Who Needs a Comfort Zone: Blissdom

I did it, y'all!

I packed my bags, boarded a tiny airplane (about the size of a Hot Wheels vehicle), steered clear of engine-loving geese and landed in Nashville for Blissdom.

My comfort zone was but a memory.

Now, I'll be the first to tell you, it was hard.

And probably one of the most difficult social situations I've endured.

And I had some awkward moments, like having to stop for band-aids before I even registered for the conference and then having to return for my wallet.

Um, yeah. I carry all that class with me.

It's a heavy burden.

But I was determined not to be THAT family among 300 bloggers.

I'll admit that immediately after I walked into the conference, I turned around and dashed back to my room where I gave myself an excellent pep talk.

I'm glad I did because I learned so much. My brain is completely full. I can only mumble short sentences now. I'm really hoping that wears off soon.

Even more amazing than all the blogging info, was meeting so many other bloggers.

It was the highlight of Blissdom (well, besides the kiddie portion of chocolate chip pancakes I ordered from Room Service).

One word describes the experience: surreal.

There were a few rock star moments. I took this picture for my son, who thinks Rocks in My Dryer is a real rock star:

I respect Shannon so much and I see her as a mentor. And let me tell y'all, she is more lovely in person than on her amazing blog! So, yes, son, she is a real star!

I met dozens and dozens of others (I wish I had time to link to you all, but I'm afraid I'd leave some out).

It was very humbling when other bloggers sought me out and said they wanted to meet me because they saw me as their mentor.

Oh. My. Nothing makes you want to blog your best more than that. It was fabulous to chat with some of my readers and put names with faces.

Blissdom was a classy, fast-paced, well-planned blogging conference with awesome hosts. I was very impressed and hope to meet you the next time I leave my comfort zone!

Will you be there?

I feel like I grew as a blogger and as a person this weekend. Stretching to a point of discomfort is hard, but it's good.

Plus, I only peed my pants once.

So, if there's something you've always wanted to do, (attend a blogging conference, start a blog, write a book, parachute from a plane) give it a try! Except for the parachuting thing. Think that one through.

Because really, who needs a comfort zone?


cheryl said...

I'm proud of you...I knew you could do it!!

Shannon said...

You are too kind! Meeting you was a treat for me, too. Thanks for all your encouragement.

brigid said...

umm, what room were you in? I think I might have been your neighbor. And if I'd had any idea you were nervous we could have given each other pep talks. And maybe held hands.

Jeni said...

Sounds like it was a great weekend!! Maybe if I can gather the courage to go next time, you can give ME that same pep talk you gave yourself. :-)

Marni's Organized Mess said...

That sounds so wonderful and you look GREAT! Guess the makeover worked huh? Like I ever thought you needed it anyways... pssht. You look all hip and hot mama!


Kim said...

I'm so glad you went and had a good time. Big group events like that creep me out, too!

Muthering Heights said...

I'm glad it went well for you!

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Upstatemomof3 said...

It sounds so great! I would have loved to be there but I wasn't able to. Now I really feel like I missed out. I have been following all of your tweets all weekend long. I feel like I missed the party of the year. :)

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Glad you had a good time, conquered your comfort zone, met other bloggers and looked so cute each time you shared a picture!!!

BTW .. where DID you get that black dress? Cute!

Perhaps next year, I will go .. who knows ...

Tsh said...

It was great meeting you! You didn't seem nervous or out of your element at all. Glad you made it.

MomItForward Jyl and Carissa said...

I hear ya, comfort zone, schmumfort zone.. I got to barely wave hello to you once at the conference.. boohoo to that.. I want more time to just sit and CHAT!!!


Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

It was lovely to meet you and sit next to you at dinner. Wish we'd had more time to chat, but I liked listening in on your conversations with other people! :-)

Vanessa said... did it! Looks like you had fun......

Tammy said...

Say no more, sister. I am SO there next year.

And I totally would have had my picture taken with you!

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

Glad you had such a great time. It gives me hope. :)

rachel - a southern fairytale said...


