The One of A Kind Show ended yesterday.

Today I sit in my jammies and reflect on 11 wonderful days spent with customers who I sometimes only see once a year as well as with really inspiring artisans who create so many beautiful things.

In a time where #girlboss is probably one of the most beloved hashtags amongst female entrepreneurs it was absolutely wonderful to connect with women who are living the girl boss dream!

This One of A Kind Show in particular my aisle was filled with booths of women who created beautiful products, worked really hard on dynamic booth displays and rock their social media in a truly heartfelt and relatable way.  All of these women were about 20 years my junior and I couldn’t get enough of chatting with them and finding out how they run their business.

I love to follow female entrepreneurs and get inspired by their stories.  No matter what stage they are at.

I’m not sure if you are familiar with Sophia Amoruso.  She is the creator of Nasty Gal, an on-line clothing company that has grown to be a multi-million dollar fashion sensation!  What I truly love about Sophia’s story is that growing up she felt like she never fit in.  She got herself into all kinds of trouble and could barely scrape by.  One day she came to the realization that she was destined for a better life.  She wanted to do something meaningful and she knew there were no shortcuts.  She craved a life of freedom and spontaneity and she went on a mission to do whatever it took.  Sophia’s rags to riches story is one of the best I’ve ever read.

Another woman who is right here in our back yard is Tiffany Pratt.  Tiffany is an incredible designer who started as a maker!  You may have seen her featured on our Beads & Julz post a few weeks ago.  I listen to Tiffany’s podcast “Love Jam” and can’t get enough of her boundless energy, her big heart and that amazing colourful hair!  I adore Tiffany because she is passionate about people who work hard to live their dreams and trudge through the tough stuff to get to where they are going.

I was very excited to meet Tiffany at the One of A Kind Show, she is the real deal, full of passion, lover of art and of the makers who make this world so beautiful.  My next plan is to get Tiffany out for a visit to the glamjulz studio.

If you have a dream and you’re wavering, start talking to other women who are doing it!  You will realize very quickly that the only magic is hard work and putting lots of love into what you do.

Make a plan and do whatever it takes!  Your future self with thank you!

Monica XO

One Comment

Llana Nakonechny

Hey Monica – My office pals have started opening the Advent presents. When I went around last week inviting everyone to draw a number, people thought it was for a Secret Santa. I told them this was something from me to them on the number of the day they drew. Oooo – now they are all VERY excited to see what will be in their little box.
As you know, we only have two men in our office. One of them drew December 1 so he opened the first box. At first he was a little puzzled but then realized he could give the gift to his wife – so part of his shopping is already done!
This was a great idea. You and the wrappers are very special elves!


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