Posts Tagged "Retreat"

LA retreat recap

I can’t believe its already come and gone. We received word from April and Saren that they’d like us to help them do another retreat here in Southern California back in November and now we just finished it up. Boy does time fly by. It was such a great experience once again to work with them and to be among great moms. I enjoyed my time getting to know many of them through email correspondence but even better putting their faces to names on my google spreadsheet. I took Stratton up with me and he was a doll! Just sat in his little red seat most of the time and just smiled at all the ladies. You wouldn’t have even known he was there except for one time where he wanted to make sure everyone around him noticed him with his shriek of a laugh. Susan, Amy and I drove up together and just enjoyed ourselves chatting the 2 hour drive up and getting anxious to be among moms. Some who truly enjoy what they do and some who just wanted to be sure this was the thing they were meant to do. I was touched by some who have been through many trials and had to overcome on top of being a mother to a handful of children. Our discussion groups were great and very intimate because of a smaller group size so you got to see and hear from others who would less otherwise participate in the big group setting. The sad part about the whole weekend for me personally is that I only wrote down about 20 sentences of notes! Can you believe that? I am very ashamed but then again I was here and there and making sure everyone else was happy. Besides the topics were discussed at our previous retreat but I did take away alot of new ideas that I hope to implement. I got the privilege to team up with April to help her teach Mind Organization to them. Boy that was so much fun! I am so in love with this and want to spread it like wildfire. I got to share with them how I personally do the system because I have more of the technology twist to it compared to April who is more pen and paper kind of gal. I feel so blessed to have come into this great organization when I did and to be apart of such great women who want to make a difference and I hope that I will continue to pursue this course and to help other mothers realize their potential and the great sacrifices they make each day to help their children. I am truly blessed! To read more about the retreat go read April’s or Saren’s. Also our photographer for the event Emily Barton also posted some pictures up. Who’s ready for a San Diego Retreat? Already have a few guest speakers lined up so come fall time it could be happening. Susan presenting on Love Languages The people in charge. Susan, Me, Allyson, April, Lisa (hostess), Amy (SIL), and Saren Half of the group because we didn’t get on the group shot till an hour after it was over! Sorry for those of you who weren’t able to be in the picture. Last but not least my baby boy Stratton was a gem he was...

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Registration is Open!

The retreat that I am helping to mangage has now been open for registration. Please go here to register and come join me in the fun!

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So. California POM Retreat

I am excited to take part in yet another retreat for Power of Moms. This will be the second one and I’m due for another one since the last one was Sept 2010. The co-founders asked if I would like to help them organize one in Southern California again in January and I jumped right in. The timing couldn’t have been any better. My life as a mother with Stratton has been easy and our schedules are working out nicely so that I can give more of myself to others. Apparently we have a few around here that are looking to come to one of these great retreats. But we are asking for some help in finding a location to host our event. Please read here for more information. Registration will open up in the next few weeks so put it on your wishlist for Christmas from your hubby! What a great gift...

