you should’ve been there.
i cant say enough good things about my fantastic weekend away at SNAP! and the queen bee market! it was so amazing and i am so excited to share it with you!
but before i do that, a bit of good news: the shop is updated!! nearly every color is back in stock and i am thrilled about it! hope you are too :)
i have been to a few blog conferences. it is always a good experience, i always feel like i learn a lot and make a lot of great connections. however, a creative/handmade biz blogger doesn’t always fit in and panels and sessions aren’t always relevant. this is why i first got excited about being a part of snap a year ago, but i didn’t realize how much fun it would be to be with my people. people who speak my language. people who get my particular version of insanity.
i ended up taking the boys with me this time so they could spend quality time with grandma and grandpa.
it was the first time in a long time that i had flown by myself with the two of them. and they did sooo well! my favorite part was at take off when they both raised their hands above their heads and screamed like they were on a roller coaster. oh, i love those boys.
as with every conference, i love the chance to spend time with some of my closest friends that i only get to see a few times a year. maggie, lindsey and i stayed in salt lake on wednesday night for a little slumber party before heading down to the conference on thursday morning. it was so great to catch up with them before heading into a new experience. their friendship is invaluable to me and i am so grateful to have them as mentors and cheerleaders.
from the minute the conference started, i could sense it would be different from the other conferences i’d attended. i felt at home, i felt relaxed, and i felt empowered.
honestly. i’m not sure how my name ended up next to theirs, but i felt so blessed to be sitting next to them! lindsey, ashley and liz had so much valuable information to share about turning your passion into a business and sitting at the front of that room that was packed full of eager small biz owners made me feel so thankful that i get to do what i do. hubs teased me last night saying he had no idea what i might say when i’m on a panel. let’s just say i’ve never been accused of being short on words ;) here’s a recap if you want to read!
as soon as that session was over, we headed to the show barn at thanksgiving point to start setting up for the queen bee market. it was really bittersweet to see everything all set up when we got there and i had nothing to do with it. of course it was less stressful for me to just be a vendor and not in charge also, but letting go of it was really hard. my sister did such an amazing job, and it was a little strange to unload my booth and then take off to moderate another panel while she stayed behind at the market.
they had such great information to share, and i loved hearing the different perspectives on how to propel your business forward. and of course sitting next to the master entertainer, miss becki of whippy cake. (HILARIOUS).
we ran back to the queen bee to finish setting up and get ready for dinner and the opening of the market. and when the doors opened, it was a MADHOUSE.
this picture was taken 8 minutes after opening! what a great night!
the next day i was determined to step outside of my comfort zone a little and take as much time as i could to meet new people and chat with new friends. it’s always so easy to stay with my friends and have a good time, but then i miss out on new relationships! so saturday i was off on my own most of the day determined to get all that i could out of SNAP.
i posted this pic on instagram with the caption: “if i haven’t met you yet, come find me and say hi!” it worked! thanks for being outgoing and being willing to take a minute to be my friend.
i had to take in the beauty of Thanksgiving Point- we could not have come at a better time.
all the years i lived in utah, i had never seen the tulips at thanksgiving point in the spring. to.die.for.
since i spent most of the day saturday at the market and finding new friends, the only panel i got to go to was one that pretty much wrecked me. i was crying from the moment the panelists introduced themselves, and didn’t stop until well after it ended.
blogging for good is a new concept to me, embarrassingly enough. but these three, meg, jeannett, and ethan- this is what they live and breathe. i loved hearing their passion for doing good and using their voice to spread that message. so powerful.
this guy is an angel. a sharlie’s angel to be exact. ethan austin is the founder of give forward and made it possible for friends and family to raise over $60,000 online for sharlie’s medical expenses. i was so emotional speaking to him and thanking him for his good work and couldn’t help but hug him and say thank you over and over again. what an amazing man with an amazing vision for helping others.
as you can see, SNAP did not disappoint! The panels were great and relevant. The attendees were friendly and encouraging. The food was good, the setting was beautiful, the growth was real.
I would love to share more of what I learned, but for now, I need to go spend time with those cute boys I missed so much :)