Haven 2013 Recap, Part 1

First of all I gotta say- whatever you’ve heard about Haven is probably true.

More specifically: the classes were informative, the hotel was beautiful, the event was well organized, the food was delicious, the speakers were inspiring, the sponsors were helpful and generous, and there were hundreds of creative bloggers to meet and and connect with.

The only thing I wish were different is that I had more time to take ALL of the classes that were offered and get to know ALL of the Haven Mavens who attended!

I had a great experience and everyone that I talked with said they are definitely planning to go back next year- so if you want to go, you better get in line early when tickets go on sale!

Here are some of the many highlights of my trip.

It was my first time traveling alone, so I was a little nervous driving to the airport and then flying from Chicago to Atlanta all by myself.  But when I landed I met up with my online friend (now real-life friend!) and roommate Shanna from Restoration Redoux.

Jen from Girl in the Garage and Shanna from Restoration Redoux at the Haven conference 2013.

When we checked in to the Hyatt, we were upgraded to a room on the 24th floor (out of 25) because we’re cool like that.   😉   (Nah, they messed up the reservation… and we kindly explained that we really didn’t want to share one queen sized bed for three nights!)  We had a pretty nice view of Atlanta:

View from the Hyatt

And we could see TWO pools from our room, one for our hotel way down below and one on the roof of a nearby hotel.

View from the Hyatt

The keynote speaker on Friday morning was Ana White, who inspired us all to go for our dreams one blog post at a time.

Ana White speaking at the Haven Conference 2013.

Some of my favorite things she said:

  • Every blog post should do at least one of these things: educate, inspire, entertain, or reward.
  • Be great at one thing and good enough at everything else.
  • Believe in yourself so others will.

I got the chance to speak with Ana for a few minutes at one of the evening parties.  (And yes, she is beautiful in real life too!)

She had the cutest little baby bump.

Jen from Girl in the Garage and Ana White at Haven 2013

After Ana spoke, I headed over to one of the classes I was dying to take – Advanced Furniture Painting, taught by Marian Parsons (Miss Mustard Seed, one of my blogging idols) and Shaunna West (Perfectly Imperfect).  We got to try different techniques of painting with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, and then several different waxes and finishing mediums (vaseline, hemp oil).

Miss Mustard Seed teaching a painting class at Haven 2013. Miss Mustard Seed teaching a painting class at Haven 2013. Jen from Girl in the Garage and Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed at Haven 2013.

Thankfully I didn’t get any paint on my white skirt!

I was so thrilled to get to sit through a class by Miss Mustard Seed and get to meet her.  It was one of many awesome experiences I had at Haven.

The rest you’ll have to wait to read about in part two…………


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6 Comments on Haven 2013 Recap, Part 1

  1. Amy@TheBlissfulBee
    August 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm (5 years ago)

    Ok I am seriously jealous of everyone who went!! It looks like a blast! I really need to go next year:)

    xo, amy
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    • Jen
      August 9, 2013 at 10:14 pm (5 years ago)

      Amy, it was amazing! You should definitely plan to go! It would be great to meet you. 🙂

  2. Susan
    August 10, 2013 at 6:23 am (5 years ago)

    I am so glad you got to go. It looks like you had lots of fun.

  3. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads
    August 10, 2013 at 8:32 am (5 years ago)

    So glad I got to meet you and Shanna! You two made a cute duo. Nothing is worse than a summer cold and I hope you’re feeling better by now! Enjoyed reading your recap of Haven (read you 2nd post, too!)
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