A week ago I was packing my bags in preparation for my very first blogging conference, the Haven Conference. I was nervous, but super excited! Even if you don’t blog, I hope you enjoy this fun behind-the-scenes look at the world of DIY blogging.
As my roomie, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule, and I were heading up to our room in the elevator, a gentleman asked us what we were there for, referring to the tags around our necks. We told him we were there for a blogging conference. His response was this, “You mean you actually get together? I thought you just sat at home reading each other’s blogs.”
When I tell someone I’m a blogger, first they get this deer-in-the-headlights look and then their eyes start to glaze over. It makes it really difficult to try to explain this thing we do that we are so passionate about. People often have this preconceived notion that we sit in our jammies all day (not gonna lie, that does happen sometimes) in our basements (I’m at sea level so no basement here) writing about our kids and what we made for dinner last night. Going to this conference gave me validation. I am part of a community of strong, passionate and amazingly supportive women sharing what we love with the world, and it’s okay if my neighbor doesn’t get it. I LOVE to blog. I love to create and share it with YOU.
Here are some fun moments from the conference. You may even recognize some of your favorite bloggers!
My trip started out perfectly with flying out with these two lovelies:
Nancy was the best roommate ever! Although we chat daily through our blogs, and we were able to meet in person back in May at a lunch I had at my house with a few local bloggers…
I’m so glad we had the chance to become real-life friends through this conference! There were tons of fun photo ops like this one…
and this one…
We shared these on Instagram. If you follow me, you’ve probably seen some of these already!
In one word, this is me…
We got to meet Chip Wade from HGTV. His new show is Elbow Room and he’s amazing!
I met so many amazing ladies…
All of our Get Your DIY On crew was in one place too! After collaborating on our themed link parties for almost a year now, meeting them for real was one of the highlights of my trip!
Okay so maybe not everyone made it…definitely next year, Mandy!!
Krista and I snapped this one in between classes. I’m pretty sure our minds were mush at this point! I really wish she lived a few thousand miles closer!!
Fellow bloggers make perfect dining companions! (Yikes terrible Instagram photo!)
My dinner was delish…mixed grill! My husband always says to order the special if they have one. Good call!!
There were fun challenges…this was a table styling challenge Nancy helped with:
We spent each day speaking to vendors like Home Depot, Frog Tape, Rustoleum, and Moen, just to name a few and sitting in on super informative sessions on everything from improving our photography skills to working with major brands and everything in between.
Dancing the night away was a fun way to end each Session-filled day!
The team of girls who put this whole shebang together did an amazing job. Here’s a fun video they put together…
As well as a rap (yes, I said rap!) Traci from Beneath My Heart wrote and performed:
After all that fun, it was time to come home…exhausted and ready to see our babies!
One last shot at our airport. I shared this on Instagram too. The “V” says, “Virginia is for Lovers”. Home Sweet Home!
I stole this from Nancy’s Instagram
See? We don’t just sit in our basements blogging!
Hope you enjoyed this fun-filled Haven recap! If you don’t blog, it’s a peek behind the scenes, and if you do blog and didn’t make it to Haven this year, definitely plan on attending next year!
I’ll be back later this week with a fun furniture redo!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!