Although I was super excited to be attending this event, I have to be honest that I was a little bit nervous about the evening. I've attended many networking events through work etc. but this was my first one related to blogging and with a crowd of so many women I currently admire. I was thankful that pretty much as soon as I entered the room, everyone was so welcoming and friendly.
I had the pleasure of meeting Natalie and Robin right away and immediately knew that the evening was going to be great. When you're attending an event full of outgoing, talkative and talented ladies like this one, I really had no need to have been nervous...
Much of the evening was spent mingling and getting to know these ladies who I'd been reading about since the nominations were published back in May. Many I had gotten to know through conversations on our blogs and Twitter but there were many I was meeting for the first time and either way, it was so nice to put faces to the names and get a chance to chat in real life.
I met the lovely Nadia from Mama and the City ...
And spent a good part of the night chatting fitness and blogging with Tamara of fitknitchick and Julie of 3 Chickens and a Boat . Both of these ladies are so talented and encouraging and it felt like we had been friends already because they were so friendly and welcoming. I look forward to getting to know and hopefully collaborate with them in the future!
I also got to meet and chat with fellow Langley mama, Christine Nielsen of whineandcheese.ca who I was recently introduced to through a mutual friend of ours but sadly, did not get a picture with. It is so great to meet other local moms who are doing the same kinds of things and so successfully, I have much to learn from all these ladies.
It was so lovely to meet such a kind group of women who all share the same talents and interest in blogging, social media, parenthood and our city. In a way, I have found blogging to be a bit lonely in the sense that many of the people I interact with through my blog are not necessarily a part of my day-to-day life. Few of my long-standing friends are involved in social media in any way and although I have shared my blog with them over the years, blogging is one area we can't really share thoughts and ideas in. In some ways it almost feels like I have two sets of friends - those who blog and those who don't - and it's just lovely to see more of my blogging relationships becoming a part of my day-to-day life.
One thing I have heard over and over again from larger and more successful bloggers is to foster and take care of the relationships you build with other bloggers. I am hoping this has been the start of just that because I already feel very fortunate to have been invited into this wonderful and oh so supportive community of local bloggers.
I feel like I met so many ladies I got along with really well at the GLAM! event and I am looking so forward to seeing where our new friendships and possibly even collaborative partnerships will take us. It was so cool to connect with moms and bloggers from other areas of interest as well to share and compare between our fields.
The GLAM! event was a truly fantastic evening and I am feeling so lucky not just to have attended but to have been included on a list of such talented and successful local bloggers and moms. If you haven't yet had the chance, you can check out the other Top 30 nominees and the overall contest winner Mitzi at East Van Baby who did wonderfully speaking to a packed crowd about her blog and how it came to be.
Despite the lovely new friends, swanky party, good food and fantastic swag bag, the "best" part of the evening definitely had to be the moment when driving home at 11:00pm I suddenly remembered that chicken I had dutifully roasted for my husband's dinner...I had completely forgotten to tell him it was warming in the oven! I'm sure would have much preferred roast chicken over the grilled cheese he threw together! Like I said earlier, as a busy mom you just can't win them all!
Needless to say, we had a pretty good chuckle picking away at cold roast chicken that night as I told him all about my evening...
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