TSC Summit Review
As I sit here typing, I can’t help but feel extemely grateful for the opportunity that I had this past week! I had read all about the The Southern Coterie Summit last year and knew that I had to make it a point to attend this year. I know we are only one month into the year, but I am going to go ahead and call it… Best decision of 2019! Three days full of connecting and learning from other passionate, driven creatives was such a soul lifting experience.
Since this was my very first Summit, I wanted to do a full review for those of you who are teetering with the idea of going next year. I know there are a good amount of you who are due to the number of questions that I received since posting on Instagram! I’ve gathered them all below, but if you still have more please don’t hesitate to ask. I am happy to help in any way that I can!
Who is the Summit for? Is it all bloggers?
My absolute favorite part of the Summit is that it is so diverse. It is not exclusively for bloggers, but it is so beneficial if you are one. The Summit is designed for passionate entrepreneurs, creatives, and business owners. While at the Summit, I met people from many different fields: art, public relations, retail, design, blogging, beauty, events, interiors, marketing, media, restaurants. The list keeps on going! I found it so special to have these different fields present because it created the opportunity to meet people that I never would have met otherwise. Conferences that are specifically for bloggers are great, but I found it invaluable to be able to go beyond my own bubble and dream up ways to collaborate with people in other fields!
I wanted to go this year, but was nervous to go alone. Are there any who go by themselves?
Oh, let me tell you! While Michael tagged along to do some relaxing of his own, I went to the conference stag. I was a little nervous to be going in alone, but I knew it would be worth it. One thing that I’ve learned in my short life has been that if something makes me nervous, then I probably need to do it! And I am so glad that I did. While there were a few awkward moments of, “Oh my, I don’t know where I should go so I guess I’ll just stand here looking like a loner for a second.”. Because let’s be honest here I’m me. There were many other moments where I made a new friend, got a new business card, met a GFG reader, talked about collaborating, actually met friends I have known through Instagram, and so much more! My precious friend Monica of Lavin Label (who I finally met in real life, yay!), is a TSC Summit pro and she said she actually recommends coming alone because it forces you to go meet more people than you would coming with a friend. I can absolutely attest to this!
Is it worth the time and money?
One hundred times, yes! Being able to meet and connect with the speakers/mentors alone is worth the money. The sessions were on a variety of topics, but all so relevant to any small business owner or creative. From editors at Southern Living and Bake From Scratch, my favorite girls at Draper James, and business owners like Julia and Thomas of Gal Meets Glam, the deck was stacked when it came to sessions!
Is it always at Sea Island?
Although it has been for the last couple of years, the Summit is not always at Sea Island. I wouldn’t mind one bit if it were though! Michael and I both fell in love with the enchanting property and have already been making plans to go back. I was thrilled when they announced that the Summit would be held there one last time next year! Go ahead and add it to your travel bucket list, because it is a must.
What was your favorite part?
This is so tough! While I loved every minute of the sessions, I would have to say my favorite part was the time to make connections in between. I love blogging for allowing me to meet so many people through the internet, but there is still nothing like meeting someone face to face. It was such an invigorating experience and one that I am already looking forward to having again next year!