I spoke in an ARENA yesterday. Never done that before. They have this full day "Just for Her" conference here in Ogden and they invited me to speak.
The whole huge-group/arena set-up was a little nerve-wracking and definitely out of my comfort zone. Plus I had a really hard morning with one of my kids and came away pretty convinced I had no business teaching other moms about discipline ideas and the like when I was so obviously messing things up myself. But I pulled myself together (with Jared's help - I was a bit of a mess) and I did my presentation (and taught myself a few things while teaching others - interesting how it always works that way). I met a whole lot of really nice moms who were excited to learn more about The Power of Moms. It was a good thing. And I think I did a pretty good job. But wow, I'm glad that's over. Firsts are always hard for me. But I'm learning that things generally work out and I really shouldn't stress so much. But knowing you shouldn't stress and actually keeping yourself from stressing are two different things!
I bet some of you Ogden residents are a bit annoyed that I didn't let you know about this speech and the whole "Just for Her" event. Sorry. I meant to. But then I got wrapped up in the stress of the thing and forgot.
I've had a lot of people tell me that they really really wish they could make it to a Retreat but their location, family situation and budget just won't allow it. I wish I could wave a magic wand and get all the great deliberate mothers out there to a Retreat. They really are magical and life-changing - even for someone like me who's been again and again. I always learn something new and meet moms that I wish I could spend a lot more time with.
Anyway, we do have a miniature version of a Retreat experience for everyone who wants it - click below for links to the webinars that April and I did on "How to Help Your Kids WANT to Behave" and "Five Steps to Less Stress." Nope, it's not the same as enjoying a day away, tasty treats, a nice lunch and good laughs with a bunch of other great moms as you would at a Retreat. But you can experience your own mini-retreat while your kids are napping or after bedtime with the help of these free webinars (we can't keep them free forever so enjoy them soon!). We've had over 800 people watch these webinars. April and I are so happy we've found a way to get some of our Retreat curriculum to moms who can't make it to a Retreat!
Two Free Webinars (scroll down a bit to see the free links)
Finally, in case you can make it, I want to make sure you know about our upcoming New Hampshire Retreat. It's just 3 weeks away and our early bird prices end Friday, September 30th (this Friday). It's at the beautiful lakeside mansion of Nolan and Margaret Archibald and it's going to be amazing. Please come if you can and please please please please please help spread the word to moms who might really be happy to know about this opportunity! We don't want to leave anyone out.
New England Retreat at Lake Winnepesaukee October 21-22