Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Finally! A little wrap up of Haven!

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I wanted this post up Sunday... but I was practically in a coma until last night.  That conference wore me more than I realized haha!  Let's get to it:
Haven Conference 2012.  Where do I begin!!???  It was such an amazing time!  To truly wrap my head around what I learned, soaked in, understood and gathered from the there days in Atlanta is really a true testament to how well constructed this conference was.  The panel did an amazing job as this was the first annual Haven Conference, and was a true success.  There’s Haven Maven wrap up posts all over the place.  For now I just want to ramble on about how AMAZING I thought this conference was rather than try to be all informative on “the best way to attend a conference”. 

This was my first conference I ever attended, so I wasn’t completely sure what to expect.  I was hoping to meet some new blogger friends, hoping to meet some contacts with some companies and come home with my notebook filled with pages full of new knowledge.  I did all that – plus so much more!

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This conference couldn’t have happened without these truly amazing, talented and beautiful ladies.
Chris of Just a Girl, Kate of Centsational Girl, Sarah of Thrifty Décor Chick, Kristi of Creative Kristi, Marian of Miss Mustard Seed, Beth of Home Stories A to Z, Traci of Beneath My Heart, Kristtin of Stockdale Design and of course  Rhoda of Southern Hospitality
I had a rough start to the beginning of the trip.  I fly standby, and though I get a great price for my airline ticket… the amount of patience and energy it takes to watch flight after flight take off while you’re still sitting in the gate is starting to become not worth it.  My first flight was at 9am, and I ended up not getting out until 5 that night (Wednesday).  I arrived just in time to catch the end of the Meet and Greet sponsored by Frog Tape & Oreck, and they did such an awesome job!  I was overwhelmed coming into the party late, but all these bloggers I was so nervous to meet embraced with open arms.  Such a relief.  Thursday and Friday were the two full days of the conference that were JAM packed with a variety of classes.  Everything from some basic intro classes to power tools, to advanced painting and PR & advertising on your blog.  I was thrilled that I was able to take each class that I truly wanted to take and got so much out of each one.  They did an EXCELLENT job of picking true experts in their field to really help teach us how to be the best bloggers we can be.

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John & Sherry of Young House Love – the keynote speakers.  They were the perfect openers for the conference.  They are so down to earth, the true bloggers that started this entire generation I feel, and really know “how to do it”.  I love their passion of blogging, of DIYing and for each other.  They’re absolutely fantastic (and only live a few hours away from me! Why we don’t have slumber parties I don’t know!?)

The entire day was perfectly scheduled from having the time slots for classes, but enough time in between each session to mingle and socialize with other bloggers, and also set time to go to each vendor booth and meet with the reps.  I was SO excited to meet all the variety of companies that were a part of the conference! We can SUCH an awesome selection of sponsors, and I cannot say enough about each company there!  Everyone was so nice, the reps were SO receptive to me, so excited for new opportunities, and they were so informative about their companies and their products.  Everyone was truly an open book and I really took advantage to soak in as much knowledge as possible. 

IMAG2177Gillian from Homes.com and I chatting it up at the Rustoleum Cocktail Party.

I can’t even pick something to say, “but this was my MOST favorite part of the conference” because each aspect had so many benefits.  But I will say, that what has made the biggest impact I believe and will change blogging the most for me, is the chance to meet SO.MANY.AMAZING.BLOGGERS.  Honestly, everyone was so nice, so eager to meet one another, so supportive and energetic about all of us growing together.  To ready someone’s blog for years, then come face to face with them and know that they’re someone you connect with in person too it truly changes your relationship about blogging. 

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Ann of WhiteHouseBlackShutters.com and I getting ready to listen to John & Sherry. 


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Sherry (YoungHouseLove.com) Katie (BowerPower.com) and I just hanging out… we’re totally best buds.

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Ann and I putting together our sweet wine rack during the Ryobi power tools class.

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Kristin of The Hunted Interior and Katie of Sew Woodsy

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Ana White – the absolutely COOLEST most BEAUTIFUL hands on DIY woman ever.  This girl can make any woodworking look easy, and does it in heels and curls in her hair.  She’s sorta my idol!

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Angie (Angieinthethickofit.com) getting hands on with Ana

Some other fun snapshots of the week and hanging out with my new bloggy pals!
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Now I have so many business cards to sort through and so many items on my “to do” list to start checking off!!! I better get to it! Hope you had fun seeing some snapshots from the conference!
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6 comments :

  1. Aw, you're so sweet! It was so nice to meet you! Katie and I talked about how sweet you were on the way home! Let's have a sleepover party asap.

    xo,
    s (& the fam)

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  2. Ok, whoa! First, Sherry is leaving you comment love and suggesting sleepover parties??? Dude!! I am sooo jealous but happy for you that you had such a fabulous time. And you are gorgeous girl!!

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  3. Looks like you had an amazing time! I'm hoping to attend Haven 2013, if it happens. My fingers are crossed. :)

    BTW, Cute Blog! I found you on instagram and I'm now subscribed to your blog. :)

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  4. Seriously--it was so awesome that we finally got to meet in real life! Who knows one of these days maybe we will take a trip up to VB and we can all build together. You along with all the other fab ladies have inspired me to get in the shop and start building! Oh and of course if you and your family ever come down to Orlando we all have to go to Disney together!!

    p.s. tweet Mr. Woodsy he has info about your miter saw dilemma! :)

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  5. Um...wow, Sherry wants to do a sleep over party? JEALOUS! :)

    It was great meeting you at Haven Pam! I'm already asking the team at our office to do a get together with all of the local bloggers. Caz we must see each other! :) Look forward to chatting soon.

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  6. Great round up post of Haven! Loved seeing all the pictures :) I still am going through my cards. I don't think I will ever get to the end. Ha.

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