A Whole New Brave: Blissdom Canada 2013

Did I find enlightenment from a conference?
You’re darn right I did.

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that this year has been real hard. I lost my best friend, my number one fan, my one and only mama.
It rips at my heart every day, but I needed some time to myself to change my thoughts, see friends and not think about my sadness.

And then I went to Blissdom Canada. (For those who attended, try not to fall off your chair laughing)

I have been to conferences before. Lots, really. All different kinds. But this was my first year attending Blissdom Canada, now in its fourth year. To be honest I was expecting the same as always; workshops, good discussions about work and brands interested in working with me. Oh and since Blissdom Canada was known for its costume party and it was changed to a pj party (that’s right!), I knew I had to get some new pjs for what I thought would be an awkward night (more on that later).
I told myself I was going to go with it. Whatever happened, I was making the choice to attend Blissdom, see friends and push forward.

Then Blissdom Canada pushed back. Hard.

Friends, this was not a conference. It was not a retreat, or a workshop weekend, it was nothing like I have experienced before. This was a therapy in all definitions of the word. I like to think my guardian angels already knew all this and brought me to Blissdom Canada knowing it would be a life changing weekend for me.

And it was life changing.

It may be hard to grasp that from reading my post or any other post on the event, and it may even sound preachy, but I guess you had to be there.
And then I thought, and thought after I got home, and decided, “how can I relay to my readers all the expressions of positivity that came from Blissdom Canada?”. I can only try. So this is one of many posts that will come out of my weekend finding my bliss.

I think experiencing Blissdom firsthand is something incredible. And although I had nothing to compare it to, I have heard this was the best one yet. So as soon as it’s available, I will be booking my Blissdom Canada 2014 ticket. Until next year, I will be looking back at my notes, my pictures and remembering all that Blissdom was for me this year, when I needed it the most.

Can’t wait to share the moments with you, one post at a time.

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Patty October 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I am so proud of you Julia. I know how hard it was for you. When you sent me the text that you were here and in your room, taking a moment before heading into all the Bliss that awaited you. I wanted to cry for you, for us, for all the lost daughter who’ve lost their parents, but I held it in because you need strength and a smile, and a hug. It was a profound weekend in so many ways. Looking forward to all your posts. Xoxo.

mamamoe October 15, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Thank you, Patty. That means the world to me.
You are a wonderful friend xo

Kyla@Mommy's Weird October 25, 2013 at 12:38 am

So true, it was therapy! Great post!

mamamoe October 25, 2013 at 4:08 am

I know, right?! You had to deal with your emotions at Blissdom this year, and that is a good thing. Thanks for passing by, Kyla!

Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo November 1, 2013 at 1:45 am

One of the highlights of my Blissdom… getting a hug from my Cindy. Looking forward to another one in 2014.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

Julia a.k.a Mama MOE November 1, 2013 at 2:00 am

Aw, Sarah. Thanks, my friend! It was a highlight for me too 🙂


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