NYC: Learning How To Thrive.

Gosh... I have no idea where to even in begin on writing up this experience!

Obviously, it will require multiple posts. But an initial one providing the overarching theme and spirit of the event is a great place to start!

Our hosts for the event were Arianna Huffington And Mika Brzezinski.

The focus of the event to listen to hear the stories and perspectives of a number of amazing people to get inspired and open up up to new ideas on how to go beyond judging our lives through money, career, and social standing.

Arianna wrote a book on exactly this topic, and the conference mirrors it. Speakers and panel participants included some of the people she interviewed in the book, which was divided up into four sections, which she considers the pillars to truly "thriving":

  • Well-Being
  • Wisdom
  • Wonder
  • Giving

"Being present allows you to be happier in all that you are doing," she said.  She continued that we would be hearing from others on how to be present, and that (to Mika's dismay) that meant learning to meditate as well as avoid distractions. (Mika considers herself a hopeless case when it comes to meditation.)

"It's never too late to learn how to thrive," she said in her greeting. "It begins now."

And with that, I leaned back in my seat and opened my ears to absorb every last word. I was ready to learn.