Blissful Emotions

I was in Nashville early Feb attending the Blissdom Conference and I have to say that for me this year, it was the best I’ve attended since I started blogging.  It was positive, emotional, and fun.

I spoke at last year’s conference and was quite happy to NOT speak this year.  I don’t do well speaking in front of folks and of course it was very relaxing to not have any obligations from sponsors.  The location, Opryland (Gaylord) Hotel, was perfect. PLENTY of space, beautiful scenery, and full of helpful employees.  My advice for bloggers next year (if held at the same place) would be to take a roller bag.  It’s a decent little walk from many of the rooms to where the sessions were held.  And that’s not a complaint at all. I LOVED the space in fact.  I felt like  I could breathe, like I could get away if need be.

Wednesday Workshops

The only workshop I attended was the writing one where my girl Arianne was speaking.  I loved the small groups and the personal attention that was given because it was a small group.  I loved the conversation and of course, the writing assignment.  Something so simple even showed me that I had emotion in the simplest of sentences once I investigated. My only complaint was price which is why I didn’t get into other workshops.  I’d really like to see it go down per workshop next year but the concept should absolutely stay.

Opening Speaker

The opening speaker was Kevin Carroll.  Oh.my.gosh.  THIS was the highlight of the conference for me.  Kevin brought out more emotion in me with his story that it literally took me a good 30 minutes to quit crying.  His story is phenomenal and he himself is an absolute delight.  I can honestly say that I was truly jealous of those women who got the boxes filled with his goodies and of those who got a red ball.  If you don’t know his story, you should absolutely take the time to get his books or better yet, find out where he’ll be speaking at and go there and listen to his amazing journey through life.  When I met him later on that day, he was so kind.  I started to cry when we started talking about an emotional subject and he was comforting, encouraging, and made me feel deserving of things I  often push away from that feeling of unworthiness.  What a special man he is.

redball

Sessions

I attended several sessions.  They all went well in my opinion.  As a seasoned blogger(gawd I feel old), I don’t know that I actually took anything new away from the sessions I attended because I can honestly say that I had the thoughts “I could be on that panel”.  I do think they were very informative for many bloggers though and all the speakers I witnessed did an outstanding job on their panel.

The “nightlife”, food, and swag

The evenings were very enjoyable.  The cocktail party, Harry and casual Saturday evening were wonderful with the Saturday evening being my favorite. I LOVED that they had a movie to watch, a CANDY BAR, plenty of snacks and drinks, karaoke and of course the cool Hanes swag.  Speaking of swag…..I thought the swag was great. Not too much, not too little.  It was all great stuff in great bags of course.  I really loved getting the little package before blissdom with coupons, etc.  What a nice surprise!  The food was great in my opinion.  No complaints at all.

Overall, I had such a grand time with my girlfriends (something I truly needed) and thoroughly enjoyed the conference. I networked, I danced, I laughed, I cried……..all were blissful emotions.

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    Sommer says

    I couldn’t agree more! It was such a perfect blend and it was flawless. I had a wonderful time and I’m glad we got to catch up!
    .-= Sommer´s last blog ..Green Television Viewing Tips and Buying Options =-.

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    Lynn says

    It was great to meet you at Blissdom.I wish we could have spent more time talking.

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    thanks for sharing…kevin was definitely one of my highlights as well! and allowing me to be “vanna” for him and pass out balls? yeah…that was awesome!

    so great to finally meet you in person! and look….I’m commenting….not stalking!

    lisa :)
    .-= lisa aka thebeadgirl´s last blog ..FREE Hugs! =-.

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    Kasandria says

    Super glad to have met you! I wish I would have been able to attend more everyone has said good things so far.
    Kas

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    I loved, loved, LOVED Kevin Carroll as well. He was so amazing.

    I really enjoyed chatting with you too! I was the one blabbering on and on about weight loss stuff. LOL
    .-= Stephanie@The Blue Zoo´s last blog ..What I Learned At Blissdom =-.

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    Think abut the things Kevin said to you, think on them and apply them. love you xoxo

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    Faythe@GMT says

    Welcome back!
    Sounds like everyone had a great time. I hope I am able to meet up some day soon with all you wonderful ladies :)

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    Jamie says

    I missed Kevin Carroll and from everything I’ve read so far it sounds like a motivational talk I really needed to hear!

    Great to see you boogyin’ down on the dance floor at Blissdom Friday night! :)

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    Someday I’d really love to go to a business-ish kind of conference. I attend an educational conference every August, but that’s about it.
    .-= Alison Moore Smith´s last blog ..Best Toys: 60 Educational Family Games =-.

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    after hearing you talk about blissdom, your girl bonding, and what a conference it was, i’m sad i wasn’t there for the girl bonding. i could use an escape too but feel selfish & guilty about leaving my family. can’t wait to research this speaker and see if i can read a book of his to learn this inspiring story that everyone says was so moving. wonderful seeing you in disney. xoxo col
    .-= ClassyMommy´s last blog ..Win Khakis from Dockers =-.

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    Being there with you was part of the reason Blissdom was so amazing for me! Laughing and chatting… it made my trip! You’re the best! And I hope you love that Red Ball Book! xoxo Audrey

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    Sounds wonderful. I would love to go to a bloggy conference sometime. I know I could learn alot.
    .-= Denise@TogetherWeSave´s last blog ..Kroger Deals =-.