One Time At BlissDom

 

Most of us have been to professional conferences. Maybe you’ve been to a conference as an attendee, or maybe you’ve gone because you worked for one of the sponsors or at an expo booth. Not all conferences are created equal. Some have great programming, some don’t. Some leave you inspired and wanting to get to work, while others make you wonder why you didn’t just go back to work.

While I consider myself a professional blogger, it’s not my primary profession. Four years ago when I started blogging, I heard of a conference where women bloggers gathered to learn from other bloggers. Brands came to this conference to learn about these women who sit at their computers and type out their thoughts, insight and advice. It was called BlissDom, and it was in 2010 in Nashville that I found “my people”.

This year, I headed to Grapevine, Texas for my fourth BlissDom. For the third year I was invited to be a speaker. Truth be told, I love speaking at BlissDom. Even though I get so nervous, I love sharing legal information with bloggers so they can be knowledgeable professionals. It gives me so much joy to know that hundreds of women walk out of a room knowing how to do their job better. So, I go to BlissDom and speak to my fellow bloggers and get all geeked out talking about legal stuff. Clearly, I’m not normal (although you probably already knew that).

Each year I’ve come away with different feelings and takeaways from Blissdom. Last year, as the first time speaking on my own with a stage and a full audio team I felt like a super star. The year prior, I united with my friend Laura to create BlissMitzvah, a gathering for Jewish women who blog and are involved in the online space. My first year, I walked away having met so many extraordinary women, a few of whom would become very dear friend.

I’ve never gone to a legal conference and met anyone with whom I would create a deep bond. I don’t think anyone has. Probably the same thing for doctor conventions, tech, insurance, or accounting. But blogging is different. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it’s different. I went to that first BlissDom looking for people I had something in common with. I went to that second BlissDom connected to a few people on a level that was deeply personal. The third BlissDom was an opportunity to look inside myself and find more of me while making room for others. My fourth BlissDom, well, I wanted more. I couldn’t put it in to words, but the talented and encouraging Lisa Leonard did. In my speaker bag I received a necklace that summed up why I was there – follow your bliss.

Lisa Leonard Photo

The best way to explain why BlissDom is the starting line for this “follow your bliss” philosophy is for me to share with you my key moments.

1. People – With over 700 women (well, there were about 10 guys there) there was no way I was going to meet everyone. I had my core group of friends that I talk to almost daily on social media. Comfort is good. But BlissDom isn’t about good, it’s about great. So I push my quiet introvert to step up and meet new people, to go up to total strangers who don’t need me to explain what blogging is or why I do it. I gather my courage to say hello, just like I did when I didn’t know who was a big name blogger and that I should be nervous. I start conversations with people I’ve never met. I risk rejection. It’s not really rejection though. We don’t become friends with everyone we meet, but we find something to appreciate in each other.

2. Inclusion – I was invited to meet with about 5 other bloggers to talk with Johnson & Johnson Cares about their Global Mom Relay program. I sat in a suite, as a special guest. I felt important. I was waiting for the moment when they realized I didn’t belong. Clearly, these other women were invited because they have proven themselves as influential within their community. Me? I don’t see myself as being in their same league, but I was there. I belonged. I listened as global partners spoke passionately about a program where everyday people can read about women who make a different and by sharing the article a $5 donation would be made to one of four charities. I wiped tears as I sat among women who’ve clearly made a difference as video played about a program where women in developing nations were provided pre- and post-natal information via cell phone messaging. Information that is life saving to them and their baby. I highly encourage you to get involved in the Global Mom Relay and read to give. We are the change. We are the women who will educate the next generation. And I was included in that discussion on how we will make a difference. It set the tone for Blissdom. We were all there because we belong. Because we will make a difference.

