See the BritList Come to Life (aka The Brit + Co. Holiday Party!)
When it comes to holiday parties, it should come as no surprise that we pull out all the stops for the crew here at Brit HQ. From a beautifully catered meal to the most epic white elephant exchange ever, we definitely did it right this year. And guess what? It was like seeing the BritList come to life, so we couldn’t resist sharing some behind the scenes action with you, including the silliest gifts we’ve ever seen under a tree.
First up, let’s set the scene. We transformed Brit + Co SF into a full on party space, complete with a long enough table to seat… 42 people! How did this team get so freakin’ huge? I suppose the +1s helped ;)
Brit manned the mic and kicked off a white elephant (or dirty santa) gift exchange, followed by a whole bunch of surprise gifts for the team. Now, let’s check out those gifts!
I’m So Excited T-Shirt: Straight from our ’90s gift guide, this t-shirt was definitely fought over more than once. Oh Jesse Spano, you really dig deep.
Cards Against Humanity: This already-a-cult-classic game is basically a horribly offensive version of Apples to Apples, and we love it.
Totally Weird Horse Head Costumes: These were my contribution to the white elephant scene, and it should be no surprise that they ended up coming home with me.
Flamingo Beer Funnel: Who knew beer funnels came in such creative shapes?
Coffee Mug: This may have been the most fought over present at the party—guess it rings true? Eeek.
Giant Santa Sweater: And onto the second most fought over present at the party. It’s a gigantic Santa sweater, and everyone wants a piece.
Floating Target Shooting Set: For your inner hunter, a floating target shooting set is quite the coveted prize.
Smirnoff Ice Neon Light: We know it’s hard to see in black and white but this is a Smirnoff Ice bottle that has been turned into a battery-powered neon light. Thank you, Etsy, for existing!
Smirnoff Ice: And naturally, someone had to get iced… because icing is a trend that will never, ever go away at Brit HQ.
Hoodie Pillow: Snuggle up with this ridiculous travel pillow that comes with a hood.
DIY Selfie Photobooth Kit: And the award for most creative present goes to this selfie photobooth kit, complete with a remote that syncs with your smartphone’s camera.
+: Two flasks are obviously better than one, but maybe these two should switch?
Bacon Candy Canes: And finally, the ideal present for one of our resident vegetarians.
All in all, the Brit + Co. team definitely brought it this year!
See more behind the scenes action in our Facebook album! Now, go enjoy your holiday break.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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