Saturday, February 13, 2010
I knew what I longed for - to create a place where women gathered to celebrate, support and mentor each other. I had a model (the Lovebombers Gatherings - if you have never read about them, check out accounts on the blogs of Jen Lee, Ali Edwards, Kelly Rae Roberts, Andrea Scher etc. or try Google). I knew the women that I wanted and I figured the rest was easy. It was - mostly.
In October, we went to visit Cassie in VA. There is nothing like a 11 hour car drive to give you plenty of time with a notebook and pencil to make plans. When we returned from the trip I had filled many pages with ideas for the Retreat blog, invitations, gifts, classes and food. The hard part was done.
Here is the one real snag I encountered - the economy. I invited people from all over the eastern US. Flying into FL, lost income or juggling schedules began to take a toll on the numbers. I had to spend some time redefining sucess and embracing the concepts of "small" and "intimate". I had made plans for 12 and the reality was 4. Honestly, I do not switch gears quickly and seamlessly. It took a while and talking it through with friends helped tremendously. I came around to looking forward to the small group and the opportunities that brought which were not possible with a larger number.
We made some awesome projects:
mini albums from a manila folder,
and everyone was sewing.
We shopped (craft stores, book stores, consignment shops, quilt shops),
we ate (in our pj's!)
We had lots of treats and goodies. And much - much - more.
The Retreat was exactly what it was supposed to be - fun, relaxing, creative, and most importantly, community building.
And yes, there will definitely be more. We did some preliminary planning for #2 before we said goodbye.