If you were sitting with me right now, and happened to ask me,
“So, How was the conference?” I would say…’INCREDIBLE!”
……..and then, if you were to ask for details…you might find yourself here tomorrow, still listening to my deconstructed tour through one amazing week.
Fully aware of my propensity for going off on tangents…I am going to go all “Dragnet” on you (Google it)…and stick with
“JUST THE FACTS”
I have reduced the Conference to Pearls of Wisdom, allowing myself ONE TAKEAWAY point and ONE “FIRST” IMPRESSION DESCRIPTION OF EACH SPEAKER AND a quote (or paraphrased quote)…THAT Had an impact on me.
Before the official festivities began…I fell in love with these two California hotties!!!
Jeffery Marks and Ross Cassidy-the nicest guys you could ever meet…
OKAY…First thing Monday…they were out of the gate and the hits just kept coming, I apologize ahead of time for the abundance that I will leave out…there was just so much…to take in, and to enjoy…
Clockwise from the left:
ADAM JAPKO—SHARP…”You can have a blog without a website, but you can no longer have a website…without a blog.”
WINDSOR SMITH —BALANCE “Make sure you get in there to say goodnight.”
BARBARA BARRY—SUNBEAM…”Beautiful process equals beautiful product”
CHARLOTTE MOSS—SOLID… “Exercise courtesy, remember that your point of view is a privilege, and is a voice heard world-wide.”
SUSANNA SALK—CLEAR…”If you are not enthusiastic and blogging frequently, then forget about it.”
NEWELL TURNER—DASHING…”Just imagine if you could…..!”
Newell Turner is one of these warmest human beings I have ever met. His excitement is contagious and he knows more about social Media than ANY teenager…and we know that is saying alot!…and I kind of have a BIG crush on him!
There were so many Pearls of Wisdom…words strung together …just so and in such a way as to make me have to take a deep breath…glistening sentences.. that try as I might I could not commit to memory but have become a part of my inner psyche…already guiding me to my next step.
…there were snippets, moments, like snapshots that made me chuckle…people, many names I forgot as soon as they were said…many I remember, Pebbles, Jennifer, Priscilla, Laura, Jeanne, Carolyn, Richard, Stephanie, Amy, Kim, Keith, Amy, Kelly, Jeffery and Geoffey and Ted and Christopher and Catherine, Felicia, Sheila, all the many many Leslies, Jelly girl and her Hockey Hubs, Boston Wine Guy and Finger Lakes wine guy and two people who have cousins in the band “Parachute. Many delightful conversations buying my morning Chai…I remember most because of their smiles or the way they laughed, mostly because of their dogs…I saw so many wonderful dogs…
…and Holly (the English Room) and her Multi media work station…
….she is the consummate multi-tasker and all with an abundance of style and charm…and most importantly…a brilliant sense of humor.
Lisa Mende…who makes me feel slow…and those who know me…know that ain’t easy!
It was Lisa who gave me that last “You can do it!” that got me on the plane and ultimately helped me…HELP ME!
I was at the Kravet showroom at the Pacific design Center…and I looked up from charging my phone, and nearly tripped over my purse when I noticed JENNY, and before I could remind myself that she IS JENNY, I saw her round little basketball tummy and just went over… and like I would with any friend who has been through a lot and came out on the silver linings end of thing, and I gave her a HUGE hug and with tears in my eyes, I said “I am so happy for you! Now don’t forget to Breathe!!!”
Lets face it…Life is supposed to be lived, in the moment, and that is indeed what I did out there in Los Angeles…while a foot of snow fell on my Virginia farmhouse… and before I clicked my heels three times and came home, I was in the middle of a whirl wind of living that breathed new life into ME.
The irony to end all ironies is that most bloggers I meet are great -PEOPLE “People” and yet we live out much of our time, face to face with a screen, WITH a connection to sometimes dozens …sometimes thousands of “friends”…but is there really anyone there???
It can mess with a person. I was SO VERY grateful for the face to face, the warm hugs and the winks, and the laughs, the so many wonderful long overdue laughs.
I will keep the rest of my trip inside of me, feeding me and keeping me afloat…
I will be back Monday and we will get back to this mess of a house…there are whole ceilings missing, loads of things going on…
I can’t wait!!!!