The BlissDom LoveFest Delivers

Posted by in Blogging, General Awesomeness on Feb 28, 2012

When people ask me what BlissDom is like, I often use the word “lovefest.” And this year BlissDom didn’t disappoint — it was beyond wonderful. I was in the unusual position of attending to work a booth for a client, as well as to speak, which was such an honor given the new format and small speaker roster. There were so many wonderful moments, but here are the ones that stuck through my haze of sleep deprivation en route home:

The opening reception. I love that BlissDom hosts an opening reception. It’s the perfect time to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. I squealed. A lot. I even warned people that I would probably be squealing. A lot. I loved that Danielle, Meredith, and Jenny were the first people I saw when I landed at the event. I will happily sandwich between Meredith and Jenny any time — I think I look prettier just because I’m standing between them. Bonus!

Connecting with so many amazing people at the More Birthdays booth. One of the reasons I was at BlissDom was on behalf of the American Cancer Society, a client of Women Online. The booth was so fantastic — it was amazing that so many people took the time to share their cancer stories with us and join the fight for More Birthdays. So awesome. Also, who doesn’t love a photo booth with props? Also, I love Julie and Jyl so much.

Having my friends show up for me at my DO LESS as a Life Strategy talk. I admit that I’m one of those people who sometimes worries a bit that no one will show up to my party, and my friends totally had my back. Thank you friends! Also, that talk reminded me of how much I adore public speaking. And making pretty slides. Clearly, I should be hired to public speak and make pretty slides!

The response from my talk was so gratifying. The day before my talk I wasn’t exactly having jitters, but I had a few moments of concern that maybe my talk wasn’t good enough. Or that people wouldn’t be receptive to my ideas. But the response dispelled those worries. And it was so amazing to hear about people’s journeys with doing less (I was particularly impressed by how Jo-Lynne and  Steph are really taking action on this). Clearly, doing less is a topic that resonates — it’s the perfect time to sit down with Asha and write Minimalist Parenting!

Dinner with dear friends. The first night of the conference, several of us gathered for dinner. It was magical. I felt a little emotional, actually, looking around the table and realizing how lucky I am to know these people.

First meetings. I had a lot of those “OMG I love you on the internet, I’m so glad we’re finally meeting!” moments — including Kyran (who I’ve been Twitter crushing on for some time) Tracey (who I’ve known forever on the internet and cannot believe was meeting for the first time), Chrysula (an utterly brilliant woman with the most delicious accent), Katherine (a kick ass advocate for postpartum women everywhere), Me Ra (my fellow Korean at the conference…and man, I love her happy spirit), and Ana (one word = delightful). I also met Zakary. Every now and then I meet a new (to me) blogger and think, “Wow, this person has awesome mojo. I want to get to know them better, like, 10 days ago.” Zakary was that person for me. She’s the lovely blond to the right of my dear, long time peeps Jim and Steph (who I adored spending so much time with on this trip).

Rachel’s squeezes. I think Rachel and I full on or side hugged about 10 times during BlissDom. She is just such a warm lovable friend. Look at how her eyes sparkle even while we’re cast in an odd pink hue. Also, she can do splits. That’s pretty rad.

Shannon. She makes me laugh, she makes me cry. She doesn’t mind encourages my inappropriate behavior. She also has shockingly neat handwriting. I love you Shannon. (Also, has anyone noticed how sweet and innocent she looks? Looks being the operative word of course.)

Mystery cocktails. Jess and I managed to find a bit of time together to get a drink and all I can say is man, I adore this woman. Like, would throw myself under a bus for this woman. She is smart and funny and has the best, most spirited laugh ever. She’s also insanely beautiful and has awesome style yet doesn’t make you feel bad if you’re not looking so awesome. It was sort of shocking that our conversation spanned deep and philosophical monk-like things and raunchy humor — not the least of which involved the fact that when I asked for a fruity, yummy drink, the bartender served me a mystery cocktail that I later learned was called The Leg Spreader. EEK. This is Jess (on the right), with the insanely funny Meagan Francis. I’m not sure the wider world knows how insanely funny Meagan is. I pretty much was peeing in my pants with laughter the whole time I was with her.

