“No” is not a negative. “No” is neutral. Keep searching for the “Yes-es” in your life. -Jen McGowan
A few nights ago, I had the pleasure of attending LUNAFEST 2014. It started out with a swanky reception for the VIPs to mingle and nosh on yummy hors d’oeuvres. I had the delight of meeting the lovely ladies of Linqia (hi, girls!) and a few other Bay Area bloggers!
The event continued with several different speakers, including the co-founder of Clif bars, Kit Crawford, and Jen McGowan, the award-winning film producer of Kelly & Cal. Her speech was so inspiring and encouraged all women to “keep searching for the yes-es” in their life, no matter how many times they’ve been rejected.
After the speeches, they aired eight short films directed by women about women. Some were funny, some were sad, and every single one was poignant and thought-provoking. After watching these short films, I was inspired to think about the women game-changers in my own life. That’s why this post is dedicated to my Mom – my number one role model and number one fan! :)
Mom, I appreciate you more than I can express in words. You have been an incredible role model and my number one cheerleader! Thank you for raising me to value my intelligence and independence, and always focusing on my accomplishments rather than my appearance. You taught me that it’s cool to be smart (3 years of math & science camp, say what?) and instilled in me a strong sense of morality. I am so grateful for everything you do!
Who has inspired you in your own life?
The film festival—by, for, and about women—has not only raised 2.5 million dollars to date for the Breast Cancer Fund and other nonprofits around the country but is also rare in that it is one of the few recognized and heralded avenues reserved for women filmmakers, and enables them to get their films out into the world and to impact and inspire other women filmmakers and their audiences. LUNAFEST is created and funded by LUNA®, the maker of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®.