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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Mini BlogHer '14 Recap.

I'm still in California.

This past week -- I don't really have words. I came to BlogHer expecting to be a mess. Instead, I was so far away from that it was almost shocking. I felt absolutely in the right place, with the right people, making the right choices about my life. These people, my friends, are more than that. They're more than my tribe or my peers or my mentors.

They're my family.

And coming home to them was exactly what I needed in every arena -- blogging, friendship, community, life, all of it.

Today, I'm going to spend time with my family out here before I red-eye it on home where I will fiercely hug my children and tell them how very much I love them. 

And then, I will sit back down at my desk and I will get to work. Because I am strong and I am capable and these words, my words (and I suppose these photos) have value, just as I do.

Okay, I'll probably sleep a good deal first, but you know what I mean.

This trip, I think, will be the defining moment of my life at this stage. And I cannot possibly thank everyone who made it that way enough. Every single smile and hug and high five and selfie (MY GOD, THE SELFIES) and the heartfelt talks over coffees and meals and the silly jokes and the dancing and just EVERYTHING, each instance gave me life and brought me back to myself in a way I haven't felt in years, if ever.

I have never felt so right with myself and my goals and my heart and my soul and I have all of you to thank for that.

Thank you.