How to give yourself the permission to embrace who you are

March 29, 2019

You can build a business that blesses your life.

You can create differently.

You can pursue your own standards of success without the breakneck speed of directionless hustle while burnout waits for you just around the bend.

But, you first have to acknowledge that that dream is for you, not just for your industry bestie or that stranger you follow on Instagram.

How to give yourself the permission to embrace who you are. | b is for bonnie design #illumeretreat
How to give yourself the permission to embrace who you are. | b is for bonnie design #illumeretreat

There’s one more Illume alum I want you to meet, friend. Christina joined us in 2015 for our very first retreat. She was fresh out of life as a corporate attorney and she could not believe that, with her top notch education and analytical brain, she could be a creative. She felt like everyone belonged in this industry but her, and she couldn’t figure out a way in.

By the end of the retreat, I saw her confidently describe herself as an attorney for creatives, and all of that began when she gave herself the permission to embrace who she was — a creative boss lady with the legal smarts to knock ‘em dead. Here’s what Christina has to say:

“If I had passed on Illume, I’d still be hiding at my kitchen table behind blog posts I know no one is reading, meager attempts to find new clients and pretty pictures on Instagram that ten people see… Instead, and because of Illume, I’m enjoying the satisfaction of helping hundreds of creative entrepreneurs through educating them or advocating for my clients’ interests legally. I have the best clients in the world whom I absolutely adore and I wake up to a job I love every day.

We read about it all the time, but this is real life for me now — this dream I thought was only possible for the people who were smarter, earlier, more whatever than me — this dream is not just for them. This dream is for me and you.”

How to give yourself the permission to embrace who you are. | b is for bonnie design #illumeretreat
How to give yourself the permission to embrace who you are. | b is for bonnie design #illumeretreat

Before we even had a chance to open doors to the public, registration for our April 2018 retreat completely sold out! We’re thrilled to gather around the table with the tenacious creatives for another round from October 14-17, 2019, and I’m even more thrilled to share with you that registration is now officially open!

With less than two seats remaining to our one and only 2019 experience, click below to snag your seat. We have flexible payment plans available, as well as amazing ways to customize your Illume Retreat experience through our optional 6-week mastermind that’s designed to help propel you forward towards your goals long after our last day here in Waco wraps up!

heck yes, sign me up!

Here’s to hoping I’ll get to hug your neck for our Fall 2019 retreat, friend.

How to give yourself the permission to embrace who you are. | b is for bonnie design #illumeretreat

P.S. Curious to see what it’s like to be a part of this intimately restful experience that brings these big, bold dreams to life? Come take a peek through recaps of our 2018 experience:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

How to give yourself the permission to embrace who you are. | b is for bonnie design #illumeretreat

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I'm Bonnie -- a designer, brand designer + strategist, writer, wife, and pet parent to the most rambunctious golden retriever this side of the Mason-Dixon! I'm passionate about building authentic brands, encouraging small business owners to chase their dreams, and spreading joy through design. It's a delight to have you here, lovely! Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a comfy chair and stay a while, won't you?

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