who went above and beyond to make us each feel like queens for the day… especially the bathroom attendant who greeted everyone who entered the bathroom with a wide smile and question about what we had learned so far that day.
The generosity of Alli Webb, Founder of DryBar, for sharing her incredibly journey with us and the key decision points that have made her company what it is today.
The generosity of the numerous sponsors to share their insights, products and fun with each of us.
The generosity of women like Vanessa, who spent all day in the hot (and I do mean HOT) Chicago sun pampering the over 1000 women who attended the event.
The generosity of speakers like Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, who shared their wisdom and stories on stage and in small group mentoring sessions.
The generosity of McDonalds for giving out not just one, but two, $5,000 grants to women led businesses that are making a huge difference in their communities. It was the highlight of the conference to watch our very own Brit Valdes accept the grant on behalf of  We Are Boss Mom. I may or may not have screamed myself silly with sheer excitement.
The generosity of Grammy and Academy Award winner, Jennifer Hudson, to share her own incredible story and the inspiration and wisdom that her mom shared with her before her untimely passing.
The generosity of each and every woman present who truly embodied the inclusive spirit of “you can sit with us” and liberally gave the gift of friendship throughout the day and in the week since.
The truth is that we are all stronger together and when we use what is in our hands, not only to further our own dreams and plans, but to build up the women around us, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.  Generosity begets generosity. More than any specific message that was said from the stage, the example of generosity that saturated every detail of the event is what most impacted me and what makes me so very excited that the next Create & Cultivate event will be here in Miami on December 8th.  Let’s show them how we do generosity in our town. See you there!
XO, Hannah 
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