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My big 3 take-aways from the first OverFlow Retreat

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Well it’s been about 2 weeks since we wrapped up OverFlow and let me tell you, my feet still have not touched the ground.  I am STILL flying high.  What an experience!

I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the retreat and envisioning what OverFlow is growing into.  Truly, I am in awe.   I have tried to capture the essence of the retreat in words…but honestly, there is just no way to explain the beauty of what happened over those 3 days in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  You just HAD TO BE THERE! 

Nevertheless, I knew you would want an update.  So let me try to sum it all up for you.  

From the moment women walked into our quaint little room they were “wowed.”  OverFlow goodie bags waited for them at their seats, the room was infused with the sweet aroma of the JOY essential oil and the staging and lighting set the tone for an intimate gathering.

I was more nervous than I have EVER been.  In all the years I’ve been on stages, radio shows and TV sets, this felt like my biggest moment ever and I wanted it to go well.  My team and I had planned everything down to the minute during that first day.  We talked it through.  We rehearsed.  We wanted to make sure there was no room for error.  We had to get this thing off on the right foot.  From the very beginning, I prayed and thanked God for letting the Spirit work…and boy did the Spirit show up!

Over those 3 days women experienced powerful shifts in their mindsets.  They received proven strategies, several even manifested paid opportunities, new clients and new collaborations during our time together.  We laughed, cried, danced, shopped, learned and grew.  We set goals and made commitments.

The stage is set…

All agreed that the woman who showed up on day 1 was not the same woman who left on day 3.  It was awesome.

The best part of it all was that team OverFlow was holding things down in the background and that freed me up to do what I do best:  Teach.  Equip.  Inspire.  Empower.  Donna Gaines is a genius when it comes to event coordination and logistics.  My assistants Stephanie, Mary and Alicia are all angels from heaven.  They researched, placed orders, booked appointments and who knows what else.  I was even blessed to have my glam squad in the house!  Landis has done my make up for more than 15 years and Victor Powell has been my photographer since my days at WVON.  They both showed up and showed out!

Did everything go perfect?  Of course not.  There were glitches along the way and even a few things that could have potentially derailed everything but there was a Higher Power at work here.  When He is in charge, the enemy don’t stand a chance!

time to teach…

So here are my 3 big take-aways from hosting the 1st Annual OverFlow Retreat.

1. God doesn’t want perfection, he just wants obedience.  I vividly remember getting the vision (and the word from God) to follow through with OverFlow.  In fact the name came straight from the bible.  There was an urgency in my spirit about it.  God didn’t care that I was still transitioning from Chicago to Puerto Rico and really didn’t have a firm footing yet.  He just said “do it!”  So I did.  The fact that I said yes, even though I didn’t feel totally comfortable and didn’t have everything perfectly in place caused an unleashing of favor that I don’t even have time to explain.  From now on, when God says move, I will!

2. Team is everything!  I’ve done smaller events in the past and have always had fun doing them but the stress of planning, organizing, creating content, making binders, making sure the food was right and taking pics in the middle of a session with my smartphone was ridiculous.  I would just be tryna do waaaay too much!  With OverFlow, I knew from the beginning I had to work with an event planner and I had to have support.  I knew that my main job was to focus on marketing and content.  With the support of my sponsors, I invested in my dream team and they held me up the entire way.  I am a recovering control freak but now I know the power and value of having support.  This awareness allowed me to step into a different level and to play a bigger game.  The shift feels good!

3. Anticipate attacks as you elevate to new dimensions. In the months and weeks leading up to OverFlow, I was hospitalized with an infection, immobilized with a tummy ache that lasted for days and struck with a loss of appetite that I really can’t explain.  There were days when I was weak, fatigued and irritable…but I was committed.  Many of the women who came to the retreat experienced setbacks as they prepared to travel: traffic jams that caused some to miss or nearly miss their flights, sickness on the plane, money woes, one person even left her laptop at the airport. Nevertheless they were committed.  They pressed on knowing the devil is a lie!  Women came for a breakthrough and they wouldn’t let anything stop them.   The enemy couldn’t stand it!  


It always seems to happen that way doesn’t it.  Reaching a new dimension is never easy. The question is, how committed are you to keep moving forward even when you are under attack?

So those are my “ahas” from OverFlow.  I am excited at how God is using this event to create a movement and a new generation of high-earning women.  

Now my team and I are gearing up for the OverFlow 6-Figure Coaching Program.  It’s a 9-month program for women entrepreneurs who are ready for a new dimension in their business when it comes to money, freedom and visibility.  Applications are being accepted now through July 21, 2014.  



To learn more about the program and to grab an application, go here:  http://bit.ly/of6-info

Finally, to everyone–strangers, family, colleagues and friends–who sent me a message or text of encouragement, sent flowers and treats or who lifted me up in prayer;  to all the women who put everything on the line and showed up, I thank you and honor you!  Next year will be bigger, better…and deeper.  The movement has begun!

 If you attended OverFlow, leave your comments below.  Or feel free to share your feedback about my 3 take-aways…Oh, and here are some cute pics for you!


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