After Blissdom

Can I just say I am wiped out?

Blissdom has me buzzing with new ideas. I just have to be patient. That’s one thing I’ve learned.

Our morning started early, with a drive to the wrong airport (then an hour drive to the right one- seriously thankful for my mom!). Thankfully we were running early, but by the time it was time to get out of the car, Bubby had woken up from his nap and cried when I left. More like, screamed.

I felt like the worst mom EVER! I wanted to cry. I tried to keep perspective, but I couldn’t help but think he would never stop crying.

The first phone call I had with my mom after I left the car proved me wrong and gave me a little more peace about this whole thing. Bubby did so so well with everyone. Of course he had his moments, but overall he was such a BIG boy! So proud of my Bubby.

Lots of planning swamped the days before Blissdom, including packing, ironing and cooking meals. Oh, and I wrote out a “Bubby Schedule”. He has one and sticks to it pretty well at home. *knock on wood*

I spent most of Thursday in the air or at an airport and arrived in Nashville around 6ish. It was my first time flying alone, and I also got to see snow (through an airplane window) for the first time in Denver.

As we were landing for the 27 minute layover in Denver the conversation with the woman sitting next to went something like this:

“Isn’t that disgusting?” she was obviously repulsed by the snow. And she obviously had had too much of it.

“Actually no. I have never seen snow before today with my own eyes.” I smiled a half smile, and turned back toward the window. I couldn’t stop looking at it. If you have snow where you live, this girl is green with envy.

The first night at Blissdom my head was spinning and I honestly didn’t know where to go. The first event (which turned out to be a casual party) started at 7 and I walked into the hotel around 6:30. I smelled like airplane so I wasn’t really in the socializing mood, but I changed, and went down to find my friends and the shindig going on.

I met up with my friends Adrienne + Stephanie. These gals are pure amazingness and made Blissdom one THOUSAND times better! I am so glad they decided to go, because without them it would have been a much harder to ‘put myself out there’.

The next morning is when all the sessions + the fun began!

The event Friday morning kicked off with an inspiring speech by Jon Acuff. He talked about social media being addictive (guilty) and not settling for anything less than your dreams. He looks like he’s 17, but he has LOADS of wisdom and helpful tips.

The sessions were filled to the brim with ideas, challenges, and new friends. I had the chance to meet Lisa Leonard, Jess and Gussy – three handmade queens I look up to.

And the new friends! Donielle, Heather, Gwen + Shannon, the girls behind The Pregnancy Pal, Leigh and so many other… it really was such an open and welcoming environment. When I did share Jenna’s story and a little about this blog, it was well received every time. I honestly had no idea how to open conversation. *sidenote – I am much better on paper than I am in conversation. Or at least I hope! I stink at starting conversation, but I still got to meet some amazing ladies!

Friday night kicked off with the preview of The Lorax, and the Lorax-inspired party. That night the opening show was Joe Jonas (insert confused look here). I had no idea who he was before this, but the dude could sing. Shortly before that Jewel made a pre-recorded guest appearance featuring a never-before heard song about hope (wish I could remember the name of it!).

Finally, the show we were waiting for…

The Rascal Flatts. There are just no words. We were literally six feet away from the stage, and the concert felt like a private concert. At the end we even got to take a picture with the band. The pictures haven’t been shared yet, but looking forward to it!

Saturday I had the pleasure of sitting in a writing session by Jeff Goins. Talk about inspiring. He had so much to share about writing from your heart. Staying true to yourself on your blog. His blog is a gold mind if you are a blogger/ writer.

By the end of Saturday’s back to back activities and sessions my brain felt the overload of information. I was SO looking forward to the pajama party that evening!!! Chris Mann from The Voice rocked it that night, followed by a long karaoke+dance party.


By Saturday night I was itching to be home though. It was so good to see my boys after the weekend.

I’m still playing catch up and trying to make contact with all the beautiful ladies I met! Blissdom was so worth every second.

Who knows, maybe I’ll get to go again next year and you might join me…? ;)

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  1. 1

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    I would love to go to Blissdom, but for this year a close-to-home writers conference was just the ticket.

    Sounds like a great time. Welcome home.

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    Jessica says:

    So glad you had such a great time, I really want to go to a conference but haven’t been able to do it yet. I worry about how I will do. Like you, I’m much better at talking on paper than out loud.
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      Franchesca Franchesca says:

      I hope you get to Jessica! I thought about you before going – I think you’d do really great!! It definitely helps going with a few girls you know but once you get there, the support is amazing. xx

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    Stephanie Desjarlais says:

    Sounds like loads of fun! Wonder what next year will hold.

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    dejah says:

    I’d love to go. I don’t think I’ve ever been to any type of conference, ever! It sounds like so much fun. I love that you got to see snow for the first time!
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  5. 5

    oh how i would LOVE to attend blissdom someday!!

  6. 6

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’d love to go as well. Sounds like loads of fun…and great time! :-)
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    Deanna says:

    It all sounds amazing! Just wanted to post that it is snowing here in Wisconsin ;)

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    Shash says:

    I’ll be going again!

    I had the pleasure of checking you in to the Water’s Edge party. I remember you saying to me you’d just come off the plane. I’m glad you had a great time!!
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    nicolle says:

    I was going to be a little sad that you came to CO and I didn’t get to meet you, but since your lay over was short I’ll give you a break ;) Sounds like a great time. I love Rascal Flats!

  10. 10

    How fun to read about your experience, Fran! It looks like you had a great time, and I enjoyed reading your tweets while you were there. Cheers to 2012!
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  11. 11

    so nice to meet you at the weirdest session ever! But I am so glad that you all were there too! I’m proud of you for stepping out and coming to BLissdom! Hugs!

  12. 12

    Looks like soo much fun!! :) Glad you got the chance to go. I had some other friends go and they said it was a blast also!

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