Ok – I know your BlogLovin, Twitter and Facebook feeds are going to be flooded with post Blissdom posts for the next week or so. You will hear about all of the awesome things that happened there. About how seemingly seamless the whole event appeared. How there were amazing speakers who taught us, inspired us, made us laugh and brought us to tears. There will be accolades for the generous, friendly sponsors who helped make this even what it was.
You will hear all of these things. And every single of them is true. Really and seriously true. And they were all valuable to me. I learned. I made connections. I was inspired. BUT for me the best part of Blissdom was the people and there was one person in particular that I couldn’t imagine not sharing these weekend with.
Now I saw a lot of people, some I knew, some I just met for the first time. There is a particular group of ladies that hold a special place in my heart and if they are reading this they know exactly who they are. Warm, feisty, loving, confident, vulnerable – they are a mixed bag of awesomeness. And then there is my roommate.
I met the incredible Sarah from Journeys of the Zoo about a year and a half ago – online. She had written a post that I related to and we began chatting back and forth. Then last year, at another blogging conference, we finally were able to connect “in real life”. It was love at first sight. I hope that everyone has a friend like Sarah in their life. She is a beautiful person inside and out. She is a great judge of character and can spot a fake a mile away, yet can always find something positive to say about everyone and everything. Sarah is ridiculously funny. Now it’s fair to say, and I don’t think I will hurt her feelings by telling you, that not everyone gets her humor. But I do. And I love it! She is generous in so many ways. She gives her time, her heart and her support to so much and to so many. This is someone you want on your side. She is a team player and will bend over backwards to help YOU.
So a big part of my Blissdom was spending time with Sarah. We compared notes about sessions. Made game plans about working with certain sponsors. We drank wine, ate pretzels and talked until 4 am. If you were present for the amazing closing Keynote by Drew Dudley you might remember that he said “Say good things about people when they are not in the room.” I was listening.