BlogHer16: 5 tips for blog conference success

Wow! BlogHer16 was amazing. I didn’t quite know what to expect from a blog conference, but the experience was one I will never forget. I’m so glad I got over my newbie shyness and jumped in with both feet. In this post, I share 5 things that made the conference such an awesome experience for me.

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Sunday Share: BlogHer16 edition

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope you are having a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead. As you may know, I’m headed to BlogHer16 in just under two weeks and I’m super excited. I’ve been spending the past few days adding attendees to a Feedly group and reading my way through the recent posts. I found some really great sites that were new to me and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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BlogHer16: Conference prep & excitement

BlogHer16 is just two weeks away and to say I’m simply excited would be a gross understatement. To say I’m a bit nervous would also be a gross understatement. Mostly excited, only a tiny bit terrified.

You see, this is my first blogging conference and it’s arguably the largest blogging conference out there. In the world of blogging, I’m an infant that’s barely ready for solid food. But this blog has been years in the making and as my darling husband Rich said, “If you are going to do it, let’s get you set up to do it well.”

He’d said that before, but I couldn’t quite get my business together. But when he started encouraging me again last fall I thought that I might be able to do it this year. Then BlogHer16 made a big announcement: Mayim Bialik would be a keynote speaker at BlogHer16.  That’s when I knew; this was my year. Continue reading

Sunday Share: Sweetness and depth

What a wild few weeks it has been, friends. What a wild, wild few weeks. As I shared with you on Friday, I’m not okay. I bet you aren’t either. The only way I know how to move forward from this is with love and joy and hope. So in today’s Sunday Share, I’ll be sharing a few things that have brought me love, joy and hope over the past month or so. I hope they lift your spirits as much as they did mine.

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I’m not okay and I bet you aren’t either

This site is supposed to be a safe place where we can bear our hearts to each other, lift each other up, comfort and encourage one another. And as the Chief Cheerleader, it’s my job to create that space. It’s my job to start the healing with confessions of my own, with honesty, vulnerability and brokenness. It’s my job to talk about hard things and share how I find joy and hope in any situation.

And I’ve been silent.

I’ve been silent because I simply didn’t have the words. The news of the world had just become too much. I was left stunned and broken and completely mute.

Until last night.

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