BlogHer17

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So if you are a blogger and you do not know about the BlogHer conference I don’t know where you have been.  This year was my first time attending the annual BlogHer conference, though I have attended BlogHer Food the past two years.  While BlogHer and SheKnows Media are responsible for both conference as a first time attendee to the annual conference I was not disappointed.

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Obviously, since I attended BlogHer Food on two separate occasions, I enjoyed the conference.  While I am not a food blogger, the information shared at BlogHer Food was invaluable and it allowed me to learn a great deal more about the craft of blogging in a smaller setting than the annual conference.  As a newbie to the annual conference I was amazed that the workshops for the annual conference were at standing room capacity!  Not only were the worship sessions at capacity, there were an overwhelming number of people in attendance at the general sessions, which people often skip at some conferences.

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Maybe it was the speakers that drew people in, when you have Carla Hall, Cato Cora, Tai Beauchamp, Chelsea Clinton and the incomparable Serena Williams on stage, you are most certainly compelled to hear what they have to say.  When you have bi-partisan political discussions with Joi Reid and Ana Navarro, and humorous and engaging dialogue with Luvvie Ajayi, you most definitely want a seat in the room, or as Solange puts it “A Seat at the Table”.   And we were most certainly in the room and at the table.

There was so much information shared during this weekend it was almost mind-blowing and overwhelming.  I am an avid not taker so being prepared with paper and pen was a definite must.  Also knowing people in the other sessions who were live tweeting or taking notes was a tremendous help with being able to get all of the information that was available during the conference.  So having friends or networking is the greatest tool you can take into this weekend.  There are also tons of groups on social media where you can connect with other bloggers and within this group there was a person willing to share all of their notes and it was a God send.

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If you are looking for tips, tools or techniques to take your blog and/or business to the next level, this is definitely the conference for you.  If you did not attend the sessions and simply networked with others in attendance, the conference would be worth the investment.  The ability to attend the sponsored events that take place throughout the conference are also definitely worth the investment.  This is a great conference for those in the blogging world no matter where you find yourself along your blogging journey.

For those who have been on the fence about attending this conference, I would highly recommend it.  It is most definitely worth the investment.  For those who have been before, I hope to see you at the next one.

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A Happy Single Valentines Day

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I have spent more years than I can to admit as a single girl living in the big city.  While it can be overwhelming to see all of the things geared and marketed to couples, quite often it can feel as if single’s are left out on Valentine’s Day.  As a matter of fact there is no holiday where singles can celebrate or where the focus is on being single.  (Maybe I should advocate for a National Single’s Day) there may be one already but I have never heard of it.

Many singles dread Valentine’s Day because you get bombarded with couples and all of the things that couples do, the flowers, the candy, the candlelight and romance.  No one really thinks or considers what it may be like to be single for Valentine’s day and how these messages geared toward couples effect singles.  My message to singles is it that the day can be celebrated just a much by us as it is by couples.

There are many things that you can do as a single woman to celebrate Valentine’s day and I guess the first thing to think of is whether you mind or prefer being out with the couples or if your prefer to stay in.  Let’s start with staying in.

A Valentine’s Day spent in the house can be a  very enjoyable experience.  From catching up on the latest episodes of your favorite TV shows or movies to curling up with a good book or just doing nothing, this can be an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy yourself by yourself.  The day could also be spent sleeping in or eating all of your favorite junk foods in your sweats, no rules need apply.

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You can also prepare a romantic dinner for yourself, cook your favorite foods (including dessert) and break out the good china, candles and wine glasses.  Why not treat yourself and do something special just for you.  End the dinner with a nice candlelit bubble bath with a glass of champagne or your favorite wine to end the evening with a smile on your face.

If you decide to go out, Valentine’s Day can also be a day to catch up with your single friends, if you choose not to be alone. Retail therapy, lunch or dinner at your favorite restaurant or a chick flick would be the  perfect way to spend a Valentine’s Day.  Going out with your single friends helps you to remember that you are not alone and that you don’t have to be lonely.

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You may also want to use this day to spend with friends or family.  You can spend the day with your parents or grandparents, or if you are a single parent your children.  You can join the other couples and head out to one of your favorite restaurants or just go out for a movie.  If you do not want to do anything major a simple evening at the local ice cream parlor after dinner can be a great Valentines treat.

And there is no rule that states that you cannot buy flowers or chocolate for yourself.  Why not?  More than anything else this is a great opportunity to think outside of the box.  Do what makes you happy  and do not get caught up in the hype that you have to be with someone in order to enjoy Valentine’s Day.  More than anything else the day should be one where self love is practiced and promoted and where YOU are the star of the show!

 

Stay Blessed!  Stay Fabulous!

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