5 Unconventional BlogHer '14 Tips That You Simply Must Follow

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DISCLAIMER: If you are looking for a “Are you ready for BlogHer?” post that talks about things that you should do to your website, how many business cards to order, and what types of shoes to pack for the maximum amount of comfort during the conference, this isn’t it.

I repeat, THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL “GETTING READY FOR BLOGHER” POST.

I’ll be at BlogHer in two weeks. Fourteen days to be exact. I realized this morning that I need to get my act together, and that maybe I’m not the only one. The practical, good-girl blogger stuff is already finished. Now I need to focus on the important stuff. At least the important stuff in my world. So, in bucking with tradition (and by tradition, I mean just one post last year), I give you my new and improved, what-to-do-to-prepare-for-BlogHer-when-it’s-just-two-weeks-away post.

1. Stop Dieting

Listen, we all had plans to fit in to that ONE OUTFIT that we really wanted to wear. I know that when I purchased my BH14 ticket, I had MONTHS to lose a few pounds and fit in to this really adorable dress that I bought. I felt confident and motivated, which is why I bought the dress in the first place. Since I am a speaker for Pathfinder Day’s “The Path to Business Owner”, I felt extra pressure to look good at least for that one day.

However, the stress of selling my home, buying a new one, and moving my family of five took over and it didn’t happen. Things like this happened instead:

So I say to you, “Stop Dieting.” Be happy with the size that you are RIGHT NOW. Wear that dress or outfit that you picked out that you really love and makes you feel good about yourself. Buy some shapewear or say “screw it” and go without. Either way, I won’t judge you. And, if you are like me and carry all of your extra weight in your belly causing you to look like you are 4-6 months pregnant, I promise not to ask you when you are due if you can do the same for me. Deal?

2. Do Your Hair

With two weeks left to go, I’ve got a hot date with Miss Clairol. Yes, I color my own hair. I’ve been doing it on my own for 20+ years, and I’m pretty good at it. Two weeks out is a good amount of time to let the color settle down in to what it is supposed to be and let the brashness of the box color fade in to something softer and more natural. Additionally, and I’m speaking from experience, two weeks is enough time to get in to a salon and have them fix it in case you screw it up. #ShitHappens

The same rule applies for a haircut, although I don’t do this one on my own (unless bangs count and then yes, I’m all in). Getting a haircut a few days before a big event is a bad idea: What if you hate it?What if your regular stylist loses her mind and you end up getting talked in to something that you didn’t want? With two weeks to get used to it, you will be in good shape and over any of the “Holy crap, I need to wear a hat everywhere I go” or “I’m not leaving the house again, EVER” phase and be ready to rock out with confidence.

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