Blissdom Canada

Conference newbie. That was me until I decided to take the plunge, be brave, and jump head first into my very first social media conference.  This is my long over due post about Blissdom Canada held in Toronto Ontario. 

What I wish I had known:

I wish I had known in advance I was about to learn more about myself, and blogging, then I ever thought possible in one little three day period.  Amazing.  You can teach an old dog new tricks.

Turns out I can navigate downtown Toronto traffic, even without the comfort of my GPS cause that GPS b*tch had the nerve to break down and stop talking to me on the 401 and now I hate her and with strikers trying to block my way into the hotel! I got there anyway.  So there.

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I didn’t have to be so nervous.  Every single person I met was beyond chatty and friendly. Sigh of relief.  Bloggers are as nice in person as they are on line.

I didn’t have to pack so much!  Next time…more casual comfortable like the fab clothes provided to me by Old Navy, less super dressy like the cocktail dress and 3 inch killer heels.  I absolutely did an “overpack”.  Besides, all those fancy shoes were killing my feet.

I already knew the power of a girlfriend.  I had no idea that I would instantly meet, connect and make new girlfriends.  Meeting some of these women, who’s blogs I have been following and tweets I have been reading……it was like meeting old friends for the very first time.  Surreal.

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*The fabulous Sarah from MomCentral (in our matching Roots shirts)and the uberfamous JourneyWoman! 

That although the sessions were incredible, and they were!!  The hours spent chatting around the lunch table, squishing together into a cab, or laughing as we talked into the wee hours of the morning, would be some of the most inspiring memorable moments of the conference.

I did not know that the parties like the Mabel Bliss party hosted by Mabel’s Label’s, Yummy Mummys Spa Party, The Roots Party and the BuchFamily Speak Easy party would not only be ridiculously fun, but fabulously intimate affairs where you really had a chance to really get to know the other incredible women attending Blissdom.

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*MabelBliss party.  Spoiled.  My hair and make-up done…loved that, and caught up with PracticulMum.

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*How could you not love the atmosphere at the BunchFamily party!

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*Live entertainment while we had a private shopping party at Roots.  Sigh. VIP.

You know what else I learned?  300 women know how to party, dance and sing together..like nothing I have ever seen before.  Men?  We don’t need men…oh, except maybe Bret Michaels.  Cocktail Deeva rocked it!

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Pictured above @CynthiaCrumb, @CocktailDeeva @fdnstudio @MrsLoulou @YummyMummyClub

I also learned that three days away from my family, and blog, would take two weeks to catch up on when I got home!  Next time, I need to work ahead…posts prepared ahead of time, maybe meals stocked in the freezer?  You know be that domestic goddess I pretend to be.  I did not feel like the best Mama when I came home.  Some of those balls I had up in the air?  They came crashing down.

Would I do this again?  Put my life on hold and go meet a bunch of strangers at a conference in a town far far away?  Probably.  This little hobby of mine is growing into a bit of an obsession.  If I want to continue to grow, push myself to be better writer, learn how to market myself, engage with brands and make those all too important real life connections, I can think of no better place then Blissdom Canada.  A big heartfelt thank you to all the fabulous organizers who poured their hearts and souls into this event, and to every women I met….it was a pleasure, a gift.

Thanks for the memories…mwah!



Comments

  1. great post,I’m stilled super bummed that I missed it. happy to hear the stories and see the pics though. some year when babysitters are not required I might get to one!

  2. As someone who is usually the lone woman amongst 5000 guys I love going to women’s conferences. A place to go where you can talk about life balance of home, work and familiy and not have some dude tell you if you can’t handle it, maybe you shouldn’t work. Grrrrr…

  3. That would be so much fun. Looks like you had a great time. 🙂

    What? No snow in Canada yet? We got dumped on over the weekend. 10,” but it’s melting. Well, a little anyway!

    Happy Monday!

  4. That looks like a blast! I’ve never been to a conference either but I can imagine it would take forever to catch back up!

  5. Glad you got out and did that.

  6. It looks like you had a fabulous time! I think we all need that on occassion.

  7. Next year we do it together! I’m so happy for you and jealous all at the same time!

  8. I’m going to Blissdom in January and I can’t wait!

  9. i’m so glad you had a great time!!:)

  10. It sounds like so much fun. I am so happy that you got to have this experience. You make me think that I should go to one of these functions in the future.

  11. woww this really looked like fun!! I wish I had been there to meet you! youre such an amazing woman!

  12. How fun for you and the other gals!!!
    It would be worth it just for the swag. 🙂

  13. What a Great Experience!
    Isn’t the “Power of Girlfriend” wonderful?

  14. Maybe someday, we will meet up at the same conference! So much fun.

  15. Looks like a super fun time!

  16. great post!! I love it, i want to meet the bloggers and party with em too!!

  17. Sounds like a great time!

  18. wonderful!!!
    i’m super jealous.. sounds like a fab time!!!

  19. that is really cool. i would love to get the chance sometime to meet some fellow bloggers…

  20. I would really love to go and experience Blissdom! I was so happy to see your post to get insight into what it is really like.

  21. Sounds FABULOUS!!! One of these days…
    -Ally

  22. It looks like it was a great time!!

  23. Aww, it looks like you had a great time. So much fun, especially dressing up!!

    S.

  24. What a FANTASTIC time you had!
    Great pics!

  25. I think I might go next time. This year was impossible, but maybe we could go together next year?

    CBG
    canadianbloggergirl.blogspot.com

  26. Good for you1 I’ve been wanting to attend a social event like that, hopefully there’s another one next year and I can save up for it.
    and yes,Toronto, don’t even ge tme started, One thing for sure, the drivers there makes me feel like I want to give a Driver of the Year award to all bad drivers here in Windsor, lol!

  27. Looks like you had a blast! I’m glad to hear you had such a great experience & so much fun meeting all those fabulous bloggers:)

  28. hi! this is so cool!
    you’re lucky to be in that conference. I wish I can do somthing like that,too.

    Good day!

  29. So much fun. I learned the same lesson. It’s taken me a long time to get back into the groove of blogging. Posts ready for the week after next time!

  30. Looks like such a great time – I am so happy for you that you went!! 🙂

  31. Oh my.. what fun!!!! Im so happy you had a great time!!!!

  32. Aww, great post, and I absolutely love the picture of us! So nice! Okay, here’s what you have to do next – but your ticket for BlogHer. YOU WILL LOVE IT and it’s in San Diego! I know it’s so hard leaving the kids… I know. I suffered major panic attacks before BlogHer in NYC and I was so close to home – just a one hour plane ride! I’m taking the plunge again and I’m going to San Diego. Come with you! It’s a great experirence!
    I loved everything about BlissDom, too. Amazing people! xo

  33. That looks like a blast! Everything looks like so much fun! It is cool the work they put into making sure the women have a great time.

  34. I think one of the highlights for me was sharing the conference with you… and getting to know you in person! Looking forward to many more. I think we should think about BlogHer… Mwah back at you!

  35. Looks and sounds like you had a great time. One day, I’ll get to do one, too. One day.

  36. What great pictures! So glad you had such a good time.

  37. Oh my goodness, I think I am jealous. Wait. Yep, that is definately jealous. Lucky!

  38. You are stunning! Thanks for taking us along to Blissdom, y’all know how to Par-Tay!!

  39. Sounds like a real good time! Hmmm, maybe I will have to attend next year.

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