one girl band meet up at Studio NL
I've just touched down back in Brighton after a weekend of travelling and I'm feeling happy, elated, inspired, and quite blimming tired.
Saturday morning, George and I set off at 6am to Tur Langton, specifically to Roxy's at Studio NLspace in the gorgeous countryside, to meet some amazing onegirlbands. It was the second ever One Girl Band meet up, and I was pretty nervous about whether the first was just a one-off success, but those fears were quenched as soon as all the ladies had arrived and were chatting to one another like they'd known each other for years! We all settled down after Roxy the Barista sorted everyone with a coffee, and got straight to it.
What followed was just lovely. I like to take a moment at the beginning of each event to explain what exactly the One Girl Band collective is, and why I started. I then encourage everyone to introduce themselves, so we can all understand what each other does and why we do it. These bunch of girls had so much to tell, and to ask. Social media was, as usual, a main topic. Working out what to post and when, how to come across, whether to be personal or strictly business. We spoke about how people buy people, and that you can't shove selling down their throats constantly, but you can break it up with personal posts and little insights into the background of your business. It all came up, and I hope they all went away feeling better about the situation. I know I did.
We also chatted about the unglamorous things such as accounting, and how we all deal with that horrible time of the dreaded tax return. OGB is about keeping it real, and unfortunately, they are a part of real business life!
One of the girls came up to me at the end and said how much she enjoyed it, how she had been to a similar 'talk' before and it was full of men in suits from design agencies, making it an uncomfortable environment when it came to talking about struggles, and that there was no real 'real life' chat. I can't stop thinking about this comment as it's just what I don't want OGB to be. I want it to be comfortable, nurturing, and for women to feel like they can be 100% open about their business lives. We are all human, and we're all learning.
Coming away from the second One Girl Band event, I can't wait to see where 2016 will take the collective. I currently have tonnes of ideas floating around my head. We'll have to wait and see what happens, but I think a retreat may be in the cards...
Below are a few images taken by the wonderful Catriona McLoughlin, who came and shot the event in such a beautiful, candid way.
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The next OGB event is this Thursday at H.en Restaurant in Brighton, and it's sold out! To those ladies who got tickets, see you there.