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Rejection reminiscing

Today was a day of ups and downs. My post from yesterday has been floating around the internet. I was asked to speak at a University symposium in March. I had Chinese food for dinner. I also found out a panel I was really excited about and had proposed for BlogHer14 was rejected, which ultimately means I can’t afford to go/ justify going to the Conference.

I like this fortune.

I like this fortune.

It does hurt a little bit that my panel was rejected, but moreso because I was super excited about a potentially awesome panel discussing the intersection of working in education with one’s blogging identity than the fact that I don’t cope well with rejection. The intersection of various identities is something I’m very passionate about, and education is ingrained in my soul. My kindness will apparently lead to my success so I guess I’ve just got to be kind– and patient– and somehow make this panel happen somewhere, someway.

BlogHer reintroduced me to writing. It introduced me to blogging, and it gave me a source of motivation and inspiration to allow my thoughts and words to grow. I found lifelong friends I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Most importantly, I found the ability to believe in myself and my dreams of being a writer once again. I’m saddened to be saying “No way” to San Jose, but I’m grateful for all that BlogHer has offered me in the years past. Without it, I don’t think I’d be who I am today.

Last Day of BlogHer’13

It’s the second– and last– day of BlogHer’13. I’m in a state of tranquility that I can’t explain. It’s a mixture of getting together with thousands of “my people,” a lot of free coffee, delicious food, and receiving validation that blogging is something worthwhile. I’m in a foggy-yet-clear state of bliss and serenity that isn’t letting any stress penetrate my soul.


It’s amazing.

You know what else is amazing?

Well, maybe terrifying?

Tonight is the BlogHer’13 Fashion Show. I’m modeling. In heels. Potentially in fishnets. Maybe in a ballgown or a leopard print shirt.

Come out. Enjoy the show. Don’t laugh at me during the show. Laugh with me afterwards. Drink with me. Eat with me. Sing show tunes with me.

Afterall, that’s what BlogHer is all about.

We’re he-eerrrre.

Taylor and I have arrived in Chicago for BlogHer’13! We’ve been here a few hours, and the afternoon/ evening has already included:

Staring at the beautiful view from our hotel room

Chicago water front view from sheraton


Taylor introducing me to/ me trying my very first Chicago deep dish pizza

chicago deep dish pizza

Me taking tourist-y photos of the BlogHer banners covering the city of Chicago

blogher chicago


I also just had my fitting for the BlogHer’13 fashion show, which was a fun experience.

Right now we’re relaxing in our hotel room before heading out for an evening of fun.

I can’t guarantee I’ll be updating during the conference, but one thing’s for sure—

we’re ready to take Chicago by storm.

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