I know, basically every single person that attended Blog Podium is writing one of these and believe me, all of the ones I have read so far are nothing short of exceptional. The reason so many of us are writing recaps is because what happens at Blog Podium needs to be shared. What happens at Blog Podium, does not stay at Blog Podium, you know what I mean? We all have nothing but wonderful thoughts to share about the event, so I’m going to try to keep mine short.
It all sort of felt like the first day of High School, and if you’re me you were the kid showing up with frizzy hair and a sweaty face (because that’s where I sweat first/most. Yep. Gross). I swear the girls at the registration table questioned whether or not I was lost because I looked cray-zay! You see, it was a rainy day in Toronto and I walked from Union Station over to the Hyatt, and I have this weird tendency to speed-walk (my husband has been telling me to ‘SLOW DOWN’ since the day we met like 7 years ago) so I had already had a cardio workout by the time I arrived. So why was it like High School? Well, you get your things and walk into this giant room FULL of strangers. Imagine, like, the fanciest high school cafeteria ever with pretty flowers on the tables and yummy croissants being served. You do the zig-zaggy walk around to see if there’s anyone who looks at you to invite you to sit down… nope. These ladies were all (rightly so) highly involved in conversations with new bloggy buddies, so I was on my own for now. No big… I zig-zagged my way up to the front of the room and asked if that seat was taken as I set my orange juice down on the table. Within seconds, introductions were made and I felt already slightly more at ease, though I was painfully aware that I may have mascara running down my face and that my hair still had a mind of its own and was surely not cooperating. I took two sips of juice and excused myself to the washroom. No mascara running down my face, but the hair… oh, the hair was not good! Nothing I could do. I smoothed it down and was on my way back to the fancy cafeteria to meet my classmates.
Two classes down, more connections made, and before we all knew it, it was lunch time! I had just thrown myself into the middle of a conversation between Amy and Sabrina (who are both so incredibly BEAUTIFUL) and we chatted about weddings as we walked back to the fancy cafeteria. By this point, most people were walking in with a buddy or a small group, so the three of us found a spot and others joined us. It was so awesome to be connecting with so many amazing people. K so this is basically where High School connections end. Servers came around with salad, followed by a main course of chicken with orzo mac and cheese and asparagus, and dessert, which was the best part and oh so chocolate-y! Then we had an amazing panel packed with some seriously impressive and high achieving women who gave bloggers so much credit, when it’s something we hardly ever seem to receive. Again, empowering, funny, informative and inspiring. Off to classes again.
With classes now over. we headed to the cocktail reception which consisted of a signature drink with some seriously adorable straws and one mighty blurry photo of Alex and I. This is where we must insert a photo of our girl, Lauren! We missed you!!!
And because I sucked at taking my own photos that day, here is a slice of what Anna (of AnnaWithLove) took that day:
Blog Podium, I’m coming for you again next year!