July 29, 2013

#BlogHer13 Blog Conference Recap

Well, I'm back from BlogHer 2013 and I can't believe it's come and gone. Flying home from Chicago I felt like, did this weekend even happen? Was it real?

It was real. It was overwhelmingly, exhaustingly, emotionally and amazingly real. I feel refreshed for lack of a better word. Certainly not physically refreshed (on that point I am beyond exhausted) but refreshed when it comes to blogging. I feel like my purpose is renewed. BlogHer 2013, for all of its total insanity, was a complete breath of fresh air.

I've got some great take aways to share with y'all both on the blogging and personal front. Soon. You know after I go to the grocery store, dig out from underneath the laundry and sleep for about eighteen hours straight.

For now a few of the highlights:

1) Meeting some amazing women who previously lived only in my computer, but now live in my heart and arms.




 MELISSA * ERIN * JAMIE

 2) My faith in humanity was restored.
Shortly after arriving at O'Hare Erin and I decided that we would be savvy smart girls and take the train into the city to save on the $25.00 cab fare. We located a likely looking older gentleman and he helped up select the correct train and stop. After a twenty minute ride we successfully departed the train at the correct stop. Approximately twenty seconds after the train doors shut I looked at Erin and said, "I don't think my phone is any of my bags." My phone was totally on that train. We quickly turned on the Find My iPhone app while I muttered over and over, "my husband is going to kill me!". We marked the phone as lost which ensures that no one can open it and the only message that will be displayed is, "This iPhone is lost. If found please call XXX-XXX-XXX". Later at lunch Erin's phone lit up with my name on the display. Some kind stranger not only found my phone but delivered it to me at the Sheraton. I wish I knew his name or some way to get in touch with him to say thank-you.

3) I found my self-confidence.
It was hard to leave the comfort of having my roommate Erin at my side. I did it though. I talked to people I didn't know. I struck up conversations with people not knowing if they were like the "it" blogger or a newbie like me. I walked up to the ASPCA booth in the expo hall and said, "I'm so glad you are here. I really want to work with you!" and let my enthusiasm carry us through a great connection and conversation. Although there were times I wanted to hide in a corner and become invisible I forced myself to keep smiling and putting myself out there and I surprised myself by having fun doing it.

4) I met Optimus Prime, and I left him with the message, "Autobots roll out!". I'm also a nerd. 


5) Then there was that one time I was interviewed by CNN. 
 And Kelly Wallace used my interview in her article. I wasn't nervous at all when they interviewed me. It never crossed my mind that I'd actually be quoted, so why be nervous? She did use it though and I cried big fat happy tears when I read the article because it was exactly what I meant when I said it. 

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