It’s true. I would NEVER miss the opportunity to go to California. I absolutely LOVE that place. Since the first time I landed in LAX, walked up and down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ran into to Terrell Owens on the street and ate at the Veggie Grill, I knew Cali was my kind of place.
….even more so because there is nothing like being some place you want to be surrounded by people you love who get you and what you do, who cheer for you, challenge you, push you and understand your deepest desire to be on the front row when Beto teaches this Zumba class to your group even though you usually go straight to the back?
Yeah. This is Blog Fest. This is where EVERYONE feels like a celebrity. This is when you’re going to the bathroom and somebody stops and says, “Hey! You’re so in so! I follow you on Instagram. I love you!” True story. We know each other. Because we know each other, we don’t compete. We are comfortable enough to room with each other (I have three roommates and if you know me you know this is worth noting), to ask each other for help in our areas of expertise, to ask to take shameless selfies with each other and to share our struggles, the things we can’t always post but the things that affect what we post.
And can I add being at Blog Fest and the Idea Conference (this is my third year) has given me the opportunity to meet and/or work out with some of the industry’s top people? This year, Beto and Jeanette Jenkins are at the top of my list. I’m also looking forward to doing my first Lightning Round talk, taking a ridiculous amount of pictures, learning new things to share with students/clients and making my blog better. It’s going to be an AMAZING four days!
So….if you see a lot of crazy posts from people who are SUPER excited about their trip to L.A., it’s because we can’t help it. This is like the SUPER BOWL!!!! This business can be hard. When we can get together and make it easier for each other then it’s all good. Lots of us had to make major sacrifices (I can’t speak for the rest of them but I’m not rich.) Get ready!!