I was at this conference for less than 48 hours. I flew in Wednesday night while there was a dusting of snow on the ground and flew out Friday afternoon when there was no sign of it left.
My roomies were quick to accept me. I mean really, it was like we’d roomed together a million times before and I’d never even met Katy until that first night! Seriously y’all. Best. Roommates. Ever.
And although it was a bit of a whirlwind of meeting and seeing people, sessions, and checking out the fabulous sponsors (and eating their snacks/food) I still felt pretty calm about it all. Guess that’s one perk of being an extrovert. I mean anyone can bond over a delicious mango torte, yes?
As I mentioned in my earlier post, the opening key note by Brene Brown was extremely moving and set the tone for this experience. She had a lot to say about love and vulnerability and she was really quite funny too.
The quote below was from her presentation and @CecilyK grabbed it and used it during a writing session the very next day. This one resonated with me A LOT.
And then just today I sat running my fingers over this beautiful necklace that we were gifted with from the vintage pearl. And I read the words over and over… “follow your bliss, follow your bliss, follow your bliss…” I tried to think about what that means to me and I had a bit of an epiphany.
Erin has told me that I’m a photographer but I don’t feel like one because I don’t know any of the technical stuff or have any fancy lenses or any of that.
I made a decision today. I get a little “rush” every time I take a GOOD photo so I opened up that book I bought over a year ago. The title of said book would be “Nikon D5000 for Dummies.” And now? I’m determined not to be such a “dummy” anymore.
That’s right. I’m gonna BE a photographer. Maybe not in every sense of the word but I’m SO pumped to actually KNOW what I’m doing and run with it.
So yeah, gonna follow my photographing “bliss”. And that’s how I’m gonna tell my story. (well, with words too…but you know what I mean…) 🙂
And now for some photos!! How’s that sound?
I had fun taking a few pics of other people taking pics… that’s Erin and her grade school milk carton.
And here are some pics of my roomies Erin & Katy (with me in a few too…)
Katy sneaked some popcorn. Gotta feed those babies!!
Erin gave both Katy and me this darling card holder made by the pleated poppy. I mean HOW cute is this?!?
And um yeah, that’s Matt Kearney.That man can sing and play the guitar (and he’s pretty easy on the eyes too…)
Me and sweet, lovely Heather, of the EO, that is…
And precious, gives-THE-best-hugs-ever Kim!
And a last shot, of the open, center area of the Opryland Resort. The place is HUGE!
My only regret is that I missed out on the closing key note by Scott Stratten about all the “awesome” (thank goodness I had twitter at the airport to fill me in!) and the following surprise flash mob that I was supposed to be a part of, since I left too early to participate. BUT, I’m just so very happy that I was able to go at all and meet and be with so many wonderful women (and a couple of men).
And I’m pretty sure I found my bliss while I was there. How awesome is THAT?!?
p.s. I also met and spoke with these wonderful peeps! @MollyinMinn @southernfairytale @neelykins @PensieveRobin @blueviolet @JoLynneMusings @designhermomma (where is our pic together??) @mooshinindy @momofali @mommyshorts @bsiron @angryjulie @taminginsanity @justheather @AmberRunsaMuck @DExtraordinaire (links to pic of us!) @noshwithme @DawnMHSH @takeoffwithkatie @stephanieclick @holleeinbalance @crisgoode @sippycupmom @TheSamiCone @SimpleMom (we went to high school together!) @SweetSadieMarie @Chookooloonks (we shared a cab to the airport) @momcentralchat and @jennafarelyn @MommyNamedApril (and no pic of us either – boo...) @GussySews @SarcasticMomLC @lisaleonard @thestilettomom @SuburbanMatron @brittont13 @ToThink @LoveThatMax @AngEngland @sellabitmum @shellthings @anothermomof2 @ohamanda (also links to pic of us) oh and @MatKearney and @MichelleBranch (pic with them as well!) 🙂 …. I think that’s about it…