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creative mornings raleigh

Yesterday I attended my first Creative Mornings event. These events are organized independently across the country. The segments focus on various aspects that affect the working and personal lives of those in creative fields. The Raleigh chapter host Jonathan Opp explained that the Raleigh chapter had been the only one in North Carolina until recently. Another segment started in Charlotte and I wouldn’t be surprised if Asheville joins the ranks next!

heather lagardeHeather LaGarde, wearer-of-many-hats, was the guest speaker at Creative Mornings yesterday at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh. Her speech focused on ‘ACTION.’ Her bio and life trajectory epitomize action and you can learn more about her global health conference, music venue ownership, farmers market/community event founder activities, and much more via her LinkedIn and Twitter.

Heather’s talk was full of dozens of inspirational sound bytes. Some people (read: me) have a hard time turning down opportunities and saying no. (This is true for both my freelance projects and my personal commitments. If it weren’t for my friends telling me to schedule “nothing” in my calendar, I would not have any me-time.) Heather explained that she perpetually says ‘yes’ and that a piece of advice someone once gave her was: “If you can’t say no, then limit your yes.”

The event I attended was packed. It appeared more than 60 people attended and it became standing room only. I had been on a waitlist for a few days and only learned I got a seat the day before the event. I’m not sure how fast Creative Mornings events in other states fill up, but you should try and reserve a seat as soon as possible if you intend to attend. Look to see if a Creative Mornings event is in your city. Another reason you should go: The events are free. How can you say no to that?