5 Takeaways from the NEXT Connect MN Brunch: Pancake, Bellini's, and PJ's

August 13, 2019


I attended the sold-out Next Connect MN Brunch: Pancake, Bellini's, and PJ's and I unearthed 5 Golden Nuggets of Wisdom

NEXT Connect MN is an organization that uses its platform to create a network of opportunities and support to build a community of wealth for WOC in business.  Pancake, Bellini's, and PJ's brunch event gave attendees the opportunity to meet, eat, shop, and get some advice from the ladies behind the brand.  

The event started with an unstructured networking and shopping set. The list of vendors for this private included:

Once we had our shopping fill, food and drinks were served in a buffet-style brunch with a variety of breakfast items. Hot food and an assortment fruits/veggies were provided by Kyla’s Catering while the pastry items and drinks were provided by the venue (Moxie Minneapolis, Uptown). Once brunch started wrapping up the group of ladies headed upstairs for an intimate gathering of meditation and panel conversation. The event wrapped up with questions and advice from attendees. The women on the panel presented their ideas with sincerity, and didn’t hold back with some humor.  Entertainment, food, and women of color just being their dope ass selves made This was one event I’m glad I made it out to and can’t wait to attend the next one that these ladies have to offer. Here are just a few takeaways from the Pancake, Bellini's, and PJ's NEXT Connect MN Brunch.

Not all money is good money.

Not all money is good money.

Not all money is good money.

All money is not the same. The energy behind the money can mean the difference between good business and bad business. More often than not you can sense early warning indicators that are telling you to end things before you get sucked into a situation you don’t want. Read and trust the signs. As a business owner you have the option to let your client know that your business may not be the best fit for what the seek and refer them to someone else. You have to set boundaries and sometimes that means you have to tell customer/client no.

I failed a billion times, but I lived, learned, and got back right up and tried again.

I failed a billion times, but I lived, learned, and got back right up and tried again.

I failed a billion times, but I lived, learned, and got back right up and tried again.

People “fail” all the time. There isn’t a successful person that hasn’t fallen flat on their face or learned something the hard way. “Failures” are teachable moments that we learn from. Failure doesn’t mean the end, it means a shot at another opportunity to do even better than before, lessons learned. So if you are true to your cause and you want to succeed it’s absolutely necessary that you get up and try again.

Being creative is exhausting.

Being creative is exhausting.

Being creative is exhausting.

Creative minds are constantly running, thinking, visioning, and creating. There’s no stopping even when you try to tell yourself you’re on a break. Bringing your vision/project to life is exhausting. Your creations are apart of you that comes from your very being. While everyone sees the final product, what you see is the the process of sleepless nights, relationships tested, headaches, tears and a vast array of emotions that you went through to create a product 4 times out of 10 that others can actually understand and appreciate. The process is exhausting and creatives must take much needed breaks for their own well-being.

We are too good at making excuses and creating roadblocks for ourselves.

We are too good at making excuses and creating roadblocks for ourselves.

We are too good at making excuses and creating roadblocks for ourselves.

If there is one thing that we as WOC do and do well it’s make excuses and create roadblocks in the form of focusing on other people and their needs. We have the solutions and support others, but have every excuse in the book not to apply wise words to ourselves. We have a toxic habit of expecting pure perfection from ourselves, putting ourselves down, not taking credit for our potential and taking actions to win. The overcompensating excuses and roadblocks are a generational and inter-generational legacy we have to learn to overcome.

If you’re gong to start a business or try a new project it’s now or never.

If you’re gong to start a business or try a new project it’s now or never.

If you’re gong to start a business or try a new project it’s now or never.

It’s simple enough, yet we often find excuses as to why we can’t get our projects and businesses started. We straddle on a fence of self made justifications as to why we can’t start our businesses or new projects here or right now. If we keep saying later now will never come. Make the declaration and put a date stamp on it. Say you’ll do it and make sure you follow through now, not later.

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Letter to Women Of Color 002

Dear Women of Color,

It's important for you to know that your body is just one part of your whole being. You are more than your sex, you are more than the shell in which your inner goddess lives in. You are a magnificent being with a body, thoughts, energy, emotions, and beliefs. Let me remind you that you are entitled to have ownership of all of that. 

Sometimes, it can be difficult to filter out which thoughts are your own versus societal norms and standards views that tell you your body, mind, soul, and energy are not your own. I have to say it again, it all belongs to you. And what is yours is not on display, for sale, or open to anyone that you don’t deem worthy.

It is not okay for anyone to ever touch your body without your explicit permission. That includes everything from the very ends of your hair to the very bottom of your soles.It all belongs to you and you alone. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and cannot do with your body as long as you are not doing harm to others.

If you don’t want to hug someone, don’t hug them. If you don’t want to shake a hand, don’t shake a hand if you don’t want to kiss a cheek then don’t kiss a cheek. It is not your job to make your body accessible to anyone just because someone else wills it. You are the owner of your domain. Your domain will take care of you as long as you take care of it. Treat yourself well, Queen. Love yourself well, Queen. And don’t don't forget to adjust your crown, hold your head up high, and keep your eyes on the prize. Keep working hard, don’t lose hope, and never forget that you are in charge of you. .

Besos, 

xX  mahina  Xx

Letter to Women Of Color 001

Dear Women of Color,

Just wanted to make sure you know that your matter.  Never forget that just because they don’t see you, doesn’t mean that I don’t see you. Your culture and your heritage are your badges of honor and no one has the right to strip that from you.  You have every right to uphold or defy stereotypes as you see fit. The world doesn’t define you, you do.

You are wonderful, beautiful, and amazing. You are perfectly imperfect. You are worthy of love, life, and the pursuit of happiness. You deserve to do great things, you deserve to have great things happen to you, and you deserve to make great things happen.  

When you look in the mirror don't forget to adjust your crown, hold your head up high, and keep your eyes on the prize. Keep working hard, don’t lose hope, and never forget that you are in charge of you. You are a human being, but you were also created in the image of a demi-goddess and should expect nothing less than being treated with respect and admiration.

Yes, queens,  I see you.

Muchos besos, 

xX  mahina  Xx