Turning Tides Retreat 2013 Recap ~ Photographer & Creatives Retreat

I’ve been so busy since I got back from helping host our first ever Turning Tides Retreat last week that I’m not sure I’ve really been able to completely wrap my head around the amazingness that occurred. I do know that I went into this hoping to help a lot of other people realize and chase their biggest dreams. I did not know that I would be the one to come out of it more certain of my own dreams and armed to take the steps I need to realize them with the support of these amazing women!

I have so much more to share about what the experience was like for me and have another giant post coming where I plan to share something I’ve been keeping to myself for quite a while… but I need to have some actual time to sit down and write that one (which I unfortunately don’t have right now). So for now… just know that Turning Tides changed me in ways I didn’t expect. It challenged me, it relaxed me, it centered me… it was more than I could have imagined… and going into it as a facilitator/contributor I didn’t expect any of it!!

Besides all of that – Turning Tides Retreat was made up of lot of other things, like unconditional support of 12 very different, and equally amazing ladies… s’mores… late night laughs (& tears) by a crackling fire… paddle boarding… boating… swimming & teaching someone to swim (!!!)… inspiring conversations… vulnerability… being forced out of our comfort zones… tears… late night delirious giggle fits… wine, wine, and more wine (haha)… and so much more.

But since I show things in photos better than I do in words… let’s just get to the photos, shall we?

Here’s a look back at Turning Tides Retreat 2013. 🙂


You know I had to start off by obsessively photographing the beautiful home. I cannot thank Jess’ parents enough for being SO generous and letting us take over their lake house for a week!!!


Anxiously awaiting all the ladies on Monday night!!!

They made it!!!

I may or may not have cried a lot. Then I promised I would cry during my first talk… but I forgot I was going to be talking about “My Why” and LOST it. Surprise. haha

I miss all these fabulous ladies already!!! Thank the lord for our Facebook group so we can all pretend we’re still living in a lake house together!!! lol! 🙂





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