My daughters understand exactly why I would create my own custom tote to take along to my first BlogHer conference. They know I'm a bit old-fashioned and that I often value handcrafted items above anything we could find at the store. What's really special is what's inside: old-fashioned school pictures and folded up artwork for this stay-at-home mom who hasn't spent much time away from her kids in the past few years. I can already tell that their fun-filled time with my husband will keep them busy; while I'm missing them before I even leave home!
My daughters are also sending me off to the conference with their words of advice. I thought I'd share some of those with you.
"Wear funky clothes!"
"You should wear your tennis shoes or high heeled shoes...or whatever's comfortable."
"Introduce yourself and be friendly."
"If you're really shy, then at least say hello."
"Tell people about your blog."
"Whenever you get to that hotel, you could give the hotel person one of your cards."
"You could go someplace and do an interview..."
"Take your camera and take lots of pictures of everything you see."
When I asked them what I need to learn, they answered, "Everything!"
"Try to learn all you can in your classes."
"Try to eat healthy stuff. Don't have dessert. Instead of eating a hamburger, have something else that's healthy like yogurt."
"You can eat a little bit of dessert, just not a whole lot."
On Being Away:
"Remember to, like, call us and tell us about what it's like and what you've been doing."
"Go to every party and get us a souvenir at every party!"
I feel lucky to have such a thoughtful support team at home, even during some well-deserved me time.
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