Ever need inspiration to infuse your business and your life with new ideas, hope, and a sense of camaraderie (especially when you work alone)? On Wednesday, I found all that and more when I attended the Texas Conference for Women in Austin with my two pals, Melanie and Alicia.

Here are five (of the many) cool things I learned:

1. We need two things in life and work to handle difficult relationships: Know who you are. Know how to be an artful communicator.

“Leaders speak clearly and memorably, and they go overtly for persuasion.”

– Charlotte Beers, Ogilvy & Mather advertising genius, former Undersecretary of State, and author of I’d Rather Be in Charge

Charlotte Beers - my new hero. #txconfwomen

2. It sounds counterintuitive, but we must be vulnerable to lead.

“In 12 years of interviewing leaders, I’ve never met a transformational one who wasn’t engaging in vulnerability.”

– Brene Brown, speaker, researcher, author of Daring Greatly

3. I participate in The Arrival Fallacy which is, “I’ll be happy when…my kids are older; I land that new client; I lose 20 pounds.” BUT…

“Now is Now. Happiness is a way of being. Not a destination.”

– Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home

4. Does something bring me more joy or less joy? If it’s more, do it. If it’s less, dump it.

“Go for more joy, but be with what is.”

– Carrie Contey, Slow Family Living and Early Parenting

5. Texas women are a force to be reckoned with and they are enormous supporters of one another.

“If all 5,000 women from the Texas Conference for Women went to work on Monday and did it differently, it would change the WORLD.”

– Danielle LaPorte, author of The Fire Starter Sessions

Want more nuggets of wisdom? Visit my 2012 Texas Conference for Women Storify to view all of my tweets from the sessions I attended.