Like many things in my life this past year, planning this conference was an exercise in trust. We did not have funds to start with, we didn’t even know if the speakers we hoped to have at the conference would want to or be able to join us. We just wanted to make a space where women could gather, be refreshed, and be inspired to keep creating with their hands, their words, and their hearts.
God is faithful. We said Yes without knowing what the end result would be. But, you guys, it was beautiful. I cannot think of one thing that went wrong. Our speakers were amazingly generous when it came to sharing their knowledge, wisdom, and personal blogging journeys. Some people spent hours on the road or on planes to make sure they could get here. Connections were made, online friendships became in-real-life friendships, and reunions took place.
I’ll share more in the weeks to come about my personal experience during the conference, but I want to take some time to thank all of the people who made this possible:
Our amazing dinner from Gardens of Salonica that everyone swooned over. If you’re in the Twin Cities, please do yourself a favor and check them out. You can thank me later.
The amazing Katzie Truso came out and took headshots for many of the attendees. I really can't wait to see these.
Our door prizes were provided by Lily Jade, Nena & Co, Kiki Koyote, Brooklyn Herborium, LulaRoe-Maegan Odicino, Pink Blush, Pink Salt Riot, Magnificat, Hallie Lord, Carrots for Michaelmas, Mothering Spirit, Do Small Things with Love, and Chewslife.
Swag bags were filled with goods from Be A Heart, Hatch Prints, Keep it Light Art, Call Her Happy, Brass & Mint Co., Other Side of the Fence, Mata Traders, Annery’s Handmade, Pink Salt Riot, Chrism Shop, Rakstar Designs, Brooklyn Herborium, and Magnificat.
Thanks to all of those who helped spread the word about the conference, who watched babies so moms could attend, and everyone else who made this day possible.
It was a blast. See you all in 2018 ;)
If you attended the conference and wrote about it, please link up below!
(most) photos courtesy of Anna