“I Can Do It! IGNITE” Conference & Giveaway

I was sitting in an auditorium surrounded by thousands of self-empowerment seekers furiously taking notes about how to live my life to the fullest, when Louise Hay decided to show us what’s inside her bra.

This was by far the weirdest and most wonderful conference I’ve ever attended!

Last weekend, Chris and I attended the Hay House “I Can Do It! IGNITE” conference in San Jose, CA. The event had over 2 dozen inspirational speakers, many of them Hay House authors, and all of them spoke about finding the power within yourself to live your best life.

The conference was 2 jam-packed days of kind advice.

I don’t have a lot of pictures from the conference (I was apparently the only person who obeyed the “no photography” signs), but I did capture some nuggets of wisdom from the speakers.

First up was Wayne Dyer, sometimes referred to as the Father of Motivation. I’m reading his new book, Wishes Fulfilled, which is all about manifesting the things you want in your life.

Dr Dyer is definitely wise, but I was surprised by how funny he was too.

Wayne Dyer-isms

  • There’s no such thing as failure. Regarding the obesity epidemic: “You haven’t failed; you just produced massive results.”
  • We all experience fear. The letters in the word “fear” could stand for false evidence appearing real, but Dr Dyer likes to think of it as fuck everything and run!
  • The mind is powerful. “Put your attention on something and you become it.”
  • Divine love is inside you. “God is love, and you are love.”

You can catch Oprah’s interview with Wayne Dyer this Sunday on “Super Soul Sunday” on OWN.

The other speakers were so motivating, and here’s a quick recap of their top tips:

Best IGNITE Advice

  • Agapi Stassinopoulos: “You are the leading lady in your life.”
  • Jessica Ortner: “Are your teachers leading the life you want to live?” Or do you need new teachers?
  • Kate Northrup: “Spending within your means is a way to take care of yourself.”
  • Michael Chase: “Ask yourself, ‘Am I being kind?’”
  • Kris Carr: “Animals have imaginations and thoughts.” “The best time to change is on vacation because you’re changing your environment.” “What is a yes, what is a no, and what is a not now?”
  • Cheryl Richardson: “A loving relationship with yourself should be your #1 priority.” “What could I do right now to make myself feel better?” Regarding masturbation: “It’s all self-care, baby!”
  • Danielle LaPorte: “How do you want to feel? What would make you feel that way? What do you need to do to get that feeling?”
  • Tom Shadyac: “Be ignited or be gone!”
Blurry pic of Kris Carr

Now, back to Louise Hay’s bra. She was explaining how you have to be prepared when you’re traveling, so she likes to store things in her bra. I couldn’t believe all the junk she had crammed in there!

No kidding, she pulled the following things out of her bra: a mint, a prune, her hotel keycard, a mirror, and a pack of almond butter.

Cheryl Richardson said she felt inadequate: “There’s nothing in my bra but boobs!”

It was a fabulous event, and I left feeling more energized and excited about living the life of my dreams!

I have something sweet to inspire and motivate you!

You know how I’m always talking about how you should keep a gratitude journal?

Well, our conference goodie bags contained hardcover Hay House journals. The beautiful journals have lined sheets with pictures of flowers on each page, and sprinkled throughout are quotes from self-empowerment gurus like Louise Hay and Wayne Dyer.

Chris didn’t want his journal (imagine that), so I’m giving it away to one lucky reader!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below about the best advice you’ve ever given, received, or heard. Leave your comment by Wednesday, March 28 to be eligible to win. One winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck!

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  1. Anna@ThriftyBusiness on March 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I’m not sure if this is the best advice but it sure is one of my most referred-to phrase: when one door closes another opens. In other words, don’t feel crushed about missed opportunities because another one will present itself.

  2. Tinfoil Tiaras on March 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    What a neat conference- I’m always intrigued by motivational speakers! I love the saying “you are the leading lady in your own life”.

    This is such a pretty journal- I would love to enter. The advice that I follow my life by is “live life with no regrets, don’t look back, keep going forward.”

    • Sage on March 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      “Don’t look back” is sometimes tough for me, but I try to live that way. Ruminating over past mistakes doesn’t help me, but focusing on my future goals does. Good advice!

  3. Shybiker on March 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

    How clever — I never heard of using a bra for storage before. Mine has plenty of spare room!

    Glad you found inspiration and ideas. We can all use those.

    (Don’t enter me in the giveaway, thanks.)

  4. xvavaveganx on March 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    First of all, this seems like an amazing and empowering experience! I’m so happy for you that you got to go. I think that it is the perfect conference for you! The panel seems amazing and I love all of the tidbits you shared! Thanks for the recap!

    As for the best advice I’ve ever gotten… I’d say it is to understand the power of positive thinking and also the idea that what you put out into the universe is what you’ll get back. I’ve come to realize that when I’m more positive and upbeat everything around me seems to be brighter, happier and I feel like I can achieve anything. It seems simple its value really shows itself when you actually have that moment of clarity and come to see the truth in it.

  5. nik on March 22, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Find what you love…Love what you find.
    To me that means always do your best, seek, explore and work for your goals, never give up, but always accept and learn from and appreciate what you have and who you’re with and where you are at each and every moment.

    • Sage on March 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Great advice! Appreciating what you have right now is so important. Keeping a gratitude journal stops me from having that “gimme gimme gimme” mentality.

  6. Kenesha Williams on March 22, 2012 at 7:39 am

    The best piece of advice I’ve ever read and unfortunately I can’t recall the source was: “You can either have a great excuse or a great story!” While so many people blame others or happenstance for the problems they have I’d rather overcome the perceived odds and have a great story of accomplishment to share rather than a great excuse as to why I couldn’t do something!

    • Sage on March 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Oooh, that’s a good one! I sometimes catch myself coming up with excuses not to do something, but I’ll never reach my goals unless I take a risk.

  7. Jennifer Delle Fave on March 22, 2012 at 7:32 am

    You got to see/hear Wayne Dyer?? I’m so jealous. He is true inspiration and much needed on a weekly if not daily basis. I wish I lived in a cooler city where he would come speak! I definitely want to listen to Wishes Fulfilled. I like hearing his voice!

    • Sage on March 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      Wayne Dyer is pretty awesome. I listen to a lot of audio books too because I retain the information better when I hear someone say it.