Note: Sara attended our European Convention last week for me, so she also gets to blog for me. . .lucky her! (smile)
I made it back from England and am getting over jet lag! It was hard to be away from my family for so long, but what a wonderful honor and privilege to be with our European demonstrators last week!
We started the week with an unexpected treat—we had all expected “traditional” England weather. . . rainy, cold, and wet. So we were pleasantly surprised when our first day there was chilly but clear and bright. We had a chance to walk around Manchester a little and get a feel for the area (our hotel was gorgeous!) and people and history. It was a great way to start off the week.
Convention kicked off with the Silver 2 reception—an intimate event designed to honor and reward our leaders. Things started a little late, but other than that, the evening was beautiful. Axel, Pam, and I all thanked everyone for being there and for all that they’ve done this past year and their amazing leadership. Then we enjoyed a buffet dinner and each others’ company. . . enjoyed getting to know our awesome leaders a little better.
The two main days of convention were full of all sorts of great things. We had main stage presentations, stamping, workshop wows (one from a male demonstrator—woo hoo!), prize patrols, and lots of recognition. We had some stand-and-wave recognition, where we got to welcome all the first-time demonstrators. . . it was fun to see so many of them, especially those from Austria and the Netherlands!
Awards night is always a high point, an opportunity to personally congratulate so many achievers, give them a hug, and watch them enjoy their moment in the spotlight. So many of our demonstrators are so dedicated to what they do, and we’re so grateful for their hard work and enthusiasm! The after party was a highlight for me. I got pulled into a number of photo booths, and got to make silly faces with demonstrators. It was a kick! Plus there was music, dancing, and treats. . .what’s not to love, right?
The classes were outstanding as well. I didn’t attend them all but heard great reports from demonstrators, who had learned and been inspired and motivated. That’s what convention is all about!
I’d been to the European convention once before with Mom, but this one was different, for obvious reasons. It was an honor and very humbling to be there with such wonderful ladies, representing my mom. Obviously, I did more main stage presenting than I’ve ever done before—opening, closing, Awards Night, photo op, Heart of Stampin’ Up!. . . hopefully I did OK (I’m a fast talker, so I tried really hard to slow down—apologies to our translators!). Everyone was so gracious and kind and supportive, and while everyone missed her a ton, I think the convention experience was, as always, incredible for all those who attended. I know I enjoyed it.
Thanks to all the demonstrators who attended—you were fantastic, and I enjoyed getting to know you better. And a special thanks to our incredible staff, who once again planned and pulled off an amazing event that achieved our goal of inspiring, motivating, and celebrating some of the greatest people in the world!