I'm just back from the Blueprint Retreat hosted by Shanna Skidmore at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. The idea behind this retreat is a time to get away from your business in order to make strategic plans for your business. Shanna specializes in working with women business owners in the creative industries. In true Shanna fashion, she brings her own creativity to light as she incorporates special touches and special people in making a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The first night we were welcomed with a dinner experience beautifully designed by Abany Bauer and the next morning with an equally as stunning "classroom" incorporating vintage pieces curated by Blue Eyed Yonder.
After spending time reflecting on our own personal stories and clarifying our message, we wrote goals—both personal and professional—to guide us through the coming year. A quote that resonated with me was this—"In all the chatter and noise, we fall out of love with our own voice." (Michael Hyatt) If I'm honest, spending time on Pinterest and Instagram can lead to comparisons that are not always helpful. I hope to spend the next year taking time to find and develop my own "voice". Meanwhile, Instagram has become a great avenue for developing relationships with others in our industry—many of whom were a part of Blueprint. Many thanks to Shanna and her fabulous team—Abany Bauer, Amy Osaba, Heather Payne, Jess Garner, Krista Janos, Lindsey McClennahan and Tessia Treynet—for sharing your gifts and to these ladies for sharing their dreams.
And then there was plenty of takeaway of a different sort.