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good things about alt summit

Alt Summit was almost two weeks ago, but I'm still soaking in all of the goodness. While I continue to process everything, I thought I'd share some of my favorite Good Things from the conference:

The People Of course, the people! So many ridiculously nice and amazingly inspiring people, many of whom I'd met for the first time and more than I could ever remember to mention.  

The View from Our Room Marisa and I stayed at the Grand America, where all the action was. And it was just lovely. (See photo above.)

Our Taking the Leap Panel Chelsea, Lisa and Christine, and I spoke about jumping into full-time freelance creative work. We could easily have spoken about the topic for days. Some quick highlights: Look before you leap, be obsessively passionate, surround yourself with like-minded people. I promise to share more soon.

Learning Something New Although I've been designing on the web for 5+ years and writing online a lot longer than that, I will be the first to admit I have a lot to learn about the business of blogging. So the panels on topics like growing your community, social media ethics and the art of the pitch were so enlightening.

A Lot of Laughter Enough said.

Chocolate Fondue & Other Treats Although I wasn't impressed with the Grand America chocolate chip cookies I'd heard so much about, there were many yummy treats throughout the week, and I was beyond thrilled that I felt well enough to enjoy them all. (Hello, 2nd trimester.)

Eye Candy Gather 400 design and lifestyle blog movers and shakers in one place and you're bound to see some fantastic style and fashion. Color, sparkles and prints, oh my!

Knowing That Niceness Matters It was so refreshing to hear over and over again that people still value some good old fashioned kindness. From Tina Roth Eisenberg's keynote address to Erin's impromptu lobby Resource Party, the theme rang true.

Sleeping In I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that I slept in past 7am every single day I was there. Little Henry's internal alarm clock strikes at 6am most days, and that extra hour (or more!) of sleep was quite the luxury. (I have to thank Rama, as well as his mom, for taking good care of Henry while I was away. I was very aware of the load they carried so that I could enjoy this trip.)

Coming Full Circle I met a nice girl named Ali on the first day of the conference. We made our usual "What do you do?" introductions, and she told me about The Makerie. I was excited to make her acquaintance, because I'd actually heard of the creative retreat just a few weeks before. We ran into each other over the course of the week, and each time we'd share some smiles and a chat. It wasn't until our last day that we traded cards and realized that she was one of my very first paying clients over 6 years ago, when designing websites was just something I did in the middle of the night because I was kind of obsessed. Ali had a budding stationery company, and I created its website. Her project led to a couple of others, and those others gave me the courage to quit my day job and start Darling Design in earnest. So, it was kind of magical to be able to look Ali in the eye, give her a great big hug and say, "Thanks."

All photos taken by yours truly with instagr.am

Reader Comments (6)

Hey Roomie! It was such a good time wasn't it? Really happy that it worked out for us to room together. Loved getting the chance to visit with you more.

I'll say it again, but I am so enjoying all the ALT posts because there are just so many lovely people I didn't get to meet in person. Looks like you are one of those people! :) Wasn't it a great conference? And Ali is just totally nice and I wish I were going to her retreat. Glad to find another fun new blog to visit.

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

it was my pleasure to hang out with HT, follow you on twitter, and welcome you home.

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrama

Enjoyed meeting you at ALT and love that last ditty you mentioned in this post. How rewarding and truly, what a small world. Good luck with that baby!!

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

I have been thinking about a business idea through a separate blog for awhile. That would have been PERFECT for me to go to! Too bad they don't offer that conference in Southern California!

February 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

sounded like so much fun! I def hope to go next year!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruly Smitten

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