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Monday, January 31, 2011

The Inspiring and Fabulous Women of Blissdom 2011

The Blissdom conference was inspiring. And fabulous. This is the post where I will probably overuse the words "inspiring" and "fabulous" way too much: but, that is what Blissdom is.

I'm still processing all of the ideas that I have from attending the sessions and talking to the women at the conference.

Friends from blogs and twitter became in real life friends. And one thing was perfectly clear: we can do just about anything if we put our whole hearts into it.

That we're not just bloggers, not just moms, but women on a mission. Those missions might vary, but we can all accomplish amazing things.

I'm inspired.

The opening of Blissdom used Katy Perry's "Firework" song and I've had it stuck in my head, so I thought it was appropriate to use in my photo montage of some of the fab ladies that I met, whom I connected with, whom inspired me.

In this montage, by twitter name: @anothermomof2 @bellebeandog @taminginsanity @mama_rosebud @bywordsmusings @mytweepplace @justheather @sippycupmom @thebluezoo @mycrazybusylife @dutchbeingme @crayonwrangler @mollyinminn @sellabitmom @sarahviz @bookieboo @colorado_mom @cecilyk @momtriedit @busydadblog

There were many, many, many others that I talked to during the conference... @chelechesnut @carolinamama @reallifesarah @unmarketing @prettyhandygirl @typeamom @allfookeduptoo @griffintech @blueviolet @lovethatmax @juliecole @ms_wonderfriend @sweetsadiemarie @mommyshorts @theculturemom @sdenise @momitforward @bsiron @highimpactmom @frelle @babypopdesigns @elainea @jeannettg @lawmomma77 @dancing_lemur ....I could keep going and going and going. I know I've left fabulous women off this list, but I came home to feverish, puking chilren, one of whom is in my lap, emitting a high pitching non-stop whine, making it hard to concentrate: yes, that is my official excuse for not listing all the fabulous women I connected with.

And there were some that I didn't manage to meet because there were hundreds of women there: like how the heck did I not get to meet @Blahggy? Even though I saw her and almost jumped up on the karaoke stage not to sing, but to get to meet her.

But, whether we were in a tribe together, roomed together, explored the city together, danced together, sat at the same table in a session, passed each other in the hall, or hung out at a party together.... there was so much connection, so much of the same vision.

I already know that I want to go back to Blissdom next year. @alliworthington @barbarajones and their crew do a fabulous job of building a community and inspiring us all. And no, I'm not just saying that because Alli told me I'm gorgeous, but you know, it might have helped a little bit.

I'll be sharing some of what I learned at Blissdom in posts this week. And I'm very excited about what it has inspired me to do next. Stay tuned...

Thanks again to LeadCheck for sponsoring me to Blissdom.

The outfit I'm wearing with the bright pink cardigan, white tank, and gray skirt is from Fresh Produce. It felt like pajamas, but I looked put-together.

As always, all opinions are always my own. I don't know how to do anything other than speak my mind.



Blogger Jessica said...

Great slide show, I just needed a little twitter tag under each person and then I would be all set. So glad you guys had such a great time, I'm dying to go next year. And of course you are gorgeous! Hope the kids feel better soon.

January 31, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Loved the video and that song is stuck in my head too, along with Party in the USA. I am honored to be included in your list!

January 31, 2011 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Erinsgobragh said...

Wow so cool. I'd love to be able to go and connect with other bloggers like that!

January 31, 2011 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

So glad you had such a great time! Can't wait to hear all about it.

Sorry you came home to sick kids. That is not fun at all. Hopefully they weren't too bad for dad while you were gone!

January 31, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger FreeFlying said...

That looks like so much fun!!! I'm so jealous!

January 31, 2011 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I got chills watching the video! I LOVE that song, and it was so perfect for everything "Blissdom" in my opinion.

I love that you got a picture of Ashley eating Pursey.

It was so GREAT to meet you, and just like I told Missy today, when I read your words, I hear your voice saying them to me. :)

January 31, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I love seeing all the videos and pictures! It's almost as good as being able to actually go!

