lessons // 13 tips for blog conferences.

13 lessons I learned from GBS2014 // LLinaBC.com

1. going alone is encouraged. you’ll be forced to step out of your comfort zone + you’ll realize just how rewarding that is.
2. find the fine line between living in the moment + hiding behind your camera lens. be present, but document as you see fit. returning home wishing you had snapped more photos is a rotten feeling.
3. collect business cards like candy. it’s impossible to remember everyone you had the pleasure of meeting, plus they serve as a pretty souvenir.
4. stay hydrated. coffee, champagne, & water are all viable options.
5. be a sponge. how often do you have the opportunity to learn from, be inspired by, and socialize with your peers fellow bloggers? pick everyone’s brain. you’ll be amazed what you can learn.
6. introduce yourself by your name + blog title. [c/o cedar and rush‘s presentation]. be your own biggest advocate.
7. take entirely too many notes.
8. create a plan of action, from said notes. and most importantly, follow through.
9. have a brainstorming session. you’re riding on a wave of motivation. take full advantage & write down every idea that your head can possibly produce.
10. make sure everyone you had the pleasure of meeting knows it was a true pleasure.
11. blogging is a community. support each other.
12. wear flats. the comfiest of heels are no match for an entire day, regardless of the stand-up to sit down ratio.
13. be genuine. make your blog a true reflection of yourself.

and last but not least, attend as many as you possibly can. they are truly beneficial.

[in my opinion, these tips can be slightly modified to fit any professional development event].

happy tuesday!

travels // wknd in kansas city.

I just arrived back home to iowa last night, from attending a blogging conference in kansas city over the weekend. go blog social, to be exact. you’re suppose to leave these things feeling inspired, ready to take over the world, and with a whole slew of new friends. which means I got exactly what I went for.

I met some pretty incredible people. and have a lot of information to share. but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. today it’s all about the photos!

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

lunch at BRGR kitchen + bar.

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

a few of the amazing bloggers I had the privilege of spending the wknd with.

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

the most incredible boutique + bar, the garment district. where we had our social event saturday night.

go blog social 2014 // LLinaBC.com

see you tomorrow for a bit more of an informative + inspiring look at my weekend.

happy monday.

life // april showers.

april showers // LLinaBC.com

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have you ever felt so overwhelmed by the amount of things you needed to accomplish that when you’d sit down your brain would say “isn’t there something you should be doing right now?”.

that’s me.

full-time job + part-time weekend job + blogging + wedding planning + life. oh, and trying to get 8 hours of sleep.

thankfully I have an amazing fiancé, while I was on a coffee date with some local midwest bloggers this weekend, he was working on our wedding invitations, calling necessary vendors, and checking our guest list twice. he’s a saint.

busy is a good thing, don’t get me wrong. it’s just when you get too busy, you don’t have time to stop + smell the roses. to actually enjoy your life.

[*editor’s note: I am still smelling the roses. or at least waiting for may to bring them].

happy tuesday.

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hello april.