Posts Tagged ‘BlogU14’
Monday, June 9th, 2014
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in a lovely experience with many women and one very brave man. BlogU14 was an intimate conference held on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University, here in Baltimore. We stayed in the dorms (my old back did not cooperate with the mattress, though; I am so spoiled with my Sleep Number bed) and attended classes taught by some of the luminaries in the field of blogging. I enjoy reading many blogs (especially my daughter’s) but am not really star-struck except for one person, and she is not the writer but the mother of the writer. I had the opportunity to speak to the very sweet Anna of My Life and Kids about her mom. I was in heaven. Look above to see how happy I was; I even took a “selfie” as part of a contest.
My daughter Stephanie is the master-mind behind the ideaof BlogU. NDMU is her alma mater, and she knew that the good School Sisters of Notre Dame would be open to an experience that empowers women. She encouraged some of her blogging friends to help her create a smaller and relatively inexpensive type of conference. Her friends responded enthusiastically, and they provided informative and fun sessions. They also held a retro-style prom, sponsored by NickMom, with an 80s theme. My arthritic knee (I know, I am falling apart) held me back from dancing, but the music was great, and I did sing quite a bit. Plus, I was happy to see Stephanie wearing my college prom dress from 1981. Sorry about the quality of the picture; I am still figuring out how to use my iPhone.
Her good friend Tabatha (see below) also attended and was a big hit dressed as a Baltimore “hon.”
Many thanks to Tabatha for the picture.
One of the most heartening aspects of the experience was seeing women support each other. I have sat with many patients who have never known what it is like to have a healthy relationship with another woman. Instead of suspicion and backstabbing, these women provided encouragement and loving kindness to each other.
If you are interested in learning about BlogU14, check out Stephanie’s post and the links provided by participants at the end. It looks as though this is the beginning of an educational dynamo so keep BlogU15 in mind.