Packing List

April 8, 2019


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What to pack? What not to pack?? Spark is coming up in November 2022 and it is going to be Ah-Mazing! We want you to feel as prepared as possible, so here is a suggested list of things to bring!

Pack Clothes.

Clothes are required, in case you were wondering. The weather is supposed to be in the high-mid 70-80s every day, with lows in the mid 50s every day. We'll see how close this actually ends up being when the time comes. But just know that if you are coming from the East Coast, or somewhere North of Arizona – you are going to be enjoying something called warmth, in November. If you have never been to Arizona before, just know that when the sun is out – it feels pretty warm/kinda hot/absolutely glorious. But once the sun is gone, it can be legit CHILLY. So layers are going to be your best friend. And the ballroom (where we have our main sessions) gets pretty cold too. You better believe that Arizona is serious about its air conditioning!

arizona weather in november

If you are wondering how people dress at the conference – you will see a mix of people in flip flops and shorts, and other people in dresses, and everything in between. We want you to be comfortable! So wear what makes you happy, and helps you to feel like the best version of yourself. But again – layers are your best friend.

Sunday Night Welcome Mixer at La Hacienda:

This is our Welcome Party! So be as casual or as dressy as you like! Some people are showing up straight off of an airplane, while others have been basking by the pool all day. Come as you are. Which is kind of the way we want to see you every day at Spark!

This will be a time to enjoy casual drinks and appetizers with no formal program. The party starts at 6, which means the sun will be setting, and it may be getting cooler. This will definitely be a fun place to hang out, unwind, and make new friends as the week gets started.

Your laptop… Maybe?

You do NOT need to bring a notebook and pen, since (spoiler alert ahead:) there will be one of each in your swag bag.

Also, you don't have to, but you can bring your computer and your website, no matter what stage of completion it is in! There will be opportunities to meet with a designer (for free!), and they will happily go through your website with you, and give you tips to improve your online home!

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A Winning Attitude.

Have you heard about a growth mindset? It just means that you are open to new things, open to the fact that you aren't perfect, and that you aren't necessarily better than anyone else. When you have a fixed mindset, it means that you have an idea of how things are supposed to be, and when they are not that way, you are disappointed. It may also look like self-doubt, or it's the polar opposite – thinking you are better than others. Bring your growth mindset! Know that everyone who is on stage, and in the seats around you, has a story, and has something to teach you. And don't forget – YOU have something to share with others as well! So shine bright, open your mind, and your heart!

Things may not always go exactly as planned. You have no control over your flight, or whether all of your bags make it. Nor do you have control of the weather. Or other people. But, as long as we all have great attitudes, and we are respectful, kind (to others, as well as to ourselves!), and are willing to try new things – we are all going to leave better than we came.

Sparked for You.

Our heart for you, sweet Spark attendee, is that you are able to come to Arizona and feel like you have found an oasis in the desert. Literally and figuratively, socially, spiritually, entrepreneurally (that's a word, right?)! If you feel like your business or friendships, or just YOU have been in a hard and lonely season – we hope that you would feel refreshed, inspired, and able to take action steps to make the changes necessary to improve!

We hope this helped you to figure out what to pack. If you have any other questions, check out this FAQ page! See you in November, my friends!

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Hi! I'm Jihae Watson! I was born in Seoul, grew up in Toronto, Ontario and now live in Gilbert, Arizona. I love all three cities so very much as I have plenty of family, and favorite restaurants in all three locations.

I am married to a stud named Chris, and we have four fantastic kids. Together we love being a foster family, and we presently have the sweetest little foster babe.