Speaker line up for 2016
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.
As a full time family manager, Jen Schmidt balances and embraces both the beauty and bedlam of daily life. As a motivational speaker and writer, Jen shares with humor and authenticity on a myriad of topics, many which fall under her passion to embrace, “It’s the little things that are the Big things.” She shares these at her blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, as well as at her newly launched food blog, 10 Minute Dinners.. 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, couponing, meal planning, home schooling, DIYing, thrift store hunting, or the next treasures she’ll score for her Frugal Fashionista wardrobe.
Jenny Martin is the writer behind SouthernSavers.com, one of the leading frugal living websites in the South. Her goal is teach a purposeful, relaxed approach to saving money on almost everything you buy. As a mom of four little girls ten and under, Jenny’s focus is on finding ways to coupon, deal hunt, and shop in the quickest, most time conserving manner – that way you can get back to whats truly important, like playing games and coloring with the kids!
While running a large community takes a lot of time (and help), Jenny balances blogging time with puzzles and dress up. She is passionate about mom’s not getting lost in coupons and forgetting their focus. Really anything you start doing to save money is better than what you were doing, so come and learn the simple and rewarding method to shopping!
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.
Maghon 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.
By day, Maghon works in alumni relations at her alma mater UNC-Chapel Hill and pursues her small business dream each night. 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 brand new husband (and middle school sweetheart) Chris.
Holly Dvorak is a popular speaker, certified Family Manager Coach, and the creator of Controlling the Spin Within, the go-to website for women seeking home organization and family management solutions. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart, Todd, for 25 years, and although their three sons are now all in college, Holly clearly remembers life in the trenches with small children underfoot. As a new empty-nester, Holly spends her days helping homemakers enjoy life “in the moment.” With a heart to encourage the overwhelmed, she coaches, provides in-home consultations,and appears occasionally on NBC’s Charlotte Today.
Edie Wadsworth from Life(in)Grace blog.
Christy Jordan 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
Kelli Stuart is a writer and a storyteller at heart. She has written for The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom, The MOB Society, Extraordinary Mommy, God Size Dreams, Short Fiction Break, (in)courage, and Compassion International.
In 2016, Kelli will launch two books, both with Kregel Publications. The first, titled Like a River From Its Course, is a historical fiction novel set in World War II Soviet Ukraine, and the second, titled Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom, is a non-fiction book co-authored with Wendy Speake, and written to encourage and inspire creative mothers in their God-given gifts.
Kelli is a noted speaker, sharing her encouraging message to never give up on your dreams and passions with mothers who often feel lost in motherhood. Kelli currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her perpetually patient husband and their four young children. You can find her daily dose of wit and wonder at KelliStuart.com.
As a trained actress and heartfelt teacher, Wendy ministers to women’s hearts through storytelling and life applications. She utilizes drama, comedy, poetry, and the study of God’s Word. During her career in Hollywood, on shows such as JAG, Melrose Place, Star Trek Voyager, and Roswell, Wendy found herself longing to tell stories that edify and encourage women! Thats exactly what she’s doing now. Author of the book, “Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses.” Her second book, “Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom,” is co-authored with the delightfully creative, Kelli Stuart, and releases fall 2016. Find out more at WendySpeake.com
Amy Wyler is a wife of 20 years, Mom to 7 and multi-passionate entrepreneur… She loves encouraging women in the trenches of life and also loves helping them with their business. Amy is very active on Periscope as she walks along moms with her Mommy Scope show.