The Journey of Blogher

Yesterday ended my journey at Blogher in Chicago.  I headed out on a 10+ hour trip back to beautiful Maui.  It was wonderful to watch the sunset over the airplane wing and then fly over all of the cane fields as we approached the Valley Isle.  The green is so green and the clouds clung to the side of Haleakala Volcano, as if hugging it.  The rush of plumeria scent as I came out of the plane, washed over me as if the breeze was putting a fresh lei around my neck to welcome me home.  It was nice.

As I left the gate, I looked over my shoulder and I saw that I came out of Gate 23…the same gate that I had left through. (and had a spill on) This time, there were no trips or falls or crashes or spills, but my feet weren’t firmly on the ground either, no this time, they were dancing in excitement to see my kids, my husband and my Maui.

Flying home I had so many great thoughts about this past weekend at Blogher.  I met wonderful women, listened to fantastic panels and learned a ton.  But what is so interesting is that going across the country to Blogher had actually brought me back home. It made me even more grateful for all that I have.  It helped me become better focused in what I want from my blog – sorta…I left with so many new ideas…but I think they will each help make Ohana Mama better.

Going to Blogher isn’t just about the destination. Most trips never are. It was the entire journey that made the biggest impact.  The planning.  Securing sponsorships and working with some top notch women entrepreneurs.  The trials of leaving your family – and realizing my husband CAN do it and it was great for my kids to see mommy doing something for mommy.  They love me no less.  In fact I think they may love me more…I came back…lol ;) joking of course.

Blogher for me was a journey in every sense of the word.  And like most journeys the lessons learned will stick with me forever!

Some cool things I learned from Blogher 09…

1. Online friendships are real…when I met the women I email and read online, it felt like we had known each other for forever! No more IRL friends/online friends…no, everyone is a friend. Online or in person! PERIOD! (which means… respect, even when hiding behind a keyboard…there’s real people on the other end)

2. Freaking out about what to wear was a bit of a waste.  No one judges, no one really cares. Just be you.

3. My family can survive without me.  I can be my own person.  And I think we are all better for it.

4. I am in love with Chicago and the city…but I’m a Maui girl…through and through, it’s now a part of me.

5. A clique isn’t a clique…it’s just friends that were so excited to finally spend in person time together.  There’s no shame in that!

6. I learned to be authentic and my audience will find me.  This might be the biggest nugget of useful info I learned.  I knew this but to hear it from the great panel talking about audience, which included, Laura Roeder (@lkr), Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) and Twanna (Funky Brown Chick), it stuck.  Just be you…do you see a theme here?

7. Free swag will turn people into vultures….including my kids who are now fighting over playdoh…I should have gotten two, but I didn’t want to seem greedy. damn.

8. I need a new avatar on Twitter…nearly everyone said I was skinnier, tinier, smaller than what I look like online…not sure how to take this…

9. The keynote on Friday night was my absolute favorite.  To hear the voice behind the writer, was amazing.  The keynote speakers made me want to be a better writer. It was so emotional and inspiring!

10. I learned that sometimes you need to leave all that you know, just for four days, in order to find yourself again and appreciate what you’ve got.  I am very thankful!.

I got home and the house was clean, the kids were happy and I was refreshed!  I’d say this journey was quite successful!

Comments

  1. I’m not stalking you Sarah, I swear. ThOhMa jus often shows up when I google so many things (good SEO)! I’m thinking of planning to attend a conference or two next year so was happy to read this.

    I also thought you’d be taller in person! You’re a petite like me (well, like me 30 lbs ago, Maui has been good for the soul but bad for my waistline).

  2. Mwah!!!! Beautifully written! xoxoxoxoxox

  3. NanaTutu says:

    Very happy you’ve had this adventure – and found your roots and your way back home! This is definitely one of your best blogs and best writing. You are a very wise and beautiful woman and we are all blessed to share as part of your ohana! Mahalo nui and Aloha.

  4. Nicely put! And how refreshing to read about a Blogher experience that wasn’t about the drinking and the swag (although I think more participants were like you and me.)

    Blogher definitely gives what you put into it. Choose your sessions wisely, but keep and open mind. And sometimes, as you point out, some of the best learning is just in the journey.
    .-= Lisa Paul´s last blog ..Toddlin’ Through Chicago with The King =-.

  5. i’m so glad that it all worked out and you had a great time.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..my sick little girl… =-.

  6. GREAT post. I love that cliques aren’t cliques just friends excited to see each other.

    and I think your twit pic shoudl be of just the top of your head, to show them your little. (not really but what do they want huh?)

  7. Sounds like you had a great time.
    .-= dramaqueensmum´s last blog ..Hampton Beach 7-26 =-.

  8. I agree…Hawaii for 2011!!

  9. So glad you enjoyed your trip! I say next year should be in HI now NYC lol!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..The Slanket – The Original Blanket with Sleeves! Review and Giveaway! =-.

  10. You’re one of the people I would have most wanted to meet, Sarah! Hopefully I’ll make it another year. :)
    .-= Nicole aka Gidget´s last blog ..Emma’s Kitchen Remodel – Part 1 =-.

  11. Thank you for sharing your Blogher journey. I would love to be a part of this incredible event next year. I love reading your blog and getting a little piece of Hawaii out of it. We love it there. It is our favorite travel destination. We have only been to Kauai and Oahu. We usually go to Oahu because we have family there. 2012 our destination is Maui. I already can’t wait. I would like to go next year, but Disney World won for 2010.
    .-= Amy @ Girlfriends Get Real´s last blog ..Weekend in Review =-.

  12. Good for you little chick. Glad you had a great time. XOXOXOXO.

  13. I’m so glad you had a great time!
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..Country Inns Weekend =-.

  14. it was fab to meet you and give you a hug. i hope some day to come to maui on your turf. It was like an old friend to see you.

    trisha
    .-= trisha´s last blog ..How To Increase Your Twitter Profile Technorati Authority =-.

  15. Welcome back! So glad you had a nice time and looking forward to hearing more!
    .-= Kasey´s last blog ..Being Thankful =-.

  16. Great post! I’m glad i got the chance to meet you, even though I didn’t remember that a few hours later. (blaming that on my prego brain!)

    Please send some Maui weather my way? Thx!
    .-= workout mommy´s last blog ..Watermelon: Post-Workout and Disease-Fighting Secret Weapon =-.

  17. Great recap!!!!! It was awesome meeting you!!!!
    .-= Julie @ Angry Julie Monday´s last blog ..Sunday Traditions =-.

  18. How did we not meet? I was lookin’ for ya, wanted to say hi:)
    .-= Rick @ Tiny Prints´s last blog ..Techy Baby Gear from Geekologie =-.

  19. I love this take on it. Fabulously done. Wish I could’ve met you Sarah!
    .-= Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting´s last blog ..On Being Grateful, MckMama and Prayers for Stellan =-.

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