Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FINALLY...the Blog'Her Blog!

Preface: I have been working on this post for a week..ridiculous. I finally decided to just throw together the important stuff and not worry about documenting all the little details. #OCD  Here you go...

I will start by thanking my sister in law, Marcela of culturemami.com. She is the one who got me started Blogging a year ago and I had no idea what a gift she had given to me. This Blog has been my creative outlet, my healthy habit, my happy place and on many days my sanity. I had NO idea how large the Blogging world was until I got involved and I had no idea how much support and love there was until I arrived at the Blog'Her Convention with 5,000 other women. There is just nothing like it..truly hard to express. I know that it fits in to the top 10 experiences of my life and that's pretty huge, so thank you--thank you Marcela!!  I would say that I attended Blog'Her 2013 to figure out where to go from here and I feel like I got that answer. I was definitely in the minority without aspirations to author a book and that was interesting to me. A Podcast is more my flavor, so we'll see if Mr. Charlie Bell and I ever get that up and going. One day!  I took so many awesome workshops, I ate the best food, and I can't say enough about the women I met.   Here are the highlights of my trip in no particular order...

If you know me, then you know that one of the things I was MOST excited about was the lunch keynote featuring Stefanie Wilder Taylor. I am a huge fan! Stefanie has a very popular Podcast with Lynette Corolla called "For Crying Outloud." Check it out on iTunes if you haven't already. Stefanie is a comedian; she's authored several books and she has a pilot coming out this fall on Nickelodeon called "Parental Discretion." Look for it! She shares the journey of recovery with me and I just look up to her a great deal, so meeting her was BIG on my list. Here's my moment:

I got to hear the one and only Martha Stewart speak and I found her to be both funny and very approachable. (That is not what I was expecting.)

President Obama addressed us. I'm serious! He spoke to us via live video feed and it was just an amazing experience. He told us that our voices were important and with 2 daughters going online, he is happy to know there is quality content out there like ours. :)

I got to hear Katie Couric speak. She has a new show coming out and she talked about that, but she also talked about raising her daughters, cancer awareness and women in social media. I liked what she had to say.

I got to meet the beautiful Maalak Compton-Rock. She talked about her charity which you can read more about here. It's called the Angel Rock Project and it promotes volunteerism and social responsibility. She is really an amazing lady and married (you may know) to the funny Chris Rock.

I got to meet the most beautiful person I have ever seen in my life, Christy Turlington. She reminded me of Grace Kelly as she moved across the stage. I'm pretty sure she was only wearing lipgloss and she looked amazing! She is the sort of person you could be easily jealous of, but then she opens her mouth and she's so kind and so giving. Her organization is called Every Mother Counts and their mission is to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all moms. You can read more about it here.

I got to meet the adorable, smart and truly charming Soledad O'Brien. Love her! She runs the O'Brien Raymond Foundation which supports hardworking young women in their educational pursuits.
You can read more about them here.

I got to talk with so many Bloggers but was delighted to meet some of my absolute favorites! Here is the hysterical Wendi Aarons. If you haven't checked out her blog and you need a good laugh, then go here.

I got to hang out with the beautiful and super sweet Kate Coveny Hood of thebigpieceofcake.com. Loved her!! Did you know she's best friend's with Anna Donaldson from An Inch of Gray?

I know I said I wasn't going in any particular order but that wasn't really true because I saved the best for last. :) I got to meet Anna Donaldson from An Inch of Gray. If you are a regular reader of this Blog then you have followed Anna's story with me. If you missed it, then check out her blog here. I was blessed to be able to hang out with Anna several times at Blog'Her. What can I say? She's amazing--like the strongest person I've ever met. And when you're talking to her, you just feel a certain peace radiating from the inside out. I cried the first time I looked into her eyes--couldn't help it. And even though we've only met in person once, I can tell you that I love her and I love her family and I pray for her every day. Here is a photo of me with Anna and some photos of the necklace she wears that one of her readers made. That's Jack's handwriting on the back with his favorite bible verse.



And the best part of all? I got to spend time with my bestie, Allie. I love her so much. Here we are at Nobu:

Whew!! I am glad to have this post done. It was really overwhelming me. Now I can go back to blogging about everyday life and there's lots of that! As always--thank you so much for reading. Love you guys!
Annie

6 comments:

  1. I enjoyed your pictures so much...especially because in them your face is so lit up and joyful!! Anyone can tell that this was an amazing experience for you. We WILL be repeating it next year in Chicago! I want to meet some of these people who are so beautiful inside and out. Anna is so lovely! She looks like a movie star.

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  2. Oh, Love, thank you for the kind words! You were my highlight. xoxox, Anna

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  3. I am so happy you had such a good time! I know hot it feels...it feel's good to meet so many great women!

    You look great in all your pictures and so happy! That is awesome you got to meet so many amazing people!

    You are the one writing...don't thank me...I think I will be joining you and Kate in Chicago....possibly with baby in tow.....(:

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  4. Honored to be included here. You know I just loved spending time with you :)

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  5. I loved this blog and seeing the photos of all the wonderful and inspiring people you met. Keep on blogging.

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  6. Looks like you had an amazing time. I was so sorry I only got to stay one day at the BlogHer conference, but next year it is in Chicago, so I hope to be there to experience it all. Thanks for sharing your great photos and insights.

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