Chris Mann Music

3. Fear – As an ambivert (part-time introvert, part-time extrovert), I’m like a fear whisperer. Keynote speaker Jon Acuff got people tweeting about punching fear in the face, which might work for him and many others. I don’t think I’m one of those people. Have you ever punched something in the face? I haven’t but I’m pretty sure if I did they (or it) wouldn’t like it. Fear seems like it would punch me back like I was in a UFC bout. And fear would probably win. I like neat and tidy kernels of information like that. They’re easy to digest and often make you think. I have lots of fears, we all do. The key is to keep them at bay. Fear motivates me sometimes, because I don’t like to fail. Which is why I’ll have to pass on the punch fear in the face part and instead let fear know it’s not the boss of me. Fear isn’t going to stop me from meeting people at BlissDom, because I refuse to equate fear with rejection. I might not be able to kill fear but I can surely fear less. And while I couldn’t

BlissDom 2013

bring myself to say hello to  Susan Cain (she’s got one of the top TED Talks!), I did manage to spend time talking to Chris Mann (he’s famous, was on The Voice, and took a picture with me!) and getting my super-friend Mary-Anne (famous blogger who gave up blogging because she’s too busy creating marketing and promotion programs for huge companies) to take a picture with me that looks like we were going to prom.

4. Learning – That should also include teaching, too. My job as a speaker is to give useful information thatBlissdom speakers bloggers (and PR people and Brand reps) can use. I know that no one wants to listen to a lawyer drone on about random legal nonsense. Every year I dread doing my Continuing Legal Education because there are few lawyers who are passionate about their topic. I take my job as a speaker very serious and want those who choose to attend my session to leave the room feeling my talk was worth the price of admission. I want the women attending BlissDom to go home and raise the bar on the blogging profession. I want the people who choose my session to know that as they follow their bliss they’ve got an arsenal of information to keep fear at bay. I’m also there to learn. I attend sessions. Sometimes I end up in a session I have no business being in. This year, I sat in a session about photography. Not “how to become a better photographer”, because that would make sense since I’m still learning. No, I sat in a session with professional photographer to the stars David Molnar and iPhonetography goddess Alli Worthington about becoming a professional photographer. So, (1) outside comfort zone and (2) outside my ability. But I was there and I was going to learn something. Could I have got up and left? Sure. And it would have been quite obvious since this was an intimate group. So I stayed, partly out of professional courtesy to my fellow speakers but also to see what concerns were roadblocks for these women in finding their bliss and if I could, in some way, encourage them. So despite having no business being in that session, I was there because I was following my bliss.

5. Comfort – When you think of a conference, you rarely think of comfort. A conference almost always is about discomfort. With so many Blissdom Conferencepeople, I do have to push beyond my comfort zone. If bloggers stayed in their comfort zone we’d all be in yoga pants hiding behind a keyboard. But there are people who break down the barrier and welcome you to the table. For me, I found that in Dedra Herod (photo at left). She was the speaker coordinator. Juggling flaming batons might have been easier. As a third-year speaker you’d think I would be comfortable. But I’m not. I am humbled to be invited to speak. I’m keeping the fear at bay. And I’m trying to fit in. There were others, like Alli, Barbara, and Paula, who all made me feel like I was visiting with dear friends. And Malia Carden, community manager for the One2One Network, sat down and chatted with me in the One 2 One Network suite as if we were long-time friends. There was Megan Francis who, despite being big time, took time to chat with me and laugh with me. I spent hours talking to Heather Solos, a best-selling author and techy extraordinaire. There was Danielle Smith, Megan Jordanand Doug French. Angela England and Chrysula Winegar. And Tonia, with whom I learned I have so much in common. I can rattle off more names, making me realize how many women are there making others feel welcomed and comfortable.

6. Photos – My only camera was my iPhone. I took about 8 photos. I’m afraid to ask people to take a photo with me. I feel awkward. I’ll whisperAmber Riley photo fear into submission to go up to people and talk to them. I’ll laugh and cry and eat cupcakes with them. Last year at BlissDom I think I took 4 or 5, so I see this as an improvement. But, honestly, you can only take so many photos of food, shoes, and flowers. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the connection made by talking with someone is lasting. They can go together, don’t get me wrong. So while I lament not taking more photos I’ll be happy with the fact I took this photo of Amber Riley, which she retweeted.

