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February 9, 2010

It wasn’t the venue. Though Opryland is vast and beautiful.

It wasn’t the sessions. Though the information was thought-provoking.

It wasn’t the sponsors. Though the swag was and is ah-may-zing.

It wasn’t the food. Though lunch at the Volare was palate enlightening.

It wasn’t the parties. Though the (in)Courage party left me without words–it was that beautiful.

It was the people.

The people were the magic of Blissdom.

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Clockwise, beginning top left: with Hillary, who makes me laugh–with Annie, who let me crash on her couch(es) and for whom there are no words to describe–sweet, beautiful Lisa, with whom my heart is knit–with Lora Lynn and Aubrey, my other two Annie’s House roomies, who crack me up and who I wish I could be with rightthissecond–crazy picture with Christine, whom I met on the pre-conference plane to Nashville–Kimba and Lisa, preparing for their session, which they totally nailed–posing pretty with Emily, because, well, maybe we wanted it to look like a blue-speckled-background studio shot? Center: the masses watching Harry perform.

These are the only pictures I took with my own camera. I was too intent on talking with these women to remember to document the event.

There are at least thirty other people I wish I had caught on camera. There are hundreds of quick connections and a handful of depth-of-heart conversations I long to keep in forever record. There are moments and emotions I yearn to bottle and preserve.

Their stories, their laughter, their quietness. Their hearts aligning, face to face, with the powerful person I’ve known (or will know) through their written word.

A person is so much more than what fills the page when they press “publish.”

Truly, it wasn’t about the conference, unspeakably amazing though it was.

It was the people who took my breath away.




Have you ever met someone in a face to face encounter when you’d only ever known them through their written words? Was it what you expected it to be?




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6 Comments »

  1. Mandy Roberson says:

    I love it! And you are so right! The connections with real life people behind the blogs we love was truly the best part of the bliss! :) So glad we met too!

    February 10th, 2010 at 7:02 am

  2. Sibi says:

    Ashleigh,

    Beautifully written. Well said.

    It was so nice to meet you at the InCourage party!

    I enjoyed every minute of this special weekend!

    Many Blessings to you!

    Sibi

    February 10th, 2010 at 7:45 am

  3. Anna W. says:

    Ooh, I hoped you would have a great time! My sister-in-law and a friend of mine both work at the hotel, so I wondered if they would at any point be working any meals (they’re banquet servers) for Blissdom. Great pics– glad you had fun!

    February 10th, 2010 at 8:58 am

  4. Janmary, N Ireland says:

    Lovely to read all the Blissdom recaps – and find some new blogs to add to my Reader – consider yourself added!

    Maybe some year I will make it there from Ireland – in the meantime, I will make do with dreaming!

    February 10th, 2010 at 11:05 am

  5. Ginger says:

    Thank you for posting pictures I was so hoping I could see a glimpse of the fun you had! What a time it must have been!

    No, I have never met a bloggie buddy! But I always thought it would be so fun!

    Glad you had a blast!
    Ginger~

    February 10th, 2010 at 11:22 am

  6. abbyleigh says:

    ashleigh,

    i don’t think it was a co-wink-ee-dink that you found your way to my table this weekend. i’ve been thinking of your sweet face and your move to a new place all week.

    i’m glad you stumbled upon my humble attempt at a blog and i’m inspired by the girls like you who i can follow behind!

    much love from one bloggie friend to the next. i’m certain i’ll be seeing/reading more of you!

    abbyleigh

    February 10th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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