Sugary Sweet Weekend

this past weekend i hopped on a plane and headed for cali to meet denise for a blog conference called blog sugar.
i really had no idea what to expect from blog sugar other than an opportunity meet up with some of my blog friends in real life.

blog sugar was so much more than a blogger meet up.  i left feeling challenged and encouraged by our speakers.

i have spent the summer struggling with finding time and desire to blog as well as feeling a little insecure about my blog.  i spent too much time in the comparison game: i am not as good of a writer, i am not as witty, i don't have anything profound to say, and the list could go on and on.  one of the things i came away with from the conference is that this blog is as unique as i am.  we each have a unique voice and a story to tell.  i shouldn't try to make my blog like anyone else's.   i am taking sarah's advice and reevaluating my reasons for blogging and working on a mission statement. i want this blog to have serve a purpose not just my purpose but His purpose.  as jeannett stated so well we need to be ready to bring it.  
i definitely left renewed and excited about my blog again :o)

here are some pics from sunday:

each seat had a little bit of sugar to start out the night.... who can pass up a cake donut with pink frosting and sprinkles.  yum!

i've been friends with joy for about 4 years and was thrilled that i finally got to meet her and give her a big hug.
so fun to meet kim, heather, and erin
my sweet friend sarah was a speaker at the conference. it was so wonderful to see her!
they had a great photo booth set up for pics. 
denise and i posing for a photo op.
so great to meet up with lindsey, who was also speaking at the conference.
me, denise, and sweet chelsea 
kim and jess are my faithful words with friends/hanging with friends players :o)
me, lindsey, denise, and mel {thanks for the photo mel!}

i was so thankful for the opportunity to get to meet some blog friends in real life, see old friends, and be  rejuvenated and renewed about blogging.

thank you rachel for your vision!


Jessica Johnson said...

great recap! you got some really great pictures! SOOO fun meeting you. miss you already.

now play a word. ;)

Janelle said...

What a wonderful summary!! I am so glad that you were able to do that. And some of those bloggers are my favorite reads!

I heart Denise!

BTW...you look AMAZING!!! So cute. I love your sassy jeans!!

LOve you so much!

forever folding laundry said...

You are so great.
I loved meeting you!!
And your outfits were adorable.
Why have I never heard of
I need to remedy that.


{cuppakim} said...

seriously who is this maurice guy and how do i get him to dress me?

so happy to meet you in real life. and love your photo booth pic. i wish i had done one (dumb, dumb dumb. - also dumb: no cotton candy) - i guess there is always next year :)

formerly known as emj said...

So great to meet you Kristen! You and Denise were a riot together. So glad I got to sit at your end of the table on Saturday night :)

and um we don't have this Maurice's in NorCal but I wish we did, cause I loved the tank tops you wore.

mel @ the larson lingo said...

SO great to meet you this weekend! You are so fun! And, I agree with everyone else....I want a Maurice's here in Nor Cal!

Anonymous said...

I am SO SO happy that you hopped in that car and joined us! And so happy that the Lord met you there and encouraged you (He encouraged me too).

Hope we meet again soon!

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

I would have loved to have met you at Blog Sugar. I was there too and encouraged like you. Wasn't that a great time? I'll be back to visit your blog.

hannah singer said...

kristen, it was a joy to meet you!! blog sugar was amazing, still letting it all sink in. looking forward to knowing you better through your sweet blog! xo