7. Gratitude – BlissDom doesn’t happen with the wave of a magic wand. Conferences of this size and caliber are often out of reach for most of us. I am thankful for the companies who see us as a worthwhile investment. Not to hawk their product or service, but to support a community of women who are making a difference. Not everyone who attends BlissDom is looking to partner with brands. There are brands I’d love to work, and others that don’t fit my lifestyle and I can’t be me if I’m hawking something that just doesn’t feel right. However, I am thankful these brands step up and subsidize my attendance. I’m thankful they believe in the power of my voice to share what I feel is important. Products like Duck Brand tape, which my daughter loves, were at BlissDom to promote their brand but also encourage us to be creative and help our kids to be creative. Pedia Care wasn’t slingin’ freebies but, instead, provided us with a sneak-peek of new product packaging that I believe will revolutionize the pediatric OTC medication industry. The National Honey Board was there to provide information, learn how we use honey, and offer recipes on how to include honey in our cooking and baking. As someone who has sleep problems, I was glad to see National Sleep Foundation supporting moms and women by bringing in experts to provide information to make our lives better but also to share with our readers so they, and their families, can have good sleep. Then there’s ConAgra Foods, with the Child Hunger Ends Here program. Child hunger in the US is a very real problem, with 1 in 5 children not knowing where their next meal is coming from. ConAgra has chosen to return to BlissDom, not to sell their brands but to connect with a community of women who will mobilize their communities to be the solution to a fixable problem in our country. With over 40 brand partners, BlissDom has brought together companies who see value in bloggers, who are willing to partner with us so we can follow our bliss, and who realize gratitude doesn’t come from a suitcase full of freebies but rather from an appreciation of what we do for others.

If you’ve gotten this far, thank you. I got a bit long-winded. I wrote this because it helps me feel like I belong. I hope it helps others to see that they belong too. And I hope that those who made me feel like I belong know how grateful I am. We all have different experiences, but we all have the opportunity to find our bliss no matter what our path is.

Disclosure: As a speaker I received non-monetary compensation for my participation at the BlissDom Conference. All thoughts and opinions are mine, and may not reflect the views of any person or organizations included. My thoughts and opinions were not influenced by this compensation. This article was not reviewed or edited by a third-party, nor are there any affiliate links used. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”, although I’m most likely not required to do so. Why do I put these disclosures in my posts? Besides being a lawyer and writing about this stuff, sometimes they’re required by consumer protection laws, and you deserve to know.

Sara

BlissDom At Home: Legal Confidence Session

BlissDom At Home

 

Nothing like a recording of your speaking session to make you feel like a rock star! As many of you know, I was a speaker at the BlissDom Conference in February 2012. This year my session was recorded and is now available as part of the BlissDom At Home program. This is a great opportunity to get access to all the sessions. If you couldn’t make my session, or you weren’t able to attend the conference live, you can get it all online!

For $99 you get unlimited access to all the sessions posted, as well as any mastermind worksheets that were made available in the sessions. There were fabulous speakers, all sharing their expertise to help you take it to the next level. And this isn’t just for bloggers. These sessions are excellent for work at home professionals, writers, and photographers of all levels.

“BlissDom At Home is your ideal conference…  To Go! Imagine the concentrated intellectual and creative power of 30 experts, in one space, absorbed at your own pace. You are one click away from grabbing the reins of limitless potential!”
                                                                                                                                                                                        ~ BlissDom At Home website

If you missed BlissDom 2012 or just my session, listen to my session on BlissDom At Home. Due to some technical difficulties in the recording, my session will also have an accompanying transcript to help ensure you are able to get all the information presented.

If after listening to my session you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me and I will do my best to clarify the information.

Disclosure: As a BlissDom speaker I have been provided complimentary access to BlissDom at Home. In addition, I am an affiliate and may be paid a small commission for your support and purchase of access to my session.

Sara

52 Weeks. 52 Moments. 52 Smiles.

Hallmark Get Carded

BlissDom 2012 is getting further away in the rearview mirror. But thanks to one sponsor, as I was leaving the gorgeous Opryland hotel I had a thought about looking forward. To the forthcoming 52 weeks. And doing something that I enjoy but had stopped doing.

As a Hallmark Gold Crown card holder for over 10 years, I regularly went into the card shops and bought greetings for any and every occasion. Birthday, check. Anniversary, I sent for those too. Thinking of You, Encouragement, Just to Cheer You Up, frequently in the mail. I even bought the foreign Christmas cards for friends around the world.

