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CATALYST WEST 2013

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A few weeks ago I attended the Catalyst West Conference. Catalyst is a leadership conference filled with diverse speakers, musicians, artisans and food trucks to empower heart-centered leaders of positive change. It felt like a mini Christian-version of TED with a flavor of Coachella. I’m currently co-leading the Graphic Design ministry with Cathy  and our church invited all the ministry leaders to attend. (that’s us above in the black and white photo, the morning of the first day).

All the speakers were fantastic but here’s some you may recognize:

Jim Collins
 
Tom Shadyac
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Christine Caine
The David Crowder Band
Rainn Wilson

It was such a blast! I really enjoyed the attention to detail, it was full sensory experience, and to be surrounded by so many interesting and like-minded peeps. So much great inspiration and wisdom, my head and body ached the following day! To see my favorite stuff from the event, click here and download my Catalyst recap here: Catalyst.

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The biggest thing I learned from this conference is to take our “joy” seriously. To not get caught up in being too serious, to really have fun and love what you do. That we are all in a process—we are all growing, learning, healing— and each of our individual experiences, circumstances, however painful, and full of sorrow they may be, they are for bigger lessons we must go through, to discover our purpose. We must trust in what lies ahead. We must be patient and trust that good things will come. To not strive for happiness, because that can be broken, but to be joyful, that endures. To be the love. And be the ambassador of God, so that this joy and light can be continued and embraced for generations.

We were are all in the process of being made. We were made to make a difference. 

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For more info about the event check out this Catalyst Highlight video or Trip & Tyler’s Wrap Up video.

 

 

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ENJOY THE WEEKEND

omo-solo-retreatHappy Friday peeps! I’ve been a busy bee and haven’t been able to post, but I’ll share more on that on Monday’s post, stay tuned!

Here’s a few photos from my quick lil overnight getaway last weekend to La Quinta. And, boy was it warm. The photo above shows me in the hammock. And ironically, this resort is smack dab in the middle of the desert – but you can’t tell. Hah, its crazy how landscaping can fool us. My awesome friends from LA (love you Cat & Arthur) hooked me up with an awesome room at the La Quinta Resort. I was so thankful and grateful for that! What a way to relax— they’ve got 41 pools, 2 golf courses, and tons of tennis courts. It’s an insanely beautiful and historic resort, go there if you can. Great for families too! I also had time to meetup with my niece-in-law, it was so great to catchup with her too.

Ironically, this weekend everyone that’s out there in the desert is at Coachella, so hoping everyone stays hydrated! I felt like I couldn’t drink enough water when I was there . I was so parched! Chugging water in the middle of the night! Check out this link to watch or listen to all the Coachella performers live.

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Sooo… enjoy the weekend my friends. What fun plans do you have for the weekend?? I hope its warming up where ever you are. Here’s photos from my solo retreat last weekend. xoxo

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MY AWESOME EUROPEAN ADVENTURE

Hello again, folks. It’s been awhile since my last post. And well, I’ve got a really great reason, or several great reasons.

First off, I quit my job mid-May to heal my heart, slow down, and figure out my life. Also was time for me to move forward creatively.

I went back East in June for my Dad’s 60th birthday, then to the midwest in July for my Grandma’s 80th birthday. Meanwhile, working “on my own” on some great client projects that I’ll share with you soon.

And for my 35th birthday (I know, I look 21 but I feel like an old hag at times!). I decided I wanted to do something awesome and adventurous. And Europe was calling in my heart. It’s been calling for a long time, actually. And I have my great friend Mike for reminding me to travel and do things “I” have wanted to do, but had to sideline with Tim’s health.

So for 17 whirlwind days in September, my sister and one of my best friends, Jill, went on a European adventure. We ate great food, met interesting people, saw Mick Jagger, drank fabulous wine, drank true Belgium beer, and toured through so many insanely beautiful and epic churches and museums. It was truly an escape.

I’ll be sharing more of our trip and what I’m up to currently, but this is my lovely teaser for now.

Ciao & many blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

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A DAY AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Alison and I had time to go up for the day to Park City and scope out the Sundance Film Festival after the Alt Summit. I’ve never been to Sundance or Park City, so I was stoked. We tood the day trip with 4 new friends from the Alt conference and the 6 of us had a blast. I was totally blown away!

We didn’t see any movies. Or any celebrities, as we had hoped. And it’s easy not see a movie while you’re at Sundance. There’s so much going on in the quaint, charming town of Park City during the festival. Art installations, Pop-up venues to hang out and stay warm. Cool, locally-owned boutiques. And loads of live music.

So, that was our plan—to check out the live music. The snow was coming down pretty hard, and taking shuttles to movie theatres and trying to get on a waiting list to see any movie, was looking too complicated.

We took a short, quick walk around main street, grabbed a comforting bite to eat at Zoom, then hitup one of the best live music shows I’ve seen in a few years. Granted I haven’t seen much live music in a few years, but we were all pinching ourselves at how spectacular the venue and performers were.

