Last week, I traveled down to Manhattan to attend BlogHer 15. The past few years I watched from the sidelines (aka Twitter) and participated from home. I was especially sad to miss last year’s conference since I won a PhOTY. This is probably the longest I have been away from the kids in a very long time, plus, I haven’t stayed in a hotel in over 10 years. I hope this is just the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
Wednesday morning, I headed over to The View. I have never been part of a live studio audience. so this was a lot of fun. I was excited to see Whoopi and Raven (although I wish Rosie O’Donnell was still there.)
On Thursday morning, I woke up bright and early to stand outside of Studio 1A to watch the TODAY Show. In the early 1990s I stood outside the Live At Five studios to watch Matt Lauer and Sue Simmons. It was the night of the Christmas Tree lighting and I held up 2 posters — one said “Forget about the tree, I’m here to see Matt Lauer!” The other said “Future NBC Anchor.”
I interned at Weekend TODAY many years ago while I was still in college. Walking over towards 30 Rock I felt a wave of emotions rushing back to me. There is something about TODAY that feels like home to me.
I had been looking forward to this conference for years, since I first started blogging. My nervous excitement manifested itself in the form of a migraine. I ventured down to the lobby to grab some water and a banana while I took in the energy of those coming and going. I recognized the faces of bloggers I have “known” for years. I saw one blogger I really wanted to meet, but I retreated back to my room to rest before the Evening at the Expo. Turns out, I didn’t have the chance to connect with her in person for the rest of the conference. There is always next year.
I love meeting new people, but at times I fall into my middle school insecurity. Losing over 30 pounds before the conference has really boosted my self esteem. I felt more confident and secure in my own skin than I have felt in a very long time. It helped that everyone I met was so warm and inviting. There were times I felt overwhelmed and I needed a little bit of quiet to regroup. I walk a fine line between introvert and extrovert.
I am a proud contributor to the TODAY Parenting Team and I was delighted to be invited to breakfast on Friday morning. As I said before, the TODAY show has always played a big part in my life from when I was a child. This breakfast was a great way to kick off Day One of BlogHer.
That morning I connected with so many phenomenal writers, plus I was able to meet Wrangler.
This puppy, named Bean, made me think of my sweet Josie-bean waiting for me at home.
The closing party was a lot of fun — McDonalds, Minions, Nick Cannon, and BoyzIIMen!
I had a great weekend and I cannot wait until BlogHer 16. Who is planning on joining me?