Last weekend I had the priveledge of flying to California and attending the first ever Design Life retreat, put together by the lovely Promise Tangeman and Alyssa Yuhas. I was ecstatic to hear that SO many talented designers and bloggers I admired were going to be at this thing. So of course, I had to go. I have to admit though, I was nervous. There were about 20 ladies going to this thing and I honestly couldn’t believe that we’d all be together in one place for a few days.

My nerves quickly eased as I met some of the nicest people throughout my stay. I can truly say that I’ve made some great new friends that I already miss loads. At least we have the internet, right??

To say I learned a lot during this trip would be a complete understatement. I have been thinking about how I want to challenge myself & grow my business a lot recently, and Design Life was just the push I needed. Promise and Alyssa organized several Q&A’s that blew. my. mind. We all crammed into one room and just talked. Not a lot of people in my real life understand my daily routine / job, so it was nice to be surrounded by people who absolutely do.

My mind has been constantly swimming with new ideas ever since – and I can’t wait to really push and change my business for the better. It’s time to cut what I do in half, analyze, and reformat. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m 100% ready to move forward.

Cheers to a great retreat! Some of the pics in this post can be seen here, as well as our hashtag fest of images during the trip. I believe this is going to happen again in the future, so if you’re interested in learning more – make sure you follow @ourdesignlife. You won’t be sorry!

  1. Kyla Roma says:

    It looks like such an amazing time, I was disappointed that I couldn’t make it! It must have been amazing to have so much in common with so many people all in the same place- and to come away so inspired. Glad you had such a great time! :)

  2. Vanessa says:

    Bre, it was SO great meeting you. You are such a wonderful and crazy talented lady! We definitely need to meet up again soon to hang out :)

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  3. Zoe Rooney says:

    Looks like you ladies had a wonderful time! Lots of talent in one space. Can’t wait to see what you take from this and hear more about the changes you’re planning.

  4. LIZ GRANT says:

    It was such a fun weekend with you ladies! I am so glad that we got to finally meet in person. You are super talented and so sweet. Hopefully our paths cross again soon!

  5. that sounds like it would be a great experience!

  6. Kristin B says:

    I was enviously stalking instagram all weekend soaking up pics! It sure seems like you guys all had a blast. :)

  7. Jane says:

    it was seriously so great to finally meet you in person! Can’t wait to see what this year brings each of us and looking forward to this new found support system!

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