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Haven Conference 2013 Recap

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(My cat trying to stow away in my suitcase!)

Do you remember middle school (or as we called it way back when, junior high)?

Heart beating rapidly, stomach churning, hands shaking as you walk into the cafeteria for lunch.

No friends in sight, strange faces seemingly all staring straight at you.

That was what I felt like at Haven this past weekend.

But unlike that nightmare from middle school, the marvelous ladies (and a few brave men) of Haven were waiting to help, inform and encourage.

No one was laughing at my out of style clothes or strange haircut.

Perfect strangers formed new friendships and beginning bloggers mingled with more successful ones.

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I am still shy and introverted.

I still have long hair.

I still wear glasses (most of the time).

But at Haven none of those things mattered. 

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I socialized and made friends and promoted my blog to brands.

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I loved seeing the differences in bloggers in person vs. online. Some were taller or shorter than I expected. Deeper or higher voice than I would have guessed. Some were more shy (like me) and some were the life of the party. Yet, for all the differences, one thing drew us together.

We love DIY and blogging about our passion.

I learned that good content and great pictures and solid connections are vital, but in the end it’s also my passion and genuineness that will bring people to my blog.

I’ve worked extremely hard at something I’ve discovered I’m fairly good at: combining my love of thrifty finds with DIY projects and relating to my readers.

I’m taking away tons of knowledge and a renewed sense of purpose and focus for my business.

Yet after it was over all that really mattered were the people that I come home to. The family and friends that I come home to.

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Okay, my hubby might be a little prejudiced! 

And I did bring home some pretty awesome swag for my DIY hubby!

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Our dog Annabelle was pretty happy, too!

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  1. Marty, I love this post and how you articulated so beautiful how we all feel a bit intimidated by FIRST!!! It really sounds like a good time with all the like-minded bloggers. Thank you for sharing your words and images,

  2. Marty, thank you for sharing this with us. I would love to go next year and debated it this year, but by the time I decided I wanted to it was sold out. I definitely feel intimidated and nervous because this is all so new to me. I don’t want to go and be totally lost. Thanks for making it not so scary 🙂

  3. I also was so nervous about going to Haven but soon after getting there relaxed after realizing that everyone there was so nice. I’m glad that we got to meet and I hope our paths will cross again!

  4. Marty!
    It was so good to meet you! I am so glad you enjoyed yourself at Haven and felt so comfortable there. I feel so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community.
    I look forward to seeing you again next year!

  5. Oh dear Marty, I’m so happy you got to go to Haven and had such great time and promoted your awesome blog…aaand met so many wonderful bloggers. You look lovely in the pics! I see you got home with gifts for your ‘men’ too! Thanks for your sweet and kind visit sweet lady; you sure made my day!
    Big hugs,

    1. Hi, Dianne. It was my first visit to Ballard’s. Some good ideas and fun to do with the gals I wrote to Haven with. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. Ahh I attended haven too! Wasn’t it sooo much fun!?!

    Ok I really HAD to comment because you have a brindle too! My sister has one and she’s the biggest oof and sweet heart ever.

    1. Hey, Trisha. I’m sorry I didn’t meet you at Haven. It was fun and a learning experience as well.

      We love our boxer brindle, our boxer/pitbull brindle and we even have a cat that is brindle colored, and they’re all sweethearts!

    1. I looked through the pics and they were so much fun!I did have a great time at Haven and it was a great time of connection and education. I’m actually writing a post for homes.com this week!

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