I’m heading to Blissdom!

packing for blissdom

I’ve been busy packing for a big trip to my very first social media conference! (Special thanks to my husband’s parents for taking my children to the park so I could make that happen!). I haven’t been to a conference since my pre-kids years, and look forward to soaking up some adult energy and making some new friends while developing my thoughts on how Tinkerlab might grow.

Hmmm, to say I look forward to this is sort of an understatement.

I’m sooooooooooooooo excited! Woo-hoo!

There are some great sessions that I’m dying to attend, like DO LESS as a Life Strategy (can I tell you how much I need this? And to be certain of just how much, I’m sure I’ll be taking copious notes while uploading photos to Instagram. Sigh).

But maybe the part I’m the most full of anticipation over is that I’ll be rooming with Jean Van’t Hul of The Artful Parent. We’ve become online friends through our blogs (see my interview with her here), but have never met before. Crazy, right? In the last year I became good friends with Jen from Paint Cut Paste, and I have to tell you how strange it is to first come face to face with someone from your online community. Have you ever experienced this? It’s like seeing a movie star, right? But then I know that weirdness will soon fade into familiarity, and we’ll hang out deep into the night like Jen and I do now 🙂 I promised Jean that I wouldn’t share any embarrassing photos of her next week, but maybe I’ll post a photo of us in our fancy clothes. What do you think?

business cards for blissdom

So my bags are almost packed and my business cards ordered. Thank you, Tiny Prints, for shipping them in one day!

But in the middle of all this excitement, it dawned on me that I’ll be away from my little friends for such a long time. I watched them chat and play last night at dinner and all of that cuteness overload made me want to pinch them and eat them right up. I know it’s just a few nights, but it’s hard to envision how it will be on the other side. I’ve only been away from my youngest for one night, and that was sort of a big deal, which seems to makethis a super big deal. We talked a little bit about how I’ll be on an airplane, but I’ll come back. She enjoyed this story, and I hope she can find a way to cope with the situation when she learns it’s more than just a story.

design table for the kids for blissdom

I set up an invitation for my kids to make and design things after I go. I’m sure this will be totalled within minutes, but it makes me happy to see it like this, ready for their ideas to take a physical form.

Although I’ll be away, I’ll still be here. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a fun roundup of creativity education ideas and resources that inspired me this week.

Have you taken any life-changing trips? How have you dealt with leaving your little ones behind?

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  1. oooo, your new cards are adorable! i’m so jealous that you get to go have some artsy bloggy grown-up time and to meet jean! you’re both my heroes! have so much fun – i’m psyched for you and can’t wait to hear all about it. you can just text me the embarrassing photos if you don’t want to post them publicly. i won’t share. [insert evil cackle here] 😉 enjoooooy! (p.s. cute bed spread(?) too!)

    • oh, and my blog name has a line through it up there…? i love that i know you, in person! 🙂

  2. Can’t wait to see pictures and may I say, HOORAY!!!! Have an amazing time. Face to face with people you admire will be so inspiring. Please give Jean V.H. the hugest hug you can manage straight from my heart to both of you.

  3. Just got back from one 🙂  I’m posting on it soon, but basically I left something for my daughter to open everyday from me, but avoided chatting/skypeing in case she would get too upset about me being gone.  I nearly had a heart attack before I left, but it ended up not being so bad and it was much harder on me than the kids!  Have fun at Blissdom!

  4. Hope you have a great time! Hope you get refreshed and return with inspiring ideas! You are so fortunate to be able to go on this conference and meet fellow bloggers. The blogging world seems so “unreal” to me since I have never really met any bloggers face to face…maybe one day? I agree it is like you are meeting a celebrity because it is someone you admire so much and now you are meeting Jean from The Artful Parent…how cool is that? 

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