As most of you know, last weekend I was able to attend BlogHer 2017 thanks to the amazing #BloggerBabe network Style Collective. It was an inspiring conference focused on blogging, women empowerment, and much much more. Throughout the weekend I had a phenomenal experience, learned tons of information, and met many wonderful ladies that will help me along with my blogging journey.
Below i’ll share a few of the things I learned and some tips for anyone looking to attended a blogging conference in the future.
You Do Not Have the Same 24 Hours in the Day As Beyoncé
So we’ve all seen the “inspirational” pictures floating around the internet saying “You have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyoncé”. In telling women this it is saying basically we have the same time in a day Beyoncé has we should be able to tons of stuff done too! (I mean after all look how together and famous she is right!) WRONG. We. Do. Not. Have. The. Same. 24. Hours. In. A. Day. As. Beyoncé.
Beyoncé has an ARMY of people behind her helping her along the way. (Hair stylists, nannies, managers, make up artists, you name it – she’s got it) Most of us women out here don’t have that kind of army behind us – we are doing it alone. And that’s okay! Just do the best you can with the support system you have. You don’t have the same amount of time in a day as Beyoncé – but you do have a fresh start every day to be the best empowered mother/wife/women you can be. (Thank you Luvvie for this important lesson)
You Can Do What You Love And Get Paid For It
Screw the haters telling you, “get a real job”. If there is one thing I’ve learned from this weekend, it’s that if you work hard enough at something you will succeed! Most people think that it will always come easy – but even when you love what you do the days can be exhausting.
At BlogHer 2017 I took a class called “How to Travel The World Right Now Regardless of Your Circumstances”. It was an amazing class and I learned tons of money saving tips and tricks; however, the most important thing I learned wasn’t about the traveling it’s self – but the journey of how one beautiful blogger got there. (Thank you Stephanie from Around the World Beauty for sharing your story)
When Stephanie told us her story of how she became a traveling Blogger/Vlogger she explained to us the process of this decision. She sat down and said to herself “If there were three things that I could do for the rest of my life and be happy what would they be?” and she came up with “Beauty, Travel, Documentaries”. She then realized that she could travel the world doing documentaries about beauty from different regions – and that’s exactly what she did.
So that’s amazing advice – what are three things you would be happy doing for the rest of your life? Now find that in a career. (I promise it exists)
There Are Other Women Out There Just Like You
One thing I’m thankful for in this blogging journey is the opportunity I have had to meet wonderful friends. After college I found it hard to make friends back in my small town – thankfully I’ve been able to meet other blogger babes that are interested in the same topics as me. Through BlogHer we were able to take our friendship “to the next level” and meet in person! Loved meeting up with my Style Collective sisters for an afternoon at the pool bar. We related on so many levels – fashion, beauty, relationships, life. (Oh and of course alcohol).
While I did have a wonderful time at the conference, here are some tips that I had known that you want to keep in mind!
Plan Your Outfits
Okay so obviously when attending a Blogging conference I was FREAKING about what to wear up until the morning of the conference (not fun or smart). Try to plan all of your outfits out a week before the conference to receive some stress and give you some time if you just HAVE to go get something else.
I got lots of compliments on this adorable romper below and it was only $30! From Target – check it out HERE!
The second outfit was a hand me down lace dress from my mom and a timeless denim jacket with, as always, my favorite Kate Spade tassel earrings.
So I was pretty mad when I got back to my car after the first day of the conference only to realize I then had to pay $27 for parking… The 2nd day one of my blogger friends shared a tip – if I bought a drink or food at the bar then they would validate my parking. (I don’t know about you but I would much rather get something for my money) Moral of the story – ask around the first day to see if there are any ways to validate/discount your parking.
Have A Buddy
Lucky for me my girl Tiffany from Arrows & Awe was my partner in crime for the weekend. This made it much less intimidating braving the conference with someone else rather than being alone. We still pushed each other to network and get out of our comfort zones, but it was much nicer having someone else to go through it with. So try to find a buddy – even if you don’t know anyone going try to network online and see if you could meet up with someone! (This also helps if you have to stay in a hotel room – I know a lot of girls who roomed together which is cost saving and let’s be honest, so fun!)
Have An Open Mind
One of the most important things I learned was to have an open mind. You never know what you’re going to learn or the type of people you are going to meet. Don’t over stuff your itinerary – find a few things you definitely want to go to and then for the rest of the time go with the flow and see where it takes you. You never know the opportunities that could come up!
I hope you enjoyed my recap and tips from BlogHer17 – I had a blast and can’t wait to see where it will be next year!
Below are some of my favorite finds from the conference – Mashtini’s, floral crockpots, etc. Enjoy!