Adulting Sucks was the first event in our newest event series, ego never, which aims to bring together Austin’s various creative communities to achieve more than we can on our own
Adulting Sucks was a fresh opportunity for us to collaborate with the fun-loving guys of The Seer Presents and celebrate the fact that, despite this directionless time in our lives, we can rely on community to help us get by. Ultimately, we wanted our attendees to walk away with a sense of comfort, inspiration for their work, and new friends who “get it.” We designed the event with this goal in mind, and it was incredibly satisfying to see how it all played out.
One of the most gratifying aspects of producing events is having attendees who are engaged and excited to be there. To set the tone, we welcomed everyone with photos of framed 90s characters and one of our favorite DJs, Maurice Barrett (Out of Place).
Colorful post-it notes filled the Let It Out wall (unsurprisingly, a ton of them were about money woes and emotionally unaware bosses), Instagram stories popped up from the photo booth, the bingo cards started hilarious conversations, and everyone got some much needed stress relief from the Break Room.
The stars of the day, though, were our speakers: Moby Hayat, Kara Perez, Shawn Sanchez, and Sara Miller.
Our speakers deserve immense credit for their vulnerability and realness on stage. They all spoke about the central theme of plans not unfolding the way they’re “supposed” to – and made us all feel like it was okay and sometimes even better to wing it – while still providing their own unique perspectives.
Moby Hayat founder of The Fire Show, was the first speaker on the line up. When we spoke last year, he was gushing about some major milestones: his first podcast, starting a Master’s program, and getting a new apartment on the Eastside.
When we were on stage, Moby admitted that his successes on paper didn’t directly translate to happiness or fulfillment. On combating misery and rediscovering his purpose, Moby shared, “I opened up to people and eventually got to a point where I realized, no matter what I have in my life, I won't matter more or less. I don't know what life is about, but I do know that I'll focus more on figuring out what I want to do right now.”
When I just want whatever I'm feeling to end, the small day to day reminder is, I'll wake up tomorrow and that’s a new chance to feel good. -Moby
Kara Perez founded Bravely, a financial literacy company that empowers women to take charge of their financial lives after committing to her money goals and paying off her student loans. Paying off 5 digit figures can be daunting, but Kara’s motivation sprang from not having any other choice.
"It just really occurred to me – no one was going to ride in on a white horse and save me,” recalls Kara. If I wanted to change my life it was going to come from me. But then I was like, "I have no idea how to do this."
As long as we're in the system, I think it's important to know the tools that are oppressing you and how you can fight back, and money is a big thing. I just want to break the money taboo, and I want to break the patriarchy if I'm being really real. -Kara
When Shawn Sanchez first fell in love with a boutique store at 16, he never would’ve imagined that he would start his own clothing line within the exact same walls years later. Shawn’s love mixed with an opportunity he couldn’t turn down led to the creation of his own fashion brand, Native.
“There’s no fallback,” admits Shawn. “My drive is that I have no backup.”
You can't ever do anything by yourself as much as you think you can. You definitely need support. -Shawn
Owning a small business means a lot of unexpected turns and surprises. Things often don’t go according to plan. With a couple years of post-grad life under her belt, our final speaker has some familiarity with having to improvise. Sara Miller founded The Get Up, an organization aimed at educating and inspiring a community of empowered individuals.
“I graduated from college in 2013 and I had this vision of changing the world,” reveals Sara. “I thought by the time I was 26 – which is how old I am now – that I would be the Secretary of Education. I still don't quite know what I want to do but I've had the opportunity to grow quite a bit and learn a lot about myself.”
I think it's really important for all of us to try and figure out what that best version of us is and then do it. -Sara
Our speakers reaffirmed that sometimes we don’t always all have the answers readily available... and that’s ok. And sometimes, the universe will pass us an alley oop. We just need to have the courage to catch and dunk it.
We had a lot of fun dreaming up Adulting Sucks. As the debut event for ego never, we knew it would set the tone for the rest of our events to come. Adulting Sucks encompassed the values we strive to exemplify through our work: collaboration, community, and creativity.
Check out the video below for the full recap.
Thanks so much to everyone who came through and celebrated with us! Catch us at our next events: collective blue’s birthday bash later this month and East Austin Studio Tour November 18-19.
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