Monday , 28 July 2014

Of Bliss and Blessings

I went to BlissDom because of an impulse.  I saw something my girl Shell said on Twitter. It stirred something inside of me. And the words in my head were clear as day: you have to go.

A series of not so random events took place that had me on a plane late Thursday morning and meeting up with women that I’d only chatted with on Twitter, at the airport. The first lesson? DO NOT underestimate the relationships built within social media. I felt like I’d known these women most of my life. And it’s most likely because we are kindred spirits. I was completely at ease and that allowed me to take everything in more completely.

It’s hard to do a recap because I feel as if so many of the attendants have already done so and have said everything I was thinking. I have been sick with a cold since I got back and this is my first chance since Monday to sit, think about what I got from BlissDom and put it down into words.

I walked into Jon Acuff speaking on Friday morning and I felt like perhaps he’d been stalking me these last few weeks. Everything he said, my heart had felt. I’d give you a recap of that but Molly captured it best. About prioritizing. About our kids wanting to be our kids and not just our content. I remember I tweeted out a quote from him: “Learn to disappoint the right people”. If you take a moment to think about that, it’s deep. The second lesson? YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

We got some fantastic swag! I never expected that my trying to “pack light” and take a small bag would not work this time around. A great big shout out to Extra Space Storage for giving 150 of the bloggers a free 10 lbs to ship home. So my third lesson was a practical one: Take a BIGGER bag to blogger conferences!

For me, Blissdom was about God answering my questions with clarity:
Should I go to this conference?
Can I make a living doing what I love?
How can I make that happen?
Am I on the right track?
How am I going to get a tribe?
Who will I turn to for jobs?
Can I really connect with other women?

And after each question was answered uniquely, He also said: “SEE! Told you!” I am feeling blessed beyond belief. It’s taking me a while to even write this because I cannot put words BIG enough to capture the enormity of this.

My BIG fear is that I will forget to mention some of the people that reached out and touched my heart and my spirit.  First off, Gigi, what can I say?  I am eternally grateful for that fateful Tweet where she said that perhaps I could room with her and Natalie.  Gigi is no nonsense and that speaks to my spirit. Thank for your listening, for your words and for caring (and, I love your #fatballs).  And Natalie? Her giving spirit reminds me so much of my own. She is an amazing human being who stayed up with me late at night and listened to my dreams even when she was tired (because she’s boo-jah-jah like that).  To my girl Julie who is trying to find her way: I have been there and I promise you, I will be here to help you through it (oh and, I love that you miss my ass, literally!).

The #wingingit Crew

 

My Girl Julie!

 

I love that I met bloggers from Orlando at BlissDom.  Melanie and Jennifer, ya’ll know we’re going to get together!  The spiritual connections were great! None like Miss Lucrecer, though. We will be keeping in touch as we move forward through this path that has been laid before us.

HollyNicoleNatalie C., AngelaJenJessicaCarriErinJulieMorganKimDebFrelle, Carrie, Kimberly,  Tonia, Tawanna, Vanessa, and countless others that I will kick myself for not remembering as soon as I hit publish: you made me laugh, you danced with me, you grabbed my ass (don’t act like you didn’t!), you smiled, you chatted with me and most of all, you made me feel right at home within your very own tribes. I am eternally grateful for the gift you brought into my life. And so we come to the fourth lesson: connectedness. I say it on my little blurb on the side bar. I believe it and I try to live by it. But BlissDom reminded me shouted at me that in the end, it is all about being connected.

New Friendships, New Shoes!

And because I firmly believe in the fifth lesson, I leave you with it and pray that you receive it into your life: there is no such thing as coincidence. From the way I made it to this conference to all of the nuggets that I picked up along the way, it was made clear to me that I am doing what I am meant to do and that I am on the right path.

I have been sick all week. Feeling miserable that I haven’t followed up and haven’t been on my game. But every time I think of one of these lessons (and one of these people that for whatever reason were put on my path) I can’t help but smile. Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s some Theraflu waiting in my wine glass.

Wishing you bliss and blessings,

About Sili

Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Mamihood Media and My Mamihood. Selected as one of Latina Magazine’s top Blogger to Know in 2014 and Latina Magazine’s top 10 Mommy bloggersin 2013, My Mamihood was described as “a haven for fashion inspiration, baby concerns, must read books and even tech musings! This blog will keep you reading for hours…” When not appearing on top 10 lists or speaking passionately about those things she holds near and dear to hear heart, this Afro Latina loves hanging out with her frog princess, helping others, trash talking in her setting up all-girl Fantasy football leagues, reading and finding new gadgets to play with. She is currently punishing herself by pursuing an MBA with a concentration in social media from Southern New Hampshire University on hiatus from school much to the chagrin of her Type A personality.

