Blogher Part 2 (Day 19 Self Care Challenge)

So by now you should have read Part 1 of the Blogher conference but in case you hadn’t you can read it here!  I was determined to be more involved for today’s activities. I think one of the issues when you travel alone to conferences or trips etc. is the inability to have someone to vibe with or the ability to have someone to help you get the perfect shot.

I knew that today was the las day and there was no way I was going to allow myself to have spent the money it took to pull this trip off and not get what I came for. I decided to make my rounds to any brand I had not had the opportunity to see the day before. My first stop was to Ninja Foodi. They are your go to brand for all things kitchen appliances. I am talking about in home grills and pressure cookers etc. They had one stop shop appliances that I need to add to my Christmas list. Theses appliances can do multiple things to make your life move with much ease.

My next stop was to visit with Adorama and they provided me with my first headshot. I have already updated all of my pages to reflect the new picture as I always make sure that all of my pages are aligned.  The care that they took to give me not just one but many shots.  I will release more later but for now, here is the shot with the Canon Mark IV that I loved the most.  I also am in the market for a new camera and the reps were A1 with suggestions that will help me bring better quality pictures to my blog.  I hope to purchase and start shooting before the end of the year.

Now the day started off extremely cold. I was wondering if it would heat it. It finally did. Look at this view:

I decided to go back to the Almost Family booth and take a picture with today’s outfit too. Why not?  I had packed multiple options right? Oh and Almost Family starts October 2 on Fox and follows a group of women who discover they are sisters and the ups and downs that comes from that discovery. Check them out!

The speakers were amazing.  We heard from women from all walks of life. Let me hit you with some of the info I learned. I  learned how to watch some of my social media stats. I thought I knew but I learned a little more to find out what my audience wants to see on the very platform that I use. I also learned how to read my status so that I can see that I am actually doing much better than I thought. I think to be honest I had been only worrying about Instagram that I wasn’t seeing my success in other platforms. I also learned that companies look for the full picture and not necessarily on just Instagram.  This was news to me. By the way this gave me the courage to start my media kit. I do not know how I hadn’t had one all this time. It was on my goal list to start in year 5 which starts in November. However I reached out to my graphic designer plug and right there emailed him my stats, logo (that I created during Blogher), new headshot and other items to have it by next week.  No  more sitting on the side lines. I have decided to reach out to my fellow blogger friends and make my dreams a reality. No  more waiting until..

Oh and I found a new brand that I love for pizza, pizza crusts and chicken tenders. I’m talking about Caulipower.  The CEO, Gail Becker told her story of having sons who had celiac disease and she was “waiting” for a company to produce foods that were safe for them to eat. She then created it herself after making her own cauliflower pizza and seeing how time consuming it was. She knew that others would have that love and need and guess what?  She was right. I plan to not only use my coupon for a free product but to purchase more.  You know the cure for more female businesses?  Support and purchase the products that female businesses owners produce. Its that simple.

Caulipower also hosted an amazing on stage pitch contest. I loved seeing these powerful women compete to have their product picked.  I learned a lot about each one. I pray they continue in their business endeavors. Its not easy to get up on stage and bear your soul and hope someone can see your heart and your product like you do.

Shout out to Constant Contact who not only provided an amazing photo below but allowed me to make a new logo and a new back to showcase that logo. I plan to have that bag with me as I go to my blogging events. Also they provide so many amazing services that can help you strategize if you are seasoned or starting out day one. I highly recommend them for starting websites, etc. They do an amazing job. I already had a log in issue and they have the best customer service reps who took me one on one and got me altogether.

One of the best parts was seeing young people start the journey to inspiration early. I was happy to see J. Marcelle Lashley-Kabore who is the curator of the Global Goddess Experience with Girls with Knowledge.  I loved that she is the champion of change for young ladies who mirror my oldest. As a mom I know that my girls will see me as a great resource for them but its nice to know there are others that can mirror what its like to honor yourself, go after your dreams, and be unapologetic about it.

Keep in mind that there were other speakers and I will release the lessons that I learned from them over time. I enjoyed Diane Guerrero, actress and advocate for all things feminism. I loved how she pushed us to not settle and not go after things because of our own hang-ups. One thing she said stuck out to me was why not me? No one can do what I can do well.  I can take a chance on me.  Also I saw her afterwards and she was truly gracious!

I cant put into words the fire that was lit. I didn’t want to come home and change things in how I was doing as much as I wanted to add new tools to what I do.

At the end they announced several prizes.  Me being me just thought well the prizes would just be an overflow but…….. I won the grand prize. 2 tickets to LA, a new bag by Away bags, and spending money. (Don’t even ask I still aint got not money to lend) I am so stocked. I will be doing an unboxing of my new suitcase. You have to see the trinkets and the capabilities. Trust me you are gonna want this as your number one go to travel bag!

Thank you Blogher for an amazing time. I made great contact with several brands and I cant wait to see what leads to. Thank you to my amazing readers.  This girl glowing and growing and being a boss doing it.

Thank you to Emma Lovewell who showed us how to have a good day all day and on purpose. How to set our intentions first thing and how to do for self first thing before we pour out to others!

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