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Speak Your Truth

Have you ever wanted to learn how to lead and love your life? "Speak Your Truth" is a hands-on, luxorious, and soulful journy created just for this. This is unforgettable experience!

25 hand-selected women who are ready to face the excuses that stand in their way, speak their truth, and courageously change their life story will head to the Poconos in Pennsylvania for this one of a kind retreat. 

While at the retreat, these women will have personalized coahing and development that is a fusion of content from two authority coaches in the leadership and personal transformation worlds. They will have experiential content including journal exercises, meditation, massage and ritual. They will also have a chance to choose empowerment over excuses, an opportunity to stop living small and claim the life they were destined to live, and have time and space to rewrite their life story.

Are you ready to Change Your Life Story?

Retreat Details: Friday, October 18th (3pm) - Sunday, October 20th (2pm)

Speak Your Truth is ideal for a woman who:

  • Is serious about making transformative change in her life
  • Craves conversations of meaning and impact with like-minded women
  • Values high-end, luxury travel experiences
  • Is ready to put herself, her priorities, and her gifts first...for a change


Investment Details: 
The investment is $1750 or two payments of $875, all-inclusive.

Experience includes: 

  • All coaching content and materials on-site
  • Group coaching call and materials leading up to the experience
  • 3 days / 2 nights luxury accommodations
  • All farm-to-table meals, drinks, snacks
  • Spa service -- on us!
  • All resort spa facilities (water spa, gym, lake, hiking trails, meditation rooms)
  • All resort mind-body classes (pilates, yoga, spinning, tai chi, etc.)
  • Transport to and from resort from NYC (approx 90 miles from NYC)
  • Surprises and gifts along the way...

 

 

 

Escape to the Cape Congress Hall

Ahhhhhhhhh. 

Just the thought of Congress Hall makes my heart thump with excitement.

My friend Debbie & I are producing a fab retreat to Congress Hall.  It's going to be a fun filled RELAXING couple days during a great time to be at the Shore!!!  October is a FABULOUS time for a girlfriends getaway, don't you think?

Escape to the Cape

A Lifestyle Retreat for Women

October 27-29, 2013

We invite you to relax, refresh and renew at the 2013 Congress Hall Retreat!  Whether you are looking for a solitary escape or the perfect excuse for an affordable trip with your closest girlfriends, you’ll be tempted by our special package rates for October 27-29, 2013.  

Wine tasting and gourmet chocolate sampling is just one of the treats in store for our guests.  Wellness and beauty experts will provide tips to help you makeover your style and your health.  Professional photographers and published authors will be on-hand to inspire your artistic and literary creations.  In hands-on sessions with social media experts, you’ll learn photo-editing as well as how to use tools like Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and more.  Looking to reinvent yourself or to step out of your comfort zone?  We’ll have a dating expert who will make you believe you can find love online and an entrepreneur who will talk about how to reinvent yourself after job loss, retirement, divorce or empty-nesting.  All sessions are optional, so you have plenty of free time to relax.  Stroll along the beach, join our photo walking tour or spend time at Beach Plum Farm or select from optional add-ons like spa treatments at Congress Hall’s Sea Spa.  

Packages are currently on sale featuring great rates.  

Retreat Package Includes:

  • A two-night stay at Congress Hall
  • Continental Breakfast each morning
  • Access to all sessions that are offered throughout the conference 
  • Gourmet lunch on Monday afternoon
  • A Monday evening wine, cheese and chocolate reception

Rates starting at $519.00 for a single, $663.00 for two.  

To register for the Retreat and book your package please call 888.944.1816.  

Space is limited so call now!

 

Sea Dog Cruises Chicago

In a few weeks, I (along with 5,000 other women) will be packing my bags and heading to Chicago for BlogHer. There are so many events going both during and after the conference that my schedule is jam packed. 

One thing I am looking forward to? Relaxing on an amazing cruise from Sea Dog! I couldn't think of a better way to kick off a crazy week!

Sea Dog offers a great range of cruises to fit any need! They offer customized experiences for up to 450 people. Think about celebrating a special party in your life with a one of kind cruise around Chicago! They also offer holiday trips — so you could spend the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Halloween or more out on the water! Plus, space permitting, they are dog friendly so you can even bring your four legged pals on board!

