From Jeanette: Behind the Scenes at Australasia Convention


Hello, all you dear blog readers! I’ve just gotten back from another amazing trip to Brisbane, Australia. Despite how exhausting that long flight always is, Australasia Convention was absolutely exhilarating! I want to share just a few highlights from this incredible event with you to give you a taste of what it was like to be there.


First of all, Brisbane was a lovely location for us again this year. Everywhere you looked, there were trees and flowers blooming, like these Jacarandas, with their beautifully-colored blossoms. I was glad to have a few days to just enjoy being there and take in a few sights around the city.

Of course, we added a little color of our own to Brisbane thanks to this year’s colorful Up-inspired Convention theme!


We had a lot of fun in our General Session—and I’m afraid we may have given Brian Holman a stomach-ache from all the goodies we made him eat on stage! The best part was hearing the room full of Consultants go wild when we announced our new Workshops Your Way™ and planner products. For those of you that weren’t there, don’t worry! You’ll be hearing more about these products over the next few months.


Another highlight for me personally was meeting with these three ladies whose names were drawn to have a meet and greet with me. We had such a nice little chat together; they helped me feel the love of all our Australasian Consultants.


Then on Saturday afternoon, I was able to join Monica on stage for a question and answer session with the Consultants. We had solicited questions from the Consultant base, and I loved the opportunity to be with Consultants and share my thoughts with them. We talked about everything from the book I’m currently reading (East of Eden by John Steinbeck—what an amazing story!) to the qualities that I feel are most important for Close To My Heart Consultants (vision, perseverance, and passion!). It was an incredible discussion for me, and it was over much too soon! Next year I’ll have to give myself more time!

Another wonderful part about Convention was the money our amazing Consultants raised for Operation Smile™—$12,000 AUD! What an incredible achievement that will do so much good for children around the world! I’m always amazed by the determination and selflessness of our Consultants.


Lastly, I want to recognize my corporate staff who helped put on the event, especially the two Brians and Monica. The corporate staffers work so hard to make every event a success, and they did an excellent job this year. These three in particular work tirelessly in and out of the office and have done so much good for the company. I can’t thank them enough for their commitment and their love for Close To My Heart.


So my Aussie friends, thank you for your graciousness in hosting us at Convention this year—I can’t wait to see you again next year in Adelaide!

With love,


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21 thoughts on “From Jeanette: Behind the Scenes at Australasia Convention

  1. Looks FABULOUS and so fun!!! I have been blessed to be part of this Company and fantastic Sisterhood for 25 years! Thank you for changing my life in so many good ways. This company stands for everything good and is such a blessing for so many. Thank you Jeanette. (and everyone at Home Office) Cant wait for our convention 2016!!!

  2. An amazing time again in Brisbane and thanks to you Jeanette, 2 Brian’s and Monica and all of the staff who made this event so successful. I had a great time and the highlight has to being seeing you Jeanette on the stage. Fantastic!!

  3. Thank you Jeanette, Monica, Brian, Sheena, Tiffany, Yvonne, Jill, Katie and Brian for traveling to Australia for our Convention! And thanks to Brian O’Callaghan, Meredith and Anna for always being here for us and supporting us here in Australasia! We enjoyed a fabulous Convention and the highlight was Jeanette on stage! We love being a part of the CTMH family! Thank you all!

  4. Thank you all Jeanette, Monica, Brian, Sheena, and all the other staff members from the Us who traveled to Brisbane to run the Convention! Also many thanks to Brian O’Callaghan, Meredith and Anna being available every time and made this event so remarkable too. Thank you Jeanette to be so inspiring and give us all a buzz to make sure we will be there in Adelaide. Till we meet again.

  5. Thank you, Jeanette, and all your wonderful Home Office Staff, for another fabulous convention! I am honoured to be a part of this company! The highlight of the convention, if I can pick one, is hearing from you, Jeanette! You are such an inspiration. Your staff a great reflection of you. I look forward to seeing you in my home city of Adelaide next year! Thank you again, to you and all from the corporate office who helped to make the convention a fabulous event. xxx

  6. Thank you Jeanette, Monica, Brian O, Brian H and all the staff who made this fabulous Convention possible. I thoroughly enjoyed every session and I came home so inspired, my head is buzzing with ideas to implement to grow my business. There were only two of us from my team there this year, already we have tripled that for next year, with 6 committed to going to Adelaide. What an awesome effort for Operation Smile which is so close to your heart.

  7. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! My dream is to hope on a plane and join in one the fun! Maybe next year!!! See you all in Florida next summer!

  8. Thank you so very much for such a wonderful Convention again. I was touched on so many levels and have been inspired to go on stronger and better than before with the integrity and passion that you show, Jeanette. Blessings to you and all the staff in both offices.

  9. Thank YOU, JEANETTE, for starting up this wonderful company and then having the drive and vision to bring it to Australia and New Zealand. It was truly wonderful to see you here in our home town and so inspirational to listen to you talking. I love my card making and am full of ideas now, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.xx

    • Hi, Cathy! Currently we don’t have plans to bring those stamps back, but we will certainly take your suggestion into consideration. Thank you for your enthusiasm!

  10. I loved the story about the Kangaroo! Thank you once again flying down to meet us again. You have such a wicked sense of humour. And thanks to all your wonderful staff for their hard work in making this a wonderful experience.

  11. Convention was AMAZING!!! and I too loved the story about the Kangaroo. Thank you to all the people involved in making Convention an outstanding event, including the husbands and wives that pick up the slack while their other halves are working.

  12. Thank you Jeanette. Convention was amazing and all the presenters were fantastic but a defining moment for me was listening to you speak. I am currently tackling some health issues of my own and listening to you made me feel stronger than I have felt in a long while. Thank you for everything you do for us but mostly thank you for opening my heart to the joy of life again.

  13. Thank you Jeanette for coming to Australia. It was so wonderful to see you on stage and to hear you speak about your love and passion for CTMH’ and share about what is important to you.
    You have developed an amazing company which I am so proud to be a part of. I especially love how you referred to us as ‘your’ consultants! So sweet!
    Looking forward to next year in Adelaide, my hometown.😍

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