One Year of Bmore Babes!
Honestly I can’t even believe that it’s been a whole entire year since I started Bmore Babes.
What started out of a need for a creative outlet, female camaraderie amongst entrepreneurs and women in business here in Baltimore, mixed with a need for a place of empowerment in a time of female revolution, quickly became larger than life. I expected to hit a total of 300 followers MAX and within my first 6 months we had hit 3,000. Here a year later we are at 5916 followers and counting. What began as a simple place to post Stormy Daniels memes, turned into the greatest things to ever happen to me. It blows my mind every single day.
I had no idea how bad women in Baltimore wanted to connect with one another, and even more than that I had no idea how I was the one leading the way. Women who I had idolized for a long time were agreeing to coffee dates with me, and Boss Babes who are the OG’s in Baltimore accepted me and this community with open arms. PSHEW. Takeovers came in slowly at first, and I think that’s normal with anything new. Uncertainty. But the Baltimore community welcomed Bmore Babes with open arms and we grew.
They say if you survive the first year you have done something. Well I can certainly say that after 8 events and meeting hundreds of Baltimore Babes, we have certainly done something. Disrupted the market, even. Bmore Babes has connected hundreds of women with one another who may not have otherwise had that opportunity. Bmore Babes has inspired new Book Clubs, and Office workers to take the leap to leave their 9-5 and pursue their dreams. Bmore Babes has turned into MORE than anyone had ever expected. During the first 365 days I rolled with the natural growth and flow of things with Bmore Babes, and I intend to do the same with the next 365 days.
Let’s take a look back at 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 minutes of Bmore Babes.
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In January I met Courtney, the Queen of the Castle at Full Circle Artisan Palace and she did the first ever takeover. Head to the instagram highlights to see! I connected with the Founder of Simply Workout, and Sarah Simington from Blue Moon Breakfast who definitely helped me kick off Bmore Babes!
February was a month of building for Bmore Babes. Steady instagram posts, making connections, and just being consistent. It was also a busy month with two pop ups in Federal Hill. We launched our email list in February, which you can sign up for here.
In March I was invited to do my very first styled shoot with Emerald Event Design, I met several local Federal Hill Female business owners including the women from Shop Pandoras Box and SoBotanical. Harry and Meghan got married. The Women’s March in Baltimore happened. I got a tour of the Zeke’s Baltimore facility and the Orioles started their worst season ever.
The first week of April started off with Josh and I driving to DC everyday for a Pop Up at The Stand. We almost killed each other. I have no idea how people make that commute. LOL. I made my very first social media consultation, Light City Baltimore rolled in, and I did my very first branding shoot with Becky Stavely from OurEndlessAdventure. I worked a wedding with Hoopla Catering and it was overall a month of hustling!
In May I got a sneak peek of the not quite open yet Union Collective, we closed out Pop-Up at Cross Street Market, celebrated Mother’s Day and we saw Ghost in DC for the first time together! I won a photo session with the Queen of Candid: Jessica Leigh Photo. I did my first podcast with Todd Collins., and you can listen to that here.
In June Smoke participated in Festival for the first time, which is a foodie event to benefit Cystic Fibrosis. I met Rachel from Yoga Social Society for the first time and we dreamt up Bmore Babes first event. I got invited to my first blogger event by Heidi Klotzman and went with Holly Murphy! It was so much fun, and definitely a little out of my comfort zone! Went to the NAPP networking event, Met Corinne of Love to the Core Photography, Madison Short of Madison Short Photography and Jess Rutherford from Sentimental Fools Events for the first time!
JULY WAS MY FIRST EVER TV APPEARANCE AND MY FIRST EVENT EVER!!!! SO YOU COULD SAY JULY WAS FRIGGIN AWESOME!!!! I was on Bmore Lifestyle TV, and you can watch that whole thing here! For being as nervous as I was , you can’t really tell toot toot. Josh and I did an anniversary photo shoot with Jess from Sentimental Fools, we plotted our Brunch in August, and just general merriment occurred. Bmore Babes x Yoga Social Society event at Topside Baltimore went off without a hitch, and Becky Stavely from OurEndlessAdventure captured it perfectly.
