Speaker line up for 2018

At Becoming, we are so privileged to have so many women share their heart on a variety of topics. This year we have added a number of new faces to the agenda that bring even more passion to the art of becoming more.

For the last decade, Jen Schmidt has been encouraging, challenging, and cheering on women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives on her popular lifestyle blog, Balancing Beauty
With a variety of topics from easy dinner ideas and personal finance to leaving a legacy, Jen equips others to live life to its fullest, reminding them it’s the little things that really are the big things in life.
A popular speaker, worship leader and founder/host of the annual
Becoming Conference, Jen shares with humor and authenticity as she
invites others to join her on this bumpy, beautiful life journey.Her practical lifestyle ideas encourage others to save money where they can, so they can spend, share, and give, on what’s important.

Jen loves time with her family, but she regularly dreams about a clean house, meal planning,  DIYing, thrift store hunting, or the next guests who might pop in for a visit.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, a few too
many animals and an available sofa for anyone who needs it.

She shares these at her blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, as well as at her food blog, 10 Minute Dinners..

christy-headshot-rd.jpg Christy from Southern Plate

Coming from a long line of Southern cooks, Christy Jordan was raised to appreciate the real wealth in life : Family, Friends, Faith, and Good Food. She started Southern Plate to share all the great recipes she learned from her Mother and Grandmothers. Her blog then lead to her first book, Southern Plate, Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family, second book “Come Home to Supper” and since has lead to being an editor at Taste of the South Magazine. Christy feels that mealtimes should be important to us all, because it is through our mealtime conversations we learn who we were, where we came from, and what was expected of us as we go out into the world

KariAnne writes the blog Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her farmhouse tucked away in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She lives with her husband, four children, two dogs, two cats, a tortoise, a herd of deer, a family of rabbits and a salamander. KariAnne loves sweet tea with lime, mis-matched chairs, thunderstorms, crickets singing in the rain and walking at sunset with her knight-in-shining-armor. Thistlewood Farms was recently named Country Living Decorating Blog of the Year and has been featured in publications such as Flea Market Decor, Hobby Farm Home, Country Living and online outlets such as Apartment Therapy, Apple Magazine, Resource Restyle and Country Living On-line. KariAnne also runs a successful blog consulting business where she partners with individuals interested in growing their blogs.

In an ocean of advice for women to “try harder” and “do better,” Erin Odom offers an oasis of hope for grace and compassion. On her blog, The Humbled Homemaker, Erin combines her passion for intentional, natural living with her mission to encourage women to give grace to themselves and those around them.

She writes and speaks in an inspirational yet practical way about healthy eating, frugal home management, and thoughtful mothering. She has authored three eBooks,Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert, Your Retreat: A Guide to Giving Yourself a Personal Planning Day, and The Woven Heart: Essays for Moms on Life, Love, and Loss.

meghanMaghon Taylor is a sweet Carolina girl with a love for the South and pretty letters. She’s been doodling for as long as she can remember but two years ago she developed her own shop, style and calligraphy workshop program that she’s super excited to share with all of you. All She Wrote Notes is a calligraphy studio based around celebrating not just special occasions, but everyday moments that make life so worth living.

Maghon lives by her own life motto “work hard, stay sweet, trust God, love deep.” Her goal is for God’s joy and love to shine through each and every item that she writes whether it is for a wedding, a celebration, a quote in your home or a sweet note between friends.

She is excited to meet and encourage other women who are trying to juggle it all. She is celebrating every day in Graham, North Carolina with her husband (and middle school sweetheart) Chris.