Business Boutique Day 1

Business Boutique 2019: New Experiences and Day 1!

Arriving in Nashville

Ariel, from the Bubbly Homemaker and I decided to attend the Business Boutique Conference, held annually in Nashville, Tennessee. We arrived Wednesday evening, but by the time we got to the Airbnb and had supper, it was late enough. (We had our first Uber ride and an interesting walk to supper.) Thursday morning we were up bright and early and headed for the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

The Gaylord

(Oh…my…goodness! Everyone should stay in a Gaylord Resort at least once. It has atriums inside it with all these tropical plants!)

Even though we arrived at the resort a bit early, they still let us check into our room. We then wandered through the Cascades Atrium and shops for almost two hours. Then it was time for Sound Waves! We made use of the indoor lazy and rapid rivers, their tubes, pools, and sundeck. It was a nice way to relax after the plane rides.

Business Boutique Conference Day 1
View of balcony from inside our room to Cascade Atrium. View from atrium of other balconies.
Business Boutique Conference Day 1
Cascade Atrium: double waterfalls (yes, they have already started setting up for Christmas), looking through the grate at the waterfall, waterfall and orchid.
Business Boutique Conference Day 1
SoundWaves rapid lazy river and exterior shot of the building.

We headed across the road for a cheaper eats for lunch. (While the food inside the hotel is amazing, this girl is on a budget). Then we relaxed in the room on the balcony that overlooks the Cascades atrium. We people watched and worked on social media.

Meeting Fellow Boutiquers

A few hours from the start of the conference, we used the conference app to meet up with Wendy from North Elm Designs. It was great meeting another boutiquer and making a new friend. (Another lady was looking for us, but didn’t find us… Next year we’ll have to wear the badges we got this year so we’re easier to find.)

Then, THEN, it was finally time to head to the conference. And sit and learn with 3,000 other women.

The Conference

The night started off with The Big Beyond opening with Emcee Kelsey Humphreys. And then it was Christy Wright’s turn to speak, the Business Boutique and Dave Ramsey personality.

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Reflection off the ceiling before the show began.

The conference is a Christian faith-based event. We got some Bible learning from Luke 18:35-44 about Jesus and the blind man. The blind man was very direct with what he wanted from Christ. Christy encouraged us to be honest with our desires, even when it’s hard to believe that dreams could come true when logic dictates we guard our hearts. She also encouraged us to dream as little kids again – they believe anything is possible.

If you don’t need God to pull off what you are planning, you are not dreaming big enough.

Michael Hyatt

After the first night ended it was back to the resort for a quick stroll through the Cascade atrium with all the lights on before bed. Saturday was going to be a full day of learning!

gazebo at night
Flowered gazebo.
garden at night
Night view from our balcony.
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