Two Teens And Their Mama: When Bloggers Meet There's Magic

Thursday, April 21, 2016

When Bloggers Meet There's Magic


What happens when you take seven women, of all different ages and stages of life, who don't really know much about each other, and send them on a journey together?  

Magic.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending three days with these amazing ladies.  We attended the BAM 2016 Conference, talked, shopped, laughed, shared, ate all the food, then talked and laughed some more.  It felt like I'd known them forever.  

In the near future I'll share what I learned at BAM.  But honestly?  I didn't really go to Vegas for the conference.  I went because I felt a connection to this group of women, and I wanted to meet them for real.

All week as I've thought about writing this post, I kept coming back to the word magic.  I'm supposed to be a writer, but I'm having a hard time putting into words how I feel about these ladies.  I wish you could look into my heart and see the happiness inside.  


There was no awkwardness or uncertainty.  From the first moments, they felt like long lost sisters, and that only strengthened as the weekend went on.  If you know Deena, Carrie, Shaunacey, Sarah, Alison or Sheila through blogging, I can tell you that every one of them are smarter, kinder and more beautiful in person.  Plus they all have fantastic hair and make up and clothes.  I need lessons.

I stepped off the plane and waited for Carrie in baggage claim.  We met for the first time last June in San Antonio, and I was so excited to see her again.  Carrie has the most compassionate, caring heart.  She knows herself well, and though she is tiny (like, I'm pretty sure I could have brought her home in my suitcase), she's mighty.

We went outside to find Sheila and Sarah, who so very kindly circled around and around the airport forever, waiting to pick us up.  Sarah is one of the sweetest people I've ever met. She exudes light and positivity, and I felt so happy whenever we were together.  Sheila and I didn't get to spend as much time one on one, but I know that she and I are coming from a very similar place in life, which is always a comfort.  She's strong and determined, and very dedicated (as in, got up and ran every morning, in the wee hours)!


The next to appear was the Canadian contingent.  What can I say about Deena? Since meeting her in Seattle in 2014, and getting to know her better in San Antonio, our friendship has grown.  I couldn't wait to give her a big hug.  She is genuine, loving, and smart.  If there's a charisma gene, she's got it, and I'm one of her devoted followers!  And Shaunacey.  She has the most brilliant sense of humor.  Even though she traveled one zillion hours to get to us, she was bright and wonderful and witty.  I haven't laughed so hard in forever, thanks to Shaunacey and some squished macaroons.

And last but not least, Alison arrived.  Finally, another tall person!  She was thoughtful and funny, and brave.  She spent the days exploring Vegas on her own, taking the most beautiful pictures.

Put the seven of us together, and you got magic.  Unexplainable, wonderful magic.  We missed the rest of our Blended Blog sisters, but I know that all of them would have fit in too. Somehow we've found each other, and it's a beautiful thing.

Go check out what the rest of the ladies have to say about our trip:

Deena at Shoes To Shiraz
Shaunacey at Simply Shaunacey

48 comments:

  1. The conference would be great but I think meeting the bloggers you connect with is even better! What a fun weekend! Love seeing your photos!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Meeting everyone was definitely the best part.

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  2. It's funny that you didn't go for the conference since YOU were the instigator! haha!

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    1. Yeah, well....I lured you all in :)!

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  3. I like the idea of meeting bloggers and just having fun together. That is what we did at the blogger meet-up we had last year. So much more fun.

    Looks like a blast!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I'm still so disappointed that I had to miss the meet up in Vancouver. Such a great group of bloggers I missed!

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  4. Aw! What a great time and thanks so much for introducing us to new blog friends!

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    1. Check them out - such an amazing group of ladies!

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  5. Magic. Perfect discription. I wish I could have magically appeared if only for a few minutes to meet you in person. I am loving reading about all of your adventures from different perspective. Although instant friendship seems to be the constant theme.

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    1. It's great how well we all got along. I so wish you could have been there - next year for sure!

