In 2010, BlissDom was my very first conference. I went alone, daring to room with someone I had never met in-real-life before.
In 2011, I spoke on the legal panel at BlissDom.
This year, I was Staff. A Bliss Chick. Involved in the behind-the-scenes planning, weekly conference calls, and (addicting!) Skype chats. I loved every.single.minute of it, no lie. The heart, soul, love and work that goes into this conference is astounding. Just know that.
And yes, I was the gal with sparkly tinsel in her hair. If you were in any of the Life Development tracks over the course of the 2 conference days, you likely saw me in the back of the room. Holla!
If you know me, you know that this isn't my natural state of being. I am usually sarcastic and snarky. I have a bite to me. It's a northern thang.
But the more talkative and friendly I was over the course of the conference, you know what? The more it felt good. Natural. Easy.
I had a blast.
I loved meeting new bloggers. Making new friends. Laughing. Laughing A LOT. Yet every year, there's certain people I look forward to seeing. Women I connect with. Women who I don't talk to frequently, but there's just a certain comfort level there. My Tribe:
Jennifer, my fabulous roomie for 3 years in a row now.
Shell, my fellow 3-boy-mom.
Paula, my Iowa Sister (and another 3-boy-mom!)
And Carmen. Sweet, sweet Carmen.
For me, BlissDom is all about the relationships. The new, the old, the possible, the potential. This year's conference secured, for me, the knowledge that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.
This "hinge moment" came for me in between sessions. Amber and I were standing in the back of the room as a new session was about to get started and Alli approached us. Putting an arm around each of us, she asked, "Can we just take a moment and soak this all in, you guys? YOU did this. YOU." I actually teared up. Validation. Fulfillment. Acceptance. Acknowledgment.
You guys, I almost quit writing this past fall. Was gonna shut this blog down, never to be heard from again. Yet I couldn't bring myself to push that delete button.
Being involved in the planning of BlissDom with the Bliss Chicks renewed me. Gave me hope. Fed my soul. Made me realize that I couldn't possibly drop out of this blogging community that I love. That is now a part of me.
I'm so glad I didn't quit.
I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.
With my family. With my career. With my blogging. With my life.
The best Welcome Home Committee EVER!