For those who may not know, I lead the Portsmouth, NH chapter of the Rising Tide Society. RTS is a group of small, creative entrepreneurs who believe in community over competition, creating a supportive community, and continuing education.
The Rising Tide Society has recently merged with Honeybook in order to create a larger impact and Honeybook was kind enough to host the Leader’s Retreat this week in San Francisco. It was an incredible experience!
I headed west on Sunday to meet up with eight women I had never met before to share an AirBnb. These women are Leaders of RTS chapters around the nation and I feel so lucky to have met them. The ladies I roomed with were all so welcoming, supportive, and inviting and I felt like I had known them for years. Thank you to everyone – Laura Lee Photography, Jennifer Larsen Photography, Tiffany Loera Photography (and her talented daughter / business parter, Makenzie), Austyn Elizabeth Photography, Jenna Joseph Photography, Lauren Carnes Photography, and Michelle Bonham who has recently (as in the week before the retreat) relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina and will be launching her wedding planning business, Magnolia and Grace Events, shortly!
The workshops began first thing Monday morning with RTS Founder Natalie Franke and CEO and co-founder of Honeybook, Oz Alon. To say these two were inspirational would be an understatement. Throughout the day we listened to leaders speak about authentic storytelling, overcoming weakness, and growing our community. We took a break for lunch then a group photo… which I promise I am in, I’m just in the very back and you can see about 3 strands of my hair.
All below photos by Laura and Rachel Photographers:
The rest of the day continued with more speakers, dinner, and an 80’s party in the evening! The next day’s workshop was held at The Westin in Union Square where we continued to learn and I even tried my hand at lettering!
After the retreat was over, I hopped in an Uber and did a little sightseeing. I visited the Golden Gate bridge at sunset then went over to the Fisherman’s Wharf to see the Sea Lions. After a very long, stressful, red-eye flight back home, I am excited for what is to come of our local Rising Tide group. If you are a small, creative business interested in becoming a part of our community, please add yourself to the Facebook group!