Best Blogging Conference Ever!Nov 05th

Best Conference Ever

Have you ever been at a place where inspiration, ideas, ambition, determination, and just plain old excitement eat at your bones?

I’ve had arthritis eat at my bones, but never this.

I’m afire with passion. Passion for blogging. Passion for social media. Passion for telling stories. Passion for what I think God wants me to do. Saweeet.

I know that I’m on top of the mountain right now and soon, maybe tomorrow, I’ll come tumbling down. It will be sad, but I won’t forget this.

I got to go to Bloggy Boot Camp Chicago this weekend and I made lifelong friends. I know I did. I found lifelong inspiration, and I heard lifelong wisdom. Gah! From beginning to end, it was All. So. Good.

If you are a blogger and have never been to a blogging conference before, Bloggy Bootcamp (the two day one) is the one you should do first. Cause I did it first, and it was awesome.

I have funny stories to tell you, and I promise they will come. I did some awkward things, you know, like I always do. I will absolutely shame myself for your amusement and giggling purposes. But for now, I’m all Anne-of-Green-Gables goopy, sappy, romantical for blogging.

So I’m just gonna pour out some love and tell you a tiny bit about the people who made my trip FABULOUS! Here’s what I want you to do, if you don’t mind. You don’t have to, but remember, I’m like on cloud nine right now so humor me a bit.

Each day this week I’m going to introduce you to one or two bloggers who I personally met. I would really like it if you would click through to them and check out their fabulous sites! They are all different, so you’ll get a taste of something new each day. My life is better because I met them and I read their blogs. So do it!

Today, I’m going to introduce you to my two roommates who I met for the first time ever at the conference. That’s right. I slept with some people I didn’t know.

I was a little worried that they’d be creepers. I was probably the creepiest person in the room. Huh.

This is Brittany from NaturallyEstes.

She is not a natural food or natural beauty or natural cleaning products blog. She just happens to be naturally hilarious. I’m pretty sure reading her blog will benefit your health in some way. Cause, you know, it’s natural.

She has four kids and she’s a hair younger than me. Ok, maybe a year. She lives in Texas and has this fabulous accent that is contagious. You know what I mean, right? I found myself trying out her twang and wishing I was born in the South.

Anyways, Brittany has a heart of gold. She’s raising money this month to help free four women from the sex slave industry. If she meets her goal, she’s gonna dye her hair pink for December.

Guys, she looks really good in pink, so let’s help her do this. You can read her post here and watch a video where she explains the project in her adorable little voice. If you feel compelled to, I don’t know, free someone from a life of horror—go ahead and donate!  Forgo two Pumpkin Spice Lattes this month and break open some shackles.

This is Natalia from MaNouvelleMode.

She’s not French, but she lives there quite often. Huh? You say. Well, she’s married to a Bahamian basketball player who lives in France for half the year. So. Cool. Yeah, it is as glamorous as it sounds.

If you like to pin hairstyles, beauty and fashion on Pinterest, Natalia is the person to follow. She has this gorgeous Disney princess hair and she does some pretty amazing stuff with it. I’m totally growing my hair out. I don’t think it will look quite like hers, but never hurts to try.

She’s fashionable, but approachable. Does that make sense? Sometimes uber fashionable people can be intimidating. Natalia is like one of those pretty Valentines-candy boxes: beautiful on the outside, delicious on the inside.

Ok, I meant for that to ring out like the shackles thing, but I’m not quite sure if it did. I mean to say she’s sweet as a box of chocolates! There. Much better.

Natalia converted Brittany and I to lipstick.

She has this giant bag full of colors (that she bought around the world) and she’s not afraid to go out of the house with hot pink lips. We played dress-up a bit and I have got to say that wearing red lipstick is so much fun.

I tried to steal her tube of red but then thought better of it. She is, after all, 6 feet tall and could whoop me.

So. Go see these ladies and follow them! Cause it’s really good to laugh and it’s really good to wear red lipstick.

