>> Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I am going to BlogHer this week! Hooray! The biggest, baddest mommy-blogger conference around and it is in my backyard. :) How could I not attend?

Except that it is SO FAR outside my comfort zone that I am scared to tears. I don't know too many bloggers IRL (see how I dropped that blogging lingo on ya'.... I am trying to gear myself up!). I am very shy in environments like this when I am alone and feel like everyone else seems to know each other. I am an introvert that tries to be an extrovert because those people are "more cool and hip" but the whole time I will be wishing I was in my yoga pants on the couch or playing trains with my boys. But, I am always really glad I stepped outside my comfort zone after I actually do. I am usually pleasantly surprised with myself and how well I interact with others even though I feel like I want to crawl into a hole. I almost always have a great time even though I am nervous as heck at the beginning. And I have no reason to believe that this time will be any different.

I want to go and am excited to go! I am excited to meet some people that I have "known" for awhile and maybe meet some new people too. BlogHer is all about connecting and networking, right? I am excited to go to the break-out sessions and hopefully learn some things to grow my blog and my latest project. I am excited for the parties that I am attending and the potential free swag! :) But that doesn't take away the nervous butterflies.

Hubby and I sat down and planned out the next few days- who has which kids and where we will all be at different times and how we are all getting there. At this point in my life when I am taking a hard look at where I am putting my priorites, thinking about how much or how little I could do with BlogHer was not an easy decision. I easily got 6-7 invites to private parties during BlogHer. Parties sponsored by fancy companies where they will serve fancy drinks and appetizers to fancy bloggers and give out fancy free stuff. Sounds like a no-brainer. And there are plenty of bloggers who are going all out and attending as many parties as they can fit onto a spreadsheet (yes, really!).

But not me. Not this year.

So, yes, I am going to BlogHer this year. But I am really doing BlogHer Lite. I will attend most of the sessions and I will do the famous expo hall. I am attending a couple parties, most with Caden in tow. But, I will not be staying at the hotel or attending any parties on "the big night" or any after-parties. I will instead be coming home to sleep in my own bed with my baby beside me. I will eat dinner with my family while most conference attenders are sitting in swanky lounges sipping their cocktails. I am choosing it to be this way because I know it is what is best for my boys and thus best for me. I know they would be fine away from me. They would be fine with Grandma or Hubby or even a babysitter if it came to that. But I am not shooting for "fine."
It is all about the balance. I am "doing" BlogHer but also making my family a priority too. At least I am trying. I'll let you know how it really goes. And maybe I'll even have some swag to share so stay tuned!

Oh, and a special thanks to the people at Tyndale Kids... thanks for helping make it possible for me to step out of my comfort zone and practice keeping my priorities in line. Thanks for supporting my trip to BlogHer '09.

P.S~ If you are reading this and going to be at BlogHer, please let me know. I would love to have someone to hang out with. :)

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Terra Jones July 22, 2009 at 7:05 AM  

I am not going, I wish I was, maybe one year :)

I bet you will have an amazing time! I can't wait to hear all about it :)

mommaof4wife2r July 22, 2009 at 9:01 AM  

i'm totally jealous, i'm not gonna lie...but have a good, balanced time. remember, it's a season...i say that a lot with the 4 girlies...and ur a good momma!

2KoP July 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

BlogHer is in my backyard, too, but I couldn't get it together to go to anything more than a couple of parties. I'll be at the SV Moms party Thursday night. Will you? I hope to meet you in IRL.

BTW, the link to your latest project is a little messed up. I found the link (great site), but had to tinker with the URL.


Wilma Thomson July 22, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

Hi, Farrah!
Best wishes as you head to the BlogHer Conference! We are looking forward to hearing all about it and will be praying that it will be an enjoyable and fruitful experience.
--Wilma from Tyndale House Publishers

Atwood-Family of 4 July 22, 2009 at 5:40 PM  

I relate so much to that paragraph about being an introvert who tries to be an extrovert but feels so insecure on the inside, wishing just to be home...but happy you went when it is all done. That is me to a T. I hope you had/have a great time!

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