January 31, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger By Word of Mouth Musings said...

Great video!
Is it a good thing or a bad thing thing that I am holding a glass of wine
Til next time - Cheers!

January 31, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I'm so glad you had fun!! I'm also a teensy bit jealous. Or maybe more than just a teensy bit.

January 31, 2011 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger Chele said...

I so wish we would of had more time to talk more! :( But thankful to get to meet you finally! See you at OII :)

January 31, 2011 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Secret Mom Thoughts said...

So cool to meet your bloggy friends. I hope to go to a blog conference someday.

January 31, 2011 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I love your video! It looks like you had a lot of fun and I must admit, I am jealous.

I hope everyone gets better. It's never fun coming home to a sick family.

January 31, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I hope the family is feeling better soon. What a homecoming!

January 31, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger chele said...

Looks like you had a great time! Hope your little ones are feeling better soon.

January 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Blissdom is definitely on my list for next year! Until then, I can't wait to hear all that you learned there...and it looks like you all had a blast!

January 31, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Awww...now I have Blissdom Envy. Glad that you got so much out of it! I'll be checking back in for sure to do some more vicarious living.

January 31, 2011 at 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Liza@Blahggy said...

You TOTALLY should have jumped on stage so we could have met! I'm sorry about the sick kids. I'm the one that's kind of sick and it's SO LAME. Off to take a nap. We shall meet someday, I'm sure!!!

January 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Anonymous tracy said...

I am so glad I got to meet you and wish I could have spent more time chatting with you.

January 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

As a newbie, I have lots of questions. One of them is when did you all start attending things like Blissdom? Do you wait for a sponsor or go ahead and bite the bullet and invest in yourself? Do you think it's best to wait a few years into blogging?

Sorry to use this as a place for questions. I am enjoying writing so much, and really want to start making real connections with other bloggers and truly want to learn from them.

January 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger MsBabyPlan said...

Going to blog conferences seems so much fun :)!

thanks for sharing you experience with us. Oh, I really hope i will make to one this year.

January 31, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger The Mommyologist said...

Ok...so, SPILL. What are you doing next?

January 31, 2011 at 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Megan (Best of Fates) said...


Okay, Blissdom was expensive and long and far away, so I didn't even consider going, but oh-my-goodness did it sound freaking awesome as I read the tweets and posts and everything - I'm SO envious!

January 31, 2011 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Mommy Needs a Vacation said...

Fab pics! Looks like you had a blast!

January 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger MollyinMinn said...

Now that slide show is just full of goodness. Thanks for the smiles.

So fun to finally meet you and get to hang out.

January 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger MrsJenB said...

Aw, what a shame that you had to come home to sickness. Poor kids. Poor you.

But it looks like you all had such a great time! I'm so glad! :-)

January 31, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Looks like y'all had tons of fun. I've got to get myself to one of conferences/parties. There are tons of people I would love to meet.

January 31, 2011 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Wow...it looks like you had so much fun. I sat at home wishing I was there with all of you meeting you IRL. Is it always in Nashville? Can't wait to read what you learned. I will be waiting and watching.

I have a sick little girl home today too. Not fun. She has a slight fever, cold and tummy hurts.

January 31, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger cornflakegirl74 said...

Awww, I'm so jealous you got to meet so many awesome bloggers but I'm thrilled you are able to share your insight with us :)

Look forward to watching the video with sound later!

Best wishes to your family and hope everyone feels better soon!

January 31, 2011 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger natalee said...

wow!!! you had sooo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 31, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Kelley said...

I loved that montage! It sounds like it was a really good time for everyone. So glad you'll be sharing tips with us!

January 31, 2011 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Joy@TPMG said...

My daughter loved the music as I watched the montage. She was dancing around. I can't wait to hear more about Blissdom! It looked like an awesome time!

January 31, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Missy@Wonder, Friend said...

Love this! You did a great job with it. That song will now and forever be on my favorites list.

Great meeting you. You ARE gorgeous, and so much more, too.

