Thursday, 30 May 2013

Convention Day #1......

So I have made it to Convention Day #1!!
As part of qualifying for Leadership and Managers, we were also allowed to go shopping in Memento Mall for an hour from 8 - 9 am on the first day on Convention - what a lovely perk! When you walk to the room, this is the first thing you see

So exciting! Then you go through the doors into Memento Mall -

these are just some of the gorgeous handmade displays decorating the MM product tables. Someone spent a lot of time on these, aren't they great?
This year we were able to buy tote bags, cheap and cheerful watches in 3 different colours, phone covers, ipad covers, keyrings, card trees, MDS samplers, pens and notebook (which I missed out on) and some cute little tools. I was a very good girl and only got a few things :)

After MM I met up with my team and grabbed a cold drink (It's thirsty stuff shopping so early in the day lol) before heading to our first General Session of the day.

It was so wonderful to be in the same room as Shelli, and to hear how excited she was to see us all. She announced that Stampin' Up! is now globally sponsoring Ronald MacDonald House Charities, which is really exciting! We had some fantastic all-attendee giveaways, some fantastic presentations and demonstrations and learnt some new things - we even had a worldwide exclusive announcement -sorry, can't share that yet!!
Once GS was over, we headed up to Memento Mall so my team could shop as well - the lineup was amazing!! Took a while to get through, but how lovely it was to see Stirling and Rich and all of the girls from Demonstrator Support on the checkouts and packaging our purchases - what other company does that?? Fantastic!
Lunch was on our own, so we ventured out to Southbank, found our favourite little cafe "Steam" and had lunch facing the river and fighting off those large white stork/crane birds that are everywhere in Brisbane, they were hilarious!

After lunch we went back to the Gathering Place, where they had new product available for us to play with, lots of displays for photos, and our Service Project - this year was making cards for the RMHC to be donated to the families that are staying at the houses. Loved it!
Afterwards, we headed back up for another General Session where we all received even more giveaways and had such a great time!

After that GS, we ran straight back up to Memento Mall as they had lifted purchasing limits, and I wanted to get a little something for the rest of my team. What a whirlwind that was! Ladies everywhere - I grabbed a couple of things, then spent the next hour in line - my poor aching feet! Once we finally got through, I came across one of my favourite demos just outside the doors and couldn't resist introducing myself - Tanya Bell! What a warm, friendly lady - definitely a highlight of my day! She is very inspirational to me - cheers Tanya!

We decided that we deserved a cocktail after such a busy day, so we took ourselves next door to the Rydges and found ourselves some yummy drinks and snacks -

We sat looking out onto the street, and so many Stampin' Up! Demos with their Convention Bags walked past us, it was like an extension of Convention!! It was a lovely end to the day. Afterwards we slowly made our way back to our apartment where we sat up reliving the day and giggling into the night - such a great time!!

Check back soon for info on Day #2! Even better than Day #1!!

Until then,
Kylie xxx

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