You are so darlin' and having you there made it that much more special.

You are a genuine and adorable woman and you inspire others in your own right!

YAY you! I am so happy that you stepped out of your comfort zone and showed up because you are a gem.

:-)Rachel/A Southern Fairytale/Monkeys and Princesses (LOL)

Sandy Toes said...

How fun!!! I bet it was truly amazing!
-sandy toe

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Andrea said...

Sounds fun! Maybe next year ...

Veronica said...

That is awesome! Fear can be so crippling and you confronted fear in the face and stomped all over it! Good for you!

VanderbiltWife said...

Glad you had a great time! I was sad we didn't get to meet. I spent half of the conference in the hall with my baby and skipped a lot of the social stuff cause I was sick...but I still feel crammed with info. :)

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Glad you had a good time! I'm sure there are more of us in blog land that would be honored to meet YOU than you might be willing to admit!
I am SO there next year.

Momintransition said...

Awesome! I'm so glad you had a blast. We knew you would. =)

Carolina Mama said...

You did it! Glad it worked out so well and you got to meet Rocks In My Dryer - that would be worth the Conference too! :)

Tales From the Eurovan said...

How fun! So glad you went. Things like that are always worth the stress.
Take care,

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

We are all so glad you are a sweetheart!!!!!! I regret now getting to spend more time with you. The Nester, Emily and I said we wished we would have snagged you during the weekend. :) So fun to put a sweet spirit with the face. And if it matters...I was that family. We got there Thursday night and had dinner in the restaurant. I spilled the ENTIRE thing of coffee creamer all over the side of the table, down onto the seat, but you know were most of it landed? In my cute, pink leather purse...yep, inside. You can dress me up...just don't take me out. :)

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Oops - should learn to edit....regret NOT spending more time with you.

Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries said...

I hate that we didn't get to meet. I had an amazing time, too!!

tidymom said...

You inspire me to give it a try......first I have to convince the hubby that I need to go.....some how that may be my biggest hurddle!!

and look at the picture of you two!! aren't you guys just tooo cute!! and I LOVE your outfit!!


Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Meeting you was one of the highlights of my weekend. I enjoyed talking to you. So glad you came, despite the nerves. These events can be tough on introverts like us, but it was definitely worth it to make so many new friends! :-)

Chrissie said...

It was so great to meet you at Blissdom, Kristen!
I felt completely out of my comfort zone as well, and my head is exploding with new info, too!

Love your blog!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

So nice to meet you this weekend! I really wanted to have time to TALK with you. Between you feeling introverted and Nester and I hiding and shaking in our rooms from stage fright we ran out of time! I hope NEXT TIME we can have dinner together!


It Feels Like Chaos said...

What an inspiration to the rest of us! You got out of your comfort zone and survived to tell about it. Good for you!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Yeee Hawwww! Im not the only one. I thought I was the only one who wanted to run {not walk} back to my car and head for home. Thank the good Lord that my sister knew me and came along. She gave me many of those pep talks. She also didnt want to take that 11 hour drive back home without some sleep. Its so good that others felt this way. Who knew that we would just be bundles of nerves and all had the same feelings inside. My only regrets was not picking your awesome brain and getting to know you better. Just wait till next year and we leave those jitters behind and pack those bandaids in our wallets and bring plenty of panties,hehe. My sister feels her day is complete when she can make me tee myself. I know..we are that family too~ Till next year!

Rebecca said...

Yay! I'm glad you had such a good time. I NEVER would have guessed that was so hard for you. You8 looked CUTE and self-assured.

Didn't mean to horn in on your time with Shannon. But I AM glad to have met you both. I'm also glad the photo of you and Shannon turned out well.

I'll be posting more about my Blissdom adventures later today.

Blue Castle said...