January 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger KLZ said...

Seriously meeting everyone was the highlight of my month and my bloggy career. And you ARE gorgeous!

January 31, 2011 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I'm so jealous...I am radiating green! I would have loved to be there...and getting to hang out with you would have just been the cherry on top!! So glad you had a great time!!!

January 31, 2011 at 5:25 PM  
Blogger Hutch said...

Looks like you had such a fun time! I'm pondering the BlogHer conference since it's much closer, but still not sure.

January 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger adrienzgirl said...

It's so awesome that you got to meet some friends in person. Hopefully I will make it to one soon! :P

January 31, 2011 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

I read this this morning when I was nursing my son so had to come back so I could watch the video.

Looks like a lot of fun! Lots of beautiful ladies

January 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

I loved reading your tweets from Blissdom.

I hope to attend someday....

January 31, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

You are so beautiful.. meeting all of these bloggers has been the highlight of my year so far.

I love the picture of us, btw. Hope your little one feels better soon.

January 31, 2011 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

So glad you got to go (and so jealous too!)

January 31, 2011 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger blueviolet said...

It's always so good to see you. You're wonderful, Shell! Can't wait to hang out again in a few weeks! Can you believe it?

January 31, 2011 at 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Whoa wait...I am so glad that nine of you suffered severe burns from all them fireworks cause that would have sucked...kidding kidding
I'm just super jealous of all of you ;) so glad you all had great time! Can't wait to hear more about it!!

January 31, 2011 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

What a great recap Shell! Love the photos. Looks like a fabulous time!

January 31, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Joann Mannix said...

It looks like you had a fabulous time. I've always heard that Blissdom is the best.

And even though you had an awesome time and had to come back to sick babies, I'm glad you're back.

January 31, 2011 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Elaine A. said...

Gah I love that song. Thanks for making me cry AGAIN!! ;P Great to meet you but wish we could have talked more! And yes, you are gorgeous!!

January 31, 2011 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Just Another Mom of 2 said...

First, of course you're gorgeous. You're annoying like that. (I guess we can still be friends..)

Blissdom was the most amazing experience. I talked to so so so many people, but getting to come back to our room and talk even more (shocking I have no voice, huh?) was such a highlight for me. I am so lucky to call you a friend- and "in real life" now too.

I think it's time to plot our next conference :)

Love you girl!

February 1, 2011 at 2:18 AM  
Blogger Gigi said...

Great video, Shell!!! You look amazing! I can't wait until we have a chance to meet IRL. Hopefully, someday soon!

February 1, 2011 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your slideshow is amazing. It sounds like an wonderful conference.

February 1, 2011 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Sippy Cup Mom said...

Love the video and loved meeting you!

February 1, 2011 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger The Princess of Sarcasm said...

#1. I need a pic of you in your hot skinny jeans.

#2. How come I didn't get a photo montage of our real life meeting?!?!

#3. What a great sponsor!!!

February 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

SO glad you had such a great time! I have to say, I'm amazed at how dressed up everybody was. I know I didn't wear/need a cocktail dress for Blogher - so now Blissdom scares me!

February 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I can't wait to see the product of all your inspiration! I can't imagine this blog could get any better, but I'm sure you have some tricks up your sleeve! :) Loved the video! You looked fabulous!

February 1, 2011 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger From Tracie said...

I'm so happy that you had so much fun!!

Also, I'm short on patience, so I demand, er, um, ask nicely....that you tell me what these new ideas of yours are.

February 1, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Zoo said...

LOVE the slide show!! You got some great pics!! Youll have to email me the ones of us together cause I didnt get any.

February 2, 2011 at 3:44 AM  
Blogger Lady Jennie said...

What a shame to miss. So glad you had fun!

February 2, 2011 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Babes Mami said...

Looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time!

February 2, 2011 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Goodnight moon said...

You looked amazing!!!! Your smiles were so huge that you could tell you had an awesome time and were surrounded by amazing fellow bloggers.

February 3, 2011 at 11:43 AM  

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