Then emails and texts and IM started becoming the way to communicate. So fewer cards were sent, in exchange for a quick text. Then came Facebook and Twitter and with all the daily communication it seemed like there was no longer a need for sending the cards. My multi-cards-a-week habit was replaced by social media.

That was until Hallmark set up the card lounge at BlissDom and hundreds of women streamed in and out picking cards for friends at home and at the conference. We did as we had done in years past. We stood in front of cards and picked them up, read them and grabbed the envelope. Again and again. We knew immediately who that card would be perfect for. Over and over again, I sat in the lounge and watched as that played again and again. Pull out card, read it, smile. Already anticipating how it would be received.

I’m not sure if Hallmark anticipated the response it received. It wouldn’t surprise me if they wished big but hoped for the best. From my viewpoint, it was a huge success.

I went in a few times and sent cards to friends across the country. And I took time to let people who were attending that I’m glad that I got to see them in person. I did this all with the written word. Greeting cards. How quaint, sending cards to people I just saw 3 minutes ago. It seemed so, well, old fashioned. In a world where speaking to people has been replaced by the typed word, sending cards just isn’t what it used to be.

I used to enjoy checking the mail because there was a chance someone sent a card. Maybe there was a reason. Possibly no reason at all. But a greeting card always put a smile on my face. And I loved returning that joy. Now, the mail is a load of junk and bills. I miss getting ‘real mail’.

So what happened at BlissDom? What was my big idea? I decided that rather than lament the passing of BlissDom 2012 that I’d carry that feeling of happiness and joy and awesome with me each week. For the next 52 week I was going to send at least one card to someone. It could be for any reason or no reason. It could be a funny card or maybe a serious one. I might send it to a family member I don’t usually speak to. Or a friend I cherish that may not really know how I feel. I had an address book just waiting to be remembered! For 52 weeks I would send a card to a different person each week. Maybe I’d send more. Though, at least 52. And that does not include the standard holiday cards that are sent out in bulk.

Here we are 7 weeks after returning from BlissDom and I’m happy to report that each person who has received a card has not only thanked me but said it brought a smile to their face. That makes me smile! And it makes me glad to have taken on this personal challenge.

The focus of the Hallmark card lounge was ‘Tell Them’. A campaign to remind us that even though we think people know how we feel it’s important to actually let them know. It really spoke to me. As I look back on my experience of the past (almost) 5 years, and feeling alone, I realized that three were people who didn’t know what to say. We all have those times where we wish there was a card that would just sum up our feelings so we don’t have to. It’s one of the reasons I love sending cards. There are so many choices! Even cards that say I don’t know what to say but I’m thinking of you.

This is a purposeful act of kindness. To my friends and family. To me.

I’d love if  you’d join me in this little experiment. Even if it’s not every week, when you think that you should send someone a card or a note you should do it.

Disclosure: I was a speaker at Blissdom, but like all attendees was provided with some swag from the sponsors. I received a few free cards from Hallmark, which I sent to friends and family. This is not a sponsored or compensated post. It’s just me telling you what I’m doing.

Sara

BlissDom 2012 was … Perfect

BlissDom 2012Going to a conference of your peers, regardless of your industry, brings about a variety of feelings. There is the excitement of seeing people you don’t usually see. The anxiety of meeting new people. The frustration that work will continue to pile up despite your best efforts to tame it at 2am after a full day of learning and letting your hair down.

As I reflect on the BlissDom Conference, so many thoughts run through my mind. I have only 3 photos. OK, 5 if you count the 2 pictures I tweeted of the cool Ritani ring I created and the sparkly pink nails from my first shellac experience. I feel like a total loser because I went to a conference of over 700 of my blogging peers, many of whom are people I tweet with daily, and I have 3 photos, one of which is just above. I went to a number of the sessions – not only to learn but also support my fellow conference speakers. One of those was my friend Amy. Amy is a phenomenal photographer and graphic designer. I give her the title friend because, well, I wouldn’t be afraid to tell her about real life stuff and I know she wouldn’t freak out if I did.

