A full day of wellness you say…
Two women, Amber Rosen & Sarah Stebbins, created Nourish to ‘…empower you with the knowledge and tools to support your wellbeing on a consistent, daily basis.’ From what I remember from the event, they met less than a year ago, where the idea for Nourish was started. Since then, they’ve developed a wellness brand that is based on the elements of her:
You already know I’m a little snarky, even though I’m always up for a new adventure. It’s like the yin and yang within me, fighting to be the best version of myself. Anywho, that being said — to be completely transparent, I would have never paid for this event. Luckily the universe knew this and manifested my presence at the event. The ticket went for $125, for an event that went from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.
Nourish has been nothing but kind and accommodating from all the interactions I’ve had with them. They are very organized and sent out helpful emails, not annoying in quantity or content. They also had their website up to date and posted a schedule for the day. I swear, everyone must have been wondering what to wear, like me, because they included suggestions in their emails. I assumed athleisure, but it was nice of them to confirm it for me.
I’d been looking forward to this event for about a week and a half, ever since I was invited by Erica. However, I decided to drink enough to have the worst hangover I’ve had in a loooong time on Friday night. Needless to say, my super early wake-up on Saturday AM was rough. Really, really rough. I was dreading the event because my headache was beyond real. But I knew my body craved a day of wellness.
I put my big girl chonies on and headed to the Clunie Community Center at McKinley Park. Found free parking and walked into the event. I honestly didn’t really have too many expectations, but just as they were organized with their communications, they were with their event. I walked into a registration table and saw a familiar face. I checked in and was handed a swag bag of goodies and also directed to visit all the vendors (for stamps) and I could be entered to win raffle prizes. I found Ambriss and we grabbed our mats to begin our day.
I was going to detail the entire experience, but instead, I’m going to give you my three favorite things about the event and my three least favorite things about the event.
My 3 Fave Things About Nourish
Ah-ha moment during yoga. I was going through the motions and doing the poses and was sweating like crazy. Until it literally hit me, I didn’t have to do this. I didn’t have to force the poses or sweat through this hangover via yoga. So, instead, I laid down and rested. I hit child’s pose twice, but mostly just relaxed and focused on my breathing and being present. The second instructor noticed me and she placed her hand over my hand on my heart and then massaged my head for a little bit. It was glorious. I was really proud that I did what was right for me at that moment and didn’t force myself to do yoga.
Thistle for lunch. I was lightweight worried that lunch would be vegan and gross, but Nourish came through with a delicious Thistle lunch. I’ve never had Thistle, but I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was. I chose the salad with protein and a green drink. They offered a veggie option for the salad and had two other drink options available. Again, it looked hippy-dippy, but it was really good and refreshing. We all enjoyed our lunch picnic style in McKinley Park and it was really refreshing.
Talk Money to Me with Bravely. Okay, when they told us we were going to have a workshop about money, my soul cringed. I was happy that this event forced me to think about my finances, but I was also a little anxious to go over this topic like I always am. However, Kara Perez killed it. She’s quirky as shit, passionate about finances, and is a full wealth of knowledge on the topic. She inspired me to financially well, not hid in my fear and anxiety of my money woes. Seriously, she was relatable and silly, she should have been the keynote speaker.
While I don’t like to be hella negative about anything, there were some things that weren’t my fave about the event. To be authentic to you, I still want to share a couple of things that I did not prefer.
My 3 Least Fave Things About Nourish
The keynote speaker, The Balanced Blonde. I kinda get why the Nourish ladies selected Jordan Younger as the keynote speaker, but I wish they hadn’t. She was not relateable, nor was she polished as a keynote speaker. While I appreciate her sharing her story with us and all that she’s learned, she was not relatable. Her privilege, while not a knock on her, showed immensely and made it hard to connect with her story. When she mentioned hitting her absolute rock bottom in Bali and never leaving her bed, I just sat there and thought, ‘no one in this room would ever experience that.’ Again, this is just my perception of her talk, but I wasn’t that engaged, nor did I learn much from her. While I think she does a lot of research into wellness for herself, she just wasn’t relateable nor as engaging as I’d prefer (especially if I paid for this ticket).
No H2O anywhere. Like what? I think their emails said to bring your own water, but I could not fathom that a wellness event would not have plain water. They had tones of bubbly water and a variety of drinks, but this hungover human needed plain and simple water. I think it was a huge miss on their mark.
Ticket cost. Although we all know I didn’t pay for my ticket, I think the organizers should be a little more strategic about the cost. The goodie bag didn’t have much actual swag, other than a cute notebook + tons of coupons. The keynote wasn’t worth the investment either. Knowing plenty of women, whom I think this event would be geared toward, would have to find or pay a babysitter for a full day of child care + pay the ticket price. I just don’t see it being worth their time. I think the ticket price should be more reasonable, especially when you are asking women to give up an entire Saturday for themselves. Sounds a little harsh, but women who are Mother’s don’t always have the luxury to leave their kids for a day to focus on themselves. If they do, that’s great. But from experience, it’s much harder to organize, than to just skip the event altogether.
After our full day of nourishing our elements of her, it was time to bid farewell with a celebratory toast from One Hope Wines. I hesitantly grabbed the bubbly, still traumatized from the night before. There was a non-alcoholic option, but I decided to again, put my big girl chonies on and enjoy the bubbly. The Nourish ladies said their last few words and then we toasted to a great day of nourishing wellness of all the important things in life.
Overal, I want to support Nourish again. They mentioned smaller group events and making this event annual. I don’t know what their future holds, but I know I would like to support them as much as I can. I appreciate their effort to empower Sacramento women to nourish and flourish in their being. We all need more of this and now we have an outlet to do so. I’m grateful for this experience and walked away with a few good things to work on and a full heart.
Also, just so it’s clear, I wasn’t offered anything for sharing my experience. Erica was part of the round table at the event and she was able to share a couple of tickets and I was lucky enough to receive one. I am sharing this because I want too. For no other purpose than that. If you’re interested in learning more about Nourish, here are their deets:
You gotta nourish to flourish!