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Back in September, Callie and I had the privilege of being a part of AH Inspired : a gathering for creatives. I was honored to speak for 2 different sessions on Money and Life Balance, and Callie photographed the entire event. All I can say is, wow. We were absolutely blown away by the entire experience that Amber and her team offered! Every detail of this event was thoroughly planned, and I met so many truly incredible women.

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First, let’s just talk about the venue. I’m pretty much ready to pack up my life so I can live permanently at the Inn at Evin’s Mill. We were surrounded by lush trees, greenery, nestled in a mountainside. My favorite view was walking down towards the mill on the side of the Inn – it felt so adventurous and refreshing! It was breathtaking: a lake on the right, the waterfall on the left. And we had to walk across a bridge to get to the Mill where we had classes. There were hiking trails, waterfalls, and cozy places all around to cozy up and drink some coffee. The rooms were so adorable and comfortable – the cabin feel made me feel like I was at a luxurious summer camp for adults. No, I didn’t want to leave.

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(See those two crazy ladies swimming at the bottom of the waterfall? Yep, the one on the right is me!)

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While the venue certainly would have been enough, the entire experience was top notch. The details were incredible! We had welcome bags, personal itineraries printed for us individually, name tags that were super cute, swag (that was cute AND practical) from every speaker, and little surprises throughout the event. When I thought it couldn’t get any better, it always would. We even had a product from Shark Tank as a gift, which you knew made me really happy!
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One of my favorite images from Inspired: Emily Ley, Micah May, and Nancy Ray!

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Finally, the speakers and attendees were just incredible. I’ll admit – I didn’t know every speaker that was on the list prior to coming, though I knew most. I looked many of them up beforehand, to try to familiarize myself with each of them. But nothing could have prepared me for what was in store. Truly, I don’t know that I’ve even been in the same room with such incredible business women. Micah May blew me away with her family’s story, her business story, and her fun-loving spirit. I look up to her in so many ways, and it was incredible to spend so much time with her. Rhi taught me floral styling, and man do I have a new respect for what she does! That is no easy task. Ashlee Proffitt became one of my favorite people on this earth. What a beautiful spirit that woman has. We led a devotional and prayer time each morning, and it started our days off in such a refreshing way. Goodness I’ve learned so much from her story, her loss, her deep love, and her grace. (Not to mention she’s an incredible business and branding expert!) Samantha Shepherd showed us that small dreams really can turn into big businesses. I loved hearing the story of Studio Calico, how it started out a few years ago as a 3-person operation, and how they have a staff of well over 50 employees and are continuing to grow. Emily Ley always blows me away with her simple and profound comments like, “my inbox goes to zero at the end of every day,” and “I only work 3 days a week,” as if those things are easy to do. I have so much respect for that woman! And these are only a few of several incredible business women that speak and share over the course of 2 days together.
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Finally, I would be remiss to acknowledge the amazing, hard-working, Callie! This girl hustled like I’ve never seen her hustle. She captured every detail, every speaker, and just as I would arrive back to our room to rest, she’d be dressed and ready to head out the door for more. I’m so proud of these images and her hard work – she truly did an incredible job.

Sad you missed it? Don’t be! AH Inspired 2015 is already set for April of next year, so be sure to sign up when registration opens. (And when you do, be sure to use the discount code NANCYRAY to save on your registration fee!)

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Thanks so much for sharing! The pictures are amazing! It looks like such a great retreat- in a beautiful location, with amazing ladies, and perfect decor!

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