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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Blissdom Recap With Some Great Moments!

I've been blogging for over three years. I can hardly believe it! Over those three years I have attended two different blogging conferences, BlogHer and Blissdom. They both have different aspects to them that I liked but Blissdom is still my favorite. This year was my second time attending Blissdom and it was held at the Gaylord Texan near Dallas. Last year it was held at the Gaylord in Nashville. Both venues were amazing!

This year I had some great roomies... Karen from Desert Chica Ramblings, Kristi from Live and Love Outloud and Becca from Our Crazy Boys. Here is a cute picture of the four of us looking stylish in our Down East Basics attire!

Me, Becca, Karen and Kristi (aren't we cute?!)
When you are a blogger, you always have your smart phone close at hand. Here is a great picture of how we pretty much started our days, with our iPhones and coffee. Karen had to be different and drink Diet soda. I love our iPhone cases from UnCommon. Becca designed them with words that relate to blogging and we made them our own by choosing different color combinations.

One of our speakers for the second year in a row was Jon Acuff. He works with a guy that some people may have heard of, Dave Ramsey. Now Jon is a star in his own right! Every time I hear him speak, I laugh so hard but I also receive some great advice. One thing that Jon mentioned about blogging really stuck with me, "1,000 negative comments + 1 positive comments still equals 1,000 negative comments. As a blogger, I take negative comments very personally. I don't get very many, but they still sting.

Me with Jon Acuff
Jon has a great book called Quitter and a new one that will be coming out in a few weeks called Start. He'll be on a book tour and heading to Phoenix!

This year, I feel like I learned quite a bit about photography. Now, I am by no means a professional but I can now use my DSLR in manual! I'm hoping to add better pictures to my posts and create beautiful memories of my family with my new found skills. Here is one of my favorite shots that I took at the Gaylord Texan while on a photo walk.

This was a pretty lucky trip for us as a group! We all won a necklace from Shot at Life and Karen & I both won a Bissell carpet cleaner. I've already put  mine to good use!

Disclosure: This year I had some great sponsors for my trip. Without them, I would not have been able to attend. Invitation Consultants, Down East Basics and Education Abroad Today.

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