We are planning some amazing events this year! As I was contemplating these upcoming events, I let my thoughts return to all the wonderful events our company has hosted through the years. What is it that makes us want to gather together? I remember with great fondness the friends that I have made at Southern Lady Celebration, Occasions for Tea, and many other wonderful events at which I have spoken.
There are times in life when we need to be with people to give us encouragement. I remember vividly a lady who attended one of our first events. She had given up on life and truly did not know if she could carry on. Then, by God’s grace, she picked up one of our magazines and read about the upcoming Southern Lady Celebration. She told me later that in that moment, she decided to try one more time, and she signed up for our event. Her life was changed when she attended. The ladies that spoke and people around her gave her hope and a renewal of life! How blessed I was to meet her and be a part of her story.
Other times we need to belong to a group to spark our creativity. When I hear women speak about how their businesses or careers were started, I just get excited all over again. So many women have talents and gifts that have parlayed into careers that were very unexpected. Jeanne Robertson has become a dear friend since she spoke at our first event. Jeanne has the gift of humor and has become one of the most sought-after speakers in the country. She is a radio sensation by using humor, all clean and funny, to make us think about life. There are times when we need to be reminded that we are all given special gifts that are unique to us.
I was speaking at an event in Florida not long ago, when a lady came up to me afterward who had lost her child. Wow, the emotions flooded my soul. She was desperately looking for someone to bring hope back to her life. I looked at her tear-stained face, and all I could do was hug her and tell her that she isn’t expected to get over anything, but that her life will take another path of helping other mothers walk this same path.
If you are at a place in your life where you need a little spark, encouragement, renewed hope, or just want a wonderful, happy get away, join us for one of our events! I would love to meet each of you and spend time together. We all have a journey, and many times we need to walk with someone, even if it’s for a brief time, to know that we share the same emotions and feelings.
As I look back, I can smile and say that everyone who has come has changed my life. Every hug, every smile, and every word has been a blessing.
If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming events, view the pages listed below: