It’s been almost two weeks since my attendance to the Elevate Blog Conference in New Port Beach, CA. This was a day I got to spend getting to know other bloggers, inspirational, uplifting and creative people. The day was pure bliss.
Going into 2016, I knew that one of my bigger goals this year in the blogging sphere was to attend a blog conference. I searched for many weeks and thanks to Google, discovered the Elevate Everyday Blog Conference. After reading and seeing what the conference was geared toward and all the wonderful raves and reviews out there, I was sold!
A few weeks before the conference day, Jen and Summer created a private Fb group for all the 2016 Elevate Conference attendees. In there, we got a little glimpse into the lives of other bloggers, business owners, and DIYers. We connected through our social media and the momentum and hype started building as May 14 was approaching.
Some of the ladies flew in from other nearby states, and others drove down to Newport Beach. The conf started at 11am and I came an hour early to go visit the nearby Haute Cakes Caffe and indulge myself in a cup of coffee and delicious buttermilk pancakes. This was THE perfect way start to this Saturday morning.
The first hour or so was registration, mingling and getting to meet the other ladies. Creative workshops consisted of three stations @sizzix(DIY leather necklaces), @meandmybigideas (we all got a one of the 365 happy planner and design kits that came with it -I’m still drooling over mine!!), and @myoverlays (DIY mirror crafting-I missed this one) and lasted for a couple of hours. The speakers were: Chari Pack @persnicketyprints, Rebbeca Lopez @craftedsparrow, Ashley @ashleysfreshfix, Vanessa @chatbooks, Amy @livandhope, Jenica Parcell @asliceofstyle. All these ladies were absolutely encouraging, full of talent, and motivational. Many of them shared personal stories of how they overcame difficult obstacles in their lives and used them to better their lives and become successful and happy people.
The scrumptious food was catered by Stonefire Grill (the ribs were divine!!!) and Tacos Asylum( tacos elevated to a whole different level!!). A big thanks to all 42 sponsors who made this whole event come together and for all the goodies. But most of all thank you to Jen and Summer who organized this amazing day, and all planning and decorating that went into it. The giveaways were OVER THE TOP!!! Everything from the sizzix kits, Lilyjadeco bags, Arvo watches, Martha Stewart DIY kits, and a whole bunch more! And the Swag bags!! I mean WHOA!!!! Insanely A LOTof awesome goodies. The location was at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and such a beautifully decorated, cozy, and set up under the towering beach side palm trees.
I will be transparent here. This was my first time going to a blog of conferences full of successful business women, bloggers, writers, DIYers, and photographers. I am an introvert and have a hard time socializing with people, but spending the day with women you’ve never met and have only connected by social media??!! YES, it was awkward and intimidating at first. But as the day progressed, I pushed myself out of my bubble and connected with other ladies, and got a glimpse into their lives and stories. What I learned from this experience is if you really want to reach goals in life, you have to be PROACTIVE!!! Sitting back, and drowning in self pity and feeling sorry for yourself will not get you anywhere. From a blogger’s perspective, if you want to work with companies or pitch an idea to a company or do writing etc.. you NEED to socialize, meet in person and be proactive in getting to know the other person/people. What is their life story? What inspired them to write or open their own company? Why do they blog? What hardships have they overcome to be successful? I am so happy to have attended this conference because it pushed me out of my comfort zone, and thanks to that I met some very amazing and inspirational women. Time to create and inspire others. Until next year Elevate!!!