Oh what fun! I so much want to go to the next blogging conference, but the whole money issue aside, I too, would be nervous as all get-out. I'm glad you got over that and had a great time. I think I would get all star-struck if I got to meet Shannon like that. :)

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

It was fabulous to meet you! Glad to hear I wasn't the only nervous one. I too got more comfortable in my own skin outside of a computer. But the hosts and attendees made it all too easy.

Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

Sounds fabulous!!! I'm glad you got out of your comfort zone...I'm hoping to make the next one, and I think I'll have all the same anxiety you did. So I'll have to bring this post back up to remind myself that it WILL be okay!!!

Katie said...

I too am just SO glad you came and that I got to meet you. I'm also glad to know I wasn't the only one giving myself a pep talk. :)

Sandy said...

I was so happy to meet another fellow CWO contributor - and would have had loved to have had more time to talk. Will you be at She Speaks? Sandy

Jill said...

Well you were one of my favorite peeps to meet at Blissdom. I am sooo glad you came. Next year there will be no anxiety cause it will be walking into a room full of friends :)

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

You are so funny! It was good meeting you in person. I wish I had a chance to talk with you more. I feel like I was running around everywhere and yes, my brain is overloaded too.

Bubba's Sis said...

YAY for you!!!! I knew you could do it!

LifeAtTheCircus said...

I am so glad that you went, and learned, and grew. Keep up the great blogging superstar!

Musings of a Housewife said...

I enjoyed meeting you and talking with you SO SO much! You are a delightful lady. :-) And I'm glad you stepped out of your comfort zone and came along for the ride!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Thanks for the pep talk! I would really love to go to Blissdom or Blogher but I'm scared to death.

I know I'd pee my pants too.

Nancy M. said...

Look at all the new friends you made! Confession: when I learned about all the heavy hitters I would be sharing the stage with on my PR and Branding panel, I had to give myself a pep talk, Jack Donaghy-style. ;)

Nancy M. said...

I am so glad you went and had a great time! I hope I can go sometime soon to a blogging event.

D... said...

I am so proud of you! I knew you'd rock leaving your comfort zone! Yay!

Lynn said...

Awesome! Glad you were able to get out of your zone and fuel your blogging passion.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

It was so great to meet you. I still think you have one of the best blog names ever! :)

Alexia said...

Yay! I'm so glad you made it through (and enjoyed yourself) all the thinking is normally worse than the actual doing, I've learned!

Nicole said...

Well, you certainly didnt LOOK uncomfortable! It was so great to meet you...glad you decided to come.

Jyl @ MommyGossip said...

This post was very touching to me. I'm so glad you got to experience the joys of leaving the comfort zone. Wasn't it a terrific weekend? I'm seriously going through withdrawal and can't wait for next year!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

I think it's great that you went! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!! Wish I could have been there - maybe next year.

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Was great to meet you, Kristen. I'm just sorry I crashed your conversation to do it. ;-) (Yet more proof *I* am THAT family, too.)

Beth said...

Oh my crack me up! I just found your blog page through Rocks in the dryers. I found hers through Marie's Make and Takes blog (Your blog was on Marie's, too...)! What fun you must have had at the conference! It sounds like a big, crazy group of girlfriends getting together for a huge party! I wanna come! I am adding you to my list of favorites and to the list of things I can do other than clean my house, change my daughters diapers, make the kids lunch, etc. etc. etc.!!! What fun!

pjmomof3boys said...

I so enjoyed meeting you and sitting beside you for a while at the front table! :) I feel the same way about it--like I really not only learned but grew as well. So glad I went--and so glad you did too!

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

Loved this. You are so darling!!

Angie said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I kept wanting to go this year, but then didn't. But, I have decided that I *will* be going next year. Well -- theoretically, of course. As long as everything goes the way I plan in the next year. LOL

Narelle Nettelbeck said...

Hi I just found your blog and have been enjoying reading through all your posts. I love the 'about' section. It sounds like me - only I was a tad younger!!
Can't wait to keep reading!
Narelle from Australia

sarah said...

It was SO great meeting you over dinner. You have a lot of great ideas and I wish you the best with your books. Hope to see you at Blissdom10!

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