I will admit it: I am nervous. I am not nervous for the speaking component — thankfully that is not an issue that typically plagues me. But I so want the attendees to love their experience!
Some of that I have control over: we have some amazing swag, and I designed a workbook/programming that I think will be fun, restorative, and useful. BUT . . . you just never know! Will the group gel? Will conversation flow? Will people get tired of planning (I HOPE NOT)?
As I am nervous, I am also kind of . . . amazed and proud that everything worked out! This was a long (multi-month) project with many moving parts. The absolute best thing I did was to hire a coordinator; she has been the main interface with the hotel and has been so helpful to hash out details, figure out time-sensitive milestones, etc. AND, she will be on site! I would be about 100x more anxious if she wasn’t going to be there!
In today’s honor, here are some fun facts about BLP Live!
1- We have a group of 17 registrants (was 18, but one had a family emergency and we will miss her!). This is right in the sweet spot of what I was hoping for.
2- People are coming from everywhere! NY, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas, California, Dallas, Atlanta, Utah! I think only 4 Floridians, including me! I am FLOORED and so excited to be bringing together people from so many places!
3- We have had fun on the pre-trip WhatsApp chatting about plane reads, planners, and more
4- I am secretly (or not so secretly) hoping to do some of my own 2024 planning while on this adventure
5- It was not a very lucrative business venture (ummm hotel space and hotel food are EXPENSIVE) but I could care less because it will be a ton of fun
6- I regret not figuring out how to incorporate karaoke. Maybe next time.
7- I have visited the NHC website every single day for the past 2 weeks because it is still hurricane season. THANKFULLY as of now we remain in the clear so I think all is well on that front. It is 70s and breezy and I will take it.
8- I am really excited about the food options. Very much hope they are as good as they sound on the catering menu!
9- Josh and the kids might crash the dinner on the second night, if he has time. I guess I have ruined the surprise, but it also may not be feasible – Friday isn’t always an early day for him, work-wise.
10- I feel like I designed the retreat I would have wanted to attend. I really hope that resonates with everyone there!
I have no idea if this retreat will begin a new tradition or if it will be a standalone event; I suppose that will depend on feedback and how it feels! I do wonder if January might be an even better time to hold BLP Live — it’s out of hurricane season, Northerners are more sick of winter, and maybe (?) there are fewer school and work pressures. Will be something to consider going forward.