There are four options you can look forward to booking with Seadog!

Lakefront Speedboat Tour

This 30-minute cruise along the shoreline offers a descriptive tour of Chicago’s famous skyline, while playing your favorite music.


Extreme Thrill Ride

This cruise is perfect for the dare-devil in you! This 30-minute ride features splash down stops, 180-degree turns, slalom runs and more.

River and Lake Architectural Tour

Enjoy historic views of Chicago’s famous landmarks and neighborhoods during this 75-minute cruise on both Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

Lakefront Fireworks Cruise

Enjoy front-row seats to the spectacular fireworks display aboard our Lakefront Fireworks Cruise! Cruise along Lake Michigan with an exciting speedboat ride paired with an informative tour of the Chicago skyline, then end the evening with a dazzling fireworks show and top-40 hits playing in the background! The open aired vessel allows for panoramic views, providing a perfect view. The Seadog Fireworks Cruise is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, running from Memorial Day – Labor Day.

 

For more information, please visit www.seadogcruises.com/chicago/ or call 888-636-7737.

Top 5 Tips for Blogher

In a couple of weeks I'm heading to NYC for Blogher 2012.  

I went last year to San Diego.

I ended up with a free ticket and planned the trip REALLY REALLY last minute.  (But I still managed to drop $3K that my husband is STILL asking me what I got out of it! lol)

I had a great time-but every 'normal' conference I go to-I get overwhelmed.  Take those conferences and multiply it by 10 and you have the MEGA of Blogher. 

PURE INSANITY. 

Imagine this:  5000 women running around a) hugging b) listening in sessions c) whining that they didn't get 'the swag' or the gotta have party invite d) partying and e) ALL OF THE ABOVE.

Last year, the last night that all the 'fun' was to be had-I was so stinking wore out that I went to bed at 8pm.  

NO JOKE.

My roommate, Kim from Mommycosm was out till WEEEE hours of the night...EVERY NIGHT!!  

Yeah.  I TOTALLY can't hang.  

And although I already have a list of about 20 places I HAVE to be-I know good and well...that I'm going to be where I CAN.  And know that it's ok if I miss something.  

For newbies and those that are returning-here's my Blogher Lesson Contribution!

Top 5 Tips for Blogher

 

1) Don't try to be SUPERWOMAN.  

Seriously.  You may THINK you can be at 10 places at once-but trust me.  When it's all said and done-you'll wonder 'Now where did I get this card?  Did I talk to anyone?  What the heck just happened the past 4 days???'

If you find yourself starting to get run down (and YOU WILL, I promise!)... take a break.  Go back to your room and close your eyes for 20 minutes.  Go for a walk in NYC alone and take in something other than 5,000 bloggers.  Find a manicure place or get a massage.  Or even dinner alone or coffee.  I promise that if you recharge yourself-you'll get so much more out of it all in the end.

2) EVERYTIME you get a business card-write where you met that person & what you talked about on it IMMEDIATELY!!

Don't wait.  Seriously dude.  You'll come home with 500 cards wanting to rack your head against a wall and feel like you totally wasted your time AND LOTS of MONEY cause you have no idea where on Earth you met half the people and what you talked about!  TRUST ME.  It's VERY important.

Brands and agencies will be BEYOND impressed when you reach out to them after the conference thanking them for the great insight and conversation.  When you followup - be sure to mention a few things you talked about to remind them of your conversation.  Cause TRUST ME.  You think YOU'RE overwhelmed?  They have 5,000 bloggers banging down their cubicle!

3) Take the time to visit every booth in the Expo.

Last year when I was finally ready to step into that insanity-there was hardly any time left.  I didn't even get 1/2 way around the floor.  Set aside a couple hours every day to spend in there.  If you see an brand that you want to talk to-MAKE THE TIME.  

And for crying out loud...DO NOT JUST ASK FOR SWAG.  That will get you slapped upside the head faster than anything.  CONNECT with the brands.  If there isn't a rep available in the booth-walk around and see what they have displayed for yourself.  Find out what the brand is all about.  Then when you get the chance to talk to a rep-you sound like you did your homework.  For some reason if you have to run and you don't get the chance to talk to one-be sure to grab one of their cards (write down who they are with and one great thing you noticed about the brand) and drop your card off with them.  