Farklemptness…brought to you by Hallmark. When Hallmark tweeted me, saying I had a card in their suite, I admit that the cranky old blogger in me was a little suspicious…as in, oh no, I’m being link baited, I am not going to your suite! I mentioned this to someone and they said, no, you must go…it is awesome! When I got there, the Hallmark people immediately recognized me (I guess I look like my avatar…or maybe it was just that I was one of the few Asians on site) and said, “ooh, you have a bunch of mail!” I went to my mailbox to find several cards from friends at the conference and found myself on the brink of tears. It was, like, the total opposite of when people sent around candy canes or carnations in middle school and I almost never got any. I immediately sat down and “mailed” a dozen cards. It was awesome. I’m sorry I doubted you Hallmark!

Passing moments. Even the passing moments at BlissDom were replete with love. I always freak the eff out when I see Amy, Aimee, Laurie, Joanne, and CecilyCasey and I collectively obsessed over the awesomeness of baby rolls (her photos of Vivi make me pass out). I got to give Janice a big hug (something I have wanted to do acutely for a few weeks now). Seriously, who’s cuter than Dina? It was lovely to connect with my Boston peeps Sarah, Charlene, and Jodi. I also loved getting some quality chat time with AnissaCarmen, and Ellen at breakfast one day. I almost feel as if I’m absorbing some of Megan‘s brilliance via osmosis when I’m around her. OMG Arianne and that adorable baby. And it was wonderful to have brief moments of connection with Alli and Barbara, despite how busy they were this weekend. Also, I want Barbara’s hair in my next life.

A quiet and lovely dinner. Despite the craziness of the conference, I managed to have a quiet and lovely dinner with my amazing friend Erin — it was just such a perfect way to follow all the busy activities of the day. Erin and I had the time and space to sit down and talk deeply about all things personal and professional. I feel so grateful to know her and cannot wait for her little baby to enter this world. I mean, really, how stinkin’ cute is Erin? Also, I can’t wait to wear that Ann Taylor statement necklace again. I received about 8,294 compliments on it.

Asha. I had many, many moments with Asha but this photo pretty much sums up where we are at. We had just signed up for Picha (amazing new venture, btw) and the person running the suite asked if we wanted to jump on trampolines and get our picture taken. Well, of course we did. The staffer pushed two trampolines next to each other and I was both laughing really hard and also somewhat concerned that I was going to injure myself. What joy. What silliness. What a blessing that I get to work insanely closely with Asha over the next year on our book.

I have a sinking feeling I’m forgetting people but the point is this: What an incredible community — I am so grateful to be a part of it.

31 Comments

  1. Feb 28, 2012

    it was SO GREAT to see you and I love that there was a session on doing LESS when it seems like everything is always about doing MORE. xo

  2. Feb 28, 2012

    oh i love you so much – that dinner was such a highlight for me, too! love your spirit, dear. love it.

  3. Feb 28, 2012

    OMG. This post is amazing! What a lovely reflection of how lovely Blissdom was! And man, those trampolines were fun. I’m going to come back and read this every time I feel that missing feeling.

  4. Feb 28, 2012

    You, gorgeous one, were an amazingly gorgeous part of Blissdom for me. LOVE that every time I saw you, you were serene and calm and so, so happy.

    xoxoxoxo

  5. Feb 28, 2012

    *fistbump* *blows it up* xoxo

  6. Feb 28, 2012

    It is always such a pleasure and joy to see you and one of these days you and I have to have that dinner.

  7. Feb 28, 2012

    Fantabulous! What a perfect wrap up. I am insanely happy I finally got to meet you AND glean wisdom from your presentation. My first BlissDom was a gift on so many levels. And I’m with Asha, I’m coming back here every time I need a boost and a virtual “lovefest”. xo

  8. Feb 28, 2012

    It’s always great to see you, and I have to agree that Meagan is so very, very funny. I haven’t hung out with her enough in the past, but I will in the future.

    The people at these events make them what they are for me, truly — so much more than a learning experience. See you soon, lady.

  9. Feb 28, 2012

    Fantabulous! What a perfect wrap up. I am insanely happy I finally got to meet you AND glean wisdom from your presentation. My first BlissDom was a gift on so many levels. And I’m with Asha, I’m coming back here every time I need a boost and a virtual “lovefest”. xo

  10. Feb 28, 2012

    So funny you mention the word “serene” Carmen, because I felt the exact same way about you! xoxoxo

  11. Feb 28, 2012

    YES!!! I was thinking the same exact thing afterwards!

  12. Feb 28, 2012

    Okay, SERIOUSLY, what you said about Shannon – spot on! :-)

    Friend, I adore you. I so very very very much adore you and I’m SO happy that I actually got to spend time with you – even if it’s not enough.

