The Blogrollers Goodbye: New Sisters


It wasn’t until I had gotten out of the car, grabbed my things, and turned to say goodbye that I realized what had formed. Not just a friendship that will be lost in time… A friendship—I think, will last for a lifetime.

In a short week I met, got to know, and fell in love with three wonderful women, all from different backgrounds, all with amazing talents. I learned valuable lessons from each of them, and took advice I’ll never forget.

As I walked toward my blood family, I felt as though I was leaving another part of my family behind. I confided in them about things I’ve never told another friend. After a matter of hours we felt comfortable enough to tease, and joke with one another. After a matter of days we shared delicate stories and formed a bond I hope won’t be broken.

I learned a lot at Blogher ’09: Ways to turn my blog into a published book, and ways to better write the way I’m feeling. I learned about marketing and advertising, and spreading the word about your brand. But most of all I learned more about the importance of life and relationships.

My eyes watered as I saw the way each of these women shared the pictures of their families. I nearly cried as I heard them telling their children when they were coming home, or as I saw the thoughtfulness they possessed for them. I smiled as I listened to them brag about their talents and witty ways. I felt a sting of envy when I heard their children pour the words “I love you” through the phone into their mother’s ears… And I loved witnessing every moment of it.

They called me “Youngin’” and sometimes picked on my inexperience and innocence, and joked that they were old enough to be my mother. But they treated me like a peer and we learned from each other.

I scanned their brains, and listened to their life experiences so I could learn from them, and think of how I’ll handle the situation if I’m ever faced with similar tests.

As I turned to hug my overjoyed little sister, running to jump in my arms… I realized I had just hugged my new big sisters goodbye.

Spending nearly every waking moment with three other women for a week sounds like a challenge, but I loved it, and I couldn’t have chosen any other women I’d rather share that moment of my life with.—And hopefully, more precious moments in the future.

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  1. Awesome! I’m glad you guys had such a wonderful time. This is what it’s all about. 🙂 I look forward to meeting those ladies at Blogalicious 2009. I wish you could be there too.

    And I’ll be in Chicago at the end of this week for the Mocha Moms conference. When I’m back, we have to get together! You’ll meet Zack. It will be fun.

  2. So happy to hear that your experience was a wonderful one! I know two of the mamas with whom you rolled, and I agree wholeheartedly that they are “fall in love with” material through and through! Thanks for sharing your experience! Oh, and it was nice to e-meet you on the live feed while you were chillin’ in the ATL!!

  3. WOW is all I can say as I wipe the tears from my eyes! I am speechless…and for me you KNOW that is next to impossible! It was a pleasure to get to know you and now love you like a sister. I wish nothing but the best for you and you know you can come to me with anything…for anything. I will never forget this time and what a beautiful treasure you really are! I am glad we left lasting impressions on you as you did for us. You are an amazing woman…never forget that. I am enjoying my front row seat watching you shine!!

  4. That’s the point of travel. Get out of the house, try new things, meet people, see the world. Or at least Chicago. I’m so happy for you. You made lifelong friends and learned new things. Woo Hoo!

  5. That is so sweet and I believe. I’m wiping tears from my eyes. True Friendship is a gift and I’m so happy you have found it in the BlogRollers.

  6. Wow! What a beautiful post from such a beautiful person. I had to stop reading midway to keep from boo-hooing.

    What can I say but I love ya “Youngin!” We did form a beautiful friendship, a sisterhood, that I look forward to continuing. Not only are you a joy to be around, you’re intelligent, inquisitive and inspiring. I learned a lot from you, too, this weekend and for that I thank you.

    Love, Winks & Smiles,

  7. OMG–I’m totally in tears over here. You are such a sweet, beautiful, smart, ambitious, lovely woman, Young un, and I really do feel like I was out on the road with a lil sis. You remind me of me when I was your age—I see so much of myself in you. And I’m over the moon that you feel the same way about me as I do about you.

    Love you looong time, Young un!

  8. What a great post. And at the end of the day the most important thing about blogging in my opinion is the relationships formed. Lucky you to have meet and bonded with such lovely women.

  9. Thank you for sharing that amazing story. I absolutely love your blog. The design, the stories, just amazing.
    I would love to add one another as followers. Just let me know OR add me and I will then add you! Just our trying to network with other creative souls

  10. I just wanted to tell you thank you so much for doing the giveaways! I received my Glow Baby Journals in the mail, and they are awesome! I am so looking forward to using hem with the boys. I am also super excited Glowbaby decided to give me two and not play favorites. HA! You rock, and I am so glad you enjoyed your trip! Thank you again!

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