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Come and Gone. . .

Another convention—no, not convention, it’s our Inspire. Create.Share. annual event—come and gone. It’s always bittersweet when one of our events ends. . . we look forward to it, we work hard for it, and when it’s over, it’s good to be back home! I think most of our demonstrators feel the same way.

I thought (and heard many demonstrators agree) that the new format was very welcome. There was plenty to do (more than anyone could do in the course of three days) and that meant something for everyone, lots of options, few lines, ample space, and less rushing around. I definitely felt a more relaxed atmosphere as demonstrators were able to pick and choose what they wanted to do, and there was more free time to do it in.

I enjoyed watching demonstrators participate in our optional Wednesday night Paper Pumpkin Night out, as well as the Awards Night after party. We had tons of demonstrators attend—and stick around longer than usual. Lots of music, dancing, treats, and things to do—including stamping!  I didn’t even get halfway through the room during the after party. Chatted with demonstrators, took photos, and watched everyone have a great time. (Who tried the bull riding?)

I didn’t make it to all the classes, workshops, and Make & Takes, but I attended what I could and, as usual, was so impressed with what I saw and heard.

We also streamed three of the four main stage general sessions, which was a first. I heard that demonstrators around the world enjoyed it! I know that Shanna (now living in Florida) was looking forward to watching. This is the first convention she’s missed (other than when she was on her mission), so it was nice to have her participate in some small way.

An event highlight (for most of us, I think) was the announcement of this year’s incentive trip—a Mediterranean cruise! There was a lot of buzz about that, and I know that people are already planning ways to make sure they earn that.

And, everyone seemed to love that we unveiled the Holiday Catalog. In addition to simply holding the catalog and browsing through it, several presentations featured Holiday Catalog product PLUS attendees could actually purchase Holiday Catalog product at the store. Woohoo! It’s always fun to be the first to get your hands on new product!

The Gardner family ended convention as we have for the past several years—gathering for dinner as a family (the grown-up Gardners) on Saturday evening to celebrate Sage’s birthday (which regularly falls around convention) and then attending the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Music & the Spoken Word on Sunday morning before heading home, ready to jump right back into things on Monday!

Hopefully you’re ready to jump right into things too!

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Reader Comments (11)

It was a lot of fun watching the main stage via live stream! Definitely very inspiring...just what I needed. Thanks!
July 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOlga D
I live in Sacramento, CA and loved the live streaming! My goal next year is to not watch the stream, but be there at convention myself!!

Thank you for all the inspiration & wonderful photo's!!
July 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPatti R.
Looks like you all had so much fun - of course, that was totally to be expected! We were so excited to hear all the way from Australia at around 1:30am, that the 2016 Grand Holiday is the Mediterranean cruise. Wow! How exciting is that. Love Stampin' Up!
July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKylie Bertucci
The live streaming was really great - thanks to all that made that possible, fabulous!
July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea (NZ)
Where can I find the video of the school who uses our products with their work skills groups?
July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDixie Finn
Hi Shelli,
I am so honored to be asked to be on the Advisory Board this year, and I love all the ladies that are on the board with me.
Convention was awesome and one of the best so far.
See you soon.
Hugs, Di
July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Gibbs
Hello Miss Shelli! I've only been a demonstrator for a few months but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed Inspire. Create. Share. Event!! I enjoyed all the presentations and left feeling fired up and excited about all the possibilities to create a great business. I really felt the positivity and love that SU is all about--something I didn't think too much about previously. Thanks for a great event (I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to attend as an incentive for signing up), it was a great way to learn more about SU and what it means to be a demo! Thank you!
July 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBree Wixom
Thank you so much, Shelli, that we the demonstrators around the world had the chance to be a part of this convention. When I remember last year, we (the european insentive trip earners) where last year in the middle of that energatic crowed. With some tears of my eyes, I was thinking about you all and missed you so much. Thank´s for all.
Yeah, and we are all here so happy that we can show our beautiful europe to all our foreign friends. THAT´s Stampin up!
Greetings from Germany
July 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTanja Kolar
Shelli! I was so excited to see my "Inspire, create, share" Polaroid picture frame on your blog!! I loved sharing it with so many fellow stampers!! You are always such a gracious hostess and it was so wonderful to visit with you at the Paper Pumpkin night out. My little baby Ryker adores you as much as I do :) you always take the time to visit with us ladies and inspire us with your example!! I loved that I got to introduce you to all my new downline friends and that they could see first hand how you are the heart of Stampin' Up! Thank you again for another wonderful convention!! Tiffany Cordero, Lehi, UT
July 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany Cordero
Thank you so much for all the beautiful pictures!
July 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDawn MacKay
Pretty pictures!

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