Inspired Retreat :: A look back

July 13, 2015  |  Southern Fete News

One of my goals for this year was to attend a conference. Somehow it was always easier to attend conferences while working in the corporate world, but I didn’t want that to be the case. I mulled over all of the options and gave myself 5 minutes to press “register” when registration opened for the Inspired Conference and didn’t look back.

Evans Mill is one of the most peaceful places I’ve been, serves some of the very best food, and was the perfect place to get my mind right for this conference. I met some of the sweetest friends and walked away with more than I set out to accomplish. You’ll have to stay tuned, though, to see some of these things come of life.

Leaving for the conference came on the heels of wrapping up a pretty stacked Spring calendar. The thought of opening my closet to begin packing gave me instant anxiety. I knew it was the perfect time for Southern Fete to get Styled. Michelle and I picked an hour on one afternoon, and she literally worked magic. She used what I already had in my closet, picked jewelry, shoes, took pictures and basically wrapped a beautiful bow around what I needed to throw in a suitcase. I can’t deny that I felt this was a little diva-ish, but one of the themes of the conference was that when you have the chance to outsource DO IT. Having Michelle, I was able to kick the packing anxiety to the curb and better utilize my time to tie up any lose ends before I unplugged for a week.

Here’s a few pictures from my time there from the super talented and equally sweet Alexis June Weddings!

©AlexisJuneWeddings | Inspired Retreat, 2015 | Evins Mill, TN

©AlexisJuneWeddings | Inspired Retreat, 2015 | Evins Mill, TN

©AlexisJuneWeddings | Inspired Retreat, 2015 | Evins Mill, TN

©AlexisJuneWeddings | Inspired Retreat, 2015 | Evins Mill, TN

©AlexisJuneWeddings | Inspired Retreat, 2015 | Evins Mill, TN

©AlexisJuneWeddings | Inspired Retreat, 2015 | Evins Mill, TN

When in doubt of what to wear when meeting a new group of girls, may I suggest stripes? On the first day, there were a group of 4 or 5 of us that had on navy stripes and I’m not sure if it was the stripes or the personalities behind choosing stripes, but we were instant friends. Yes, that’s me snapping a Instagram shot. Did you honestly think I’d miss an opportunity to snap both stripes and polka dots in the same frame. I think not.
©AlexisJuneWeddings | Inspired Retreat, 2015 | Evins Mill, TN

This, right here, is one moment that I’m forever grateful to have been captured. We were asked to write down what we would have told ourself when just starting out. Besides the fact that I didn’t tap into my negotiating self and get one of the super talented calligraphy ladies to write it for me, of all the things I’ve learned in the past two years it’s this right here. I’d love to scream it from the rooftops. Instead, I guess I’ll have a print made and put it in my office.

xoxo



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