When the conference was first announced, I wasn't sure if it was totally for me. The speakers that were attending were amazing, but I was concerned with cost and transportation and all those other things we all worry about. Fortunately, I took a leap of faith. I signed up and planned to drive to Rome, GA to the Winshape Retreat.
Trying to be patient the days leading up to conference, I worked, packed, and made sure my car was ready to make the 8.5 hour drive. Some people thought I was crazy but the drive really had beautiful views and a lot of belting out some Strawberry Wine (and some other 90's tunes).
At first site of Winshape I was so impressed. The staff is absolutely wonderful and caring. They made us all feel so welcome and taken care of.
The first day it rained...but don't worry there were umbrellas at every door. The weather was amazing and gorgeous and oh so much more pleasant that the hot humidity of Louisiana.
So we each had a roommate. Mine was the always sweet Kristin Peddicord of KLP Photography. We seriously laughed until we cried, almost the entire day.
While there, we listened to speakers. Karen Stott, Jody Gray, Katelyn James, Alicia Candelora, Mary Marantz, Dawn Davis, and Jane Johnson.
The pinch-my-I'm-dreaming thing about this conference is that not only did we hear these fabulous successful women talk about photography, they discussed their faith and testimonies. Then we mingled, we ate together, we prayed together, we worshiped together. Who would have ever thought that this would really happen?
Rest and rejuvenation were supposed to be part of the plan of this conference, but I feel like love, friendship, and a fire lit inside of all of us is what really happened. I am blessed to have met such amazing women. Blessed to have made new friends. Blessed to laugh and dance with some of the most successful women in the industry. Crazy how life happens.
If you ever get a chance to attend the Pursuit 31 Conference...JUMP...GO. I promise you will love it. If you get the chance to go to WinShape....GO! It's awesome. But if you're on a diet...throw that out the window. The food was delicious and you won't want to miss that!
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