I asked Amy a question in her photography session. How do you capture the moment but not be one of those people viewing the experience through a lens? It probably wasn’t that eloquent, but like her, I think you understand. Maybe we’ve done it, but we’ve definitely seen others do it. Instead of capturing the moment with our eyes, our heart, our soul, we are one step removed because we’re so intent on having a video to share with the world or photos that are blue-ribbon worthy to share with everyone. Amy said you just have to believe you’ve got the photo and step away. Make an agreement with yourself to put the camera down. I could see her brain turning flips on that one. I’m asking a photographer how NOT to preserve every possible moment. The cool thing was that she understood. She knew what I was saying, not as a photographer but as a mom. I got the sense that she’s been ‘that mom’, just as I have. And maybe you have. From her session, the takeaway I got was that perfection is NOT in the photo but in your belief that the image can start the story that your own experience can finish.

I didn’t feel so bad not having, at the time, only 2 photos. But because 3 is the magic number, I asked Amy for a photo. Perfect!

BlissDom 2012
Amy (@Greeblemonkey) and Me!

Unlike other professional conferences, the pre-BlissDom chatter is often about what to wear, how sparkly are your shoes, is there possibly enough glitter to take with me. The thing is, I get dressed up quite a bit that what I wear at a conference isn’t really a big deal for me. I have ‘the uniform’. Don’t get me wrong, I want to dress nicely and how I present myself is important. But, honestly, what you’re wearing is the least of my concerns. I’ve met people dressed to the nines that were not worth a minute of my time. I think we all have. That’s why it actually freaks me out to hear all the talk about clothes. It’s not just a BlissDom thing either, it’s common for most women blogger conferences. I doubt any of the guys who went to BlissDom were fretting over what was going in their suitcase. And, even more, if there had been a game show at the conference for the men about the clothes the ladies were wearing they’d all lose. And lose miserably.

The fact is, everyone is wearing a smile even if they’re nervous or anxious, overwhelmed or totally freaked out. And with that, they’re Perfect.

This year I was not only an attendee but also a speaker. With my own session. Alone. By myself. No one else. Just me. And get this — ON A STAGE! I didn’t have one of those cool sessions about finding your life path, creating the next great thing, or taking the best photos. I was talking about laws, regulations and guidelines related to blogging. When I got to BlissDom, people kept telling me they were going to be a Community Leader in my session. Community Leaders are women who volunteered to mentor others in their niche. After about 10 people telling me this, I started to wonder if Megan, the speaker coordinator, was paying people to be in my session. Seriously, I really thought no one wanted to be in my session so they’re making people go so I don’t feel bad. Sure, I love talking about the law and social media. I could do it for hours! But at a conference with ‘big names’, would bloggers really want to listen to a lawyer?

Evidently the answer is Yes. And for that I’m very thankful. Despite my desire to pick apart my session, it was … Perfect.

So why do I say BlissDom 2012 was … Perfect? It’s how I cho0se to view it. That despite the ‘real world’ things that can go wrong, BlissDom is more than a 3-day conference in Nashville, Tennessee. BlissDom is a state of mind. A belief that goodness, love, and kindness can be the basis of success. BlissDom is a place where imperfection does not exist. In one word, BlissDom isPerfect.

Sara

What I Didn’t See at BlissDom 2011

Blissdom 2011
My first creative photo thanks to Blissdom Photo Workshop

I spent much of the last week at the Blissdom Conference in Nashville. I learned what most of the pictures and letters mean on my new Nikon D3100 camera, thanks to Mishelle who was able to teach me how to use my camera. This isn’t a post about me and my new-found photography skilz, but I had to tell you this because the photo at the top was actually taken by me. I think it’s pretty darn creative! Don’t expect that much awesome all the time. I’m just learning.

What this post really is about is all the things I didn’t see at Blissdom. When you spend 3 or so days with anything more than about 15 women you start to doubt yourself and find all the flaws. And by ‘you’ I really mean me, but it sounds better to talk about myself in the collective and makes me feel like I’m not the only one who does this. Anyway, you start to pick yourself apart and that little voice inside your head starts to get louder and louder.

