This one time, at blog camp…

This one time, at blog camp…

This one time, at blog camp, I found my people and lost my words.

I spent last weekend at Callaway Gardens for the Aiming Low Non-Conference and it was far and away one of the best experiences of my (blogging) life. Anissa and the Aiming Low team did an excellent job pulling all the best parts of conferences and combining them in a way that made the 75-100 people who were there feel like they were at summer camp.

There was much talking, eating, complaining about bad coffee, laughing, crying, and bonding over our common thread… our words.

Meeting the lovely Stephanie and Lindsay in person, seeing other friends for the fourth or fifth time, getting toon swag from JC Little… I can’t put it into words.

Winning boots and photobombing The Pioneer woman… speechless.

You know, nevermind.

Since I can’t find the words to express my overflowing emotions about how wonderful this NonCon was, I’m going to leave you with some pictures.

Unless you were there, it won’t make any sense anyway.

But for those of you I had the lovely opportunity to commune with last weekend, I love you all. And I’m ready for next year. Unless Anissa decides we need to do it twice a year!

And now I’m off to dig through the inspiration from all the strong people I call friends, and find my words.

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  1. I need to take your approach and just dive in and write the damned thing.

    I think that as far as the NonCon is concerned, the event was so beautiful (in that cursing, balls-to-the-wall way) that no matter what is written about it, it will come out to be moving words.

    Take me back, Jana!
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  2. I’m beginning to think that all those tweets I saw about how awful it was, and how you were having no fun at all, and how no one should ever go to a NonCon, EVER…..were lies. All lies to keep the NonCon magic to yourself.

    I see how you play.

    (SO happy for you that you had such an amazing time <3 )
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  3. I’m all, “That’s our cooler in my room! I’m famous!”

    Love and hugs and words my friend. I miss you tons.

  4. Me=jealous.
    You= beautiful and amazing.
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  5. I miss last weekend, and I looooved hanging out with you!
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  6. It was SO perfect.

    Glad we shared a breakfast.

    Even if it was by accident.

    And not the free aiming low continental one.

    And cost 14 bucks.


  7. Oh look! I made the Jana Collage!

    I was so happy to see you last weekend and get your feel good energy.

    I love you!
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  8. I want to go back!
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  9. I loved it and I loved hanging with you. xoxox
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  10. No photos of me = FAIL
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  11. I need to start doing more fun things.
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  12. Great pics Jana! So glad I got to see you at Callaway. Figures we’d have to drive a couple of hours to be able to see each other. 😉
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