Take Time To Toast!

 Photo via Kessler Ramirez

Photo via Kessler Ramirez

On October 3rd I attended an event called Take Time To Toast filled with 150+ #bossbabes!

What is Take Time To Toast?

“Take Time to Toast is a day-long event devoted to empowering entrepreneurs and saying thank you. At TTTT you will network, encourage one another’s creativity, and walk away with a few more friends in your #girlgang. The event creates an environment where we can toast each other and learn from one another’s experiences. The day includes food + drink, inspiring conversation, educational topics, instagram-worthy photo ops, and some extra special surprises. Attendees will spend their day learning from motivational guest speakers from a broad range of backgrounds and enjoy time to connect with other creatives. You’re entering a community of like-minded boss babes who know that together we can accomplish far more than apart.” –www.daniellegibsonevents.com

Sound like a perfect event for you? READ ON!

TAKE TIME TO TOAST was at the beautiful K2 Ranch in Sonoma, California. It was a stunning venue with a barn on a large piece of property. I saw chickens and horses, but I’m sure there were more animals around that I didn’t see! It was all set up and planned so well – thanks to Shaina and Danielle of Danielle Gibson Events!

The day started at 9am with a one hour block dedicated to breakfast and juices –TAKE TIME TO MEET. Being the “fashionably” late person I am, I missed the first hour and got there at 10am sharp. To be fair to myself, it was 80 miles away and Bay Area traffic is always crazy.

 Sneaky photo of me deep in meditation via Milou and Olin Photography

Sneaky photo of me deep in meditation via Milou and Olin Photography

I was just in time for TAKE TIME TO BE PRESENT from 10am-11:30am. There could not have been a more perfect way to start the day! After some lovely introductions from Shaina and Danielle, Emily Leahy of Return to Sacred guided us through a 45 minute meditation. I’ve meditated before, but 10 minutes is usually tops for me and I’ve never done it in a room full of other people. Emily was incredible and I had such a great experience diving into my inner self for the first time through meditation. I’d love to practice meditation in my every day life!

 Coffee & tea cart on the left, adorable portable restrooms in the middle/back, and “bar” cart on the right with water and tea until happy hour. Photo via Kessler Ramirez

Coffee & tea cart on the left, adorable portable restrooms in the middle/back, and “bar” cart on the right with water and tea until happy hour. Photo via Kessler Ramirez

Next on the agenda was TAKE TIME TO PAUSE – a quick 10 minute break that gave me a chance to get my morning Chai latte with almond milk and a scone from the cute coffee & tea cart pictured above by @subconscious.coffeecart! I was too hungry and under-caffeinated to take a photo of the latte and scone… oops.

 Jodee Debes (right) moderating the Fireside Chat with Amy Paulson (center) and Noel Russ (right). Photo via Kessler Ramirez

Jodee Debes (right) moderating the Fireside Chat with Amy Paulson (center) and Noel Russ (right). Photo via Kessler Ramirez

After we filed back into the gorgeous barn it was time for TAKE TIME TO BE GRATEFUL. We got to listen to Noel Russell and Amy Paulson speak about their backgrounds and what they were currently working on. Thanks to photographer Jodee Debes for moderating all day – she was great! Noel works as a community organizer in a homeless youth shelter. There is a great article about her on www.she-travels.com here. You can also follow along with her incredible van-life on Instagram. Amy was adopted from Seoul and created the Gratitude Alliance. She works with kids all around the world who have experienced trauma. Learn more about her amazing work on her website here and follow along on instagram.

Arguably my favorite part of any day is lunch. Thankful for TAKE TIME TO REFUEL, because I needed it! Lunch was catered by Nappalachia and I was so happy to see they had not only veggie options, but also vegan and gluten free lunches. I also got to sit with some lovely ladies, including Emily Leahy and Noel Russell, in addition to my friend Allie, who I attended the event with! After eating, we went to check out some of the booths inside. We made our own herbal salt with Clubhouse Crafts and learned a bit about Moon Cycle Nutrition.

