Sunday, April 24, 2016

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful (BYOKOB) Workshop: Women To Women

 
 
"This was a beautiful event.  Thank you for the invite.  You are such a great speaker and your ideas were marvelous.  I met some inspiring people at the event.  God is truly blessing you." 
Kathy A.
 
"This workshop was fun and inspiring and I really enjoyed meeting this wonderful group of beautiful women.  Thank you for inviting me."
Maria A.
 
"I attended the BYOKOB workshop with the ladies on Saturday.  It was a fun time had by us all.  It was wonderful to meet new women.  The connection between the women was very powerful and spirit lead.  Thanks Deb for encouraging us to BYOKOB!"
 Phyllis S.
 
"Absolutely Awesome! Most inspiring workshop.  Have learned so much about myself and developed new relationships!  Can't wait to share this information and hope to invite you to my women's group at church."
Paulette B.

"I really enjoyed myself and am truly looking forward to coming to another workshop.  Also, I would love to bring my daughters."
Laresa W.

"A magnificent, well thought out workshop.  The women were inspiring and supportive of each other especially since we've come from different walks of life.  Absolutely an amazing way to spend my Saturday."
Deborah W.

 
 
Well, as I wrap up this month with all of the things I have been doing, I want to share the highlight of the month for LOFT101.net by celebrating the beautiful ladies that attended my BYOKOB Workshop!!
  
I had been talking about doing this workshop for the last 2 months and I am so happy that I was able to make it happen!  A big hug and thank you to all of the "beautiful" ladies that were able to attend.  It was such a great turnout and a beautiful way to celebrate women to women!

The day started with a Chicken and Waffles Brunch.  Maple syrup and powdered sugar were the simple toppings for their waffles but for those that really wanted to indulge, peaches and blueberries were also available.  A cheese platter with pepper jack, sharp and muenster cheeses with gouda pita chips, were extras that the ladies could add to their plates.  Fresh fruit such as orange slices, fruit cups and bananas were part of the brunch also.  Beverage choices were, cranberry juice, iced tea, hot tea, coffee, hot chocolate or spring water with fresh limes or lemons.  Everyone enjoyed the brunch and browse social hour!

 
 
We continued with welcome and introductions from everyone.  Each person shared their name and a little bit about herself.  It was so interesting to hear everyone share.  The day continued with conversation and tips that make you feel beautiful inside.  The ladies then participated in a "personal oath" exercise that allowed them to explore their beliefs and values they have for themselves. 
 
 
Next, I invited a guest speaker, Mattie Stanford of "Mattie's Bra Shop!"  She was awesome and shared on entrepreneurship and the benefits of owning your own business.  She expressed how women should take care of their bodiesShe was insightful and provided purposeful information on how wearing the right size bra, is so important.  A BIG THANKS  to her for sharing her life story.  Complimentary bra fittings were also available for everyone who attended. 
 



The day ended with a Build Me Beautiful activity that was inspired by the popular TV show, Project Runway!  The ladies were divided into teams and groups of 3 .  Each team was given a mannequin model that they had to dress up in the most beautiful attire that was original and designed and created by their team!  They were also told to choose a name for their model and to share with others, the story about their beautiful model and what made her beautiful both inside and out.  This activity was so much fun and purposeful.  The ladies really enjoyed it.

Connections were made.  I saw women exchanging phone numbers and emails so they could stay in touch with each other.  New friendships were developed and that was a blessing to witness.  Everyone was engaged and  conversations were going on throughout the room.  Every time I looked up, someone was either laughing or smiling!
I can't say enough about how great I felt to be able to sponsor this event.  There was no cover charge and that is exactly how I planned it.  God gave me this idea and I carried out the mission exactly how He told me to do it.  The way I envisioned it, is exactly the way it happened!  This idea had been on my heart and mind for months and I am so grateful that God made a way for me to do it. The turnout was more than I expected and just enough!  I will do it again and I hope you can attend. 

A BIG THANK YOU to my friend and my assistant :-), Bell.  Again, she rose to the occasion and helped me to be successful.  To everyone that stayed after to help us breakdown the models, clean up, pack up, wipe tables, empty trash, put furniture back, take things to the car or whatever else, I THANK YOU SO MUCH!!  It was true teamwork.  To some of my dearest friends that support me always, THANK YOU and I love you!!!  To new friends, THANK YOU and I hope that we can become better friends.  Last but not least, I have to thank my husband for supporting me in everything I do, always!  He was there, capturing pictures, video taping and helping, wherever was needed.  "Thank you Daryn and I love you for just being with me!"
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