Oh, Thank Haven [Recap 2014]

You know you had a good weekend when it’s Tuesday morning and you’re still sleepy and wondering where the heck the weekend went… and that’s pretty much where I’m at right now.  I spent this weekend at the Haven Conference in Atlanta brushing up on my blogging skills and meeting some amazing women.  I wish I’d taken more photos, but with all the sessions, swag, drinks, and dancing, I was just too busy to take any!

Everything kicked off with a fantastic keynote speech by Chip Wade (who I found out is a fellow mechanical engineer!). Seriously, any time he wants to come and make some Elbow Room in the Little House he is more than welcome.  I’m just kidding.  But seriously. Come convert our attic, Mr. Chip Wade.  We’ll give you carte blanche.

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I attended some fantastic sessions that boosted my blogging confidence and helped me realize where I want LHBH to go.  The Blogging Trade Secrets session with Laura, Jen, Erin, and Dusty was AMAZING. I mean, mind-boggling good.

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I also really loved the Working with Brands session with Brittany, Diane, and the awesomely funny Mandi.  Not only did I really enjoy this session, but one of the best moments of my weekend was Mandi dancing on me (and I mean on me) to get me on the dance floor Friday night.  Her fearless spirit is so infectious I was out on the dance floor in no time (hence the lack of sleep)!

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Next year, I’d love a few classes on web design/Wordpress wrangling, the business side of blogging, and maybe a couple on how to grow your blog.

Another highlight of the weekend was meeting (and rooming with) one my long time blog besties, Ashley from Attempts at Domestication.  This girls is seriously so much fun! If it weren’t for her I might have spent the whole weekend hiding in my room.

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I was also lucky enough to meet Kim from Newly Woodwards and Michelle from Decor and the Dog.  It was so fun to finally get to put names (and voices!) with faces!

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(photo from Ashley)

I met a TON of amazing women this weekend, including (but not limited to) Rachel (and her sweet little one), Amanda, Anna, and Kelly.  They (and their blogs) are amazing and definitely worth adding to your Bloglovin’ feed (and your Instagram and Twitter and whatever other social media you can follow them on).  We had some really great conversations and even started our own club, Oversharers [not] Anonymous.  Okay, not really. But we could have.

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(photo by Amanda)

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Moen Kitchen

(photo from Ashley)

I did get my hands dirty at the Ryobi power tool workshop.  For the most part though, I stuck to the blogging sessions – this girl is no stranger to power tools!

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I learned so much at Haven that I can’t wait to implement here on the blog!  Kevin and I are so excited about the changes we’re noodling on (yes, noodling is the technical term) and we can’t wait to share them with you.

What did you do this weekend? Have you ever met any of your internet friends? Are you a stranger to power tools?

 

 

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