 Photo via Milou and Olin Photography

Photo via Milou and Olin Photography

Once we finished lunch and the booth activities, we headed back inside the barn for TAKE TIME TO CONNECT. Jodee Debes hosted a LIVE podcast, “Behind Your Dream Job”, with Emily Merrell of Six Degrees Society. Emily talked about event planning, networking, and how she keeps an organized schedule with so much on her plate. While I am not an event planner or part of the industry, I was still able to take away some good advice from her – including how to leverage the community you already have via social media, LinkedIn, and even cold emailing. My favorite advice from her that I really need to work on myself – “Take the personal out of it”.

TAKE TIME TO BE #BETTERTOGETHER. After a very brief break, there was a panel discussion with Daphnie Yang, Deana Mamlieva, Elise Armitage, Lauren Denham, and Victoria Gurtler moderated again by the lovely Jodee Debes.

Some information on each of these ladies via @taketimetotoast:

 From left to right: Elise Armitage, Lauren Denham, Jodee Debes, Daphnie Yang, Deana Mamlieva, and Victoria Gurtler. Photo via @deana_mamlieva on Instagram

From left to right: Elise Armitage, Lauren Denham, Jodee Debes, Daphnie Yang, Deana Mamlieva, and Victoria Gurtler. Photo via @deana_mamlieva on Instagram

Daphnie Yang: Certified personal trainer @powerhournyc, creator of @HIITITNYC, and an @athleta ambassador
Deana Mamlieva: Co-owner of @crafted.moment, she loves to inspire women to follow their dreams @deana_mamlieva
Elise Armitage: Social media lover, fashion + travel blogger at @wtfab, and an event planner at Google
Lauren Denham: Writer, actress, speaker, and creator over at @laurenlearnslife
Victoria Gurtler: American hero + Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard

Some takeaways from this panel:

• “We all have a unique voice and deserve to be heard.” –Deana
• “If it’s not a ‘hell yes’ it’s a ‘hell no’.” –Daphnie
• “If you want to be healed, you have to be heard.” –Lauren (I think..)

TAKE TIME TO PAUSE was the most delicious break I’ve had. These mini treats from @teenycakebakery were to-die-for and I am not ashamed to say I piled my plate full with no regrets. Safe to say, it was difficult to pull people away from the treats and get them to sit back down for the next part of the day.

 Photo via Milou and Olin Photography

Photo via Milou and Olin Photography

The keynote speaker Jackie Sorkin perfectly fits the title TAKE TIME TO BE A BOSS. You may know her from Hollywood’s Candy Queen, but she is also the CEO of The Hollywood Candy Girls INC., and co-founder of Candytopia! Jackie has built a candy empire (quite literally) and is the definition of a girl boss. Her personality is larger than life and it was so much fun to listen to her speak. Check out her pop-up Candytopia in San Francisco!

 Custom stir stick by @studio.noel on Instagram. Photo via Kessler Ramirez

Custom stir stick by @studio.noel on Instagram. Photo via Kessler Ramirez

 One of three mocktails created by @thewhiskeychaserbar. Photo via Kessler Ramirez

One of three mocktails created by @thewhiskeychaserbar. Photo via Kessler Ramirez

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Finally, the last event was TAKE TIME TO TOAST. We were all given a glass of rosé and toasted to each other, it was amazing! This was followed by happy hour with the most photogenic drinks I could imagine. My drink was made with dragonfruit and called The Frida Kahlo. Other drinks were called Coco Chanel and Beyoncé. There was also a table full of candy thanks to the candy queen herself, Jackie!

Overall, it was such an inspiring day! Not a single detail was missed and I’m honored to have been invited. Follow @TAKETIMETOTOAST and @DANIELLEGIBSONEVENTS on Instagram so you don’t miss out on the next event!

Thank you so much to Shaina and Danielle for putting on this event. You two did amazing!

Full list of vendors who made this event so amazing:

There were so many amazing vendors I haven’t mentioned that deserve credit for making this event so wonderful.

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