I have so much to share about the Casual Blogger's Conference. I had NO idea how much I needed to not only share "my voice and niche" but what I gained from everyone else. Tomorrow, my post will be on what I learned. I wanted to share what I did today. I participated on a panel with some amazing bloggers.
I want to tell EACH of these amazing girls that I felt HONORED to be a part of this event with them.
Here is a few of the girls- Elisa (is the co-founder of Mormon Mommy Blogs ), Melanie Day from SUGAR DOODLE , Rebecca Dulgarian from BLUE CRICKET DESIGN, Emily from GiveAway Today , Maria Lichty from twopeasandtheirpod and April Meeker (not pictured) from suaviloquy- Second Hand Sister
Cheri is so talented and so sweet. After spending several hours together, I realized her GIFT of kindness radiates from her soul. I feel honored to know her. She flew to the conference from Washington with her mother in law. These two women were so wonderful and we had a wonderful dinner tonight together.
After I had spoke with the panel, I felt a strong feeling that I needed to stay for the day. It was crazy since I had so much to do at home. However, I just felt that I needed to LISTEN and feed my soul. I have been so overwhelmed with deadlines, and feeling torn in a 1,000 directions. I stayed and took some workshops. It was JUST what I needed. I learned so much, made so MANY new friends and then listened to someone I adore, Courtney Kendrick. I have had the blessing to get to be around her the past few months as we prepared for the blogger event. Getting to know her better has made me a better person. Her blog, CJANE RUN
will make you laugh, and cry and often make you think. I love her and she inspires me in so many ways. She spoke tonight and I cried like a baby as she shared her story of blogging. I KNEW why I had stayed. I needed to be reminded to blog from my heart more, not be afraid of WHO I am, and share my voice. I know this is what I needed to hear. I want to thank YOU for reading my blog; for your emails and comments. I realize more than ever how much SHARING has blessed me and my life. It is my release and a way to share the inner most feelings of my heart. I love you Courtney... thank you for your gift to me tonight!!!!
I will share MORE about my workshops tomorrow- looking forward to a day of rest. Gentry is giving a talk in church on Seminary Graduation and what she learned. Taylor and Spencer called and "informed" me that they are coming to visit us tomorrow. They are going to bring all the food and prepare dinner for us. I am LUCKY and BLESSED.
Feeling a little emotional tonight-
My heart is sad... I am missing Maxson, Matt and Kayla so much. I am crying as I type this. This little boy...oh, I love him. I miss all of them.