Back from BlogHer14 and back to Blogging

Oh hi there! It’s August 1. Time for another try at blogging daily. Stay with me, friends.

I was fortunate to be able to make it to BlogHer this year. Thanks to a partnership with Fresh & Easy as their BlogHer correspondent. I’ll post more in the days to come and have a giveaway coming. Watch for it.

Here’s the thing about BlogHer. And it’s true for every time I’ve gone. Sure, people can point out negative things in just about anything. This year, I truly had a rewarding experience and am so thankful to have gone. Here are some of my favorite things about my time in San Jose:

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The Bloggess was a pure joy to see. I laughed so much. I think I always felt like she was too much of a superstar to give two licks about me. But she is just so real. The anxiety she describes is so much of what I feel a lot of the time. Thankfully, meds and maturity have helped me to live my life anyway. Her humor is such a breath of fresh air. And she talks just like Kelly Clarkson. I love it!

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I was in the same room as Kerry Wasington. Need I say more. I know, lame, I’ve been among the Shondaland people, obviously. But Kerry’s words were such an inspiration. I love her take on fame and paparazzi, civic pride and living the life she wants. I wanted to run up and hug her. But that probably would have caused a stampede.

 

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I recently discovered Luvvie’s blog. From her Scandal recaps and her funny takes on dumb tweets. She has become a must read in my feedly. And she was super nice and gracious. And my favorite thing about her is her lack of filter. She says what she wants. Much like my awesome friend Briya.

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I learned so much at the conference this year. I became inspired to finally get writing on the book I’ve been bouncing around in my brain for years, and learned a little about publishing. I became aware of a horrid initiative to be placed on the California ballot this November, threatening to cause harm to healthcare in our state and making lawyers richer. So, say No on 46, voters.

I also was dismayed to learn about the lack of women in public office and the gap that is glaring in potential women leaders to replace those that are getting termed out of office. I loved this session I attended with candidate for State Controler Betty Yee, my friend and politics superstar Erin Kotecki-Vest,  and Mary Hughes, from Close the Gap CA. 

 

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And of course, fun time with friends. I’ve made so many lifelong friends through blogging. It’s no lie when people call it a community. These are my people.

And with that, I’m calling it a night. I could go on and on about everything I loved about going this year. I hope there’s more to come. It’s not about the parties, or the vacation from kids, or the other bullshit that people have said about Blogher. It really is about the way that I’ve grown as a person through blogging and the people I’ve met along the way. It’s about learning what I want to do as a blogger and as a woman. I’m so glad to be a part of it.



Almost Wordless Wednesday

Sometimes you feel like life is on repeat. Get up, go to work, come home, mom stuff, wife stuff, sleep, repeat.

And there are many blessings in that life.

Like your toddler twins repeatedly bringing you random pieces of paper saying “Happy Mother’s Day mom, here’s your card.”  And your 7 year old bringing a belated card with a stone glued to it saying “Mom you Rock!” And your 12 year old who still hugs and kisses you and says “I love you, mommy.”

But now and then, you get a message saying “Come out and play with your fronds!”

So I went!
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Friday Five – May 9

1. Ok, so I missed yesterday. I took my birthday off of my post a day in May series. That’s ok. I forgive myself. I was busy celebrating and eating cake.
2. I’m getting a surprise gift. Sometimes the Universe answers you when you least expect it. Since we found out we were having twins, Marco and I had to get rid of our little cars and get the minivan. We’ve been a one car family and it has been hard. Well, today, Marco worked it out with a friend and we are finally buying a second car. We are picking it up tomorrow. I’ll miss having Marco chauffeur me around. But it will be a relief on managing our day to day lives.

3. I’ve been at this blogging thing forever!!! I was just reminded by Nance just how time has flown. Back in the day, these things were called online journals. And there weren’t any comments. Or sponsored posts. And I was coding every entry with my little html skills. I love it!

4. I saw my crazy doc today. We decided that I’ll continue on the dose of the happy pills I’m on. I think I’ve gotten past the adjustment period and am looking forward to not dealing with the highs and lows anymore. And putting worry where it belongs. Worrying is a damn thief if you let it.

5. For the past year, I’ve been working in two different offices doing multiple duties. As of next week, I get to just do my main job and that will also be a big relief to my stress. However, I will miss all my people at the beach office. They’re my familia.

That’s all folks! Time for bed!



Birthday Eve

Tomorrow is my birthday.

To be exact I was born, at this time on May 8th, 40-something years ago.

I say 40-something because I always gave to do math to figure out my age now. How old am I? Oh, let’s see, what year are we in? Minus this, carry the 7, … Um yeah.

Remember when half birthdays were a big deal? Being in such a rush to get to the next age.

I’m in no rush. Just trying to enjoy the fab forties.

I really am in a good place. I hate that my brain forgets that, and makes me think I need to fret about things.

Being thankful. Gratitude.

That’s what I will be conscious of this year.

Because I am blessed.

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