There is so much that I could tell you about BlogHer ’11. I could go on for days about how much I learned in the sessions, how much I
drank danced the parties, how much I enjoyed talking to some amazing brand representatives, and how much my back hurts from lugging home an obscene amount of swag.
But, what I want to tell you about most is the friendships, because as I sit here, 48 hours after returning home, they are the highlight of my trip…they are what made it so incredibly memorable.
And I want to thank so many people.
Deep breath…here I go…
Let me start with my “old” friends…
Sherri… Thank you for being my wingwoman through it all, for being the rock that I needed more times than I care to admit. Dancing with you, sharing inside jokes (what? what!), and knowing that you were by my side made all of the difference for me. Your friendship is one of the greatest gifts of my life.
Cheryl…You are the closest thing that I’ll ever get to having a sister. Your honesty, candor, silliness, and sarcasm make me love you. I appreciated your wisdom throughout the pre-BlogHer hysteria, your calm during the whirlwind that was BlogHer, and your willingness to talk ad nauseum during the exhausting aftermath. Love you, girl.
Rachel… Oh, my friend. You are so lovely inside and out. You are you. What you see is what you get…loyal, kind, outrageous, funny, and beautiful. I just love you. Thank you for always making me smile.
Yuliya… How can I begin to tell you how much your friendship means to me? I am so grateful that we had one-on-one time together on Sunday. You are vibrant, strong, gorgeous, true, and you just exude love. How lucky I am to know you.
Lori… Hearing you read your Voices of the Year piece on Friday was so powerful. Your words were true, strong, clear, and filled with love. I couldn’t have been more proud to call you my friend than I was in that moment. What a lovely representation it was of who you truly are. I love you so very much.
Amy…I’ve told you this so many times, but you are such a calming force for me. The melody in your voice and the way you look me directly in the eyes makes me all swoony over you. I admire you for so many reasons.
Natalie… To tell you that I counted the moments until I met you would be such an understatement. You have such a kind heart and your generosity means the world to me. Thank you were patient with me for being the “slowest getter-readier ever!” I know that we’ll be friends for always.
Tonya… I can’t count the times you made me smile. You soothed me when I was anxious, made me laugh when I was near tears, and made me giggle like a schoolgirl when I needed it. So much love for you, my dear friend.
Katie… Where do I even begin? Thank you for being exactly who I knew you’d be, for letting me snuggle you when I crawled into bed at 4 am, and for being willing to stay up and share pillow talk with me. You are the real deal, Katie. How lucky I am to know you.
Galit… I was so excited to meet you in person. You are so kind and generous online and you were every bit as sincere and lovely in person.
Gigi… It was so great to finally meet you. Our time by the pool was, hands down, my favorite time with you. If only some of your wisdom would rub off on me!
Nicole… I am so grateful for the time we had at the pool on Wednesday. I so enjoyed talking with you. You are so lovely.
Erin…You have such a beautiful soul. After spending time with you, I think even more highly of you than I did before.
Tracy… Once I forgave you for being so gorgeous, slim, and funny, I was struck by how at ease you made me feel. I am so happy that we finally met in person.
Eileen… I feel like I didn’t get to see you much, but you rocked the party Saturday night. The company was great and the food was delish! So grateful that we live so close.
Kristy… I adore you. That is all. Wait…also? You looked ridiculously awesome on Thursday night!
Amy… I kept thinking that we’d have loads of time to hang out, but the days just slipped through my fingers. It was such a joy to meet your family on Sunday…I just wish we would have had more time together.
Varda… You looked so radiant on Saturday night. It was amazing to see you so happy.
Then, there are my new-ish friends…
Morgan… I’m convinced you have one of the kindest, most tender souls I’ve ever come across. Getting to know you better was such a joy.
Christine… I apologize for talking your ear off every time I saw you. If I had been you, I would have ducked at the mere sight of me. It was so nice to see you and I look forward to getting together soon.
Jenny… I don’t think that you could be any nicer or more engaging. You were a breath of fresh air amidst a whole lot of crazy.
Suz… I loved our time at the airport. It was so great to get to know you in a way that I couldn’t have done otherwise.
Merry… I can still see your beautiful smile. I loved talking with you and learning more about you.
Miranda… Girl, you are every bit as amazing in person as you are online. I could have listened to you talk all day, every day. I so loved spending time with you.
Cam… Thank you for letting me talk your ear off on Saturday night! It was so wonderful to get to know you. I see many road trips to San Francisco in my future.
And those people who were even more fabulous than I imagined they’d be…
Monique… You are so many kinds of amazing. Your sincerity, sense of humor, and warmth left me speechless. You’re mine now, my pretty.
Poppy… Three words: Change. Your. Avatar. You are so ridiculously gorgeous. Add funny and genuine to the mix and I’m more than a bit smitten with you.
Jenny (the Bloggess)… Thank you for taking the time to speak with me at The People’s Party. Your compassion and words of understanding will stay with me for always.
Mary… You have an amazing ability to make those you come into contact with feel important and heard. I loved talking with you at dinner on Wednesday. Your stories still make me giggle. And blush.
Jen… I wondered if you could be nearly as funny in person as you are online and you didn’t disappoint. You were on my must-meet list and I couldn’t believe my good fortune for running into you on Thursday.
My blogging idol, Kelle… Thank you for not getting a restraining order against me for stalking you on Saturday. Before I went to BlogHer, when asked who I could only dream of meeting, your name was at the very top of an incredibly short list.
An one old, new friend (or a new, old friend?)…
Cathy… I feel like we talked and connected more on Friday night than we did during our entire high school experience. How serendipitous it is that we’ve reconnected. The time we spent together at Sparklecorn was such a joy. I’m so happy we’ve reconnected.
And lastly, some lovely people with whom I wish I could have spent more time…
Robin, Elena, Jenny, Jessica, Kayleen, Susan, Jessica, Janice, Lizz, Kristin, Fadra, Suzanne, Tara, Kelly, Carolyn, Tracy, Alena, Jen, Erin, Frelle, and Jill. You were all so lovely.
I keep thinking that I’m forgetting so many people. If I am, please reference the massive amounts of
alcohol exhaustion referenced above.
Each and every one of you made my BlogHer ’11 experience wonderful. I am so grateful to know such a diverse, intelligent, dynamic, and driven group of women.
I’m off to take a nap.