Tuesday, May 6, 2008

BYU Women's Conference

There are few things that are life altering: Running has been one for me, discovering dark chocolate, and another is being able to attend Women's Conference at BYU. I am so grateful for my lifelong amazing friend of 20+(!!!) years, Lori Gertsch who suggested that we go to women's conference last year. It has helped me in so many ways, but I don't know if I ever would have pursued it, being that it was going on at BYU (Born and bred Ute fan, here.)

In fact, I kept having minor panic attacks saying to myself, "What if I would have missed this!!" I needed to hear exactly what was just said or what I just felt. If you have been before, then you know what I'm talking about. If not, then if you ever get the opportunity to attend Women's Conference, sieze it! It is empowering and enriching, focus driven and filled with so many revelations for your own life. I know this is sounding dramatic, but this is truly how good it is! I feel strengthened and renewed in my resolve to become a better mother and wife and woman over-all. It is so encouraging and I learn so much.
I'm going to post some of the nuggets of wisdom I took note of and insights I had from women's conference as soon as I get a chance.

This time we did a couple of things different from last year:

This year we stayed in the dorms - wow! A few words (don't) come to mind: plush, luxe, chic, un-cinder-blockish, lavish, spa-like. But who knew we would have had so much fun ! We met our roomies next to us - one of whom had been there 30 years prior when she attended BYU and told us that the dorms were EXACTLY the same. I completely believe her. Staying in the dorms was an experience in itself! I would totally do it again.... If we would have been 10 years younger we would have had a huge dorm party and invited ya'll.. (But we're not.)

Our 2 days were also spent with a couple of Lori's BYU roomates - Mimi and Tanya. Mimi flew in from Houston and Tanya - a former Dart! Very cool and impressive girls and it was fun to finally put a face to the names that I have heard stories of before! We attended a few of the classes together and then hit PF Changs for dinner that night. So much fun to make new friends, + we got to tell our favorite stories of Lori which is always hilarious.

Women's Conference is on a Thursday and Friday, which makes it nice to come home and still have the weekend. Not only were the classes excellent, but Thursday night night was followed by a fantastic concert at the Marriott Center- one of the groups was Mercy River...Yeah!! Brooke Stone - a great friend and one blessed with an angelic voice and unfair talent, is in that group and they are so good. It was so cool to see her in her element...


Lori and I have plans to go every year. We are women's conference veterans! Of course, getting out the door (from home) was the hardest part and I couldn't have done it without my Mom, Kerry, and friends Lori and Carolyn shuttling kids and watching my little angel/destroyer, Beckham and his big brother Ethan. Thank you so much! (again.)


9 comments:

Tanya said...

Amen to all you have said about conference. You sound so old when you say that you and Lori have been friends for 20+ years. Wow, I guess we are old. I put up a picture we took at PF Changs. So fun to hang with you for the day.

Tanya said...

Oh, I got a 1:52. So, not a great time, but I was happy considering all the hills and such. I'd really like to bring it down to about 1:45ish. You are down in the low 40s, right? What is your next race?

Harmony, Steve and Devyn said...

Sounds like fun. I'm glad you were able to go. -H

Kierstin said...

That really does sound like such a good time! I have no idea why I have never gone to it, it's not like I don't have a place to stay with Reed's family scattered all over Provo and Orem! I'll have to go sometime and see what all the fuss is about. I love hearing about good times with girlfriends, aren't they the best? p.s. thanks for the comment on my blog, you're nice :)

Tansy said...

This kind of sounds like EFY without all the teenage boys! Sounds like a good time to me :)

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Tansy said...

Sorry about the multiple posts. I guess that's what I get for blogging at work!

Candy said...

What a great thing! And to share it with a friend like Lori-what a blessing for you both.
I'll have to put it on my list. I've also heard time out for women is good too?