Overwhelmed with Love

LOVE collage

It is ironic that the week before Valentine’s Day, that I’m so full of love.

I’m in love with blogging.

I’m in love with meeting other bloggers.

I’m in love with blog conferences.

I’m in love with learning from others.

I’m in love with photography.

I’m in love with the Internet.

I’m in love with my family who supports me and my blog.

I’m in love with Orange County, CA, as it doesn’t snow here and I was able to return safely.

As I sit on my Macbook (love) and my iPhone, I see the traffic and the new subscribers.  I see the tweets and pictures.  I’m so filled with love from my former and new friends that I’ve connected with over the past weekend.  This was my second blogging conference in my little blogging life.  I’ve been doing this for two and a half years now.  It is amazing how much I’ve accomplished in the past year, really.

I started my journey on a plane ride.  What a coincidence that I ran into Jim, at the airport.  Jim and I have a shared love of  Monster Trucks and all things Star Wars.  I was already nervous about flying. Perhaps, I may have taken a Xanax.  I was able to chat the entire way without thinking about the bumps along the way.  We met up with Tanis at the airport and I got one of my first giggles for the weekend, her sparkle stick aka her cane.  Tanis recently had surgery, but made the trek all the way from Canada to come and speak this weekend.  We hopped into a cab with some great gals, Brittany and Liz, from  Fleishman-Hillard whom were here for the Tastemakers Potato Challenge.

We arrived at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center, which was huge.  I was overwhelmed.  I went on the hunt for my roommate, Shannon.  I didn’t realize that the hotel was so big, and that she would be on the far end of this huge monstrosity. I was literally sweating by the time I finally reached the room.  I did not think about sweating in Nashville, because the weather outside varied from 30-40 degrees. I was able to collect myself and meet some old and new friends for dinner.

Lovely Ladies @Blissdom10 @TipJunkie @SITSGirls @SugarJonesLaurie from Tip Junkie, Tiffany from SITS Girls, and Sugar from Sugar in the Raw

Look at me, surrounded by beautiful, talented and intelligent women, and one man, Busy Dad.  Each of us has our own skills and talents. How amazing that we were able to all connect through this conference, over a few days, to make things happen for the next few years.

This is why I blog.

This is why I flew across the country to Nashville.

This is why I’m not Angry.

This is why I will go again next year.

Stay tuned for more details about Blissdom in the next few days.  Now, I just need to edit my photos, edit my videos, and think of more fabulous things to stay.  I just couldn’t get enough.  As my friends, Lindsay and Shannon said, “Where is Julie? Julie is with a different group of people every time we see here.” That’s me.  The Ambassador of randomness and friendship, who’s not so Angry in person.

P.S. I wasn’t being snarky at all in this post.  I was speaking the truth.  I will add this to the list of the best experiences in my adult life.  It ranks up there with the firearms safety class I went ton for work a few years ago. But alas, Blissdom can’t compete with guns and unlimited free ammo.

Photo collage made with letters from the The One Letter Pool Group on Flickr.
41 comments
The (Un)Experienced Mom
The (Un)Experienced Mom

I LOVE this recap. So much love! And I LOVED meeting you. You crack my stuff up! ;-) Thanks for linking up and sorry it too so long to stop by! Tamara www.theunexperiencedmom.com

Nikki aka The Guilty Parent
Nikki aka The Guilty Parent

You were the first person that I recognized at Blissdom (kinda helps we were on the same floor & I was trying to find my room - but that's beside the point). It was wonderful to see you again! I'm looking forward to seeing you at BlogHer 10 and getting to know you even better! BTW... I KNEW you had this much love in you... that Angry thing is all a farce!

Tanis Miller, RNM
Tanis Miller, RNM

It was a pleasure to meet you and to spend time with you. My sparklestick enjoyed it too. Wink.

Andi
Andi

WOWza! That is a fab photo of the SITS gals, you are right they all look gorgeous!

Faythe
Faythe

Sounds like you had an amazing time, Julie! I can't wait until I can attend my 1st conference! oh, BTW... I think my hubby would be bowing at your feet if we ever meet in person... esp. over this one quote >> can’t compete with guns and unlimited free ammo.!! LOL

trisha
trisha

julie, you have always been one of the nicest girls i have met online..so anyone that thinks you are angry is a moron. trisha

Nap Warden
Nap Warden

Alright girl...you gotta teach me how to get my skype on. Can't wait until Aug for my next Angry Julie Monday fix;)

Scary Mommy
Scary Mommy

So, you mean, if I go next year we might come away Happy Julie and Cheerful Jill? What will the world come to??

