Happy Friday folks!
I had to remind myself it wasn’t Friday yesterday a good 20 times. Can you do me a favor and send me a text this AM before I decide to sleep in, binge watch Pioneer Woman, and drink a pot of coffee before realizing I’m supposed to be at work? K Thanx.
And now that today is actually Friday, a week has passed since I was bypassing the Canadian border and making my way to Blog Brulee!
It was held at the gorgeous Smuggler’s Notch near Burlington, VT, and was home to fellow RD and healthy living bloggers for a weekend of learning, sharing, and LOTS of good eats.
Here’s a few of the highlights in a comprehensive Blog Brulee review that will forever be burned into my brain …and shared with the world. Thanks inter-web.
When I’m not fangirling over T. Swift, you can bet I’m losing my ish with food celebrities. Not only was Siggi’s one of the generous sponsors for the event, but THE Siggi taught us about his humble beginnings at New York Farmer’s Markets, printing labels on a broken down printer, and a thing or two about making our own Icelandic yogurt.
I’ll tell you I’m much better at eating it than making it. I’ve had some practice. 🙂
Improving Food Photography.
Not only did Katie’s presentation make me want to run out and buy a DSLR camera right that very second, but solidified that my food photography is the one thing I really want to focus on improving.
A lot of the times, I’ll finally find the time to make a recipe, deem it blog-able, only to rush through the photo shoot so I can faceplant into the remains. While I do enjoy getting to personally taste test each recipe, I want to make others enjoy the fruits of my labor.
Luckily, Deanna provided a great overview of what you’re capable of capturing with a smartphone a bite I was able to chew. I can’t miss these food references people, bear with me.
Take a look at my Instagram and report back how I’m doing so far!
You Bettah (Net) Werk!
Thanks for the great photo Robin!
Honestly, I probably learned just as much in chatting at dinner, on hikes, and over breaks with this group of ladies as I did during the actual sessions. Having bloggers who are so diverse yet so alike (if that makes any sense) gave the opportunity to learn from each other, and grow together. *Cheesy Full House Awwww Moment.*
Whether it was new ad networks to consider, the best Instagram filter, or how to get an article published without selling an organ and half my soul. From the second I walked in the door, greeted by a hug (and food) to the unwanted goodbyes (and more hugs) I felt as if I’d known these girls for years.
Commandeered from Deanna’s Insta
Alex’s yoga session reminded me of how good yoga feels and how much I want to continue practicing. Much like yoga, the weekend served as a self reflection and assurance that I’m not alone even through the many nights with just me, coffee, and my computer screen. It also assured me that I am passionate about this little blog of mine, whether one or 100,000,000 people read it.
My life has had many ups and downs in the past few years. From becoming an RD, hating life itself with my first real job, getting a poorly paid job and living with my grandparents, to moving to Portland, getting my first apartment, and actually doing a job I love. The one thing that has stayed constant in the blog.
Sure, maybe I didn’t post for weeks at a time, or my food photos made my recipes look absolutely inedible, but it was always there. Ready to take what I was willing to give.
Struggling with some health issues, weight gain, and settling in a new city where everybody knows
your name absolutely nothing about you are the current battles I face, but the blogging community is probably one of the most supportive groups out there. I realized that the same bloggers I look up to and are pretty much celebrities to me are actually people too. I know, shocking.
There’s things they don’t know too. And what they do know, they are willing to share, even if it’s a virtual pat on the back. Blog Brulee helped remind me that I AM all the great things I want to be. I just have to give myself credit where credit is do. And that I needed to change my Instagram profile picture. Valuable life lessons.
Make it a great day!
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