Wow. Wow, wow, wow. Where to begin?? Alt Summit 2012 was sink-licking good... as in, I actually licked a sink because I made a promise (to Amy and Linda) and I follow through on promises, y'all. Plus, I probably would have done it anyway. Let's be honest.
Speaking of being honest, this year Alt Summit was a little different for me. Last year, I was all about panels and note-taking and squeezing every bit of info I possibly could into my sponge-like brain. This year, I found that same priceless value in the connections that were made: lengthy bathroom chats with personal heroes, intimate dinners with people I love, and late night conversations in hotel lounges with cherished friends old and new. It was about building on relationships from last year, further establishing friendships with some of my favorite people on Twitter, and really embracing this incredible community. I loved every minute and everyone in it.
It wasn't all giggles and girl talk, though. I did learn a few things! Like silk painting, for example (see my very first silk painting ever above). Turns out, I really, really like it. Working with your hands, getting messy, and half-hazardly throwing colors all over the place is totally my gig. I also picked up a few little nuggets of blogging/life wisdom (which many and more people have written about already, and probably in greater detail). A couple recurring themes that stand out to me are: a) know your value and b) engage, engage, engage. This big, mad blogging world is all about (or should be) building and facilitating authentic conversations. If you're not in it for that, "get out the game"... as they say.
Another highlight for me was finally meeting the folks behind MAIYA sponsor (and Alt Summit Sponsor) Cargoh! Paul and Cariann are incredible, beautiful, passionate, and deeply caring human beings--I LOVE THEM!! They really brought Alt Summit to a whole new level. I was fortunate enough to attend their hosted dinner as well, where I was introduced to the incredible work of artist (and Cargoh seller) Zoe Pawlak (definitely posting more about her soon). Us lucky dinner attendees even received original paintings (pictured above)! HOW AWESOME IS THAT? Many, many thanks go to Zoe and Cargoh for making Alt Summit downright amazing.
And of course, I couldn't resist picking up a new robot from the toy store inside Grand America. His name is Walt (like Alt... get it? I'm so clever!). I love him.
So Adventurers, that's my big grand Alt Summit recap! Did you attend? Share your favorite moments or aspects below! And if you're thinking about attending next year--DO IT.