I am not a blogger who spends my time traveling to conferences. For the most obvious reason, they are expensive. Flights, hotels, transportation, meals, wardrobe...it adds up fast! I also tend to stay away since it is really hard to be in a place where the hairs on the back of your neck are standing up due to the anxiety you are having. Anxiety over the sponsors who missions is completely opposite of yours, products that scare you and a competition to be the most fashionable blogger ever. For me it is like throwing a baseball player in the middle of a ballet class. I just don't feel like I fit in. When ShiftCon was announced, I knew that this was my chance, my kind of place, my people. People who also have anxiety in the grocery store and really could care less as to where you purchased you outfit. I had to go, without a shadow of doubt, I needed to be there. I worked my way there and couldn't be happier.
If you are a reader if Simple City Life, then you most likely would love Shift Con as well and really should join me next year. Here is why:
You will meet amazing people.
It's impossible not too. The fellow bloggers are wonderful, the sponsors area blast to hang out with and the speakers are passionate and supportive of you and your efforts. Not only will you meet these fine people you have the chance to meet and make new friends like I did. My roommates were so great! Lori and Nicole were great to meet, spend my days with and walk away with new friendships. I am so thankful that I was able to meet these ladies and journey together as we watch this Shift Happen. You will be able to meet the amazing panel of speakers like Gary Hirshberg, Robyn O'Brein, Vani Hari, and so many more.
You will eat amazing organic, non-GMOfoods.
Leah was extraordinary. She it this conference out of the park. Every provided meal was above and beyond all expectations. Each ingredient was carefully picked out and held to the highest standard. It was unbelievable and comforting to know that I was not sacrificing my food standards while away from home. It was a dream. Even down to the yummy and fancy cocktails. We are talking organic alcohol and specialty Kombutcha Cocktails.
You will have opportunities to do yoga with Travis Eliot.
Yes. I'm serious. Waking up at 6am, not so great. Doing a great workout with Travis, the Ultimate Yogi, worth it. His class was wonderful! I am so glad I woke up and made myself head down. He is a great instructor, I really want to get his workouts now.
You will be able to squeeze in time to see the Ocean!
This small trip would not have happened if it wasn;t for my wonderful roomate Lori. Since she was kinda local and drove to the conference, I was able to hitch a ride with Lori and Lisa from Naturepedic. We loved every moment on that beach. My heart longs to live out west again.
You will meet some of the BEST brands on the market for all your families needs.
It's one thing to follow these great brands on social media, but it is so much better to meet them face to face! Although we have been ambassadors for Molly's Suds for just about a year, I have had meet Monica. It was wonderful and she is so sweet. I am so glad that I was able to spend time with her in real life. Of course, I LOVED hanging out with my favorite Stonyfield ladies, Kristina and Melanie. hey are a absolute blast and always keep me laughing. Meeting Shari from Nordic Naturals was another wonderful moment for me. We have worked together several time over the years. They have some wonderful new products coming out. Chatting with Heidi while resting on the luxurious Naturepedic mattresses was a huge highlight. Such a great line of organic mattresses starting from birth right through adulthood. Every interaction was wonderful!
You will learn so much!
From how to be a better advocate, to how to run your blog better, you will be amazed at how much information you will have access too. My favorite sessions were The future of GMO labeling, Google+, and the legals of blogging. If you are bummed you missed out, fear not- you can buy the entire recorded conference here.
You just might win big!
I'm still in shock of my HUGE win! I was in disbelief when Leah announced my name as the winner of the Year Supply Of Breakfast, sponsored by Applegate, Natures Path, Rudy's Organic Bakery and Organic Valley. It was a unbelievable win and I am so thankful to these companies. This is huge for our budget this coming year.
Bottom line, this is the one conference I will attend this year and most likely the only one next year too. Being able to walk inspired, supported, passionate and confident is a incredible feeling. Blogging can be defeating if you are not surrounded by a fully supportive tribe. I found that at Shift Con and I couldn't happier!
Until next year,