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Sep 28, 2011

In my element-BlogSugar 11

God gave me confidence in Him to be bold, to carry His love and encouraging side with me to BlogSugar.
He gave me the ability to set aside my insecurities. I'd be fibbing if I said a group of women, all fashioney and smelling like Chanel, weren't intimidating, but we all shared a common bond in that what we are doing--through our writing and inspiring and connecting--brings hope to hearts.

I was blessed in a million ways by those women. I felt fully embraced, at home around women who's lives I read about on a regular basis. Faces to words. Hearts to messages. I learned about an organization I'm praying about becoming involved in. I learned that California can be foggy, drizzly, and cool (remember my spray tan? I thought it'd be hot). I was reminded that blogging must especially be about the Lord and furthering His kingdom. Seeds were planted in women's hearts and I sense the buds will rise from the soil earlier than we all suspect.

Jesus does stuff like that. Smiles while we spend an hour applying makeup knowing that later in the day He will touch us in a way that cries it all off.

In traveling alone, I faced some challenges that I'll avoid next year. But for now, let's get to pictures!L to R, Ashley and I, Casey and I, Danielle and I
L to R, Katy and I at California Pizza Kitchen, Mel/Heather/Katy, Danielle and I, Cherish and I at California Pizza Kitchen
L to R, Aly, Me, Sarah, Jamie, then Heather and I

For gorgeous pics by the talented Ruthanne click here.
For other BlogSugar stories, click here.

And if you were wondering what I (with the help of precious friends) made for the swag bags:Cute fabric brooches! Big fat thank you to all my friends who helped cut circles, etc til 2am!Consider going next year; it's a precious, and sweet, opportunity.

36 comments:

karamurano said...

I love my brooch!! I want 10 more! :)

formerly known as emj said...

Loved my brooch. I wore it today on my tee :)

It was awesome to meet you at Blog Sugar Mindy. You are so sweet!

Sarah {the fontenot four} said...

Thanks for sharing. I have to live vicariously through all my bloggy friends who attended! Hopefully next year I can make it!!

Em @ And Nothing Else Matters said...

Wow Blog Sugar looks amazing! Would love to go one year, being in Australia makes that a little tricky though. I am a new follower from the Growing Your Blog linky at Soleil Solene.

Kyle said...

is it weird that i'm comparing your height to everyone else because i actually know you in real life? hehe :)

glad you had a good time, mindy! looks like so much fun!

Cherry Tree Lane said...

thank you for being a part, friend.
so happy we finally met, in real life.

Kristin said...

glad it was such a wonderful experience! :)

Maureen Polderman said...

Following you too!

Genn said...

So fun to meet you!
LOVED the pretty fabric brooch in my swag bag too!! You are a talented pretty lady. :)

Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy said...

I already follow your cute cute blog :) Coming over from the Soleil Selene blog hop! Blog Sugar was the place to be! Great post!! I'll have to look into Blog Sugar next year!! Thanks for sharing!

katygirl said...

i have an email i'm writing in my head for you. :)

struck said...

Hi :) I'm a new follower from the Soleil Selene blog hop!

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

it was so great to meet you mindy!

Janna said...

Hi Mindy, I was excited to see your cute brooch in my swag bag! We met standing in line outside, and it was such a relief going into a big event to see friendly faces and gals eager to chat. Nice to meet you - now I can keep up with you through your blog :)

Natassia @ Nat's Knapsack said...

What an amazing post! You stated something perfect for me "I was reminded that blogging must especially be about the Lord and furthering His kingdom." I just told my husband this last night. That I want my blog to be encouraging for others. it so such a neat thing to be apart of- and meeting all you lovely ladies (online) has been wonderful!
God bless you and yours!

Diane said...

Looks like such an awesome, fun time. Wish I could have been there!!! :O)

Christa @ Little BGCG said...

I LOVE blog conferences, they are so much fun, I wish I could go to one every month!

Following from the Soleil Selene Blog Hop!

Leslie @ top of the page said...

wait just one second!! i didn't get in a pic with you. sadness. i'm so bummed i didn't bring a camera. >:| btw, my daughter declared that we'll be "sharing" the brooch you made. she wants to wear it too. thanks babe.

Jill said...

This looks like so much fun!
Im following you from soleil Selene

mel @ the larson lingo said...

LOVED meeting you. You are so much FUN & full of life. The brooch was so cute, thank you!!! Bummed we didn't get a picture together!!! Next year, right? :)

Kate said...

Hey Mindy! I am so glad you had a great time! What an inspiring event! I had the chance to meet up with some internet message board friends last year and it changed my life! You are beautiful as always!

Ruthanne said...

Lovely post and lovely pictures! Thank you for sharing.

Beth @ Through the Eyes of the Mrs. said...

So wish I could have attended. Super jealous of the beautiful brooches. So sweet of you. I'm your newest follower from Growing your Blog. Stop by www.throughtheeyesofthemrs.com xoxo

melissa said...

Looks like such a fun event!
I love the brooches!

Rags to Stitches said...

Such great pictures from Blog Sugar!! Thank you for my broach!! I love it!! See you next year.

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

Yo Hot Momma...you've got to email me that picture of us! I cant believe its over and we're home but it was fantastic, wasnt it? Im writing the first of my recpas right now. Had to look you up so I can link back to you:)
Miss you already. You need to send me your mailing address....and get on over here and follow my blog already for heavens sake!
xo

Pidg said...

New follower from Soleil Selene...blog sugar wow...just wow!

everydayVALENTINE said...

so glad i got to meet you and sit with you...you are a hoot! thanks for the cute flower pin! looking forward to getting to know you better through your blog. xoxo *laura*

Marie said...

Hi! I'm hopping over from Soleil Selene, so nice to meet you! blog sugar looks like it was fantastic...maybe next year.

Margica said...

Beautiful brooches! I am now an official follower too!

kaylee@life chasers said...

you know what i really love? that i read your posts now with your voice in my head! SO glad i got to see you and it was way, way, way too short.
ps. you bless me

Mrs. T said...

I SOO wish I could have gone!!!!!!
New follower from Soleil Selene! :)

Unknown said...

New follower from Soleil Selene.

http://love-interrupted.blogspot.com/

Michelle's Style File said...

Great post- looks like a wonderful day!

x
Michelle
www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

Courtney said...

New follower from Soleil Selene. Great post!!! I look forward to hearing more from you :)
Courtney
www.lilnoodlebug.com

hannah singer said...

great meeting you, mindy! blog sigar was incredible! xo