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The best part of MY Blissdom - Outside The Box

The best part of MY Blissdom

The best part of MY Blissdom

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.

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  1. That is beautiful Shayna!  You are both so lovely and I am so glad that you have each other as BBFFs!!  I loved meeting you both! xo

  2. Journeysof TheZoo
    Monday 7 October 2013, 7:03 pm

    I’m fortunate to have someone like you that sees so many great qualities in me. You're right, I am an excellent judge of character and funny. Really funny. Takes one to know one…
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  3. You are so wonderful. This is a great recap, and I'm so glad you met your blog friends. I loved meeting YOU.

    P.S: Thank you for taking the headshots of me the other night 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. I was already looking forward to meeting you all IRL, this just confirms that it needs to happen, and soon! 
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  5. AWE!!! I felt the same last year when I met Sarah! Glad Blissdom was a success this year. I couldn't make it, but love reading about it. BTW, you look amazing! 
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  6. aww, that's so nice! And you both look gorgeous in this shot!  It was lovely to meet you, Shayna.  I might have oogled over your dress fabric a bit too much in the After Hours lounge … it was stunning!
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  7. Aww! This is very lovely! So glad I got to meet both of you. 🙂
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  8. I find roommates can make or break your conference experience. Glad yours was so amazing.
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  9. AWESOMENESS! The photo of you two melted my heart and brought back so much. You are two of my favourite people in the world (and there really aren't that many!). I can't remember the last time I was physically capable of staying up until 4am, hahahahhah – that must have been wild! Thanks for a glimpse into what sounds like a really great conference. You guys are official conference pros now!!! ❤

  10. Getting to spend time with Twitter friends was amazing, and I was lucky enough to get to know a Twitter friend much better, too!

  11. I love this post! Although I haven't gotten to know Sarah as well as I would like to I do know she is one hell of a lady. I know this because when hubby and I first started blogging she was THE ONLY blogger that actually gave me the time a day. She took the time to email me, give advise and just overall be-friended us! If I hadn't been such a star struck scaredy cat when we finally ran into each other out front of the Delta I would of spent more time chatting with her! So Sarah I'd your reading this, it was so awesome to meet you & now you know I wished I had chatted more with you. 
    Thanks for this post Shayna, beautifully written!
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