This was my second Blissdom conference. I knew it would be a convergence of women bloggers who were beautiful, tall, thin, perfectly coiffed, confident, funny, smart, sweet, kind, fashionable, have good hair, white teeth, great clothes, a zillion twitter followers, fancy cards, cute shoes, and so much more. I also knew I probably wasn’t going to be ‘the awesome’ I pretend to be while typing away on my fancy MAC (which really isn’t fancy when compared to the really fancy ones I saw at Blissdom).

Why would I write about what I didn’t see? Because if I didn’t see it, chance are others didn’t either. And that means that you don’t have to fret and wonder and engage in self flagellation and negative self-talk. It mean you don’t have to feel apologetic or say I’m sorry either.

I didn’t see you were worried about a million other things in your life.

I didn’t see you didn’t have the time or money to get your hair cut or colored.

I didn’t see that the dress you were wearing has been in your closet for ages.

I didn’t see you dying on the inside because you were nervous.

I didn’t see your shoes were new or old.

I didn’t see your top had stains from baby spit up on it.

I didn’t see your camera was fancy.

I didn’t see your earrings were the same ones you wear every day.

I didn’t see that your camera was 10 years old.

I didn’t see you were so anxious about meeting people that you really wanted to crawl under the table and hide.

I didn’t see that you just got your business cards made because you totally spaced you’d need some.

I didn’t see that you gained a few pounds.

I didn’t see your nail polish was smudged or chipping.

I didn’t see your fear that someone will find out your husband lost his job.

I didn’t see that your teenager is struggling with drugs and you’re scared.

I didn’t see your every waking moment is spent worrying about ____________ .

I didn’t see you skipped going to the gym that day.

I didn’t see you’ve spent the last months/years in therapy.

I didn’t see your laptop was 2 years old.

I didn’t see you really should have done the laundry last week.

I didn’t see your photos weren’t perfect.

I didn’t see the imperfect skin.

And for that matter, I didn’t see you just spent $500 to get perfect skin.

I didn’t see that you write in incomplete sentences, have horrible grammar or can’t spell.

I didn’t see that you believed you didn’t belong here.

I didn’t see your gray hair, your wrinkles, your fat, your scars.

I didn’t see your flaws or your faults.

I saw you. I saw your beautiful smile. I saw your eyes, filled with joy and excitement. I saw your heart, full of love for all the friends you met and were going to meet.

I just saw you. I loved you the moment we met.

And I hope you just saw me, too.

Sara

Finding My Bliss

BlissMitzvah with @Chambanalaura and @saving4someday
BlissMitzvah 2011

This week I’ve been at Blissdom not only to speak but also to catch up with friends, new and old. I have met new and wonderful women, and I will introduce you to some of them.

Last night I spent the evening with 12 wonderful and fascinating women at a party that my friend Laura, who is the one of the ChambanaMoms, and I put together. Laura and I wanted to bring together other Jewish bloggers so we can connect, share and get to know each other. We called it BlissMitzvah. Cute name, huh?

Yes, Laura and I are wearing matching shirts. Our friend Hollee is coming out with a new book, with her writing partner Becky, called Good Enough is the New Perfect and we were wearing shirts with the book title on it.

I’ll tell you all about BlissMitzvah when I get back.

Thank you all for supporting me while I get my Bliss on!

Sara

Hello Blissdom

My fellow Blissdom legal panelists, Charlene and Sarah, suggested we all do a little video to introduce ourselves for Blissdom. You know, to take off the edge when walking into a conference of 500 women who are both strangers and friends. I hope those of you not going to Blissdom don’t mind my talking about Blissdom. It’s truly part of my Year of Awesome not only because I’m a speaker but also because it’s such a wonderful conference that is really more like a girlfriend gathering.

My little 1:28 video begins with me laughing because BabyGirl was my non-union camera crew and instead of counting down she’d just shout ‘LAWsome’ and I was supposed to start.  We’d gone through about 10 tries of this and she had a case of the sillies by this point, so pardon the shaking and the giggles.

I didn’t really say much about who I am because I’m too complex for 1:28! Right! Feel free to stop laughing at any time now! No, really, I didn’t do in video what I am so much more comfortable doing with words. Note to self and readers: There is a vlogging panel at Blissdom and I’ll be there to learn how to master the ‘live from New York’ way of doing things.

