Remember when I mentioned that I had exciting news?

That rhymed with jayco of dayco—or something like that?


Are you ready?

Are you set?

Do you need to grab a beverage?


I’m not sure if anyone mentioned it yet, but today is the day to dream.


Six years ago, if someone would have told me where this blog would take me and how it would grow and the things I would see and the dreams that would come true, I would have held up my hand, taken a drink of sweet tea….

….and buckled my seatbelt.

I’ve written more than 1500 blog posts.  I’ve published five books (with another on the way).  I’ve worked with hundreds of brands.  I’ve launched two fabric lines.  Last year I launched a product line for retailers across the nation with so many other fun projects in the works.

All while sitting here in my house wearing a messy bun, yoga pants and red lipstick.

Because here’s the thing.


When you write a blog or develop a platform or start your own business.

The sky is literally the limit.

Along the way, I started coaching.

I’ve done almost 800 blog and corporate consulting sessions since I started this blog.

People would ask me questions or e-mail me for help with their blog and their business and I wanted to help.

I wanted to share what I had learned.

I wanted to inspire and encourage and uplift and help others to understand that THEY COULD DO IT.

Whatever their dream.

Whatever their heart.

Whatever their vision.


And I want to show YOU how I did it.


Yes. Wonderful. Amazing. Inspiring. Shoppable. WACO.

I’m hosting a three-day event called the Social Gathering Retreat along with my friends from The Curated Farmhouse and Itty Bitty Farmhouse in WACO.

Yes my wonderful friends.


We will be staying in beautiful downtown Waco in the most incredible Air BnB called the Green Door Lofts on Austin Ave in downtown Waco just steps away from shopping and dining for three nights.

(please note all hotel accommodations and most meals are included in the price)

At The Social Gathering Retreat we’ll cover:

  • Simple tips to grow your brand
  • Creatively finding new customers
  • Marketing your product successfully with free (or almost free ideas)
  • (total retreat news aside:  this is literally my favorite thing on the planet)
  • Researching the competition
  • Finding new revenue streams you might have overlooked
  • Creating a successful social media campaigns
  • Networking and creating working partnerships and MAKING MONEY
  • Growing your Instagram and making money off it.
  • Growing your Pinterest and how to maximize the platform


And then? If that isn’t enough? We also will be touring Waco and shopping and antiquing and eating and hanging out and celebrating and encouraging each other to REACH FOR THE STARS.

And we are going to Leslie from My-100-Year-Old Home’s house for dinner.

It’s a retreat jam-packed with ideas and inspiration.

Won’t you join us?

I AM SO EXCITED at the possibility of getting to meet all of you, but before we start you should know something.

I am A LOT.

If you’ve ever met me in person, you didn’t even need me to state the obvious.

I’m a lot of talking.  A lot of laughter.  A lot of believing in you.  A lot of encouragement.  A lot of inspiration.  A lot of creative business ideas.

And I want to take all that “a lotness” and help YOU achieve your dreams.

Want to learn more?

You can find all the retreat details here.

Just know that I believe in you.


You got this friend.

After all, you are a rock star.

Note: This event is sold out. Click here to be added to the waiting list or join our mailing list for other events around the US

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  1. Image for Gina Gina

    You are the best. I am so happy to read your accomplishments here because I have watched it as a reader and couldn't be more proud of you.

  2. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Oh my gooodness! I want to GO!!! Can't imagine how I could make it work logistically, but I may dream about it for a bit and see what I can come up with!!!

  3. Image for Linda Linda

    Congratulations! My Mother, Sister and I traveled to WACO (I always use all CAPS for WACO) to celebrate my Sister's 50th birthday. And we stayed at the Green Door Lofts on Austin Ave!!! You will LOVE it there. We sure did!

  4. Image for Nancy Nancy

    If I had money to play with, I would be on this trip in a heartbeat! Just for the eating and shopping and meeting you part!

  5. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    KariAnne, this sounds AMAZING! I know The Social Gathering Retreat will be a huge success! God bless you and Jessica and Wendy and this incredible adventure, my friend! Being one of the people you have helped I can attest to how you guided and encouraged me and helped me build my business, brand, and blog!

  6. Image for Janet Janet

    This sounds like such a great retreat and I'm sure that anyone who attends will get so much out of it! You're one of the smartest bloggers on the planet!

  7. Image for Jen Jen

    Hi- this sounds amazing! I have been playing around with some different training options to attend this year. Can you tell me an approximate attendance?

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