And it was incredible.
So, so far beyond what I could have imagined - had I imagined anything. Every single aspect of the event was so well thought out, so well executed, and so well received.
I was welcomed into my room by the most beautiful Love Ophelia robe (still haven't taken it off) and by the lovely Nell, who was my roommate for the weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Nell, learning her thoughts on whole parenting, and hearing about her life as an attorney turned stay at home mom/blogger. She welcomed me into her group of blogger friends, and I now I have so many more blogs I must read - like Kate, Britt, Katrina, Katie, and Olivia. To name a few.
|Talking to Kate from The Rhodes Log.|
But as I sat through session after session, I found myself surrounded by women who really wanted to make things happen, women who had visions they wanted to achieve, and women who had a lot of confidence in what they were doing. And it was a bit contagious. We heard from the talented minds behind Pulp Design and Lily Jade , both who were self-started businesses who offered a lot of insightful advice and strategies on how to go about growing your business. By the end of the weekend I found myself really wanting to give this little shop of mine everything I've got. Who knows, maybe one day I'll get my wall hangings into Bungalow Magazine - it might be on my new goals list, and hey, I can dream....
Beyond learning and inspiration, we had a ton of fun. There were cocktail parties, brunch at the beautiful Aldredge House , generous giveaways (I won a throw from Peacock Alley! And they'll be giving me one to giveaway - keep your eyes peeled) and good conversation. The main sponsor of the weekend was Joules, a Brittish brand that is making it's way to the US. I LOVE their spunk, and their clothes are pretty awesome as well. If nothing else I learned by their example that if my business takes off, I want to be generous with it. Not only did Joules provide a luxurious weekend, but they sent us away with one of their bags and will be mailing every attendee our very own pair of Welly rain boots!
It truly was a great weekend, and if any of you are wanting to head your blog or online business in a bigger direction be sure to check out The Hundred next year (fingers crossed it will be happening again). So very worth your money and time, not to mention, who doesn't want to be pampered for an entire weekend?! Not only did I leave with gifts from Minted, Minnetonka, Bungalo Magazine and Joules, but I left with a new confidence in my own business; new friends in the blogosphere; and a few blog giveaways in the works for Of Thistle and Thyme. I got so much more out of this weekend than I could have imagined.
A many, many thanks to the lovely hosts:
All talented bloggers, all beautiful women, and all incredibly gracious hosts. These women thought through every detail and made the weekend come together beautifully. It was such a honor to meet them and be a part of their first Hundred Event.