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BlogHer ’12 momentary freak out

I’m really excited to be going to BlogHer ’12 in a few weeks, as it is a wonderful opportunity for me to network, meet other bloggers, and connect with others who share my love for writing. In just over 3 months, my site has had over 4300 hits, 1000 subscribers, almost 400 twitter followers, and over 115 fans on Facebook. My fanbase (?) grows daily, and it has been a really exciting, inspiring experience.

BlogHer, on the otherhand, has been overwhelming.

First, I didn’t think I’d be able to go at first. Student tickets were sold out, and I had missed the early bird specials because I’m a broke, uninformed grad student. I started a campaign on ChipIn, and raised $40. Wooo! I also booked a poetry gig, which gave me a decent bit of money. by some luck (and a lot of leads on Twitter!) I found someone who was selling her BlogHer ’12 student pass. Everything lined up, and lo and behold, I’M GOING TO BLOGHER ’12!!!!!!

Unfortunately, I am completely overwhelmed. My pass is for Friday & Saturday, but I want to come in on Thursday for a lunch my friend DragynAlly is hosting. I’m staying with a friend in Brooklyn for a few days, but definitely questioning the commute back and forth between BK and Times Square!

Besides the commute, another one of my big concerns is my schedule. There’s so much to do, and so little time to do it! I want to see it all. I want to attend the sessions that will be most beneficial to myself and my blog. I want to drool over all of the amazing speakers and bloggers. I want to meet all of the bloggers who have been such a vital part of my my BlogHer community experience. I want to attend as many parties as possible and truly enjoy myself.

Basically, I need to clone myself for the conference so I can take it all in.

I’m also really excited and anxious to better my website. I recently paid actual money for hosting on hostgator…but I have no clue how to backup GingerSass and transfer it over there without potentially destroying all of the hard work I have done. I want to make GingerSass more beautiful and make it have less load time, but I’m afraid of losing the image that has become associated with my brand. (Is it okay to say I have a brand now?)  My baby is taking off, and I’m about to get into a committed relationship with it. (I’ve had commitment issues with blogging in the past– can I make this relationship last?) This is so exciting and scary and amazing and wonderful and terrifying and fantabulous. Holy fudge.

Ahhhhhh BlogHer’12 ahhhhhh!!!!!!!!

What tips do you have for a BlogHer newbie like me?

Most importantly, what should I bring?? So far, all I’ve been able to do is think of things I need to bring with me, such as:

-macbook charger
-camera charger
-business cards
-additional swag from sponsors tbd
-cell phone
-business card holder pocket thingies in binder
-stylish bag for everything I need during day plus outfit for night (boo commuting from BK)

Holy crud people… I’m going to BlogHer ’12!!!!!!!!!

Today has been a good day.

Today has been a good day.

I woke up, and my curls were basically PERFECT. This rarely happens.

I reached 100 posts! Wooooo!

I wore a lot of pink, a color I love but don’t own enough of, and I got a ton of compliments on how well matched my headband, earrings, necklace, and shirt were with my eye makeup.

I opened a new checking/ savings account and it was relatively painless. I even got $25!

I parallel parked in NB and didn’t kill anyone. As an added bonus, there was over an hour left on the meter when I parked!

I ate a leisurely lunch at one of my favorite eateries near campus for free. (Thank you, Living Social!) It was delicious.

I sat in a park and people watched/ wrote/ studied, and there was a beautiful breeze, sunshine, and overall bliss. A bird also decided to use my shorts as a toilet, but I’m told that is good luck.

A church group gave me a free bottle of water EXACTLY WHEN I REALIZED HOW THIRSTY I WAS. I asked what the catch was (I’m a bit skeptical of anything being free) and they told me they were just giving out water because it was hot out. (And to promote their Sunday services, but I’ll let that slide.)

I went to my university’s library and had the entire cafe to myself to study in! (It’s closed for the summer, but open for studying, so I embraced it.)

I then went to another part of the library, and I remembered that, as a a grad student, I now have Special Library Privileges (aka I can go into the Grad Student area and not be bothered by stupid underclassmen).

I found out today that, by the end of July, I’ll have two jobs. (This is a good thing.)

I spent a lot of my day studying for the Praxis I’m taking on Wednesday, and I know more than I thought I did!

I finally blogged about Taylor & Mike’s wedding, and we decided to collaborate on a fantastic blog post idea in the near future! I’m super excited about it.

I went on an impromptu photoshoot of an old cemetery, and subsequently decided to create an Etsy store of my photography. Other, more sassy items are coming soon!

Again, today is a good day. <3

Why are you having a good day?

10 Minute Musings #10

10 minutes

And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

As long as I can remember, quotes from other people have been a quintessential part of my life. While I may not always listen to advice from others, I usually write their advice down. I also have filled notebooks upon notebooks of quotes that friends, co-workers, and co-workers have said. Words can truly make the difference in someone’s life. Sometimes, a simple phrase might just serve as the catalyst in someone’s decisions.

A few months ago, when I had first launched my site, I attended a Post Secret event. At the start of the event, Frank looked at everyone, commented on how amazing it was to see everyone there, and said, “How many of you have sent in a secret?” My hand went up, and because I was in the front row, he asked me how it felt. “Amazing!” I instantly replied without hesitation. He handed me a copy of “PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God.” I took it and put it down by my bag. Later in the program, Frank said, “Whenever I speak at a university, I like to leave a secret message somewhere on campus for someone to find. I already left it here. (At this point, everyone sort of glanced around from their seats.) Only one person has it.” Frank then looked at me, smiled, and told me to open up the book he had given me earlier. “I want you to stand up, and read this loud enough for everyone to hear,” he told me. “The World Needs to Hear Your Voice!” I read, choking a bit as the words sunk in.

I had just started my site, and I was wondering if my dream of being a writer was pointless. His words gave me the motivation to continue with my dreams. At the end of the night, I told Frank about GingerSass and why it was so meaningful to me to have gotten the book with his message in it. His response? “Wow. You were meant to receive it. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish with your voice!” Having this message from one of my biggest inspirations in the world really means so much to me. I feel as if my destiny and my dreams in life are actually starting to coincide, and that, above anything else, is an extremely phenomenal feeling.

I rarely take words of wisdom seriously, and although I usually write them down, I usually “let it be” and forget about them. Frank Warren’s words of wisdom have stood by me, and I have let them be besides me as my dreams have grown over the past few months. My writing identity has flourished, and so has my site. I finally understand the Beatles’ song– in order to listen to words of wisdom properly, I need to let them be and grow on their own. When they’re finally fully developed, my dreams will manifest themselves on their own… if they’re meant to be.