20 Responses to Best Blogging Conference Ever!Nov 05th

  1. Suzy November 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Hey Hill,
    Glad you had so much fun.
    I can’t wait to read about your funny stories and what your learned during your weekend.
    Suzy 🙂
    Oh, yes and by the way, Texas accents are really great, you should come visit me!!

    • hillary November 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks, Suzy! Have you gotten hooked up with the SITS girls yet? You need to! How’s the blogging coming?

  2. Natalia November 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    you’re amazing! I am so glad I found you and was able to be roomies with you! I really feel like I made lifelong friends through this!! Love you and make sure you come down & see me!! I’m totally following your blog too!

    • hillary November 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      I am totally planning on visiting you in December. I think we should have a girls day and go shopping and wear red lipstick. By the way, I’m buying some this weekend!

  3. Kristiina November 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

    Natalia TOTALLY has Disney Princess hair! And now that I am back to your blog I totally remember it and commenting that I love the design. I actually didn’t find you from SITS originally, I found you through googling RA blogs because one week I was having really bad joint pain and I was trying to figure it out and psych myself up to go see a Doc.

    • hillary November 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      Oh yay 🙂 You remember me! So whatever happened with the joint pain? Did it just go away or are you still struggling with it?

      • Kristiina November 9, 2012 at 3:24 am #

        Yes yes, I just didn’t connect your blog title with content but now I do! Well, it mostly went away, every once in awhile I feel really achy but it’s not consistent at all. I still need to go to the doctor but I’ve just been putting it off. Very bad, I know.

        • hillary November 9, 2012 at 6:32 am #

          You should definitely follow up with it. Just to be safe. It might be fibromyalgia. I have that too, and it’s pretty common.

  4. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom November 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    So glad to hear you had a great time! Can’t wait to hear more. I would love to go to a blogging conference someday. (Hopefully, maybe..) 🙂

    And red lipstick is my fave. (Although I don’t get to wear it much.)

    • hillary November 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

      You HAVE to go to one! They are so fab!

  5. nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma November 6, 2012 at 4:53 am #

    Now that’s a slumber party side of the conference that I really needed! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see the rest of your posts from this week.

    Sharing @ my blogging board at Pinterest and that new site called the twitter, have you heard of it? Now, I kinda like it again.

    Now that you are addicted to the blog conferences, come back for the Sparklecorn and BlogHer. Pretty, Please?

    Anna said she may come in. I am making Karen go. Like stealing her credit card tomorrow and charging it.

    Chicago in the summers is amazing, and given that I live here, I can send my husband and kids away. And we can all party here.

    • hillary November 6, 2012 at 4:57 am #

      Ok, that is a fabulous idea! I never heard of Sparklecorn–I’ll have to check that out. I think I wanna go to BlogHer and just hit up the expos like Anna said. I doubt any of those sessions could beat what we just had.

      I’m totally starting to “get” Twitter. Uh oh.

  6. Kate November 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    Your enthusiasm is contagious!

    So glad you had fun!

    • hillary November 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      Have you been to a conference? I am still bubbling over with excitement!

  7. Tiffany Romero November 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    I just LOVE that you enjoyed yourself and love even more that you featured two of my most favorite people!

    Can’t wait to see what the future hold for you!


    • hillary November 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

      I am seriously blown away by how wonderful that weekend was. I was so blessed to get to meet them and feel enriched by calling them my friends!

      Thank you so much for putting on such a fantastic, over the moon amazing weekend. I told my husband that it was hands down the best choice I made all year. So excited!

  8. Yuliya November 9, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    It was great to meet you, I loved your energy! Natalia is as awesome you describe (fashionable but approachable is right on) but I didn’t get a chance to meet Brittany so thanks for pointing me in that direction!

    • hillary November 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      It was so great to meet you too! Yes, Brittany is another fabulous person to get to know.


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