Alt Summit 2017: Hello Palm Springs!

Photo Courtesy of Justin Hackworth

I’ve been home from Alt Summit for a couple of months, and that’s given me some time to really think about the things that I learned and sort of decompress. Being in the middle of the conference is like a full on sensory assault. It’s an amazing experience, but you have to have a little distance to fully appreciate everything that happened!

This was my third Alt Summit, and it was my first time attending in some place other than SLC. I love being in Salt Lake because I have friends to see, and food I love, but there was definitely something nice about leaving Alaska in February and arriving in the California sunshine! I had been to Palm Springs a few times before, but this was my first time at the airport. Getting off the plane and walking through an open air terminal and being welcomed with treats from Alaska Airlines was definitely a nice bonus!

This year I had the opportunity to lead a round table about goal setting and prioritizing allΒ the info that you get when you’re attending a conference. The amazing LivvyLu Designs made my amazing handout (and my new business cards!), and she printed them planner size, so they were perfect to fill out and then put in your agenda! The only hiccup was my shipment getting misplaced in the hotel basement, but luckily we found everything just in time!

 

One of the bonuses of presenting is that you get professional hair and makeup! I felt like a mini celebrity, and it was definitely calming on the nerves to have one less thing to worry about. Plus, the ladies somehow worked their magic so that my hair kept its (completely unnatural) volume all day!

Alt Summit

Photo Courtesy of Justin Hackworth

So now I’ve had occasion to co-host a mini party and lead a round table. They were both amazing opportunities, and I feel so grateful to Alt Summit for believing in me and giving me these experiences. They were both equally nerve-wracking, but once I got over the fear of no one coming to sit at my table, I was able to relax and have fun. I’ve met the most wonderful people at these conferences, and have learned so much. One of the best things about conferences is that they get me out of my comfort zone, and it’s always a bonus to share a meal and conversation with people who love this wacky world of website creation! Another bonus, I got to meet Darcy Miller, someone I’ve admired since the very first Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.

 

The only regret I have is that the Vitamix class was full and so I couldn’t attend. I feel like VitaMix and I are ships passing in the night, but I’m sure that our paths will cross one day!

 

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