Here’s highlights from our adventure.

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The music café—which only held about 100 people was so personal and intimate. It was basically a studio converted into a performance venue for the festival. For three hours we saw 6 amazing musicians for FREE! Hmm-mmm! Especially when the venue had limited capacity, and was limited to ticket holders. So we totally scored. And the crazy part, is that we almost didn’t get in.

At first the bouncer told us that the venue had reached capacity and that only ticket holders were allowed in. So we walked away. I had stopped at the corner to take a photo, and we found another door into the venue, that lead to the back “re-entry” door. So we went up and the bouncer told us that we had to use the front entry. Then about 6-8 people walked out, and so Alison said to head back to the front and see if the bounce would let us go in if people were leaving. So that’s how we got in. Alison told the front door bouncer that a bunch of people left and to see if we could get in. And so we did.

Here’s the performers.

NOTE: I actually took these shots one-handed, since my other hand was holding a nice, local beer. I’m stoked how well these shots came out. Thanks Mom, Dad  & Tim for this great travel camera!

First up was, A Fine Frenzy. She’s beautiful. Her voice was magical. And she could go from a sweet, soft, piano-playing tune to a flirty dance beat. Really dug her!

Jenny O.

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Mr funk-delight-fusion (yes, I just said that… I’m a dork) or better known as John Forté. Check out his site, there’s some cool stuff, and he’s got a nice logo.

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Josh Kelley. (also married to Kathryn Heigl).

His set was acoustic and I really dug it, better than his twangy full production stuff.

One of his songs that’ll be on his new album coming out later this year really floored me. It was about a cowboy who was far from his girl. And she was his angel during his travels back to her. Chorus went something like… “Hallelujah, you’re my angel”.

When he sang that part, it reminded me of Tim. Especially ”you’re my angel,” part and seeing the number “12″ displayed behind Josh on the backdrop, which is Tim’s lucky number, that teared me up. I didn’t have tears streaming down my face, but my eyes were filled with water and my heart sank a bit. But then I felt a calm, like, Tim was tugging on my shoulder. And I felt this sense that Tim was smiling big down at me, stoked that I was in Park City and wishing he was with me, enjoying the music and letting me know that he wanted me to hear those words. That he’s my angel watching over me.

Ben Taylor. (James Taylor’s and Carly Simon’s son. Can you see it?)

Thank You Sundance. You made the trip up to Utah such a blast. Look forward to coming back.

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ALT DESIGN SUMMIT 2012

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A week ago I attended the Alt Design Summit in Salt Lake City with my pal Alison and had the best time. It was 3-day conference for lifestyle bloggers.

WHAT KIND OF BLOGGERS? Full on fashion-forward, smart gals who are crafting, designing, photographing, DIY-ing, interior styling, party planning, and just about anything you can do in life and want to blog about, were there.

Marketers and top peeps from HGTV, Sunset Magazine, Martha Stewart Magazine, Chronicle Books, Better Homes and Gardens and others were also there to network and connect up. It was a who’s who of the blogging and social networking world, with a twist of brightly colored leggings and hipster glasses.

Blogging pros and industry gurus, like the founder of Pinterest, were there to speak and give insight, resources and share funny stories of what didn’t work.

I heard about Alt back in November from Oh Happy Day. My goal for going was to amp up my social networking savvy with this blogosphere and gain inspiration.

{ BTW: goal achieved and then some! }

This conference isn’t really about “how to create a blog” more about pushing your blog to the next level. And connecting up.

Here’s my pics from the conference.

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Wondering why we’re all wearing white? It was intentional.

At the first night’s party  ”Dinner En Blanc,” where everyone was asked to wear white. It was quite the winter wonderland scene. Tutus, sparkles, lace — everyone showed that white is no challenge. Was surprised at the variety of whiteness.

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Hanging out with our new best friend,Emily Henderson of HGTV’s Secret From a Stylistand HGTV’s Design Star winner. She was super sweet. And has beautiful skin too.

I asked what she does to keep such an impeccable, beautiful face (besides being blessed with amazing genes), and she said she uses Armani foundation.

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So excited to meet design and blog queen, Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest. When Tim was in the hospital, I’d check her blog out to escape the drama. She’s got a knack for adding a twist of fun or vibrancy to her photos. She’s definitely an inspiration for me and this blog.

I made friends from Toronto, Australia and places in between. I’m not doing this blog to make money. I’m trying to help myself get through this weird, sad, sunken chapter, and opening myself to new avenues of healing/happiness/creativity.

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This conference gave me the confidence to forge ahead with this idea and I look forward to what interesting experience(s), people I met along the way, and the healing that comes forth. So stoked Alison joined me too, we are such goofballs together!

And thank you Alt, looking forward to seeing what 2013 has planned!

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Photo-op with Project Runway season 9 winner, Anya Ayoung Chee.

 

 

 

 

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