My RISE Weekend 2019 Recap
I had the incredible opportunity to get to attend (and sit Premiere - so close to the stage) the RISE Weekend Conference in Minneapolis for 2019 and it truly was the experience of a lifetime.
Aside from being in a room filled with 3,400 women ready to work on themselves and reach for more, the awesome swag bags and Instagram-worthy photo walls, and the gorgeous view from my hotel room (with added fireworks after the Minnesota Twins won their game!), it was the powerful speakers I got to hear from and the life-changing insights I got to receive that left me leaving with more of a fire in my soul than when I came in.
Check out the video below for some of my recap footage, and keep reading for a few of my favorite quotes from the weekend!
Own Your Past
Friday was all about owning your past. We identified our triggers so that we could figure out how to overcome them, let go of the baggage that was weighing us down, and dealt with our pain so that we could move into our future.
We obviously heard some incredible words of wisdom from Rachel Hollis, but also got to hear from Jen Hatmaker and Trent Shelton. From Jen we learned how elephant tribes support other female elephants and were reminded to support our sisters and encourage one another. Trent taught us about choosing which pain you’re going to endure and moving through the pain that’s going to give you a better outcome.
The most emotional moment of the day was easily the “Stand Up For Your Sister” exercise. Each woman had a paper of statements that she’d check if they applied to her - statements that are some of the most brutal things you can imagine. After folding them up and passing them around until no one knew where theirs ended up, the statements were read out loud and you stood up if the paper you were now holding had that statement checked. You were standing up to tell another woman’s story - a woman you didn’t know, but now felt incredibly close to.
We sang our hearts out to songs like Christina Perri’s “I Believe” and Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” got pumped up with fun routines from Tanita Fadyeyola, and danced like no one was watching every time Rachel Hollis yelled 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us” played.
Own Your Future
Now that we’d dealt with our past, Saturday was all about owning your future. We claimed our word, wrote out our wildest dreams, and created a roadmap to get there.
We heard again from Rachel Hollis, who walked us through workbook exercises to help us identify the biggest things we want out of life and what steps we have to take to accomplish those goals. We also got to hear from Dave Hollis, who lit our hearts on fire talking about fulfillment and anchors, and then got to hear the experiences and success stories of an incredible panel including Mally Roncal, Lisa Bilyeu, and Luz Maria Doria.
There was more dancing, music, and even a little karaoke (3,400 women singing every word of the Fresh Prince of Bel-air may be the highlight of my life), followed by an incredible finale, and the final dance party.
My favorite quotes from the weekend
People talk about throwing in the towel but I don’t bring a towel to throw in. -Trent Shelton
Forward is a pace. -Rachel Hollis
You made the fear so you can destroy it. -Rachel Hollis
Comfort is the casualty of growth. -Dave Hollis
Your breakdown is your breakthrough. -Trent Shelton
Your past is your fuel, not your dead end. -Jen Hatmaker
If you don’t transform your pain, you transmit your pain. -Rachel Hollis
If it’s not a hell yeah, it’s a hell no. -Dave Hollis
What if life isn’t happening to you? What if it’s happening for you? -Rachel Hollis
Sometimes you have to make a decision that will hurt your heart but heal your soul. -Trent Shelton
The life I have is because I keep fighting for the life I want. -Rachel Hollis
Your current situation is not your final destination. -Trent Shelton