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  6. seriously, that macaroon memory will be tucked away in my head and heart for a long time. It was so great to just laugh uncontrollably over something so silly! Honestly, I'm still laughing writing this.
    I had such a great time and it was such a blessing to get to know you. Can I just say how amazed I was by your calming presence? You just have the ability to put people at ease and make them feel like they can be themselves without any reservation. That's probably why you got unfiltered Shaunacey lol

    Next step: everyone move closer!!

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    1. Yep, maybe a blogging commune? Kind of goes along with the sister wives theme :)! I'm pretty sure I've never been called calming before, so thank you! And I loved unfiltered Shaunacey - she's pretty amazing. Laughing over macaroons was the best.

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  7. Wow that sounds like you had a great time. So glad you had a chance to meet those bloggers too. :) Julie xo

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  8. My heart is just so full reading all of these posts today, like I think my heart might explode, instead tears of joy might fall because I miss every single one of you! And I think the word magic is perfection. It was and still is.

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    1. Exactly how I feel - my heart is so full. Wish we all lived closer.

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  9. I just commented on Sarah's that I am doing my rounds reading your recaps and I am actually tearing up because my heart wants to meet you all so bad!! The way Shaunacey described you is exactly the way I picture you and cannot wait to meet you in person!!!

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    1. I can't wait to meet you Andrea. So wish you'd been in Vegas. Toronto seems so far away!

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  10. Magic. That's exactly how I looked at it! It's been almost two years since my first conference and I miss that feeling.

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    1. It's the only word to describe how I felt!

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  11. This is fantastic! What a great meet up y'all had! I am so jealous!!! LOL love how everyone keeps saying Carrie is small, but mighty! Haha!! I can see that! I am also more on the tall side, glad you weren't the only one towering over the shorties! ;)

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  12. It looks like you ladies had a fun time while in Vegas! I enjoyed our few minutes we shared while at the conference. Hopefully, we get a chance to meet up again and do an afternoon of shopping and eating. :-)

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    1. I would love to go thrift shopping with you some day - I could learn so much from you!

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  13. I just feel your love for everyone through this post, friend. It was magic and you wrote this so well. Glad you are my friend. xoxox

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    1. Me too Carrie. I really do love you all!

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  14. I'm just loving hearing everyone's take. Sounded magical!!

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    1. Wish you had been there! Can't wait to meet you in Toronto!

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  15. Everyone's review of your shared weekend sounds so perfect, comfortable, natural. I worry that I would be the awkward, shy one if we meet in Toronto but still would love the opportunity to get to know all of you IRL. So glad this get-together was all you gals hoped it would be.

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    1. Leslie, trust me, you will fit right in. Can't wait to meet you!

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  16. I'm so glad you had such a great time! I wish I had gone, but maybe next year!

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    1. We are meant to meet sooner than later Rena!

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  17. This post is magical :)
    After reading it yesterday, I couldn't even wait long enough to leave a comment before I skipped around to everyone's linked blogs to learn even more about each blogger and read what they all had to say about the conference. SO glad you all had so much fun - and now I'd like to meet all your blogging friends too! One of the first things I learned about you Lana, is that you are a good friend to have!

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    1. Thanks Susan. You are a good friend too! You would fit right in with this group of ladies - maybe someday I'll get you all together!

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  18. awww I love your re-cap too. I can't wait to meet you guys.

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    1. And I can't wait to meet you Nicole!

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  19. Lana, this sounds so wonderful... I am happy that you had this opportunity... I have so many people I want to meet from blogging... I plan to meet them one day, it will take some time xox

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    1. Isn't it wonderful that we've all found each other in this blogging world?

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  20. Love this!! Perfect recap!! Wishing I was with you all, but after reading this love you all more and so happy for you that you had this opportunity.

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    1. We missed you Katie! Next year for sure!

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  21. It is so much fun to hear about everyone's experiences and good times and lasting connections!

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    1. Thanks Haralee. It was pretty amazing.

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  22. I love your recap. Pure magic is right! Also - tall people unite!

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  23. I heard of this conference and wanted to go so bad! I go to Magic ..the huge fashion trade show in VEgas..its in FEb and Aug...I haven't been in a year....so going in Aug. I would love to go to Bam next year..I am so excited to get to know you Lana!!


    Valerie
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    1. So glad you stopped by Valerie! Looking forward to getting to know more about you too!

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