    I am over the moon for you and Asha and will be one of the first to pre-order your book and then hound you for signatures ;-)

    Thank you for including me in such an amazing group of women xoxoxo

  13. Feb 28, 2012

    Well this one tops them all! And not just because I’m in it but kind of. I’m so glad you were there- you were definitely a bit of a neutralizer for me at certain moments even though I didn’t say it at the time. I fought a lot of anxiety but it didn’t win. :) So excited for you and Asha! True bliss.

    Steph

  14. Feb 28, 2012

    What a pleasure this is to read! And I love the picture of you and Asha jumping up and down like two kids at the end – talk about a picture speaking for itself!

  15. Feb 28, 2012

    What an honor to be included in this post. It was such an amazing experience to hear you speak and to meet you. You are a total rockstar.

    xx-Z

  16. Feb 28, 2012

    Ahhhh! We’re royalty!

    Love it! So fun seeing you, as always!

    xoxo

  17. Feb 28, 2012

    So glad you had an amazing time! You and Asha are two of my favorites (shh… don’t tell the rest of all my lovelies…)

    Did you rub Erin’s baby bump? She’s beyond adorable when not pregnant, I’m not sure I could handle her with the pregnancy glow :)

  18. Feb 28, 2012

    Oh luvvie, I had no idea but I am so glad if I was able to help channel off some uncomfortable feelings. It made me so happy to spend time with you. You will always hold an extra special place in my heart as one of the first bloggers I met in real life. xoxo

  19. Feb 28, 2012

    I’m totally girl crushing on you Z. Let’s hang some more next time around. Meanwhile, so happy to connect with you on the interwebz. xo

  20. Feb 28, 2012

    OMG Erin — it’s like double the cuteness. Actually, you couldn’t even tell she was pregnant at all. Was so nice to enjoy a chill dinner with her. Would have LOVED to have you at the table with us!

  21. Feb 28, 2012

    I remember how happy I was when I made your blissdom post 3 years ago when we first met, because even though we spoke for maybe 10 minutes, I knew we were total buds (and it’s NOT because we were the only Asians there!). It was so awesome spending time with you this time around and meeting so many cool new people (many of them you mentioned here). You simply rock.

  22. Feb 28, 2012

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. :)

  23. Feb 29, 2012

    Ah! Totally a love fest!! So easy to give and get hugs…just natural there. Loved meeting you and so,so, so excited for the journey of your book with Asha.

    Hope to run into you again soon so we can have more time.

  24. Feb 29, 2012

    Christine – what a great post! Thank you so much for being a big part of BlissDom in so many ways. We have such a deep respect and love for you and were honored to have you. Don’t you think everyone should have a trampoline and green screen in their office? Would certainly brighten up the day right? Hee hee – on a side note- no more ‘let’s get together soon’ crap- let’s make a date. I need some time with you. xoxo

  25. Feb 29, 2012

    I am truly enjoying our courtship. Er, friendship. No, I’m sticking with courtship.

    Smooches, hot stuff. ;)

  26. Feb 29, 2012

    OMG YESSSS Barbara! I would love to sit and chat sometime very soon. xoxo

  27. Feb 29, 2012

    Christine. What a great post. And your session was outstanding… You have such a genuine warmth and sweetness. It was a blessing to see you and steal a few moments… and I love that picture of you and Asha. There’s another gal I sure think is swell. Oh… and that picture of We. I love that so much too :) :) :)

  28. Mar 1, 2012

    Christine, so honored to be included in your post, and YOU were definitely one of the highlights of Blissdom for me. Just adored getting to know you better, and how is it that you looked so awesome and pulled-together at all times?! Even on a trampoline?!?!!?

  29. Mar 1, 2012

    I feel like this was a life-shifting weekend for me, and mostly because of those little moments like sitting with you at a bar while you sipped a Leg Spreader, hoping I wouldn’t have to carry you back to your room. These photos perfectly capture all the laughter and (I will say it) bliss and I am so so so honored to be counted among the amazing ladies in this post. xoxoxo

  30. Mar 2, 2012

    Meagan, the feeling is totally mutual. And, um, THANK YOU for saying I looked pulled together. I used to never feel that way — I’m definitely more comfortable in my skin now than I used to be!

  31. Mar 15, 2012

    Your workshop was great and I heard just what I needed to! It was wonderful catching up with you and I can’t wait for your book!

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