BY LAURA RUSH + NICOLE BARLOW
Be Bona Fide is a movement encouraging genuine and honest living in order to make social media a more realistic representation of our lives. We inspire others to be self-loving and accepting in every aspect of their lives--not just the picture perfect ones.
The purpose of our events is to encourage women to overcome adversity, see the silver lining in their struggles, and work on self-love and acceptance that can be applied in their everyday routine.
We will always hold the “Let’s Get Real” event dear to our hearts. All of our attendees were welcomed with open arms to come as they are--whether they had just gone through the hardest season of life to date, or were the happiest they’ve ever been. It was a night of reflection and learning, but the common theme through every one of our five speakers was to embrace every part of you and to leave with a greater feeling of acceptance and hope.
Our “Let’s Get Real” events are a different kind of conference; they aren't just about listening. They are about experiencing what it means to be bona fide for yourself as well as a chance to share your story. Through group discussions, a mindfulness yoga flow, bona fide confessions and more, it is an outlet where you don't have to be anything but yourself.
When we host our “Let’s Get Real” events, we don’t want it to be a place where you come alone or with a friend and leave alone or with your friend. We want it to be a place where you can band together and meet a new sisterhood, make new friendships and create a community of support that has the capability to last a lifetime. One of the first things our guests are asked to do upon arrival is to fill out a “Bona Fide Confession”. This gives each of them an opportunity to express and show others that we are more than just a person.