RHH Live is a weekend conference created by Marie Forleo.
The conference began on Friday afternoon with a meet and greet. I chatted with a few of the women there (as you might have guessed RHH Live is geared towards women). This turned out to be key to the second part of my NYC adventure as the lovely Denise-Marie of Glitter The Globe helped me out in a BIG WAY when Hurricane Sandy hit and I was stranded in NYC for 5 extra days.
Josh Pais was our first speaker and he led us through very physical and emotional exercises that explored how to be present in our bodies without getting all caught up in our messy, racing minds. It’s something I have been working on and having some more tools in my toolbox is much appreciated. He has a free audio training about these strategies. Perfect for when I am lost in my thoughts. If you get lost in your thoughts – or as we say in French dans la lune it might be perfect for you too.
I had dinner Friday night at Prune in the East Village. I was lucky to get a seat because the place is small and fills up quickly. Understandably so because the food is damn good and service top notch. Reservations highly recommended. When I got back to my hotel I spent 90 minutes waiting on the phone to change my flight to Sunday at 8pm. I thought I was safe. Little did I know.
On Saturday Gabrielle Bernstein opened the morning with a meditation that was an excellent set up for the day. I felt grounded and focused, open and willing. She is a big fan of having a daily spiritual practice (I love her video how she starts her day) and this is something that has taken me a while to include in my life. For me it’s developing into a very simple stretching routine, some mindful breathing, and drinking a glass of water while I look out my window.
Breathe through your discomfort, that’s when the miracle happens!
Kris Carr was on before lunch. Nice timing organizers! She is a plant passionate activist and spoke about her experiences with cancer (and no, she wasn’t a downer). It inspired her to change things up big time and focus on the amazing power of food. The girl was really upbeat in her presentation and what she said flowed like poetry. I LOVED IT. She had awesome depth to what she said peppered with some zingers like…
The only time you can change someone is when they are in diapers.
Do your choices tire you, or inspire you?
And you don’t need to be 100% vegan to appreciate her work. But let’s be real – we all could eat a few more vegetables and her new website and her books make it easy for all of us to do so. Speaking of which, I got a free copy of Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution!! Woo !!
Sally Hogshead was on after lunch and she was a surprise for many of us. What an amazing speaker and sharing totally useable information. She has been studying people for many years and has developed a personality analysis tool that examines what makes us fascinating on an individual level. I was plain fascinated by her presentation! I did her test and discovered I am The Quick Start. This means I am Rebellion based with a big dose of Alarm. Basically, I am ‘out there’, but I like my ‘out there’ to be organized. Indeed! What I learned most from her was that what makes us fascinating is usually what was stifled as a child and until we recognize and explore that we will be more than a little shut down. This made total sense to me and is something I want to explore some more.
Part of claiming who you are is knowing who you are not.
You don’t learn how to be fascinating, you unlearn how to be boring.
Next up was Mastin Kipp. We explored how to formulate a purpose statement. We looked at past happy experiences and listed words to describe them. My words are safety, family, play, imagination, expression, freedom, sharing, and together. Then we did a visualization about how we could turn purpose into action. This is when I had a BAM Moment (BAM Moments feel like the best smack to the head and heart I could ever get).
Consciously engage in your purpose and your bliss. That’s what makes the magic happen.
Saturday evening I went to eat at Café Blossom on Carmine. I had the most incredible dish – seitan in a marsala sauce. Blew me away!
Laura Belgray is hilarious. She gave us a copywriting clinic. Gosh, do I ever need it. She had so many writing tips. I took so many notes. As you may have noticed, I am a fan of run on sentences with too many thoughts and words in them. I also have difficulty shaking off my old teacher ways (thesis statement, supporting statements, conclusion – bleh bleh bleh).
Barbie said math is hard. Seska says not writing in a verbose and convoluted manner is hard. The clinic made me realize this more than ever. Thankfully, I have the opportunity practice. With this post I am tackling writing with contractions. My mantra is: I am not a robot. I wanted to say I am not a robot, after all but cut out the after all. This is an improvement.
“My fingers,” said Elizabeth, “do not move over this instrument in the masterly manner which I see so many women’s do. They have not the same force or rapidity, and do not produce the same expression. But then I have always supposed it to be my own fault- because I would not take the trouble of practising…”
This is from Pride and Prejudice, not Laura Belgray. But it popped into my head as I thought about practising so I thought I’d share.
Danielle Laporte was next and a surprise for me.
When it comes to personal development one reason there are so many authors, speakers and coaches is individual style. They have theirs, we have ours and not everyone is a good match. I didn’t know much about Danielle, but now I see what all the fuss is about. What an amazing presence. What a gifted speaker. What power, femininity and dignity. Her talk was about desire, goals and being honest with yourself about your reality. Yep, it’s a good match. I am excited to learn more.
Do what you say you are going to do.
Affirmations will fuck you up.
Marie Forleo spoke a few times over the course of the weekend. She had some amazing content for us. I thought it might be a repeat of what I learned in B School (her online business programme – I took it this summer), but it was fresh stuff.
Business based, it focused on building a strong foundation. On Saturday there were goal setting exercises like I have not seen before. They combined imagination with concrete action. Like her other work I couldn’t sleepwalk my way through the exercises. They required me to take time and really think about what I want.
How would you behave if you were the best in the world at what you do?
Behave your way to success.
On Sunday Marie got very specific about how to attain goals. The focus was on time management, what works for her and her team, and why. I know she was not an overnight success. I know enough about the web, video production and appearances that she is not acting alone. Still, the insider’s look was fascinating and gave me some great ideas on how to get my act together so I create and deliver what I think is some great sexuality themed content.
Woo! An excited, inspired and organized Seska Lee is coming your way. Watch out!
PS Marie will not be hosting another RHH Live as she is working on some new products. She has another B School session coming up. I took it this summer and you can see some of the results of what I learned on my websites. I fine tuned my vision for what my site means to me and what I want it to mean for my site visitors.