Alright. I borrowed stole some pictures. I thought I might use this opportunity to give you some “behind the scenes” perspectives. It was very eye-opening to be on the other side of a conference, but it was also pretty. darn. awesome.

First things first—if I wasn’t madly in love with each of these ladies, there’s no way this could have been pulled off. Everyone of us helped see this to fruition. It’s no lie when I say these are some of my very best friends, and I’m thankful that this was able to bring us even closer together.

Secondly, I’m a bit shy. My friends might even call me a liar on this one, but I can get really intimidated in large groups of people. Small group? I’m a rock-your-socks-off conversationalist. Large group? Sweating. And wishing for my pajamas. At both of our social nights, I was scrambling to find Beth or Sarah to buddy up with me as I nervously walked the room. I know! A revelation, right? Why tell you this? ‘Cause it probably led to my only disappointment—I didn’t get to talk to as many people as I would have liked. Bummer.

Something I did not clue into is that when you run a conference, you are apparently not there to be a spectator. I taught four sessions, and I ran the presentation of another (notice me on the left side—hoping not to drop the computer…again). Sarah, Beckie, and Julia shared some outstanding information, and it’s all a blur. Pushing the arrow button on a computer is stressful!

Haven conference

I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that we had the BEST sponsors for this conference. Some big names took a chance on us, and I’m hoping it paid off for them! They were all consummate professionals.  While I may have missed a lot of classes, I definitely learned a lot from these people.


I taught my beginning paint class with Bruce from Minwax. He’s a former high school English teacher, so it was meant to be. We went together like paint and polycrylic. Like wood and sandpaper? You get the idea.


Team member or attendee, the goal was the same—meeting up with friends and making new ones. Speaking of which, I met Dusty Dawn. ‘Nuff said.  :)


I wish I could hug Kristi right now for the ONE picture of me and my roomies. It was seriously a 4-day slumber party for us. Ever laugh so hard, you feel like you’re gonna throw up? That kind of sums up our stay.

As a team, we tried our best to mingle outside of our circle. That meant only one photo-op with us as a group, and this is what it looked like. I laugh every time I look at it. I also use it to remind my husband how cool I am I think I am.

Haven photo

And finally…I will  spend the rest of my life wondering what I thought was so funny and cracking up at my girls’ reactions. (Thank you, Christina!)

Thank you so much to our Flickr contributions for these pictures. Had you not posted your pictures, I would only have canvas bags and blue balls as my proof of the conference!

Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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