The Turning Point in my Business and Life

March 27, 2019

“The Illume Retreat was JUST the thing I needed at that turning point in my life and business, and I am so glad every single day that I chose to take a leap of faith and go.”  – Monica W., 2018 Illume Alumni

Cue every bittersweet feeling to exist!

The women who enter my life thanks to the Illume Retreat become more than just alumni. They become biz besties, long-lost sisters, and my support in both life and business when things get hard.

The Illume Retreat is about creating from a place of truth. Day Three is bittersweet as we prepare our attendees for life after Illume. This intimate experience is three days of pouring so deeply into each other and building community. On our final day, we gather around the table and equip each attendee with the action steps they need to take home to chase after the dreams they so clearly defined. Will you join us in 2019? | b is for bonnie design #waco #illumeretreat #creatives
The Illume Retreat is about creating from a place of truth. Day Three is bittersweet as we prepare our attendees for life after Illume. This intimate experience is three days of pouring so deeply into each other and building community. On our final day, we gather around the table and equip each attendee with the action steps they need to take home to chase after the dreams they so clearly defined. Will you join us in 2019? | b is for bonnie design #waco #illumeretreat #creatives

We all go through “seasons” as a business owner. Seasons of hardship, growth, change, and every little season in between. But the good news is, we don’t have to go through these seasons alone.

My sweet friend and 2018 Illume Retreat alum, Monica W., shares her heart of how the Illume Retreat changed here life.

The turning point in my life and business

“Prior to attending Illume I was going through a turbulent life chapter, and everything, including my business, felt like it was in flux. The moment the email alerting me to the ticket sales popped up in my inbox, it felt like a little nudge. I knew that Illume could be a turning point for me.

I was seven years into my business when I chose to attend the Illume Retreat. It was a way of investing in myself, and giving myself permission to do so. It was the biggest investment I’ve ever made, and it paid off ten fold!

I grew in confidence, had greater clarity in my own business vision and path, and spent time in the company of truly incredible businesswomen, many of whom I’m still in touch with today.

The Illume Retreat equipped me with the confidence to follow my own path. I learnt so many practical lessons about running my business, and planning for its future. And I go back to my Illume lessons ALL the time.

I took SO much away from the Illume Retreat, but first and foremost I felt refreshed. It was refreshing to spend time in the company of other creative women, who were all struggling with their own business quandaries. I felt a lot less alone, which in itself was hugely buoying.

The Illume Retreat is about creating from a place of truth. It’s a way of wholehearted living. It’s about embarking on a transformative journey and building a business that allows you to do the work you love all while making a living. At our 2018 intimate retreat in Waco, TX, 15 incredible women from all over the world tapped into what it could look like to build a business from a clear place of purpose. Will you join us in 2019? #waco #illumeretreat #purpose

I felt rejuvenated, and like I had a LOT to process. It took me a few months to do so (in fact I’m probably still doing so!) but attending the Illume Retreat was a turning point for me both professionally, and personally.

Furthermore, the group of women who attended Illume were fantastic, as were our teachers. It was inspiring and educational just being in their company. We continue to support and cheerlead one another on, both individually and through the Illume Facebook group.

The Illume Retreat was JUST the thing I needed at that turning point in my life and business, and I am so glad every single day that I chose to take a leap of faith and go.

Bonnie has created something truly magical with the Illume Retreat, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who’s looking for a creative, productive, and actionable retreat.” – Monica W.

The Illume Retreat is about creating from a place of truth. It’s a way of wholehearted living. It’s about embarking on a transformative journey and building a business that allows you to do the work you love all while making a living. At our 2018 intimate retreat in Waco, TX, 15 incredible women from all over the world tapped into what it could look like to build a business from a clear place of purpose. Will you join us in 2019? #waco #illumeretreat #purpose

Oh my heart. These women have changed my life in so many ways, and to hear how this intimately restful retreat has changed their lives too gives me all the feels.

Will you be one of the few to join us in 2019?

I encourage you to check out our speakers, explore the details, and learn more about our 6-week mastermind experience, too!

Registration is currently open, and we have just two seats available for our October 14-17 retreat, friend. Click here to claim one of those final spots as your own.

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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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