But if you really want to know about the real me, this is all I can come up with:

1. I’m shy but I try to be outgoing

2. I have a dry sense of humor and say weird and funny things not realizing it

3. I’m really a lawyer and think that the law should be fun and approachable

4. I have more gray hair than I like to admit but I won’t color my hair because I’m too cheap and I’m afraid I won’t look like me

5. I probably should have lost weight before going to Blissdom, but I didn’t so it is what it is.

6. I’m an Ultra Type-A trying to embrace a less structure life

7. I normally drink only water, so I’m not being weird if we meet up and I don’t order a cocktail or anything. I’m just a water with lemon girl.

8. Sometimes I’ll go all out and order club soda with lime! Then you know I’m ready to kick it!! Ok, not really.

9. Yes, I really do drink FRS (not just because CycleGuy works there but I really do like it)

10. I’m not perfect, don’t wear the trendiest clothes, have to wear ‘old lady glasses’ at night because I don’t see as well since turning 40, I smile at most anyone and will say hi, and I’m just as nervous about meeting you and you are about meeting me!

If you’re going to Blissdom, feel free to tweet me (@Saving4Someday) or leave me a comment below and I’ll make sure I follow you so we can meet!  If you’re not going to Blissdom, I’ll miss you and I’ll do my best to share what I learn, introduce some new people and share the awesome.

Wish me luck with the legal panel!


 

Sara

LAWsome Bloggers take over Nashville for Blissdom

Sara Hawkins Blissdom Speaker

Nashville may be known as Music City USA. But for a few days at the end of this month, country music will need to take a back seat to three LAWsome women heading to Blissdom. Sure, the women who put on the Blissdom Conference are pretty spectacular in their own right and I’m not here to take anything away from them.

However, a few weeks ago they notified Me, Charlene from Charlene Chronicles (who is a lawyer like me) and Sarah from In the Trenches of Mommyhood (who is a paralegal and despite what some lawyers say, we’re nothing without a good paralegal) that we were the Blissdom Legal Eagles (my phrase, not theirs) and I quick jumped onto email to them and began sharing my crazy sense of how the law should be fun and exciting and that we should be the panel that everyone wants to go to. And you know what? These two women didn’t laugh at me! As a matter of fact, they joined me in the LAWvely banter on Twitter about how LAWkey we are to be doing this and that we’re creating a LAWndry list of topics. Get it? Yes, lawyers (and paralegals) can be funny too!

I think Alli and Megan may be reconsidering asking us to speak. Nah, they know LAWsome when they see it, which is why they chose us! *waves to Alli and Megan*

Here we are, just a few weeks out from Blissdom and Charlene, Sarah and I (yes, even more to confuse you because I’m Sara and she’s Sarah and it makes me think of that SNL skit with Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen as Nuni and Nooni) are working on what is sure to be The legal panel of the new decade, or at least of the conference. We’ve got that great video Charlene created, there will be props and possibly costumes and music! We’re in Music City, we’ve got to have music!

So watch the short LAWsome Blissdom Panel video (about 2 minutes) and get ready to get your LAW on at Blissdom.  If you’re not going to Blissdom, don’t worry because we’ll make sure you get all the info too when the conference is over! If you’re going to Blissdom, I’ll see you at 4pm on Thursday the 27th!

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Sara

Guess Who Is Speaking At Blissdom?

To say I’m excited would be an understatement! Earlier this week I received a lovely email from Megan Jordan, who is coordinating the Blissdom speakers, telling me my speaking proposal has been accepted and I’m being invited to speak at Blissdom.

The conference session is Ignorance is Not Bliss: Decoding Legal and Tax Implications of Your Success and I’ll be presenting with Charlene Oliver and Sarah Visbeek. I’ve never met Charlene or Sarah but I’m thrilled to be part of this presentation. And if our presentation is half as interesting as our collective blogs, we’ll set a pretty high bar for making what could be a boring topic (have you read some of the lame stuff lawyers churn out?) one of the must-do sessions!

If you’re going to Blissdom, I truly look forward to meeting you and hope you will come to the Ignorance is Not Bliss session.

Sara