Stretched: To Blissdom And Back

If you follow me on Instagram , Twitter of Facebook I probably blew up your feed as this past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Blissdom in Dallas. Sorry about that.
 It was pretty amazing.
I know.... it sounds super cheesy to say but its true. It was just plain awesome.
I mean, I met so many great people and learned so much that I know it will take me a minute to really process all that happened.This weekend really stretched me not only as a blogger/writer but as a person. And I'll be recapping some of the event highlights over the next few days.
I have to admit that I was having a bit of anxiety in the weeks and days leading up to the event.
I knew that I wanted to go. I really did. But I was nervous. I am an extroverted introvert (or ambivert as I learned) and it can sometimes be hard for me to meet a lot of new people at once. 
And then there's the fear of the dreaded 'small talk'. 
Got into my own head and started down a road of some negative self talk (I'm not big enough blogger, I don't really know anybody...blah, blah, blah). I worried I was wasting my money. I had no idea what to expect and that was wigging me out a bit.  But thanks to the supportive words of some good friends and family I just went armed with a positive attitude and a hope that it would all be worth it. 
Admittedly it was hard to leave the family behind. I don't travel that often and I'm rarely by myself so it was like an out of body experience to be flying solo for a few days. I kept feeling like I was missing something. Oh that would be my kids.
I was very close to tears when entering the airport but that dissipated almost as soon as I went to the bathroom. Alone. That too brought tears to my eyes.

I arrived in Dallas ready to soak it all in and that I did. I am still trying to catch my breath. 
 Just being able to attend Blissdom was such a blessing and I'm so happy that I have a husband who supports me following my dreams and that I allowed myself the opportunity to stretch beyond my normal comfort zone and follow my bliss.

I stepped way out of my comfort zone and made it a point to meet new folks.

Like this lovely lady, Miss Stephanie.
Photo: Oh just hanging w/ my new friend @mathewsbambina & #prabalgurungfortarget @blissdom
And my new bff

And my roomie.
Photo: Blissdom Besties:-) Thanks for sharing this amazing experience with me! 

And many, many more.
Like Alissa, Caroline, Ashleigh, Megan and Sili just to name a few.

I stretched myself to squash the voices inside and to not be afraid to speak first.
To make real connections. 
Card connections not card collections. - @unmarketing /Scott Stratten
And to stalk the ones I have been inspired by and pretend blog BFF's with. 
Photo: Photo op w/ my blog crush @lifeingrace

 Laura and Claire

Photo: These two awesome ladies. So cool @thehhhouswife @hollywoodhwife #Blissdom #fromcarpoolstococktailsdoesblissdom
Photo: Ran into @thepleatedpoppy today. So sweet! #Blissdom #fromcarpoolstococktailsdoesblissdom

In the end I know that anything is what you make of it and while nothing is perfect I enjoyed myself and got out of it what I intended to and am excited about what is now in store.
I truly did what I set out to do and couldn't be more proud of myself.
I made some great connections that really matter and look forward to some new friends and partnerships.
I also had a lot of free cocktails and for that I am also extremely grateful.

Photo: Cheers! #girlsnightout #Blissdom #fromcarpoolstococktailsdoesblissdom #fromcarpoolstococktails Photo: Me & @taraocity pre-gaming b4 girls night in. #makingbloggerpoetry #fromcarpoolstococktails #itshappyhere

 Photo: Liquid lunch courtesy @One2OneNetwork  #fromcarpoolstococktailsdoesblissdom

I mean....this is From Carpools to Cocktails after all......

Now I want to hear from you: 
Would you ever attend a blogging conference?


  1. Can't wait to hear more love! SO pleased you had fun! #nextyear

  2. It seems like fun! I think I might consider doing one eventually. For now I'm super interested in hearing about your experience.


  3. I can't believe I never got to talk to you! You are too cute! ;) It's so funny how we all think that no one will talk to us and get in our insecurity mode when everyone else is feeling the EXACT same way. It would be so much easier if we were little kids again on a playground, just jumping in and PLAYING together! ;)

  4. girl, i for REAL loved meeting you!!! and that liquid lunch? my kind of thinking... ;)


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