26 comments

  1. I love. love. love. seeing the ways that Blissdom moves people, touches them, changes them, inspires them.
    This conference and it’s people are SO close to my heart.

    Lucrecer is one of the best people that I know ;-) Love this post… so glad that everything aligned and you were able to attend
    Rachel – A Southern Fairytale recently posted..Blissfully WordlessMy Profile

  2. Natalie
    Twitter: nataliehoage

    I heart you and you are a part of me now…you know this. And coincidence or not, I am SO GLAD we found each other. Here’s to whatever the future holds, though I have a feeling that it is going to be very bright for us!

    Boo-jah-jah and xoxoxoxo
    Natalie recently posted..My First Blissdom Experience: Blissdom 2012My Profile

    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      You just made me teary eyed with that comment! This means my head is even more snotty now. Thanks, Nat! ;-)

      oxoxox

  3. What a lovely time away… and thank you for sharing your moments with us. Life is always full of surprises.
    Savira recently posted..Comparison: The Thief of JoyMy Profile

    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      Isn’t it? Like how I found your post in my spam folder even though you’ve been here a gazillion times? ;-)

      Thank you so much for stoping by Savira, you don’t know how much I appreciate it!

      oxoxox

  4. I’m so glad we tweeted until we found each other. I’m even more excited that we hit the dance floor together. My best friends meet me on the dance floor! I can’t wait to see you again. We definitely need more chat time. I love all the girls from last week. Some I’ve known, but many I just met. Like you said though its as if we’ve all known each other forever. I love that! Miss ya girlie ;)
    Tonia @TheChattyMomma recently posted..Take a Stand for "FRESCH" Pizza! – Yeah, I spelled that right!My Profile

  5. So glad you were able to go!

    Loved hanging out with you again! xo
    Shell recently posted..Pour Your Heart Out: The Positive over the NegativeMy Profile

    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      I wish we’d spent more time together. You and Ashley really gave me a lot to think about at BBCATL. It’s always good to see your smiling face and fabulous outfits. Next year, I’m totally gonna need you to dress me! ;-)

      oxoxox

  6. It was a total delight to room with you…I just knew it was the right thing from the moment I saw your tweet.

    Now, I can take credit for you and Natalie being boo-jah-jah and all that jazz :)

    xoxoxo I’m so glad I could share the experience with you!
    gigi recently posted..Forget Everything You KnewMy Profile

    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      Thanks, Gigi! Oh and by the way, the wine glass made it here without incident in spite of the fact that I had to lie down on my suitcase to close the zipper! lol

      oxoxox

  7. My only regret about meeting you? That I didn’t get to do it earlier in the weekend! Your dancing self and your smile were just wonderful to see; I could feel your joy for the weekend, and I am so glad I got to spend time with you :)
    angela recently posted..A Few Steps BehindMy Profile

    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      And see what I was talking about in the post?! I forgot to give you a shout! Wow, I’m glad my joy showed because I really felt blessed and happy to be there. We are going to have to get a dancing crew together for next year! ;-)

      oxoxox

  8. You summed it up perfectly! I was wonderful meeting you at this awesome event. Be better soon! Willing to bring some chicken soup!

    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      I wish I’d seen this earlier! I haven’t had the stomach for too much. Chicken soup sounds good right about now. I will see you soon, hopefully!

      oxoxox

  9. So jealous! It sounds like an amazing time! Counting down the days to Type A in June!
    Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal recently posted..Yellow Shirt Day 2012!My Profile

  10. There were so many fun and amazing women at Blissdom that I’m afraid I’ll miss some, too! It was great meeting/dancing/planking/mobbing/etc with you!
    Carri recently posted..Top 5 Things I Learned at #Blissdom 2012My Profile

  11. Kacey
    Twitter: wellroundedhome

    Lucky you! I want to make it to a blog conf this year. I keep hearing so many good things about them. I came across your page from the #contentbrew chat. When I read your about page and saw that you were a soror (guess I should’ve figured it out from the colors on your blog), I just had to keep reading. Your writing is da bom–love your trophy wife description!

    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      Thank you sooo much, Soror! Funny thing about the colors: it’s lavender and green but after the redesign I took one look at it and thought: HEY! I know those colors! lol

      You must make it to a conference. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Type A and for Bloggy Bootcamp Las Vegas! I so appreciate your kind words about my writing! Don’t forget to sign up for the RSS feed! ;-)

      oxoxox

  12. Im so glad we met and got to spend time together!! You are a beautiful woman with a dynamic personality and some badass dance moves, my friend. I’m so grateful we connected, and look forward to more opportunities to get to know each other. *HUG*
    Frelle recently posted..I Need Your LoveMy Profile

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