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So Cal Retreat Day Two

That morning I worked out all alone I invited some to come but I was all alone so I did my Insanity workout which that is another post for later. I then joined the walking/running group down to the beach and it was overcast and chilly but a very enjoyable walk/run. We got started for the day with a yummy breakfast buffet and then off to the meeting room for more sessions. We started the day with Saren and Family Systems. I love these kind of topics because I just love “systems” and I love to plan them but its the implementing the plan part is where I seem to struggle a bit. I’ve got a similar system that I mentioned in my Day One section. I do need to work a bit more on the money management side of the system so I’m anxiously to try handing out play money instead of real money and maybe incorporate some checks in there as well. I loved the idea of “The Chapman Family Bank” and to put it into my computer so that the children can visually see it. She then went onto talking about Family Identity and us Chapman’s already got that ball rolling back here. Susan was asked to sing the song that her and her family made up and its just adorable and its sung with the same melody as “We are the Champions” and it goes a little something like this: We are the Chapman’s my family, and we’ll endure all things to the end. Pray, Read and Temple that makes a Champion, Chapman’s are Champions and we are the Chapman’s, Eternally! I also have a few other ideas up my sleeve and a family wall that is still in the works so that post may be here sooner than later. Another big hit was Susan’s session on “Love Languages” she did an incredible job because she knows the information so well and has analyzed and studied it for quite some time to prepare her for this. You could see her Passion in her face and she got us emotionally connected right at the beginning. I should learn a few things from her about presenting. We took a test to see what love language we were and then we were split up into the 5 different languages and brainstormed ideas to help us improve and figure out what gets to us. It was a great session and alot of involvement. She also gave each of us a test to test our children too. Very eye opening and I’ve studied it the last 2 months and still find out more about my children, my husband and myself that I can do better at! The finale then came to April and her Mind Organization which I already wrote about and this go round she video taped it. Which will do wonders hopefully to mothers to actually see her in action with her stuff she uses. All four of us together we did it! To conclude the retreat we did a trainer session afterwards with 3 other moms who want to get more involved. We brainstormed ideas and then went through the retreat that we just did and analyzed it and told them about how much we learned about this whole process. It was great to hear April and Saren’s view about where they want to take this great organization and I am so thankful to be apart of...

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So Cal Retreat Day One

We arrived at the magnificent Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point to get situated and to setup our room and finalize last minute details. I was so giddy to meet everyone and was just ready to “jump in” and learn lots of fun things. But first we did a speed friendshipping game with everyone to get to know eachother. The Whole Group together Heather Cowdell, Amy Chapman (SIL) and Emily Cowdell Erin Rollins, Ann Morley and Melissa and Benjamin Beck Susan and I did some prep work beforehand. We made cute nametags and bought folders for their paperwork. We made “homemade goodie bags” filled with BYU mint brownies, carmeled/chocolate popcorn, toffee, and homemade bread and jam! We wanted them to feel “at home” but also pampered so these treats were a hit! We began the sessions on, “Taking Care of the Person inside the Mom” and “Finding the Time” which we discussed all that we put on ourselves and what we do to make us first in our life so that we have more to give to those around us. My session was on “Finding the Time” and it went over very well. I was pleased with how it turned out and feel a little bit more confident in myself in my presenting skills. I shared with them my typical daily schedule that I try by best to follow each day and how they can make time for themselves throughout the day. My Daily Schedule I brought up my nap that I wrote about here and realized that some need it and others don’t in order to get through their day. It was a great session to bounce off ideas and how other’s structure their day. I also shared with them my “Routines and Responsibilities” section of the M.O.M. and how each household needs this. I briefly discussed the Accountable Kids system that I use for teaching my children chores and accountability. This system goes right along with Saren’s session on Family Systems. We also touched on a book written by Merrilee Boyack with is phenomenal which is called, “Parenting Breakthrough” The Wall System for Accountable Kids One Ticket equals list Free Activity List After my session we walked down to this amazing restaurant called, Mahe, and sat outside which was a beautiful evening and had yummy food. We started table topics and I lead the “Family Traditions” topic. These moms are just great and their insight was what I needed because this topic is a weakness of mine. That evening we went back to the room and had our last session of the night about “Picking your Priorities” which was a panel discussion with myself, Susan, my MIL Kelly, April and Saren. It was a great discussion on various topics related to the questions that Saren asked us but mainly it was Priorities and how we all juggle too many balls and want to help others but sometimes we just need to say, “It’s not for me right now” to politely tell someone “no” We then had group games which April lead us in so we got to have a little fun and be silly for a minute. After the games Saren asked about the connections that we may have with some and it was interesting to see just how many people had so many connections with eachother either in the areas they’ve lived or the people they knew. I loved listening to everyone. To finalize the night we ended up in the hot tub and took the silly “celery” picture idea that April came up with so...

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