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Becoming 2011 Wrap Up

on 8.15.2011 at 7:45pm
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Photos by Ruth Soukup

I know that only a small drop of readers got to attend Becoming this past weekend, but I wanted to take the time and show you what everyone else missed and thank our awesome sponsors that helped make the weekend possible.

First what did you miss:

A weekend filled with awesome women, laughter, fun, learning and rest.  Everywhere you look at Ridgecrest there are rocking chairs overlooking the mountains, the rooms have no TV (there is wi-fi though) and most of us had no kids.  Peace…

We heard from amazing speakers like The Nester, Angela from ButtonBird Designs, and a mom of 11 kids (plus Jen and myself but you knew we were there).  I could have used one on one time with each of them, they were each so passionate and had amazing things to share!

Many of you asked for notes from various sessions.  I know Angela already posted her “How to Paint Furniture” session and here is a link to just the outline from my keynote on becoming content.  We’ll try harder next year to figure out ways to record sessions since that has been the #1 piece of feedback we got.

Now to our sponsors:

For Jen & I this was a first, and we really went in blind on what it costs to run a conference and the amount of work required.  There is no way we could have done it with out the three companies that stepped up and saw our vision for getting women together to talk about anything and everything they want to become.

I would love for all you to check them out and show them just how awesome they are!

Coinstar, the leader in coin converting, helped us all see the value in the little things.  A big take away we learned… remember that you can always convert your change into gift certificates to local and online stores and pay NO fee!  Find a location near you.

Savings.com is an awesome place to find online coupon codes, and a community of other “savers” gathering deals from around the web.  They are also on a mission this year to save America 1 Billion dollars, so take the pledge if you haven’t already.  The fun part to me about Savings.com is that you can set up your own page to follow just the deals you want to see!

Blessings Unlimited shined with their gorgeous home decor and wonderful message.  This is a wonderful company that is also a great way for women to make some side money working from home.

We also have to give them a huge thanks for the beautiful bags that they donated, we had people that worked at the conference center trying to figure out how to buy them!  I also loved that at the end of the weekend they gave away everything they brought!!

Now on to next year!

We already have the dates so pencil it in so you won’t miss out.  September 21-22nd, 2012 at Ridgecrest in Asheville NC.  We will open up reservations in early 2012.


    • Brandy

      The conference was a lot of fun!

    • Mariecs

      The Conference was awesome. Ya'll ladies done a great job. I left so motivated and ready to make some changes.

      Thanks to all of you . I am looking forward to next year.

    • Buttonbirddesigns

      Jenny
      I had the best time!!!!  Thank you for such a wonderful experience and the opportunity to be a part of Becoming.  I can't wait till next year!!  Lots of love!
      Angela

    • Kristinburrell

      It was so fun! I went with my mom and 2 other friends and saw a lot of other ladies I knew there. We learned a lot and were inspired by all of the speakers. Jenny- I really want to thank you for the keynote speech on becoming content. I probably was motivated the most by that speech. It was exactly what I needed to hear.  (And I, too, would love it if the other ladies would upload their notes to their blogs. I took my own, but I know they had more in their notes than they could go over! Maybe longer session times next year (with one session on Friday night)?

    • Myj

      Looks like a great time. It would be great to attend next year. How much do you anticipate registration being next year?

    • Sandy565

      I hope I get to attend next year!!

    • Angel_in_Charleston

      Loved the conference! Can't wait to go again next year. Thanks for all your hard work in planning and executing this extraordinary event!

    • Angel_in_Charleston

      Although I know it took A LOT of planning, I did not mean to repeat myself in the previous post (planning planning). It's past my bedtime!

    • Mstw

      Had a wonderful time!! It was really a blessing for me.

    • Angel_in_Charleston

      I swear my first post said “planning planning”! Now it doesn't. I'm going to bed …

    • Holtzclaw5

      Somehow I totally missed this conference but it sounds just like what I needed….I will be there next year hopefully:) Jenny rocks!

    • AlexJames987378

      I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
      Here is the website we use to get it all from,

      http://bit.ly/BidFirst

    • Thanks for such a great event!  I learned so much, and had a nice “rest” from the fam!  I am sorry I didn't get to meet you Jenny!  You have literally shown me all I know, and inspired me!  Can't wait for next year!

    • Gillian Layne

      I just mentioned that I would be glad to buy sessions on button bird designs. I'm so glad to know you all are thinking about it! :)

    • AlexJames987390

      I just p a i d $21.87 for an i P a d 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
      Here is the website we use to get it all from,

      http://bit.ly/BidFirst

    • Dianne L

      Jenny, thanks for the fabulous conference! I was one of the lucky 10 whose number was drawn for one of the Blessings give aways! THANKS!!! Can't wait til next year!

      I was not able to make it through the chick flick Friday night, even though I wanted to. Please post the name of it and where I might find it.

      • Shannon C

        Dianne,  I think the name of the movie was sweet land.

        • Dianne L

          Thanks, Shannon C! I kept thinking it was titled something else, and I couldn't find info on that title at all!

    • Shannon

      Really enjoyed the conference and I am ready for next year.  Thanks everyone for all the hard work to put this conference on.

    • MelissaT

      I had such a great time! And we are already planning to attend next year!

    • Alice

      I learned so much!!  Thank you!!!!

    • Lisa

      It was such a wonderful conference.  I felt like all the speakers were my good friends.  Its so nice to just spend time with women supporting each other and learning new things.  The Ridgecrest Conference Center was a great location.  Thanks so much for all of your hard work putting it on.  I hope to be there next year!!

    • KAW

      Really fun and informative….thank you!!!

    • Kmartin1085

      Just purchased my first chalk paint and wax…..I am sooo excited to see how my project turns out when it comes in.  I realized after I ordered from reading further examples that I ordered the wrong wax for the look I was expecting.  I emailed the gal at periwinklepass and she gave me her phone number to talk me through and make sure she got me the product I was needing!  Great experience……Thanks for sharing Jenny!!  Very excited to try the new product…..and if I like it (I'm sure I will)  I will have a new entertainment center for very little money!  Also planning to update all my brown picture frames to black! :)  Can't wait!

    • Pkfann

      loved, loved, loved it!!  Great to be with so many ladies passionate about what they do.  Thank you soooo much!!

    • Happy to hear this first event went well. We look forward to hosting next year’s event!

      Byron Hill
      Executive Director, LifeWay Conference Centers

    • I had an amazing time!  It was a great conference!
      Debbie