In august Josh whisked me away to Philadelphia for an Alkaline Trio concert and donuts. Followed by Bmore Babes Brunch at The Sagamore Pendry. Sentimental Fools x Alysha January from DiscoverCharmCity x Bmore Babes was the perfect gathering of 100 women in Baltimore who just want to come together as a community of business women. It was this day that I realized the reach of Baltimore Babes.
September was the Brightside Boutique x Bmore Babes x Bumble Bizz event at Topside Baltimore. The team at Topside has been so hospitable to us, and we are so thankful for their support of Bmore Babes. Working with Rachel and Christie from Brightside was a real treat too. We had Enoch Pratt Free Library on hand, along with Bumble Bizz on site to connect you virtually and Corinne from Love to the Core Photo was there to capture every moment. We were so lucky to have 80+ of you together to talk shop. We hit 3000 followers in September and did a top giveaway too! On September 29 Josh asked me to spend forever with him and we got engaged in our home, in our kitchen. Definitely the personal highlight of my year!
In October we celebrated Smoke’s 3rd birthday, our engagement, and skipped town to Gettysburg. Bmore Babes did a photo shoot with Colin Dougherty for a local boutique, did a photo shoot at Webers Farm with Mega Pixels Media and met the ladies behind Richardsons farm. A Star is Born came out, and we hosted an event with the magickal Sarah Adler. She hosted an event with us called Ritum Lunae where she taught Bmore Babes about how to set intentions and live by the moon! This was a little bit different than the type of event everyone came to expect from us, but I think it’s important to mix it up and try things you feel compelled to! Alexa Pancza, owner of Lift Baltimore offered us her space and several Female makers set up a marketplace!
November was a busy month! We kicked off the month with a Gratitude event at R. House Baltimore where we got together with perfect strangers to write thank you notes to perfect strangers! We wrote notes to women like Anita Hill and Dr. Ford and we spent the morning chatting about the things that matter. Shortly after the Be More Grateful event there was a photo shoot with Brightside Boutique, a Photo Shoot with Kristi Stevens of Shoptini, and the inaugural The Bold Experience happened! November my cup was so full it was overflowing with creative juices and collaborations!
December was holiday party after holiday party, and admittedly the hardest month of Bmore Babes thus far. I went through a lot that has shaped me into who I like to think I am today, even though December might not feel like very far away. In the blog post I wrote about Failing Forward I talk about the event called Winter Informal that we planned, and fell through, that hit me really hard. Failure is part of success and no one who is successful ever said that it came easy. So, I am grateful for the lessons learned at the end of 2018. Our favorite band, Ghost, came to town, we held our first brunch at Smoke, and celebrated our first and only Christmas as an engaged couple.
January 2018 brought the change from Bmore Babes to Be More Babes. It’s a play on words, inspiring Boss Babes to Be More. Be More kind, Be More giving, Be More involved, Be More Present. Whatever Be More means to you. Whatever lights the passion inside of your soul. Likewise, Be More Babes is what ignites my soul. So, after a years worth of feedback, getting to know this community, and listening to my gut - Be More Babes is going to be more focused on purpose, value, and intent in 2019. Business isn’t about instagram likes (okay, maybe a little bit but you get what I’m saying) and photo ops (also, please don’t let me fool you into believing I don’t love a good photo op) but it is about providing the community with value, giving back, and being more purposeful.
I am so grateful for each and every one of you. Every one of you who has followed the page, since yesterday or day one. I am grateful for every single babe who bought a ticket to an event. I am grateful for every single like, share, comment, story response, and direct message that we’ve gotten since day 1. I am grateful for every single Bmore Babe who has done, is on the schedule to do, and wants to do a Takeover. I am grateful for all the awesome local vendors who have offered their services for free or at discounted rats. I am grateful for all of the priceless connections this page has brought me, and the community. I am just so overwhelmed with gratitude at this instagram page that was meant to be a creative outlet that has turned into a creative community.
“A rising tide lifts all boats in the harbor”
Bmore Babes isn’t about me at the end of the day. It’s about you. It’s about the community of smart, creative, funny, business savvy, passionate, dedicated women who make up the Baltimore community, who have chosen this platform to come together and connect on a daily basis. It’s about creating opportunities for small businesses to advertise their platform to a targeted audience for free. It’s about inspiring that person on the brink of making the best decision of their life. Bmore Babes is a thing that is constantly evolving and changing, but at the end of the day it’s a thing that I am really fucking proud of.
So, Cheers to the future Babes.