Alt Summit Round-up


(here we are with our good friends and roomies, Tobe of Because It's Awesome and Laura of A Girl Who Makes)

Hello there, friends! We hope you had a great weekend. We're back from Alt Summit! As you can see, we had tons of fun meeting new friends and putting faces with names for others we'd only connected with virtually before. There were so many inspiring people there and the whole mood was one of sharing ideas and advice! We are just filled to the brim with inspiration for our creative business and many great thoughts for how we can make the blog better for you, our readers! Sooo, we have some exciting new things planned (one in particular that we can't wait to share soon!!! We hope you'll love it.) More than anything, we realized that what's most important to us is building more of a community here and getting to know all of you better (yes, you....and you,....and you, too)!

For both of us, perhaps our favorite part was hearing Ben Silberman, the founder of Pinterest, talk about How Pinterest Became the Next Game Changer. He was so well-spoken and humble and above all, INSPIRING. If you follow us on twitter, you may have seen a few of his quotes that we tweeted last week, but here is a little collection of noteworthy thoughts from Ben that we thought you would enjoy:
"Be close to the people that inspire you." (For him this meant moving to be near Google and Apple and the minds that are making things happen in the technology world)
"If you don't bet on yourself, no one else will."
"Collections say so much about who you are." (one of his motivations for starting Pinterest)
"If it's not beautiful, the rest won't matter." (in discussing the process of designing the look of the Pinterest grid.)
"Move Fast and Break Things *except data *and hearts." (Pinterest Motto)
Another wonderful speaker was Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project.

A few of her many words of wisdom:
The circular idea that there are 2 parts to happiness: one is making other people happy and the other is being happy yourself makes other people happy.
"Cram your life with the things you love." (then you don't have room for the things you don't!)
We are SO excited for all the fun things we have planned! We hope you all come along on the ride with us :)
PS--we'll share many more photos with so many friends, new and old, on facebook as we get them all compiled!
(Thanks to Method & Smilebooth and Rue La La for the fun photobooth pics!)