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ALT DESIGN SUMMIT 2012

alt design summit

A week ago I attended the Alt Design Summit in Salt Lake City with my pal Alison and had the best time. It was 3-day conference for lifestyle bloggers.

WHAT KIND OF BLOGGERS? Full on fashion-forward, smart gals who are crafting, designing, photographing, DIY-ing, interior styling, party planning, and just about anything you can do in life and want to blog about, were there.

Marketers and top peeps from HGTV, Sunset Magazine, Martha Stewart Magazine, Chronicle Books, Better Homes and Gardens and others were also there to network and connect up. It was a who’s who of the blogging and social networking world, with a twist of brightly colored leggings and hipster glasses.

Blogging pros and industry gurus, like the founder of Pinterest, were there to speak and give insight, resources and share funny stories of what didn’t work.

I heard about Alt back in November from Oh Happy Day. My goal for going was to amp up my social networking savvy with this blogosphere and gain inspiration.

{ BTW: goal achieved and then some! }

This conference isn’t really about “how to create a blog” more about pushing your blog to the next level. And connecting up.

Here’s my pics from the conference.

young widow inspiration

Wondering why we’re all wearing white? It was intentional.

At the first night’s party  “Dinner En Blanc,” where everyone was asked to wear white. It was quite the winter wonderland scene. Tutus, sparkles, lace — everyone showed that white is no challenge. Was surprised at the variety of whiteness.

emily henderson

Hanging out with our new best friend,Emily Henderson of HGTV’s Secret From a Stylistand HGTV’s Design Star winner. She was super sweet. And has beautiful skin too.

I asked what she does to keep such an impeccable, beautiful face (besides being blessed with amazing genes), and she said she uses Armani foundation.

 Bri Emery

So excited to meet design and blog queen, Bri Emery of DesignLoveFest. When Tim was in the hospital, I’d check her blog out to escape the drama. She’s got a knack for adding a twist of fun or vibrancy to her photos. She’s definitely an inspiration for me and this blog.

I made friends from Toronto, Australia and places in between. I’m not doing this blog to make money. I’m trying to help myself get through this weird, sad, sunken chapter, and opening myself to new avenues of healing/happiness/creativity.

altitude design summit lootslc mountain

This conference gave me the confidence to forge ahead with this idea and I look forward to what interesting experience(s), people I met along the way, and the healing that comes forth. So stoked Alison joined me too, we are such goofballs together!

And thank you Alt, looking forward to seeing what 2013 has planned!

Anya project runway

Photo-op with Project Runway season 9 winner, Anya Ayoung Chee.

 

 

 

 

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EIGHT MONTHS AGO

‎January is an interesting month for me and Tim.

8 months ago. Tim left my arms for heaven.
9 years ago (officially next month), I asked him out.
6 years ago this month, he proposed to me after a day of snowboarding.
3 years ago this month cancer began its toll on him.

The number 8 has become my lucky number because of him. We were together for 8 years, and it also looks like the infinity symbol. He will forever be my soul mate. My true love and best friend.

He taught me so much about myself and life.

I will always love him. And find solace and joy going through these memories.

Though sad as it is for him to not be with me physically to share, I take comfort that he cherishes those memories too. My heart grew when we met, and he’ll always remain deep in my heart.

I’m taking each day at a time. Surrounding myself with great love from family and friends, and relishing in the joy of life.

I’m trying to make him proud and smile also. Not a day goes by or moments in a day that I don’t think of him.

Here’s to not letting go, but to forging on.

I can’t change what happened 8 months ago or 3 years ago.

That every day is a gift from God.

I am blessed and thankful for all the memories (good memories and the ugly ones).

These memories I can learn from, grow from, and treasure in my heart daily.

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LET’S DO THIS THING

This is an eclectic forum for me to share my favorite memories of Tim, heal my heart, and create fun things. This
blog is dedicated to Tim and keeping his legacy alive. He filled my life with so much love, laughter and tons of
adventure. We were together 8 years, and married for 4.5 years.

He was my whole heart. My whole life. But his love and zest for life definitely thrives within me. I am so lucky
and blessed for this. I can’t put into words how much I miss him, but I realize he is on “his own” adventure and
no longer suffering.

As I move forward, this is my journey for creating a new life for myself. I’m not “letting go,” just forging ahead.
That life is truly a gift, and to give it my fullest. To have fun. Really enjoy each day. And that my family and
friends, not objects or things, have and always will be my true happiness.

I hope this blog will inspire and empower you as well. Thank you for reading and sharing. God bless. ♥

The above photo was taken last year during Tim’s birthday weekend. He wanted to get out of town and escape.
Tim loved trees. After we settled into our hotel room, we both landed on the bed and just gazed at this view. We
were deep in thought. I don’t know what he was thinking. I prayed for comfort and peace. That Tim would be
free from health emergencies and avoid any health drama for this long weekend. Didn’t seem like a crazy wish,
but considering Tim’s recent history, that prayer was huge. It was a great weekend. A bit of casino slot
machines. Ordering room service. A nice view of trees. Spending quality time with my mate. And free from any
hospital equipment. I’m so blessed for that memory. This was our last real vacation together. I wonder if TIm’s
entrance to heaven looked like this. I hope it was like this or way better!

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