So last Thursday I was lucky enough (brave enough.. seriously I was a mess the week before. Now I’m just laughing at myself.. so stupid. There was NOTHING to be worried about.) to hop on a plane and travel down to Atlanta for the Haven conference.
Okay– if you’ve been on the fence about going– GO. Don’t think about it just go. I didn’t know ANYONE. Well, that’s a lie. I knew Allison and Kelly and I “knew” a lot of people but I guess there’s a pretty big difference in seeing someone up and close rather than behind a computer screen. But my roomie turned out to be great, I was worried she was catfishing me for a while. But, nope! We laughed so hard sometimes I cried…literally. She introduced me to the magic that is a sound machine. Um.. y’all (I’m allowed to say that now) where has this been all my life?! an APP!? This generation rocks.
Enough about our weird sleeping habits– the conference itself was phenomenal, and even though I have nothing to compare it to I can’t imagine it gets much better. The speakers were great.. it didn’t feel “cliquey” to me at all. That’s not to say there weren’t some not so nice people there–trust. There’s going to people you don’t mesh with wherever you go and when you’re as awesome as me you get that a lot.. Kidding. Totally. I went OUT of my comfort zone and introduced myself to as many lovely ladies as I could. Usually with corny jokes, but that’s just how I roll. I also hugged, which I don’t do in Michigan. I’m more of the awkward don’t know which way to go type of hugger.. I’m working on it.
This pretty lady won my last giveaway! Seriously how cool is that?
She really is that tall.. and I really am that short.
There might have been a dance off with Sherry and Katie.. there might have been walking to the hotel sans shoes ( I know! Grossss! Seriously my only regret. But it had to be done. Don’t worry, cars heckled me. You can too, clearly I lost most of my shame on the plane.)
(I stole this picture off someone’s instagram. If it’s yours I’m sorry but it was too funny to me not to.)
There was a lot of winning things.. is that normal at conferences? I don’t know. But I know I got TONS of swag– and I was lucky enough to win some Ryobi loot and some patio furniture from Thompsons Water sealing. Still giddy, I never win ANYTHING people.. ever. So that was very cool.
Don’t get me started on the food. Shooot. Delicious and so much of it. I didn’t even try and hold myself back, this was vacation after all.
So basically what I’m trying to say is I’ll never miss another Haven. It was amazing, and I wish I could go to 10000 more but Jared will surely put a quick stop to that. But I left a new person, for real. Cheese fest coming on–
I’ve felt really down about the blog, haven’t really felt it lately and I’m sure it’s obvious but life has just been hard trying to please everyone, be a good stay at home Mom, be a good wife. But the thing is my blog is my outlet, it SHOULDN’T come dead last all the time. I was up until 3 am the other night thinking about projects I wanted to do. Guys, I can’t tell you the last time I stayed up that late and it wasn’t thinking about stress, money, marriage, school, work, life. But to stay up because I’m excited about something?! I’m feeling like me again. I’m glad it’s happening. I’m excited to see where it takes me.
Thanks haven. You rock.