Event Recap Series : Blueprint Retreat 2014
Intro by Shanna Skidmore | Recap by Britt Bass
One of my favorite traditions as a financial advisor was our end of the year annual planning retreats. As an office, we would rent a cabin and spend a few days digging into our goals and dreams for the upcoming year, mapping our plans, and sharing those action steps with each other.
As I ventured into entrepreneur-land, I was blown away that most people don’t practice this tradition of annual planning and intentional goal-setting.
While in the process of officially launching my consulting company, I knew I wanted to provide a place for this time of annual planning and goal-setting to happen. A time to get out of your business long enough to work on your business.
In 2013, I officially launched Skidmore Consulting AND Blueprint Retreat (formally known as Inspire Conferences) on the same day! I realize now how crazy ambitious that was, but somehow those 15 seats filled up!
I will always cherish this very first retreat and many of the attendees who have now become dear friends.
But today, I’m beyond honored for one of those attendees, Britt Bass Turner, to share her experience of attending this very first retreat and what it’s done for both her business and her life!
I hope you enjoy the recap and of course join us for an upcoming retreat!
Hi, there! I’m Britt Bass Turner, an Atlanta based abstract painter.
I’ve always been very creative and loved crafting and making from a young age.
My mom is an interior designer so I was immersed in art, design, and color as well as exposed to a successful female-run creative business in my developmental years.
I shadowed a family friend who is a super talented full time artist here in Atlanta, Andrea Costa, the summer I graduated high school. I just loved that day in her studio and couldn’t believe that that was her actual job! I wanted to do that too! So when I looked into the Art Program at UGA, I was pretty hooked.
I always loved art in school and went on to earn my BFA from the University of Georgia in 2011. Since the month I graduated, I started my little business, and I’ve been painting and sharing my happy, colorful artworks with the world!
Going into the Blueprint Retreat in January 2014, I had just finished my first 4 months working as a full time artist.
I had a growing audience, increasing demand, and was definitely very busy already at this stage, but due to workflow, pricing, and goal setting problems (or lack thereof) I had barely any profit to show for it. I knew something had to change in order to keep pursuing this dream of painting as a career.
Enter Shanna’s Blueprint Retreat.
I learned so many life changing and tangible action items that completely transformed the way I thought about my business (wait did I even think about the business side before Blueprint? 😉 ).
Shanna helped me, for the first time, establish my mission, vision, and goals for my business. We overhauled my pricing structure, discovered my ideal studio practice, and created workflow and schedules from that.
Blueprint taught me how to budget for taxes, savings, and investments which created margin and allowed me to take some risks that exponentially grew my business.
By the end of 2015, I had an out of house studio space, my first part time employee, purchased all of my own printing equipment, and increased my profit 10x.
It changed everything for me, for my life, and my business. I was hoping to find answers to making a long term career out of my dream of painting.
The actual event is incomparable in terms of taking a break from your business to work on your business in such an encouraging and inspiring environment. I have truly loved them so much and hope to go again soon!
I’ve already shared how it’s changed my business, but it also changed my life by creating boundaries, establishing priorities, and creating a healthy, sustainable workflow to prevent burnout.
I felt welcomed, encouraged, and inspired from the moment I stepped into the room and there is definitely a bond between the attendees that you can’t describe unless you experience it!
You’re given all the tools and resources at BPM, you are fully equipped to leave and implement them to change everything!
Of course there’s always hesitation, will it be worth it? I can hands down say YES it is.
Go, it’s worth it.
Shanna is so authentic, knowledgeable, empathetic, and inspiring as a leader. You will love learning from her and just being in the presence of the room and community she has created. She’s a great steward of her gifts and we can all learn from that!
Shanna has taught me the tools to create financial goals and budgets from the beginning so that I can then make decisions and implement strategies accordingly. It’s freeing now, to have that kind of financial structure so that I can actually focus on what I do best—painting!
Interested in joining the Blueprint Family and attending one of our live events?!
*All Blueprint live events are exclusive for students of The Blueprint Model.