Thursday, October 18, 2012

Skyline Retreat Bound!!!

Today is the first day of the 10th Skyline Retreat!

I have some great memories from this retreat and I have also fulfilled some personal dreams through this retreat.  Pretty weird that planning a retreat and attending retreats would be the way to fulfill dreams, but it has been for me!
When I was younger and working as a fitness instructor/personal trainer, I told myself that I really wanted to own a retreat center and spa.  
I took the necessary classes to become a certified personal trainer and I even took a few classes on Skin Care, Manicure and Pedicure Techniques and Make-up. All of these classes were done to prepare myself for this dream of owning a retreat/spa center. I even joined Mary Kay to become a Skin Care Consultant.
As I got older, got married, moved to Georgia, had kids, that dream started to morph into a different kind of dream.  I wanted to plan events and maybe eventually own a retreat center.  
I started scrapbooking in 2002 after we moved to Georgia. I needed to find a way to organize all the photos I had and I needed the creative outlet.
Fast Forward to February 2007.... I joined an online community for scrapbookers and started meeting ladies all over the place that scrapbook AND go on retreats!  I was HOOKED....
 I started making plans for a retreat that I could plan and had a list of ideas in a little notebook that I kept in my purse. It was the beginning of "my dream job" coming to life! I still have that little notebook, too!  I knew that I had to get myself known on the online community if I wanted my retreat to be a success and I also knew that I wanted to go to as many retreats/day crops as I could in order to gain experience (as an attendee).  So, I did just that!  I took notes at every retreat/day crop that I attended.  I wrote down the things I loved, liked, disliked and would NEVER want to do.  I started to plan the first retreat in August of 2007.  
I had to find a venue and I needed it to be close enough that I could drive and cheap enough that it wouldn't break the bank.  I met Shelbi in November 2007 and she told me about Camp Skyline. She offered to help me with the retreat and I decided that it would be good to have a sounding board to bounce ideas off of and vent to. Shelbi was a great resource and I always tell everyone that she was the one that found Camp Skyline and introduced me!
April 11-13, 2008, we hosted the first retreat "Tri-State Scrapshare Retreat".  It has been changed to Skyline Sisterhood because it is open to everyone now and not just the online community of Scrapshare.
Planning this retreat has taken many learning curves. It has been an eye-opener and has taught me a lot about budgeting for incidentals, handling money (that isn't mine), group dynamics, personality conflicts and how to handle them, and many, many more things than I thought I would learn by just planning a retreat.  It is definitely the closest to my dream that I will get, considering the economic times and the fact that my life has changed so much since my initial dream.  But I am, surprisingly, okay with that. This retreat has given me some of the BEST friendships I have ever had in my lifetime, a Sisterhood support system to ask for help or prayers when needed,  confidence in myself that I have always struggled to have, the satisfaction of "a job well done" at the successful end of each retreat. 
A different sense of accomplishment that I rarely feel in my regular day-to-day life. It's ALL good. 

Now, don't get me wrong, it is also a "get-away" with the gals to goof off and be silly, eat whenever and whatever I want, have my meals cooked for me, take a nap whenever I feel tired and a much needed break from my home life with the kids and hubby too.  But that is a whole other post!  ;)

Who would have thought that 5 years later, 
we would be having our 10th Retreat!!!  Amazing!    

Thanks for remembering the journey with me and reading this blog!  
It means a great deal to me! 
Until Next Time,


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