|Mickey and I livin' it up at the 2015 Close To My Heart Convention!|
I won't be sharing new products yet. I will be sharing a few on August 1, as there are a few early releases that you can purchase in August. Most everything else goes live on September 1, so you'll see a lot from me then. You'll see a few sneak peeks in August though, so be sure to follow my Facebook business page as well as on Instagram (pedermom). I also post quite a bit on Pinterest (Karen Pedersen).
Monday and Tuesday, July 6 & 7: Two of my friends and team members (Maria and Carma) and I decided to drive to Anaheim, CA from Utah for the Convention. We have done it before and its saves on travel expenses and we have tons of fun visiting. We decided this year that we were only going to stop and eat at local places...no chain restaurants. We drove to Cedar City the first night and stayed there with my son, Tannon and his wife, Brookley. We ate at a cute place called The Brick House. The next day, we stopped in Yerma, CA for lunch at Peggy Sue's Diner and it was so much fun! The waitresses were dressed in 50's diner attire and the whole place felt like we had just walked into the 50's.
After lunch, we drove the rest of the way in to Anaheim. We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel and it was awesome. I always room with 2 sweet friends, Michelle and Amy. Michelle was already off riding rides and enjoying Disney, so Amy and I joined Carma and Maria for dinner at a yummy Mexican restaurant (guacamole made right at your table) then just enjoyed walking around Downtown Disney.
|Yummy guacamole made right at our table.|
|Amy and I decided spreading joy was a great idea!|
Wednesday, July 8: Wednesday was our Leadership Day. It was fabulous. In order to attend Leadership Day, you have to be a leader (have downline) in the company. I was full of new ideas and motivation by the end of the day!
|Amy, Michelle and I taking a selfie during a break at Leadership Day|
|When a Convention of thousands of women descends on a convention center, they have to get a little creative with bathroom space. The plants in the urinals was a nice touch! ;)|
|Amy, Michelle and I were feeling "Up"!|
Thursday, July 9: was the official beginning of Convention. It was fabulous. CTMH does the best job not only teaching us and inspiring us, but they do top rate shows that go along with our themes. Here's a peek at what we saw opening morning.
One of the perks of being a Senior Executive Director is seating on the front row of all of the shows and general sessions. One day, I hope all of my team is up there with me, but until then, I love that those that aren't in reserved seating still reserve their own seating and sit together. Did I mention I have the BEST team? Here are some of them saving seats on opening morning. Can you see the cute Pacemaker (my team name) sign?
In addition to a fun opening show, we also received the brand new Annual Inspirations Idea Book that will go live to you, my wonderful customers, on September 1. There are a few products that you can purchase in August, and I'll be telling you about those on August 1. Until then, hold on to your hats. You are going to LOVE everything! There is a group of girls (Lisa, Christine, Amy and I) that I have a tradition with of taking a photo with our new Idea Book every year. One of them was unable to attend Convention this year, so we fixed that by still including her in the photo by phone. Cute, right?
After the excitement of the opening session, I got a quick photo with Carl and Russell. Aren't they cute?
|Carl and Russell are pretty darn cute!|
|Brenda, Kimberly and I. I LOVE these girls and am so proud of them for the businesses they have built and love them both to pieces!|
|After dinner, Minnie came by for pictures with all of the Directors. Brenda, Kimbelry and I struck the "Minnie pose" too. When in Disney...|
|CCO, Monica Wihongi, and her elves announcing the new Holiday Expressions|
|Shirley, Sheila and I enjoying the awards dinner|
|Heading up on stage to receive our team award|
|CTMH doesn't skimp on awards. This lead crystal, heart shaped award pillar weighs a ton!|
|Here I am with CFO and CCO, Brian Holman and Monica Wihongi, after receiving our team award. I wish ALL of the Pacemakers could have been in this photo because THEY are the true earners of this award.|
Saturday, July 11: Saturday was the beginning of the last day of Convention. That is always bittersweet for me. I love Convention! Saturday, I was teaching on stage. I enjoy teaching and hope that something I taught was helpful to at least one of the Consultants who attended Convention this year!
|Me, onstage teaching.|
I'd LOVE to have you join my team and join me next year at Convention in Orlando, FL at Disney World. Whether you want to make a career of CTMH, like I did, or just want a great discount on your papercrafting supplies, or somewhere in between, you are welcome here! It's easy, peasy and only $99 (and you get over $350 in products!). To join, click here. I'll contact you as soon as I receive word that you have joined my team and we can get going!