Hello again! I just got back from the best experience I've had since I started blogging! SNAP conference 2014. The weekend was chocked full of information, food, networking, more food, and fun. A blogging conference may not sound like great way to spend 4 days, but trust me, you'd want to go too.
I was blessed to be able to attend Haven, last summer in Atlanta. It was very helpful, but SNAP was a whole different experience. Although I loved Haven (and am working on going again this year), I decided I would break down the reasons why this conference rocked just a little harder.
Much closer to home, SNAP was in downtown Salt Lake City this year. I had kinda an odd situation. The first night of the trip I stayed at the Hotel which the conference was held, Little America (gorgeous, convenient and reasonably priced btw). The next day my friend Mindi from My Love 2 Create came in town and we spent the next 3 nights with her sister, who happens to live here...
No, I'm not kidding. I stayed in that amazing house! It was built in 1886 and was filmed as the Meyer's home in the movie Halloween 5. How cool is that? It didn't hurt that it was literally 4 blocks away from my favorite bakery too : )
I attended several fabulous classes and am SUPER excited to implement what I have learned. I feel like I am a better blogger (or will be soon). The developer of InLinks actually flew all the way in from Greece to teach a class I attended.
Although I really enjoyed the classes, some of the other activities were unforgettable. Like our field trip to the most amazing store I. have. ever. seen! If you ever happen to be in SLC, you have to check out Euro Treasures! Make sure you have plenty of time though. It is a warehouse literally packed floor to ceiling with the most beautiful, authentic, antique furniture I have ever seen! I met the the owner Scott. So kind and so knowledgeable! He even set up a spread of treats for us to enjoy.
|Karen, Mindi, Me and Tisa|
Duck Tape generously sponsored the "Stuck in the 80's Prom" party Friday night. I may or may not have looked like a polygamist. Just sayin. It was awesome.
One of my favorite parts was being chosen to take part in the Home Depot charity contest. I was lucky enough to be partnered with Eliesa from A Pinterest Addict, Sarah from Becoming Martha, Amanda from The Contractor Chronicles, and Destiny from A Place For Us. The challenge was to finish a piece of bare furniture that would be given to a deserving, single mother and daughter, and we had only 2 hours to finish.
Guess what.... We won!!!!
Generous as ever, Home Depot hooked us up with an awesome swag bag and a gift card (which is burning a hole in my pocket).
Have you heard of Alex Boye? If you haven't, you HAVE to check out his music videos. If you have, you should still check out his music videos. This guy is the shiz. Seriously. Way cooler than I will ever be.
He is a singer/songwriter/producer originally from London, who now lives in Salt Lake. I can't tell you how talented this man is, and hilarious too! He put on an amazing concert Thursday night, and shared some inspiring personal stories with us.
Talk about inspiring! The next night we heard from Sochi silver medalist, Noelle Pikus-Pace. I had heard about her during the Olympics, but I had no idea the challenges she overcame.
She showed the video of her final, winning run. Everyone in the room had tears in their eyes as we watched her run up to her family is the stands to celebrate. And we all started bawling when the lights came on and she held up her silver medal. So powerful!
Tauni, the organizer of SNAP did a fantastic job picking out the sponsors this year. Every brand was a perfect fit and unbelievably generous! Just look at all the stuff I brought home!
The only bummer is they were so generous, I had to pay an additional $50 for an overweight bag on the flight home. I was pulling out and giving away some quality products, just so I could zip my suitcase. Maybe I should consider flying Southwest next year?
I'm very excited for the connections with brands I made, and I think you all will be too (hint hint).
You often hear bloggers say the connections and friendships they make at a conference are the best part. Well, its totally true! At least for me at SNAP it was.
At Haven, I met some awesome friends that I'm still close to now, but you definitely felt some cliquishness, and I would dare say snobbery from some of the other bloggers.
Not for one moment at SNAP did I feel excluded or looked down upon. Everyone was SO warm and friendly! I had the opportunity to talk with a few "big" bloggers, and they were all down-to-earth, sweet ladies.
Speaking of cool people, I had the best roommates! All 5 of them! Dee from Cupcakes and Crowbars, Tisa from Tisa's Creations, Randi from Sowdering About, Krista from Hoopla Events, and my good friend Mindi from My Love 2 Create.
|Krista, Me, Tisa, Randi, Mindi, and Dee|
Dee, if you're reading this, I still miss spooning with you ; )
Sorry for the ridiculously long post. I feel like I barely scratched the surface of my experience! I want to send a big shout out to Tauni and her team. You ladies knocked it out of the park! Thank you SO much!
For the rest of you, if you blog, you need to attend next year! Seriously, it will change you and your blog for the best. If you don't blog, check out Salt Lake sometime and maybe we'll bump into each other at the bakery.
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