Where to begin…I’m not even sure. The last two weeks have been kind of a blur. As I sit here trying to write this post and fill you in on the happenings, I find myself struggling to articulate my thoughts. SO heads up, this post may be all over the place.
I was really looking forward to attending again this year and connecting with my “tribe”. I mean, it’s always nice to be around people who appreciate and understand all the ins and outs of blogging.
This year’s conference was definitely another huge learning experience for me. I took classes on photography, copyright/trademark/compliance law, affiliate marketing, building a network, SEO and styling. It was information overload but I was a sponge soaking it all up.
I think my MOST favorite class though was the Styling Class with Matthew Mead, after all that’s where my heart is…design/styling. Y’all Matthew Mead is a styling genius!!! You may not recognize his name but I guarantee you’ve seen his work with Pottery Barn and Target (just to name a couple). He’s a stylist/photographer/producer with 20+ years experience. I swear, I could have watched him and listened to him for hours. Oh to be a fly on the wall of his design studio! #goals 😉 I was bummed when the class was over but I was also incredibly inspired.
**This is a horrible grainy iPhone pic BUT this is one of his slides from his presentation**
He’s a master!
Anyway, besides the classes there were lots of events planned as well. We had product demos, a fashion show, a southern shindig and a soiree complete with a red carpet and a step and repeat (Hollywood style). Sadly, I only took two pictures the whole time I was there. The one from the styling class and this one from our soiree. (Again another grainy cell phone pic)
I wish I had taken more pictures of the conference and all my friends. The thing is, while the conference itself was great, there was a lot going on behind the scenes for me personally. To be honest, the whole time I was there I was struggling.
The conference started on Friday morning and on Friday night I got a call that my sweet grandmother had passed away. I knew that call was coming but I still wasn’t ready for it. (Are we ever ready to hear that someone we love dearly has left us?)
As you can imagine, I was hurting, grieving and struggling. Not exactly the best scenario for meeting complete strangers, putting your best foot forward and pretending that everything is ok when it’s not.
I’m not going to lie, that was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do BUT I have to say I couldn’t have done it without the support and love of my blogging buddies. They let me cry, made me laugh, prayed for me and lifted my spirits! I will be forever grateful to them.
This little (ok…not so little) blogging community is full of real, caring and genuine people. I’m so blessed to be a part of it and even though it was hard, I know Haven is exactly where God wanted me to be.