These friendships and this conference, of course, could not be possible without many, many people helping us along the way, both in big ways and in small. We wanted to devote a post to these people, and publicly make thank yous to some of you!
OBC 2012 Alumni: you all are seriously the BEST. I mean... I just don't have words. You took a chance on us when we had nothing to promise you but a Kindle Fire giveaway.... literally. I clearly remember the shock nad excitement we felt the night we opened registration last year... and you all started signing up! Dorothy and I started frantically texting, "OMG, people are registering!!!!!!" Then to see you all continue to grow and foster this community through the year, help promote it, and be so active in this year's conference is completely overwhelming. This group exemplifies "support," and I thank you!
Special, special, special mention to Joan Hayes for her knowledge and expertise in everything, her dedication to our group, and her constant behind-the-scenes hand holding that she has done for Dorothy and I for as long as we've been working on this project!
Katie, thank you for taking on such a huge task with us this year!! I can't even begin to describe the weight that was lifted off of our shoulders knowing we had someone else to plan with and share responsibility with. You did an incredible job as our social media manger, and we are so grateful!
Thank you to Camille Beckstrand and all the girls over at Six Sisters' Stuff! Camille, especially, has been my Gmail cheerleader all year long-- encouraging me when I was exhausted and loopy, willing to help with multiple posts, actively being a part of the group, promoting OBC, and basically giving us a never-ending supply of YES anytime we asked for anything. Thank you!
Of course, we'd be no where at all without Dorothy. You guys just don't even know the half of what she is capable of doing once she has a to-do list in her hands!! I spent much of our planning time in 2013 very distracted with other obligations, and Dorothy totally stepped up and took on so much of what needed to be done all by herself. Emails, registration forms, payments, troubleshooting, sponsors, panelists, literally writing the intro to nearly every single post all by herself... Seriously. It was the Dorothy show this year, and I am in awe that she hasn't marched across the country to kick my butt into gear yet! What an amazing and talented business partner and friend she is!!!!
And finally (yes, this is going to end at some point, I promise)... my dear, sweet, always forgiving, always supportive, and always there husband. I don't think Chris will ever read this, so I'm not writing it for his benefit-- but I want you all to know what an incredible behind-the-scenes support system he has been. I have been basically working two full time jobs since about June (my blog + my book, and then my blog + OBC), and he has taken over childcare responsibilities and domestic duties all while working full time and going to school full time. And very rarely (if ever) have I heard a cross word from him. He has never once made me feel guilty for the time I've put outside of our home and family. He allows me to grow and develop, and he's so proud of me to boot. There's so much more I could never put into words, but rest assured: OBC could not have happened without him! My most heartfelt and sincere thank you goes to him. Always.