SITSGirls
SITSGirls

Girl. I LOVE you. Like I LOVE Channing Tatum. You are bright, funny, beautiful and I love calling you friend.

Brittany
Brittany

Hi cab partner in crime! Love the post. I wish we could have spent more time with you post-airport, but from the looks of it you were SO busy being fabulous that I don't know when we would have! ;) Let Liz and I know if you ever come up north to Sacramento. xo

Angela England (@AngEngland)
Angela England (@AngEngland)

It was so nice to meet you. I miss Orange County too - will you wave to the ocean for me? Soak up the mild sun? I would never move back but I totally miss the sun and the weather. and the beach. We should do a Blissdom Cruise next year. Lol! Anyway - enough rambling. I too was a bit overwhelmed by the sense of BELONGING that my first blog conference gave me. And Blissdom was even sweeter as I actually recognized so many faces. So nice. See you again at the next one, eh? Angela <

Theta Mom
Theta Mom

I am so excited for you! How awesome!!! I am going to my first conference at BlogHer 2010 and I cannot wait to experience this!

Elaina
Elaina

Wow Angry (not) Julie ;) sounds like an awesome trip. I'm totally jealous. I think next year I'll have to aim for Blissdom. Looking forward to seeing more photos and reading more thoughts about your trip.

Shannon
Shannon

I am in love with my Jules. Was great to see you babe! However, did I really see you? I guess I won't complain because I get phone time with you weekly - however, at Blogher we are having one lunch/dinner together if it kills me or if I have to kill you. Love ya.

Serenityville
Serenityville

There were guys there? I thought it said "I'm in love with pornography". Sees what skimming will get ya. I've heard so many amazing things, hope to make it myself sometime!

Carolynn Santaniello
Carolynn Santaniello

It is funny where life takes us, isn't it. Kudos to you for putting your heart into your "work." Blogging, humanity, guns, trucks, it's all good. Hope to see the "not so Angry Julie" in OC soon.

Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy
Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy

It's so weird that we live so close, but have to fly across the country to see each other! We'll have o work on that! Ditto the coconut bra.

Petit Elefant
Petit Elefant

I LOVED getting to know you in real life, you're another girlfriends I click with online and in the flesh. And never angry, might I add.

BusyDad
BusyDad

I love guns and ammo too! I haven't fired much in my life but the few times I did? Better than Disneyland! I also get freaked out my flying. The Force was with us.

Alli
Alli

Ok, seriously, the quotes.... "The Ambassador of randomness and friendship, who’s not so Angry in person. "will add this to the list of the best experiences in my adult life. It ranks up there with the firearms safety class I went to for work a few years ago. But alas, Blissdom can’t compete with guns and unlimited free ammo." My only suggestion for next year.... you know it... coconut bra. xoxo

Andrea Memenas
Andrea Memenas

Who are you and what have you done with Julie?! BTW, I know you're not really angry. You're really just a Monster-chugging softy. :) Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time. Can;t wait to read more about it.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I'm still trying to play catch up!! I haven't even gone through my business cards.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Look at me, hallway greeter!!! BlogHer 2010, NYC or bust!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Awww, will always remember the sparkle stick. I loved meeting you too.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL, yes, your husband would love me!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Yes, I will need to teach you to Skype. First step: Sign-up for an account and download it!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL, Cheerful Jill. I love the post about your neighbors!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

YES, you were great cab partners. Ironically, my husband's family lives in Sacramento and San Francisco. We are up there, at least once a year. Great meeting you!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I will wave to the ocean for you. I need to take more beach photos to post. A Blissdom Cruise sounds wonderful. You are rambling like me, too funny! Yes, the next one, I will be there!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

It was a great conference. I will be at BlogHer 10' also, see you in NYC!!!!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I have a ton of photos and videos to post. I'm working on editing.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

YES, we need to set aside a day for us at BlogHer. I'm thinking we get there Wednesday morning and bond all day.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

That made me laugh, photography/pornography-very similar spelling.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I know. We are so busy with our lives, blogging, etc. I must get in shape for that coconut bra.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

It was so great to finally meet you. You are such a fashionista, you inspire me. See you on online...:)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

The Force was with us. I thought of you last night. I was in the Lego store. Angry Kid was eyeing the Death Star. Nooooooo!!!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I love my quotes..... It was sooooo great to meet you! You put on a fabulous conference!! I might have to lose 20 lbs or so for that coconut bra, {giggle}

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

This is what happens when Julie hasn't had a Monster since WEDNESDAY of last week. I also went off my Adderall. It's quite scary. I will be posting more throughout the week.