A Letter to Our Community: Crowdfund & Summit Update

To our community,

Thank you so much for supporting our crowdfund campaign over the past month! Together, we raised $26,000+ and we couldn’t have done it without you. Every contribution and social media share brought us one step closer towards our goal of creating a historical and first-of-its-kind gathering for 500 Asian women creators.

We’d like to take a moment to acknowledge that we did not hit our goal of crowdfunding $75,000 within 30 days. While it was a bit disheartening, it wasn’t a surprise. Keep scrolling to read some of our reflections.

But before we get into it, let us be clear: The Cosmos Summit is 100% happening!

Taking a Leap of Faith

When we crunched the numbers on producing an event of this size, we knew it was going to be expensive and far from easy. We were met with a choice. Do we scale down to stay “safe” or do what it takes to actualize our bold vision?

Many terrifying things came up for us in the process: imposter syndrome, feelings of unworthiness, fear that no one would care, and anxiety to name a few! On top of that, we knew that experiences focused on Asian women are still a relatively new concept - not just for our community, but for the world. Yet nothing could shake the gnawing belief that it’s about damn time for SOMEBODY to create an experience that celebrates Asian women.

Moving Forward

We remain committed to and clear on who we’re here for: YOU. In full transparency, here’s our path forward:

When and where is the Summit happening?:
The Summit is coming Sunday 8/25 to Brooklyn! More details will be shared in the coming months.

How are you raising the remaining $50K?:
Most conferences/summits are funded by sponsorships. But rather than guessing which brands you’ll want to meet, we want to collaborate with you! Can you tell us which brands you’d most want to engage with at the Summit by emailing hello@jointhecosmos.com?

I want my friends to come to Summit with me! How can they get tickets?
We’ve decided to keep our crowdfund campaign page open until April 14. This is the last chance to get GA / VIP Summit tix at the lowest available prices. Share this link with your closest pals and spread the word!

We chose, with deep intention, to crowdfund before seeking outside investment for two reasons:

  1. The reality that women of color receive less than 0.2% of venture capital funding

  2. A community-driven funding model best aligns with our desire to be held accountable to delivering value

When you’re in the business of creating something that’s never been done before to empower an underserved group of people, you’re going to face a unique set of challenges that will require every ounce of creativity, grit, and determination that you’ve got.

We don't view the crowdfund as a failure because you gotta shoot your shot, right? But we're realistic about what it takes to charge ahead.

Thank you for supporting us on this journey in all the ways you already have. Together, we are co-creating a world where Asian women everywhere can flourish and thrive.

To the stars,
Cassandra Lam & Karen Mok
Cofounders of The Cosmos

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How to master & keep track of your 2019 goals

You started the new year off with big dreams and aspirations. You think “I am definitely going to be healthy, drink more water, switch up my workout routine, achieve inbox zero, start saving, and run my all-time-consuming side hustle!” But then you realize that it's late-January, and you’ve finished binge-watching “You” instead of focusing on you (yes, Y-O-U) and your resolutions.

We’ve been there (Peach Salinger, FTW) and it sucks to disappoint ourselves, but know that it’s never too late to buckle down and refocus on your goals (trust us, we are constantly rearranging and reevaluating our to-do lists at The Cosmos). Here are practical and easy-to-do tips to help you follow-through on all your career and personal resolutions in 2019. Scroll on to turn your goals into reality!

  • Reflect on last year’s failures and celebrate your achievements. Before setting new goals, write down five failures or mistakes you’ve made in 2018. Once you identify the mistakes from your past, take some time to reflect. What should you do differently this year to come up stronger and better than before? Next, and most importantly, write down five of your career and personal achievements, big and small. We tend to ignore our accomplishments, when in reality we’ve done so much (we’re all go-getters and high-achievers here, after all) and we deserve to feel pride in how much we’ve learned and grown.

  • Break down goals into specific tasks that have concrete timelines and numbers. If you want to begin investing, set a deadline for setting up your 401k. If you’re planning on changing careers, email five people who have successfully made a similar transition over the next three weeks. Like the bullet journal method, "next action" items with measurable to-do’s are key for checking off those bigger, loftier goals.

  • Meditate for 15 minutes every morning. When you’re thinking about the past or future, you’re prone to feelings of regret or fear. By being in the present, you can focus on what matters most. The "4-7-8" breathing technique works for moments of stress, but for regular mindfulness practice, use a meditation timer or listen to a relaxing track. Remember, you can only effect change in the now.

  • Journal in the evening. You might be thinking, “Journaling? Really?” We know. Asian women are busy AF. However, setting aside some “me time” for reflections on a regular basis will help you keep track of your goals and gain understanding of all the emotions that come with big life changes. You may find that your priorities take a new trajectory as the year progresses too. Do you really want to travel 40 minutes to get to that fancy gym downtown? Is your goal more costly and time-consuming than you realized? You’ll have better chances of keeping your resolutions if you approach achieving your goals as a well-documented journey, not a destination.

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Written by Amy Wang-Hoyer

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