April 23, 2012

Snap Recap

I told you I would tell you about Snap today.  I will, but I can't promise it'll be the type of recap you were thinking.  If you want to see fun pictures, you can read recaps from a lot of other blogs.  (Ashley has a great one HERE.)  I didn't really take pictures.  (I know!  Shoot me now!)  I was kind of buzzing in and out.  I didn't stay at the hotel and I was trying to get the boys ready and off to a family member each day.  It was a little crazy at times.

So, I got to speak on a panel with Cindy from Skip to My Lou, Amy from Mod Podge Rocks, and Kari from UCreate.  Yeah, talk about lucky.  These ladies are awesome.  They had lots to share and I had never met Cindy or Amy before.  I was truly impressed with the knowledge and kindness of these women.

Believe it or not, I am NOT really an extrovert.  I have no problem speaking to a large audience, but being in a room of people I don't know and trying to mingle makes me quite uncomfortable.  Thank you to all of you kind ladies who talked to me and made me feel cool :)

I got to attend several classes while at Snap, but one was my favorite by a landslide.  Why?  Because it really made me feel empowered.  It was all about blogging for good and using your voice.  I want to tell you a little bit about the speakers there because I really fell in love with them.  I think you would have, too.  I wish I had it on video.

1) Ethan Austin from Give Forward.  This guy is so passionate about doing good.  I wanted to run up and hug him in the middle of the class.  (Don't worry.  I restrained myself.)  His non-profit company creates web pages for people who need to raise money for medical expenses.  They create a page for people to leave encouraging comments and to raise funds.  Ethan runs marathons in a banana suit to raise money for great causes.  He also has a blog HERE.  I loved this phrase they have on the wall at Give Forward.

2) Jeannett at Life Rearranged.  Wow.  This girl was so incredible.  I could really relate to everything she talked about.  She spoke about how she wants her children to have beautiful hearts.  Because of that desire, she is anxiously engaged in great causes.  She talked about how it's easy to say that life is too busy right now or that our hands are full, but what does that teach our children?

3) Meg from Whatever.  I'm not sure how I didn't know Meg's blog before.  She talked about how her life and blogging changed through some experiences she had.  She went from blogging about great shoes to blogging about great causes.  She is passionate and driven and really funny, too.

It all got me thinking about what else I could do around here.  We have our Wake Up Wednesdays and some occasional charity fundraising, but I think I could do something more.  I don't have it all figured out yet, but the wheels are turning.  And, I'm excited.

And on a totally different note, if you want to hear one of the coolest stories ever go to Saturday's Sharing Saturday post and read the first comment there.  Wow.  It was amazing.

Thanks for reading.


~ko said...

Very awesome! I always assumed that you and Meg were longtime friends! Your two blogs are in my top 5 and I thought all you ladies were in cahoots :)

Tiffany said...

Ethan's purpose sounds very dear to my heart...it pains me to think that people have to worry about medical expenses along with dealing with everything else when you have a sick loved one. Ugh - hurts my heart. Thanks for the links and recap, now I'm really sad again about not living closer to Utah, boo.

cathgrace said...

Thanks you for being so kind about my comment, I mentioned last night to my husband that I had left it, and he said it almost made him cry since he had never realized the situation meant so much to me!

jess said...

So great to reconnect with you Cheri! What an unexpected surprise! The blogging for good panel was by far my favorite as well. I bawled through the whole thing and tear up every time I think about it. I'm with you, there is more I can do to "use my tiny voice and raise it mightily" as Jeannett said. Wheels are turning...

Megan said...

So glad you had a good experience! I love Meg's blog as well... one of my favorites!

McKenzie @ Girl Loves Glam said...

I loved meeting you! You rocked your class and I am glad that I could figure out how I knew you :)

Jeannett said...

oh my. now you've got ME crying...again! thank you so much for your sweet words. i wanted to leave people WANTING to go out there and rock it...but i was terrified i'd just end up talking about myself and being lame. (and i did drop a bad word, which was mortifying). i'm so glad you came and listened to me yap. i can't wait to see what will come of all of this!!!!

Bonnie Way aka the Koala Mom said...

Sounds like an awesome conference. I think one small way we can each use our blogs for good is to encourage each other. For me, it's such a lift to my day to find another blogger who is writing about something that I've dealt with. It makes me feel like I'm not alone. Especially if that blogger can handle the topic with humour and grace. :) If I can just encourage and inspire another mom by what I've written on my blog, as other bloggers have encouraged and inspired me, then I feel like I've done good. :)

{ erin } said...

My daughter is in Brownies (she's 7) and we are talking a lot about helping other people. We only have two Brownies (and like a dozen Daisies) in our troop and the Brownies decided that they want to start a "business" to help people. They have decided to collect gloves (it gets cold in Kansas winters!) and they named their project "Good for Gloves". We are having a hard time getting it off the ground. They have a goal of collecting 300 pairs of children's or adult's new or gently used gloves by October 1st. I'm have a logo made up, all ready to share. If you would like to feature a project like this, Kayla and I would be thrilled for the help!! ;) erin_manning_@hotmail.com

meg duerksen said...

so weird....i left a comment here earlier today cheri! it must have disappeared into cyberspace.
i am so glad that our words came across clearly in our session.
i was so nervous. i love your blog! :) it's so fun!!
wasn't SNAP a fun time?! i had a blast.
thanks for your kind words today.
and ethan was adorable!

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...


i just adore conferences of all sorts. chicago has many that i attend {just went to a gluten-free one, and the big autism one! is in may} wish i could have made it to snap!, but my son's medical and therapy bills are off the chain this year.

thanks for sharing about that give forward organization. i plan to set one up for my son soon.

and i'm glad you plan to use your blog for good. can't wait to see where your wheels are turning,

a thought if i may:

given that april is autism awareness month, perhaps you can turn your wheels in that direction...

i've met so many other mamas in the blogging community that have asd kiddos as well. and many of us are struggling. medical insurance covers so little, and our kids need so much more.

one of my 5 year plan goals is to start a nonprofit to help real families drowning in medical and therapy bills. i already bought the dot.org, {wepickupthepieces.org}...just seeking a donald trump for the seed money.

thanks for allowing me to ramble. i'm glad that so many bloggers {present company included} are using their reach for betterment.

after all, a purpose-driven life {and blog} is best of all.

with love,

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

It was so great to meet you, Cheri! I loved hearing from you on your panel. I wish I could have attended the blogging for good panel, but I was scheduled to attend a different one.

I feel the same way that you do. The love and support I felt this last year from you and so many make me want to pay it forward. So when you get that great idea, count me in for the ride. :)

Unknown said...

I didn't attend that class, but it sounds great. I help with "Crafting With A Cause" at my blog and a few others where we encourage crafters to donate to causes using their crafting talents. We've had some really successful causes. This month it was "The Linus Project" - blankets for little babies in hospitals and such. If you would like to participate with us, we'd love to have you share in promoting it. You can read more about the causes on my "Crafting with a Cause" page!

It was nice meeting you. Glad I got to sit by you at dinner!

Stephanie said...

Hey Cheri--
Loved getting to meet you at SNAP, and I thought you did a great job speaking! (love your cd too :)


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