Coffee Talk

becca

Good morning, friends! My husband took that picture of our daughter the other night, and I love it so much.

It’s a gorgeous spring Sunday morning here in Philly, although cold. I will be so happy when summer gets here!!! The rain we had yesterday moved out and left us with slightly cooler temperatures, but it’s beautiful outside, so at least there’s that.

I’m leaving on Wednesday for the Mom 2.0 Conference in Laguna Beach, CA. I know, rough life!!! I’m excited to reconnect with old friends and hopefully forge some new brand partnerships, although now that I’m squarely in the fashion space, the brands attending aren’t going to be as relevant to me as they once were. It’s odd to migrate from one space to the other — there is definitely a difference! It’s almost like going back in time.

Fashion bloggers tend to share more personal information and write in more of a memoir style, sharing a bit about their lives as they feature their outfits. A lot of fashion bloggers read each other’s blogs too, so I’m finding a really cool community vibe that has sort of declined in the mom-blogging space as many of us evolved into lifestyle bloggers and began focusing more on content creation than community building and memoir writing.

That said, there is always a community vibe at conferences. It’s the time when we get to reconnect, talk shop, and share our trials and triumphs. It’s so refreshing to be in a place where everyone gets it. Most people in my real life don’t thoroughly understand what I do and the unique challenges that come along with being an entrepreneur in the digital space.

That’s not to say I don’t value their perspectives. I’m often thankful that my “real life friends” get me away from the computer and keep me from becoming too absorbed in the online world. But for this week, I’m going to be pretty much immersed in the blog culture, and I’m actually really excited about that.

I always come away from these events re-energized and inspired, and many of the women attending have been friends for a long time. We communicate in private Facebook groups and blog comments, and now we’ll get to visit face-to-face. There’s nothing quite like it! Whereas my last conference — the one in Dallas — was intimidating because it was a new crowd for me, this conference is going to be like Old Home Week. I can’t wait to hang out with old friends.

Since it’s a cross-country trip, I splurged and used all of my airline miles on first class seats. I am SO excited. It’s like a 6-hour plane flight, non-stop from Philly to LAX, so I will definitely enjoy the extra space. I plan to bring my laptop along and work for most of those hours.

In other news, my son had his first official date last night. He can’t drive yet (he has a permit, but he’s not working very diligently towards getting his license) so she drove. I have to say, my mama’s heart was breaking just a bit. I’m so not ready for this. Are we ever???

I’ve been expecting this for a while because they’re good friends and I could see things evolving from friends into something a little more, but it’s still not easy to see your child with his first girlfriend. Anyway! I guess I should be glad it took him this long, right!?! I mean, he is 16, after all.

Let’s see… what else? We got a bunch of outfit pictures yesterday, and we’re hoping to get a few more today, so I should be all set in that department for a while. Since I’m traveling for the better part of this week, we wanted to make sure I have a good stockpile to draw from. Now it’s time to think about packing!

It should be much less stressful to pack for this trip than it was to pack for Dallas, knowing I was going to be hobnobbing with fashion bloggers all weekend. I will probably repeat much of what I took on that trip, and I must remember my running shoes this time!!! There’s a 5K every year at the Mom 2.0 Conference, and I don’t want to miss out on that.

Alright, I’m off to walk the dog and soak in some of this gorgeous morning before I get ready for church. I hope you have a blessed day!

grace

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