Exactly one week ago I attended a very special event aimed at bringing together aspiring young entrepreneurs to mix, mingle, share, exchange views, learn and to have a good ol’ time. It was staged and hosted by the great hotel mogul, Adam Stewart himself (C.E.O. of Sandals Resorts International & ATL Group) who’s motive was to help prepare us millennials to take over from Generation X and to continue to drive our country forward.
As usual my anxiety got the best of me and I was very apprehensive of attending this event. A few days later I convinced myself to go because it was obviously something that my future self would thank me for. So my plan was to attend for the advice and to leave immediately after. On the evening of the event I was in very good spirits and I was ready to learn as much as I could from the 8 speakers set to take the stage. Somehow I assumed this would have been a very intimate event with no more than 30 attendees, so when I arrived and realized there was near 100 people in attendance my anxiety went WILD.
After maybe 10 minutes of walking around and saying hello to those I knew, I vividly remember how humid it was. I started to sweat! But I wasn’t sweating from the humidity, it was because I felt anxious. The M.C. grabbed the microphone and made mention that the first speaker was set to begin soon, and within that time I realized I needed some space to quickly clear my head.
I left the courtyard of the Island Routes headquarters where the event was being held and wandered my way around until I found an empty room. I sat alone for roughly 10 minutes trying to calm my racing heart and before I knew it I was back in the crowd of attendees who appeared to be eagerly waiting to listen to Adam Stewarts opening talk. Long story short, my anxiety went away and I was captivated by just about everything he (Adam) had to say. NEXT SPEAKER….
I remember how my heart started pounding again, when the speaker who followed Adam, Mr. Floyd Green (Minister of Education Youth and Information) made mention that we needed to meet more than 5 ‘NEW’ people that evening. My mind went into overdrive and I realized I was psyching myself out once again. Well, after 4 hours of listening to several speakers impart their own knowledge onto us and making new connections, I was not ready to go. I wanted more!!! Not only did I meet more than 5 people, I also made a few connections with people who I hope to collaborate with in the future.
A platform was provided for us to ‘link up’ and network and through this I was able to meet individuals from several different industries. Though I was mostly interested in meeting other creatives (which I did), I also met individuals from the automotive industry, entertainment industry, tourism, manufacturing and even from the mining industry! But those who I clicked with best, fit into the demographic of individuals whose line of work lands outside of the traditional industries.
As you may (or may not) know I’m a realtor with Remax Elite. Yes I sell and rent homes so now you know who to contact when you’re ready to sell, buy or rent in JAMAICA! Right, where was I!? My everyday job falls in real estate but my love for this blog and being able to collaborate with brands worldwide is what has pushed me to further find and create ways to make this a full-time career. I’m nowhere close to giving up my full time job, but being able to connect with individuals, who like me are also in emerging fields, was the push I needed to keep going. This Millenial to Millenial link up was a brilliant idea and I am excited to attend their next networking affair like this ♥
[Thank you Sherly McGaw Douse for extending an invite to me]
Overalls to the Office
Okay, so before you call me insane, I am very aware overalls in the corporate world will 90% almost always trigger stares. Luckily for me, I work in a field that is a little more flexible with dress codes and since the event was said to be ‘business causal’, I still saw it fit to wear one of my fave looks to wear to the office.
I paired my black and white, ‘houndstooth print’ overalls with office-safe pieces— a sleek black turtleneck, a structured handbag and pumps. This created a look that was not only classic and timeless but also very work-appropriate (in my opinion at least, haha). Thoughts? Would you wear overalls to work? Leave your comments below. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