“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started” ~Author Unkown
I’m sure some of you who follow me noticed I hadn’t posted anything for a few days, but guess what? I just returned from going to my first Haven Conference in Atlanta, GA.! I arrived home and was in bed by 9:30 pm and slept until 8:00 am, and I was moving in slow-motion all the next day. I had every intention of writing a post, I really did, but that’s as far as it got. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit down for my recap and why you might want to consider going next time and what you can get out of it.
So what exactly is the Haven Conference? I’ll be telling you more as you read through this, but in a nutshell, it’s a conference for any DIY and Design Bloggers. I’ve been to other conferences and retreats, but nothing that compared to Haven. It was the best of the best! I hemmed and hawed if I should go or not, but I had read other blogs that said it was the best decision they had made. A few of my virtual Facebook friends were going, but overall, I didn’t really know one person whom I’d ever met. So whether you’re a blogger or not, if you have a passion for something and there’s a conference or workshop you’d like to attend, but don’t know anyone who’s going…SIGN UP AND GO REGARDLESS!!
That first evening, my virtual friends became my real life friends and we all went to dinner near our hotel. It had started to rain, so that’s how we ended up at this fabulous restaurant named BrickTop. We ended up with eight of us together so we ordered a bottle of wine, and I ordered this awesome Cobb salad. We had such a great time we never took a photo of us, OOPS! But you may know their names or blogs and if not, you need to check them out: Stacey @ Poofing The Pillows, Jemma @ At Home with Jemma, Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle, Sherry @ Savvy Apron, Nicki @ Sweet Parrish Place, Joy @ The Aspiring Home, and Tammy @ Hey Fitzy.
Do any of you recognize the two women in the photo? They gave an inspiring talk during our opening ceremony. OK, give up! It’s Shaunna West from Perfectly Imperfect and Marian Parsons from Miss Mustard Seed.
So just how do you win at attending your first conference and making it successful for you?
- COMMUNITY – This is your niche and where you belong. It’s a place where you’re with like-minded individuals and it’s a win-win combination for everyone!
- MAKING NEW FRIENDS/CONNECTIONS – I returned home with so many new friendships. EVERYONE I met was so friendly and made me feel like I really belonged where I was.
- KNOWLEDGE – As much as I wanted to take some of the painting classes, I knew I had to take workshops to learn about working with Brands, Social Media, SEO, and even Photography. Knowledge=Implementing=Growing
- INSPIRATION – You can’t help but not be inspired by the courses, vendors and products, and the people you meet.
- SHARING – Within this great community and connecting with so many others, you’ll discover that everyone is sharing tips and suggestions with one another; as well as their business cards, so we can all stay in touch and help one another out.
I know for me, I came away so overwhelmed with everything! Now it’s time to decompress, download information we were given and then digest what I’ve learned. FYI, the above photo shows Rustoleum’s new RockSolid for garage floors, basements or wherever else you might want to use it. Isn’t it awesome!
Crates and Pallet blew me away with this room. Why? It’s all miniature! Look around and see how real all the items in this room look. Did you notice the crates on the bookcase, pencil, clipboard on the wall, computer, succulents and the tiny DIY Hall of Fame banner?
I didn’t know anyone who was attending who might need a roommate, so I went ahead and made reservations for myself. Long story short, I ended up with two wonderful bloggers. Above, from L to R: Jody @ My Southern Legacy, myself in the middle, and Toni @ Design Dazzle.
And I have to end this with some humor and smiles. Thank you Moen for having such a wonderful artist in your booth. He and I laughed so much while he was drawing my caricature.