Last week, I was inspired, entertained, and enlightened at Blissdom 2011. I always try to go into conferences with an open mind, and even my high hopes were exceeded this year.
With another major snow storm on the horizon, I decided to leave a day early along with most of the other Boston Parent Bloggers. I had some strong antibiotics with me, since my face had gone through yet another awful flare up. Arrival night was all fun – dinner at the new Mexican restaurant at the Gaylord Opryland. Kim and Melanie had so graciously offered to share their room with me that night, so it was a big ol’ Boston Parent Bloggers sleepover.
The next morning, I woke up with a sore throat and a deep cough. I’m convinced I would have developed bronchitis if I didn’t already have those antibiotics on me. Instead of the usual outgoing Jodi, I was tired, moody, and introverted Jodi. Ugh.
Thanks to Bounce, I had wisdom workshop tickets for Wednesday, so I attended two sessions – the branding session, and the photography session. My roomie Whitney arrived and we got ready for our welcome reception.
The actual conference was fabulous. Keynote speaker Brene Brown encouraged us to choose discomfort over resentment – meaning you should say no to something you don’t want to do upfront, so you aren’t resentful as you do it. I need to make this my new motto. I get resentful a lot.
On Friday, the Bounce Brigade was in full force (go Team Sheets!), but thanks to thoughtful scheduling, I didn’t actually miss any sessions. In addition, The Motherhood and ConAgra launched Cooking Connections, a new online cooking school at lunch of Friday (I’m one of the hosts of the Efficient Kitchen class). Friday’s events ended with closing keynote speaker Scott Stratten – who is definitely inspiring!
I’ll post more about the companies at Blissdom over at Moms’ Favorite Stuff – the sponsors were wonderful!
Disclosure: Thanks to Bounce for sponsoring my conference pass and hotel for Blissdom.