My Blissdom Encouragers!!

by Kathy Sykes on February 11, 2010 · 6 comments

Last week, I had the great opportunity of attending Blissdom 2010 in Nashville. If you don’t already know, Blissdom is a conference that is geared toward women bloggers who want to learn more about their craft, how to turn blogging into a business and helps to build communities of women around specific agendas.

This was my first Blissdom conference and I can honestly say that I met some of the most creative, resourceful and motivated women in the country.  This conference also inspired us bloggers to do even more great work through the power of our words and the community of followers that we build.

The absolute best part of the conference, for me, was the opening key note speaker Kevin Carroll who set the tone of the conference by proclaiming that we MUST endulge our passion in life and PLAY as much as possible. If you have not heard of this fabulous man, then I ENCOURAGE you to find out all about him. His words resonated so heavily with everything that I am trying to do in life. Here are a sample of my tweets while I was listening to him speak:

Each day is a gift so how do you maximize each day!!! @kckatalyst #blissdom

Live consciously!! Do you see that RED BALL!!! #blissdom

 “Speak UP”..A closed mouth don’t get fed…@kckatalyst you never know who is there to assist you! #blissdom

My eyes are on continual “water patrol” because this man @kckatalyst is speaking to my spirit 

 

 One of his main points was to always keep yourself surrounded by ENCOURAGERS!!!  These are people who can see your vision and support you on your path to make it happen. Even though I met many fabulous women during the conference, I want to spotlight several who were true encouragers of me while I was there (and some had only met me for the first time) and have you check out their blog sites for further information on these dynamic women:

Renee J. Ross-Cutie Booty Cakes

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Click Clack Mom-Amy

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Tonia Sanders-The Chatty Momma

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Mandy Roberson-Counting My Pennies and My Blessings

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Melitsa Avila-Play Activities

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I didn’t get a chance to take a picture with all of the ENCOURAGERS that I met, but I have to mention a few more who made an impact on me for just being themselves:

1.  Alli Worthington- www.blissfullydomestic.com 

2.  Barbara Jones- www.one2onenetwork.com 

3.  Danielle Smith- www.Extraordinarymommy.com

4.  Molly Thornberg- www.digitalmomblog.com

5.  Cooper Munroe- www.themotherhood.com

6.  www.lovefeasttable.com

7.  www.girlfriendology.com

8.  Jana Warnke- jana-sugarspicelife.blogspot.com

9.  Melissa Michaels- www.theinspiredroom.com

These ladies have great stories of life and a great passion to make a better world. They didn’t know me from Adam (Eve) but they were willing to listen to what I had to say and offer me encouraging words of support to continue to keep my dreams alive.

Thank you to Blissdom, Kevin Carroll, and to all my ENCOURAGERS for keeping me lifted up!!

And, last but not least,….MY PICTURE WITH HARRY CONNICK, JR. !!!!!

 

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Rachel February 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Can I just say, Amen. Because I don’t know what else I’d say, other than that.

Kevin was simply amazing, inspiring, funny, touching and REAL.

The women you met, phenomenal.
I’m so glad that you came!r

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Jana February 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Oh good gracious your photo with Harry is to die for, I am so sad mine turned out terribly but the moment was great! Thank you so much for linking me I was really surprised and was so glad to spend some time with you at lunch. Made my day girl! I am still playing catch up but I will let you know when I post my links to your bloggy as well! kiss that baby for me!

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Melitsa February 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Thank you.
It was great to meet you in person. Kevin was so inspirational. It’s taken ages to think of how to write that post. It’ll be up tomorrow.

……………you look sharp with Harry 🙂

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Alli February 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm

Girl, Look at how cute you are with Harry!

So happy you loved it.

Me, you, 498 of our Bffs. Next Feb!

xoxo

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kathysykes February 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for all of the comments on the post. This is just proving my “written word” that these women are ENCOURAGERS!!

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Renee February 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Lady it was great to see you as always. I love seeing the progression of your blog, keep it up girlie.!

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