What an awesome day Thursday was. I cant remember having felt more relaxed in weeks! I actually slept in until 9pm which is pretty ridiculous for me. It could have been the fact that my body was just ready for sleep seeing as I have had insomnia for a while. Or it could have been the margarita I drank in bed while watching Storage Wars.
Chris and I ventured to the local screen printing shop to FINALLY get some quotes for my design. We are fairly happy with the price and actually are getting more quantity for the same money we planned to spend which gives me more inventory to use for marketing and promotions. I get to see a sample next week before I literally take the first step in signing my life away to my own vision!
We also went on a little date to a famous BBQ place up north called Big Ed’s BBQ. Chris got wind of those four magic words and wouldn’t let go until we went. Those three magic words?
All You Can Eat!
I love theme restaurants. I couldn’t even finish my original portion but I think Chris seriously had a about 4 re-fills of ribs!
In other news, I’ve decided to not go to the Healthy Living Summit. Ironic seeing as how I wrote a concrete post about the reasons I WAS going not too long ago. If your wondering why, I have a lot of reasons that I would rather not share here. However, I am apt to share them in a more personal environment . . . like, my monthly newsletter. Subscribe if you want the juice, my friends.
Also as host of the Blogger Self Discovery Word By Word Series, I am going to post a round up of all your blogs on the word Beauty at the end of the month. I have a few submissions I cant wait to share! If you are posting this month, please have your submission to me by Thursday July 28th. Email the link to email@example.com
Other than that, my apartment is falling apart! I’ve been a hard working biotch lately and I really have to put some domestic effort back into this ole’ living space before it gets worse.
How do you handle all you can eats? Buffets, parties, etc.
Monday night when I came home from work, Chris and I were just sitting around with our respective electronics when I realized it was nearing 8pm. If you read any blogs in this community, you would know that most people were making a mad dash to the Healthy Living Summit website to register for a ticket before they sold out like they usually do in record time.
The Healthy Living Summit is one of the many blog conferences out there put on by bloggers that meet up at a location for the weekend to do all things blog and health related. Panels, run/walks, eat, chat, drink . . . all that fun stuff.
When I started Balancing Val, I really wanted to make sure I went to one of these things sooner or later. I told myself that sometime in mid 2012 would be perfect. At that time, I would be more established, I would have graduated from culinary school and I would be more confident and my business would have been just about to launch.
Bur for some reason, at 8:15 I tried to buy a ticket knowing full well that the event would be sold out and sure enough it was . . .
Then I got a message from Meghann who told me to try again in a few minutes and soon I found myself whipping out my wallet and securing a ticket.
So why did I decide to go if none of the above hadn’t happened?
- Its Cost Effective – Im actually not saying this trip is inexpensive, but all of the blogging conferences that I have seen are usually a plane ride away and at LEAST $200 per ticket. Being from the Jersey Shore I am in a spot where the location is only a 1 hour drive away AND the tickets were only $100. This totally minimizes a lot of costs for me and I think it will be worth the money.
- My Boyfriend Told Me To – Ha! I know that sounds weird, but while I was sitting on the couch debating whether I should even go Chris gave me the nudge and support I needed to make the move. He said that it would be good for me and its something I’ve always wanted to do so why not?
- I Want To Take My Blog To The Next Level – Since August of last year, Balancing Val has played such a huge role in my life and I learned more about myself then ever before. I really want to keep the momentum going and I want to learn about how I can make my little corner of the blog world accessible and informative to everyone. Plus I am launching my own business soon that will also have another blog so it can only help!
- I’m All Talk – Obviously the only way you hear me is through my posts and emails. I am safe in the fact that nobody has gotten to meet ME under the words. What I am saying is that I am very nervous to meet everyone in person and it’s a fear that I really need to let go not just in blog land but in life. I want to be the same authentic person in the flesh as I am on the blog. Going to HLS will give me the PERFECT opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and grow in many ways.
_There Will Never Be A Perfect Time – When I used to diet obsessively to try and lose weight, I told myself that my life would start when I looked perfect. It was then that I would be more social, confident and do things I thought that I deserved to do. I realized that I was applying this same strategy when it came to putting myself out there. I cant WAIT for a perfect time to be me, its already here!
_ It Will Be Fun! – Lets face it, not all of the bloggers have the same interests but deep down we all share common goals. This community has been so loving and supportive to each other and I cant imagine that will be any different when everyone is all in the same place doing the things we love to do and talking about what we like to talk about.
With all that said, I am very excited! I cant wait to meet everyone and forge IRL friendships
Because I have school on Sunday, I will only be staying on Friday night and leaving Saturday night. I would like to book a room but only if I get some room mates. If anyone is interested in booking a room together and sharing the costs, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set something up!
Ever been to a blog conference? What did you like/hate about it? Are you going to HLS?