4)  FORGET ABOUT THE FREAKIN' SWAG ALREADY!!

Seriously.  This is a HUGE faux pas.  You look like an IDIOT if you walk out of a party with 2 bags or an event with stuff pouring out your pockets.  

Yes.  I'm the first to admit-that I've defintiely gotten some very cool stuff from conferences.  Somethings that I was like 'whoa-never seen that before-cool!'  But my biggest reason for taking the bags (when I do) is to THANK the brands in it.  They pay a lot of money to get  in your hands.  And at Blogher they pay 10x more than 'a lot'.  

But do yourself a FAVOR.  Don't pull any malarkey and tweet a brand saying 'can I have your swag' or 'can I have an invite to your party to GET your swag?'  HELLO AMATEUR.  Trust me.  Brands and agencies have a 'Black Book of Idiot Bloggers' that they'll toss your name in for things like that. 

ENGAGE with them.  THANK them.  LEARN their names, twitter handles, addresses if you want to get to know them and work with them in the future.  DO NOT ASK THEM FOR THEIR SWAG.

5) Make it a point to sit next to someone you don't know.

 If this is your 1st Blogher you likely don't know many people at all!  But don't be afraid to grab lunch next to total strangers.  You never know who you are sitting with!  I remember my very first blog conference.  It was Blissdom in Nashville.  And I was pretty flustered the entire time.  TOTAL newbie.  I ended up sitting at table with just a few other women.  Turns out I sat next to Katherine Stone from Postpartum Progress.  She was completely what I needed at that time!!!  I was just starting to come out of a dark place in my life where I didn't know much about postpartum.  Other than the fact-I didn't know why I was such a basket case and was so frustrated with doctors because they kept throwing meds at me.  I wanted to get to the ROOT of my sadness and learn how to cope in a healthy way and not self destructive habits (like eating an entire cake in the closet).  

If I wouldn't have sat next to Katherine and had the amazing conversation that we had.  (We literally got kicked out of the lunch because they needed to set up for the next session!!!)  I may have never truly found my heart and understood what I was going through.   

Katherine is an AMAZING woman. And she's done this for THOUSANDS of women.  But you never know who you'll be sitting by. 

Another example:  I stood up and shared my heart during a session last year at Blogher and afterwards an executive producer from ABC approached me talking about being apart of the ONE project.  

All because I stepped out of my comfort zone.

I challenge you to focus on what you want to get out of it.  Then make a plan on what will satisfy you when you reflect on your return trip.

Do you want to meet more brands?  Do you want to meet your favorite bloggers?  Do you just want to get away from your family and see what blogging is all about?  Only you know what you want.

And I'm a prime example.  If you want something- GO GET IT.  It's yours for the taking.

EXCEPT THE SWAG.  LOL DON'T GO FOR THE SWAG!!!!!!

What do you want to get out of BlogHer?  What are your goals?

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**Omni Hotels are kindly sponsoring my hotel stay for Blogher.  Thank you Omni!  My husband thanks you too! lol

 

SheCon #RealMomsRock Party

SheCon

#RealMomsRock Party

 

 

Back from Disney and back to the real world!

About 2 weeks ago, I packed up my family and we ventured to the world Famous Walt Disney World to partake in our first family Disney vacation and also take part in and support a dear friend of mine Debbie Bookstaber at her conference, SheCon.

I have to admit. After my insane getaway to Blissdom this past February, I swore off going to another conference. Well... I got suckered into to this one. lol. Actually, it only took Deb one try to get me to book the tickets and jump for joy!

You see, we've been wanting to go to Disney for some time now-but we cringed at the thought of spending a fortune.

I have to tell ya...doing Disney around a conference is totally the way to go!

I hosted the 'swag suite' and had some amazing gifts & prizes for the attendees. They were lined up around the door!

Big thanks to Paper Jamz, Charm It, ALEX Toys, Wifli Helicopters and so many more amazing contributors!