So next Tuesday, I head off to Salt Lake City for the biggest event of my blogging career thus far. ALTITUDE SUMMIT.
This is a big deal, ya’ll. Even bigger than I originally thought. I remember stalking the instagram feeds of bloggers who attended the first one back in .. 2011? I think? and I was like, maybe someday I’ll be cool enough to attend this thing. Maybe one day I’ll have a blog that’s popular enough to warrant spending the money to attend such a party.
Fast forward three years and here I am. When at Home is growing faster than I can catch up and I’m not really sure what to do with it. The past six months have been an amazing and exciting ride and have provided me with so many awesome opportunities. As my audience grows, so does my relationship with businesses and brands and I’m so blessed to be totally sponsored to attend ALT by an amazing company. (I’m looking at you, Nesting Days. So much love.)
But the thing about going to such a prestigious blogging event is that I’m not a prestigious type of person. I’m really not stylish at all. Like. Not even a little bit. I barely know how to put my makeup on and don’t even talk to me about my hair. My style is comfy casual..at best. I very sincerely do not fit the profile of the typical blogger that you’d think would be at a design and blogging conference. I might be cool enough to go, but am I cool enough to hang? I’m not sure. But here’s what I do know.
I’m not going to be the most stylish person there. I’m not there to impress other bloggers, or show off, or be a “popular kid”. And I’m not going to worry about it. I’ve found that most of the other ALT attendees are just as nervous as I am. Most of them feel like they won’t fit it, or aren’t stylish enough, or that their blogs aren’t big enough. I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE.
I’m not going to compare my business cards to others and feel bad that mine aren’t as design-y. The comparison trap is stupid and I’m going to avoid it as much as possible. My cards might not stand out like others, but they 100% represent me and I’m excited to hand them out and network with beautiful people.
I’m not going to spend a huge chunk of cash on clothes that I think will impress other people. I’m just going to wear what I’m comfortable in and not worry about what other people are wearing. Also I don’t have a huge chunk of change to spend so there’s that problem solved. HA.
As a lifetime insecure girl that never had close friends and was always the girl that got left out of things and was seriously misunderstood (oh, the angst.), this kind of event is like an ulcer in a bag for me. So I’m trying to relax and not worry about what might happen and just focus on what is inevitably going to happen.
I’m going to meet amazing bloggers and designers and shop owners. I’m going to learn some stuffs, and get inspired, and come back with a fresh perspective and new ideas. I’m going to see Martha frickin Stewart, guys. You think she’ll let me hug her? Cause, prison record aside, she’s a pretty amazing person, yea? I’m going to finally meet one of my loveliest friends IN PERSON and snuggle her baby and eat her food a little bit and I’m just so excited for that. (Don’t worry. There will many selfies and a really cool friendship story.)
So I guess overall, I’m just blocking out all of my feelings of inadequacy and nervousness and I’m packing up my notebooks and $5 clearance flats and I’m going.to have. a good. time. And that’s it.
It took me 10 minutes to take that photo. Because of this punk. Thinks that necklace is his or something. Is it weird to wear a chewbeads necklace when your baby is thousands of miles away? Yes? Ok. Noted. (I’m still gonna wear it.)
I won’t be around the blog much next week, but you can keep up with Salt Lake City/ALT adventures over on instagram and the facebook page. Let me take you with me! You guys are the reason I’m even able to take this trip and I’m so, so thankful for you. For realsies.