My first time at Altitude Summit was just beyond… A lot of it was what I had expected: it was exciting and thrilling to meet bloggers I had gotten to know via their daily postings face to face; each speaker panel I attended was interesting, helpful and packed with guided information from some of the bests; the parties were fun and each blogger ensemble was better than the next. What I didn’t expect was: to form such an instant friendship and incredible bond with my beautiful roommates Chelsea and Victoria; that I would be blown over by how down-to-earth and humble some of my favorite big-time bloggers would be; that the keynote speech Ben Silbermann, founder of Pinterest, gave would be so inspiring and down-right applicable to almost all of us listening to it; and just how proud I felt being surrounded by intelligent, funny, gorgeous, and lovely bloggers that like me who pour an immense amount of time and love into the internet every day.
I didn’t know it was possible to feel warm fuzzy feelings while also experiencing my brain churning a mile-a-minute. The amount of notes I took is insane (or awesome, depending on your style) and I was consistently impressed and jealous of the bloggers that could simultaneously tweet, instagram, talk, listen, and adsorb all at once (talent yo).
When it came time to say goodbye to new friends and the lovely Grand Hotel with its marble bathroom and glorious robes, I was sad but also in love with the experiences I had. I’ve always heard that you can’t put a price tag on life experiences and what I felt and learned between Wednesday to Saturday is truly irreplaceable. I’m looking forward to the days, weeks and months ahead as I expand on the establish friendships I made and Sally and I implement a lot of the learning I brought home with me. Oh, and I’m already signed on to go back to Alt next year with Sally in tow… I can’t imagine missing out on a reunion.
“There are so many things that are just good enough – why not pick the one that’s most beautiful?” .Ben Silbermann
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