I Am an Onion....

A & k 6 I am a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister and a friend.

I am a lawyer, a writer and a thinker.

I am silly, friendly, inquisitive and talkative.

I am judging, irritable and sensitive.

I am a Texan, Oklahoman, Iowan and Minnesotan.

I am open-minded, controlling and determined.

I am shy. I am worried no one will talk to me. I am uncertain. I am sometimes lonely. I am tired. I am ignored. I am vulnerable.

I am loved. I am noticed. I am important {to my kids and husband}. I am complex. I am accepted. I am imperfect, which I'm told is the new perfect. I am me.

I am all of these things every day. There are many layers to my being. Some layers are thin; some layers are thick; and sometimes it's painful to start slicing through the layers. I was all of these things and more this past week at Blissdom Conference in Nashville. I have found that a gathering like this brings out the best and worst of me.

Blissdom unlike BlogHer, did provide more opportunities for networking and conversation. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of business cards I exchanged with other attendees. I was also delighted to meet and connect with a number of really lovely people. There were some who intentionally struck up a conversation with me because I was alone {and perhaps looking tired and dejected}; who shared a smile, a kind word, a tweet and a hug with me. I am forever grateful to those ladies who at various times plucked me up and made me feel included and loved.

I was in awe of the amazing keynote speaker, Brene’ Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection. Let Go of Who You Think You Are Supposed to Be & Embrace Who You Are. I know that I am a better person for having heard her words of wisdom. I am certain that if I gained nothing else from this trip, Brene' Brown's speech was more than worth it. She's a lovely fellow Texan with a penchant for relating stories and research in a heartfelt, meaningful manner.

Was Blissdom worth the money, the time, the expense? I'm still processing the entire experience to decide this. I'm still deciding whether I will plan to go to Blissdom in 2012. If I do go next year, I know I now have #Blissdom friends. Thank you Shan {sorority sister from my chapter}, Alycia, Kristina, Alethea, Kristina L. {in photo above}, Joanna, Abby, Heather and Sarah. I would not have laughed or cried {in a good way} nearly so often without these girls!

The last night was a bit of a fiasco and a whole post unto itself. Thankfully, Kristina L. was there along for the ride and helped provide some comic relief to the situation. I'll tell you that story another time. Over and out...


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