I can't think of many ways to spend a weekend that would be better than being surrounded by inspirational women, looking for their next step in life, all with my best friend by your side. Oh, and did I mention doing so in actual paradise? Welcome to my experience at the Mavenly Beach Retreat in West Palm Beach, Florida, this past weekend. While full of emotion, both good and sometimes not so good, this weekend helped to really ground me in my next steps, and my goals for the next three months, next year and beyond. Not only were the women at the retreat fascinating and powerful, the women behind Mavenly are inspiring and totally get it. They asked all the right questions to get me thinking about my life as something I'm creating, rather than something happening to me or around me. I HIGHLY recommend checking out Mavenly, and their podcast, which are both awesome resources, especially for female entrepreneurs, or women looking for guidance in their careers (and life; because really, are they even separate anymore?). All in all, it was a wonderful weekend, and I came back to DC with so much energy and excitement (and, unfortunately, terrible seasonal allergies).
When not actively participating in the retreat, my best friend and I spent a lot of time working and catching up at one of the coolest coffee shops I've visited lately- SubCulture Coffee. It was amazing, light-filled, the music was mellow but upbeat and they had a really great menu. Basically, if you're ever in Palm Beach, go there...multiple times. We talked about it so much during the retreat, the other ladies even decided to go there after the retreat was finished!
Side note: The street art in WPB was amazing! So many different styles and subjects- there was one of artists and musicians who've passed away was one of my favorites. A local police officer (I didn't get pulled over or anything, promise) told me the owner of that building has a new artist paint a new mural each year- how cool?! I do have to say that the Einstein is definitely my favorite.
If you're heading to WPB in the future and need recommendations, don't hesitate to give me a shout! Obviously, my first suggestion is Subculture, but, contrary to how this post reads, I actually did go to other places on this trip!