Ok, I’m back. I think. It’s been 5 years and I still haven’t figured out how to balance keeping up my personal blog with running blogging conference during crunch time. The good news is that, over the past 5 years I’ve also surmised that no one will lose a limb if I don’t post for a week (or three). In any event, there have been A LOT of events happening! Of course, BlogaliciousFIVE was one of them. It was awesome. I wish I had a better adjective for it, but when I see the months of hard work put in by my team, along with excited faces and hype energy come together, again, all in one place for one singular purpose, I am nothing other than awed. This year was particularly different because I had SUPERFLY HELP Y’ALL! Seriously, Team Blogalicious crushed it and allowed me to breathe during the event. People noticed it too because I kept hearing all weekend that I looked relaxed and calm and happy. I don’t know if I’d go so far as to say ‘relaxed’ but calm and happy were definitely right on. I had confidence that we could handle any fire that ignited (and of course some did), but we got through it and with a solid result. Go Team. Now, in these post-conference weeks, is when I really get the icing on the event cake: I read everyone’s posts and shares and I get to see the ripple effects of curating the programming, the sponsored activations and the relationships. This is really where the payoff is for me.
Faith without works is dead. James 2:14-26
I’m such a believer in this. And I carry it into my daily life, and my business life too. It’s one thing to go to an event and get riled up and inspired, but if it all fades away during the plane ride home, then it was all for naught. It’s applying what I’ve learned, reaching out to the connections I’ve made and making a plan that makes the difference and propels me forward. That is also my hope for the conference attendees. We have a private Facebook group for Blogalicious Weekend Alumni and we’re already seeing people putting what they’ve absorbed at the conference into action. YES.
Just Some of My Highlights
Meeting Amy DuBois Barnett.
Moderating the All-Star Blogger Keynote.
Catching up with my old friend (and the BlogaliciousFIVE Conference DJ) J.D.
Elisa Camahort-Page’s Keynote.
Witnessing Krystal Grant share an intimate moment with Amy.
The. Freshest. Jam. Ever. Party Hosted by McDonalds.
All of the Babies!
The #DearBlogalicious Video.
Seeing Uneeka Jay extending her session in the hallway.
The thoughtful gifts and cards I was blessed with.
Katie Granju’s elated expression after her hair transformation.
Hearing how Harriette Cole’s workshops touched souls.
All of the personal stories.
All of the hugs.