I look forward to this solo trip every year and am so thankful to have the support of Kinnikinnick Foods behind me which allows me to attend the largest woman’s conference. This year it was back in NYC and while I have been before, this year brought new exciting things along with it!
I have been back for a few days now and most of the trip still feels like everything was on fast forward. There are always things I wanted to do that there was little time for and always people I wish I could have spent more time with. This year I felt that more than other years — some people I only had time for a quick hug with before either of us had to head to the next thing, but for the most part — it was another incredible conference. I didn’t eat for 4 days because the buffet is obviously not safe for someone with celiac disease (even though they did offer a “gluten free buffet”. I was prepared for this and should say that my sponsor did offer again to send me food, but I declined. I went back to my gluten free roots and thrived on a liquid diet for the trip (last thing I wanted was to get sick while travelling!)
This was the first year I spoke on a panel which was killing my nerves. I swear if you saw me on Thrusday or early Friday and I seemed off in another world, that’s probably why. I was thrilled to be speaking — what an honor to be a finalist for the Bloganthropy awards and speak on how I use social media for social change — and then to be named the winner for the work I do with Unspoken Grief, I am still trying to figure out how all that happened. It was amazing to meet Katherine Stone (from Postpartum Progress) and Kristine Brite (from Cora’s Story) — two women who I look up to so much for all they are doing to change the world. To be in the same realm as them, what an honor! I was able to donate the prize money to a cause that I believe in and pay it forward — which always feels good!
I had the worlds most fun roommates and friends who I got to spend a lot of time with. I met the awesome people behind Babble.com. I met with fellow gluten-free eaters who felt the strain of travel while on a restricted diet. I learned a lot about using social media to make a change in the world, something I am very passionate about doing — whether it be for parenting, miscarriage or gluten free lifestyle.
I came back thankful for the break from my children — it was nice to see they missed me which I don’t get often since I am rarely away from them. I have a lot to catch up on from the trip, but it is always amazing to hug those people in real life who you spend so much time talking to online.
Next year — BlogHer is in Chicago and I am hoping to go (always wanted to visit Chicago) and I am also hoping this year will bring even more awesome than last year.
Again, huge thank you to Kinnikinnick Foods for all your support in making this possible for me for the 3rd year in a row!Share This Post: Tweet