If you follow me on social media (especially Instagram) you know that this last weekend, I took the opportunity to attend the Blended Conference near Phoenix. It was a new conference for me, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well, for one thing, I was expecting it to be IN Phoenix, but it was actually held at a beautiful winery in Florence, AZ. I took Jared along with me and we turned it into a bit of a road trip getaway. Things were getting busy and money is tight, so I almost decided not to go, but I’m so glad we did! This has nothing to do with Pinterest, but I wanted to share a little bit about my weekend with you. 🙂
Most of our sessions and meals were held in this beautiful barn. The brilliant red is a pop of color in an otherwise drab desert. When we pulled off the highway to get into town, both of us were nervous about getting lost out in the middle of nowhere. 🙂 However, the grounds were lovely and I enjoyed exploring a little during some down time. Jared spent his days at the hotel and playing disc golf on local (OK, sort of local) courses. I spent my days soaking up every bit of learning I could!
By the end of the second session, I leaned over and told a friend that I already had gotten my money’s worth out of this conference. By the end of the first day, I was thrilled with how well-paced the day had been. There was time to learn and cover all the basics in each session, and plenty of time to network with brands and other bloggers during the breaks. And the FOOD. Finally, a conference that fed us well! 🙂 Torani hosted a soda bar for the afternoon snack, and Chipotle provided lunch one day. It was nice to be pampered a bit.
The best part of the weekend was meeting many online friends “in real life” and making connections. I feel like I already know these women, but I didn’t have a voice to put with the face. Being able to learn together, be silly together and help each other is what sets apart bloggers from the rest of the business world. It truly is a unique market to be a part of and I love it! Conferences are a great way to reignite that passion.
Jared and I enjoyed a lazy night at the hotel soaking in the hot tub, watching Captain America: Civil War on DVD and snacking on our leftover road trip goodies. We slept in the next morning and then headed back to California. We took the 8 on the way home and drove through Ocotillo Wells past all the sand dunes. I’ve always liked that part of the drive. I was happy to get home to my boys on Saturday!
Now it’s back to work, and hopefully new success in the future!