It's been a very frenetic past few days and I wish I'd been able to take more pictures because these few do not even remotely capture the essence of the conference and how much work and effort was put into it. But, thankfully I managed to take a few.
The above were taken on Friday, of me and my awesome team of decorators (@folashecrowneventsandmore) during set up. We worked late into the night as we wanted to be done before Saturday, seeing as the conference was to start at 8.45am.
We kept the decor simple and light as opposed to lavish, because conferences tend to require a much more subtle and quiet theme.
On Saturday we had loads of vendors (only able to take a few pics 😔)
May God bless and replenish all the givers.
Me with the Oludinmus, the brains behind this movement. And my ushers (in white). Guys! These ushers were amazing. They were very dedicated and served with so much joy. There's really nothing as beautiful as working with people who share your vision and are as passionate as you are. It's my dream (and testimony) to work with staff who are not just hardworking, but are also as passionate about my businesses as I am. Dedication is not something that can be bought or paid for, so I pray for it.
In all, it was a very successful outing. My only regret is that I couldn't get very much out of it because work is at its peak during an event. I would hear the intermittent bursts of applause, laughter, screams, gasps of Ahhhhs and Awwwws, and excited shouts but I'd have no idea what was going on. I know people were very excitable when Charles O'tudoh was talking. And when Praise Fowowe had the floor, people; male and female, couldn't control their excitement. In fact the lectures were so damn real and revealing that a point most of the ushers and workers were like, please I need to be part of this, me too I want to learn and positioned themselves closer to the guests.
As in, at a point even the vendors who paid for stands, left their stands and went to sit with the attendees. One who brought her daughter along to help, told her to go and join the conference, that she would manage alone. In her words, "Those of us who are married have already entered one chance so there is nothing we can do (not necessarily true), but you are still single and you have the opportunity to learn a lot from what these people are saying".
When I knew that things had gotten real was when one of the security personnel I hired came and took permission from me to call one of his boys to come and take his place, he explained that he really needed to join the conference. I gave him a big nod. Before then I'd noticed that the conference had held him in rapt attention and he was struggling to divide his attention between work and the lectures.
There was a booth for private counselling and you should see the way people struggled for this counsel session. It was akin to getting a visa at the American embassy. So many marriages are in serious need of healing. 😰
Oh, have I told you that some blog readers attended? All these silent blog readers, wehdone you hear? I met about four blog readers and each of them began by saying "Are you Thelma? I'm a big fan of your blog, I have been reading it for 3 years now but I've never commented". LOL.
I love you all the same!
I came back home extremely exhausted and had to take painkillers before I could sleep. I wish I could just stay in bed today and be pampered, but Chidoz beckons. I've got two clubs hosting their meeting there today and you know what that means, it's about to be another hectic day. But I'm freaking grateful! One year ago I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life or if it was going anywhere.
But after months (or maybe even years) of confusion, occasional tears, "trials and errors" and most especially; persistent prayers, I'm finally somewhere that's pretty close to the light at the end of the tunnel. It may not be how I'd imagined it, but its obvious that I'm finally getting to where I need to be and I loveeeeeeeet! 💃💃💃.
For this, I'm grateful. I pray that everyone who's presently in that blurry place receives the direction, guidance and grace required to move to the next dimension of their life.
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