Alt Summit was almost two weeks ago, but I'm still soaking in all of the goodness. While I continue to process everything, I thought I'd share some of my favorite Good Things from the conference:
• The View from Our Room Marisa and I stayed at the Grand America, where all the action was. And it was just lovely. (See photo above.)
• Our Taking the Leap Panel Chelsea, Lisa and Christine, and I spoke about jumping into full-time freelance creative work. We could easily have spoken about the topic for days. Some quick highlights: Look before you leap, be obsessively passionate, surround yourself with like-minded people. I promise to share more soon.
• Learning Something New Although I've been designing on the web for 5+ years and writing online a lot longer than that, I will be the first to admit I have a lot to learn about the business of blogging. So the panels on topics like growing your community, social media ethics and the art of the pitch were so enlightening.
• A Lot of Laughter Enough said.
• Chocolate Fondue & Other Treats Although I wasn't impressed with the Grand America chocolate chip cookies I'd heard so much about, there were many yummy treats throughout the week, and I was beyond thrilled that I felt well enough to enjoy them all. (Hello, 2nd trimester.)
• Eye Candy Gather 400 design and lifestyle blog movers and shakers in one place and you're bound to see some fantastic style and fashion. Color, sparkles and prints, oh my!
• Knowing That Niceness Matters It was so refreshing to hear over and over again that people still value some good old fashioned kindness. From Tina Roth Eisenberg's keynote address to Erin's impromptu lobby Resource Party, the theme rang true.
• Sleeping In I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that I slept in past 7am every single day I was there. Little Henry's internal alarm clock strikes at 6am most days, and that extra hour (or more!) of sleep was quite the luxury. (I have to thank Rama, as well as his mom, for taking good care of Henry while I was away. I was very aware of the load they carried so that I could enjoy this trip.)
• Coming Full Circle I met a nice girl named Ali on the first day of the conference. We made our usual "What do you do?" introductions, and she told me about The Makerie. I was excited to make her acquaintance, because I'd actually heard of the creative retreat just a few weeks before. We ran into each other over the course of the week, and each time we'd share some smiles and a chat. It wasn't until our last day that we traded cards and realized that she was one of my very first paying clients over 6 years ago, when designing websites was just something I did in the middle of the night because I was kind of obsessed. Ali had a budding stationery company, and I created its website. Her project led to a couple of others, and those others gave me the courage to quit my day job and start Darling Design in earnest. So, it was kind of magical to be able to look Ali in the eye, give her a great big hug and say, "Thanks."
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