4.16.2013

This Is Why I Blog (Arizona Part Two)

This is where the trip got good. Like really good.
So apparently half of the blogger population lives in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. The other half is split between California and Utah I'm pretty sure. Knowing that all of these pretty faces lived in the area that I was hanging out at for a few days, I knew it was necessary to schedule a hangout session. Hugging real bodies that I've typed back and forth with...ain't nothin' better than that. I now understand the draw to match.com. It was pretty much like You've Got Mail only better.

Here are the beauties that I had the joy of meeting...
Aubrey // Ellen // Lauren // Brie // Stesha // Me // Ashley 

We went to this cute little wine bar//restaurant and got our bruschetta on. I say this because that was the main dish on the menu. Bruschetta. But not like typcial bruschetta with tomatoes and all that other shaz that goes on it. We're talking bacon, arugula, artichokes, spinach, pears, your mom... just kidding. your mom wasn't on the menu (although I'm surprised due to all of the other options listed). Needless to say, I was starving when I left that place. I mean it was good don't get me wrong. I just prefer to eat more than a few slices of bread for dinner. Who am I kidding? I didn't care about the food that night. I was in it for the ladies. And on that note, more pictures. 

(I do have eyes. Just not compared to her)
Ellen // Brie 
Amy // Brie
Amy // Brie 

So back to why this whole shin dig made me realize why I am so (so) glad that I made the decision to start a blog two years ago. I think it first hit me at the restaurant sitting next to Ellen. We were talking about real life struggles that we wouldn't just blast all over the internet. As I was hearing bits of her heart my head just kept saying "If it wasn't for blogging...". And then it happened again. We were sitting inside the W hotel lobby sipping on cocktails and Brie was sharing the story about her father passing away. Here we are. Crying (well I was crying, I always cry), but connecting on such a deeper level. And again I thought "if it wasn't for blogging.." All of these girls are intelligent, funny, beautiful, genuine, REAL people. And if it wasn't for this little space on the internet, I would never know that. So yes, some days I may not have much to say. And some days I have too much to say. And a lot of days you probably wish I wouldn't have said anything at all. But I will keep showing up because this whole connection thing, well..it's got me hooked. 

And just like that, I have tears in my eyes. 

Thank you ladies above for the opportunity to meet...Arizona would not have been the same without you!

ps. now would be a good time to mention--if you don't have a blog (yet) but you have been thinking about starting one..DO IT. just do it..it's too good of a thing not to. i mean just look at those duck faces in the last picture. you know you want in on that. 

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Today's featured sponsor just so happens to be another lady who I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life. And we aren't talking just meeting..but like sitting for hours talking our heads off. Oh how I love this girl. It's Annie from What She Saw
I can say with zero hesitation that Annie is one of the wisest little souls out there. I know this because after every sentence that came out of her mouth I would say "what's that mean?" There is a difference between being just smart and having wisdom. She falls into the second category. Annie has big dreams (including her ebook that is going to be released this summer...say whaaaaat?!) and has a heart of gold. 
Annie is navigating single life and is doing so beautifully. If you want to be inspired, feel connected, learn something new, or be uplifted--this is your go to girl. Thanks for being a blessing in my life Annie ;)


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42 comments:

  1. all of you girls are SO cute!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  2. How fun!! I just started blogging less than a year ago (adding to the number of bloggers in L.A.!). I love that it can be a place to just let go. I love reading other blogs and getting to know other bloggers/blogs. I would love to go a bloggers get together!

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  3. What a fun time! I knew there was a reason I should have never moved out of Arizona!!

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  4. Love this! Meeting people is the BEST part, hands down. My life is better after I started my blog for a million reasons, but the friendships my favorite side benefit.

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  5. I recently found your blog through The Thinking Closet. Decided to step out and comment. I love meeting blogging buddies in real life. Looks like you all had a great time!

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  6. It was so great to meet you!!! You are beautiful & I am so happy you had an awesome time! Love you girly!!

    xxS

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  7. Unfortunately there aren't bloggers in my area.

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  8. It was one of your posts that inspired me to start my blog Erin :-) Glad you had a blast with those other bloggin' ladies.

    Some Snapshots Blog
    Jess

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  9. 1-I;m glad you didnt love the food... I hate Postinos (in case you missed it I ordered TWO meals there i was freaking hungry HAHA)

    2-I look like a freak with a cyclops head in that picture omgosh!!!

    3- SOOO nice to finally meet you

    4- Remember what we talked about with the two kids you asked me about? read my blog post from yesterday you might die... so random how it happened right after you asked about it.....

    5- you should probably just move here. We don't have shishkiwiando but we have cactus and are close to Mexico.

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  10. So awesome to connect and meet these gals through blogging. One of the many great aspects to it. ;) Next trip you have to come to Cali...the sunshine state is where is happenin...I will even take you to a cupcake ATM..yes.

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  11. I am new to blog world, and I have to say your blog is absolutely adorable! Total blog inspiration to me hahha. Loved your post, and just about every post I read. Also your sense of humor is great hahaha just wanted to put it out there that I love that you incorporate it into your blog.

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  12. It looks like you had such a great time!! Meeting new blog friends is one of the main reasons I want to start blogging! Now I just need to find the time/motivation/wine supply to make it happen.


    :) Liz
    www.lifebylizz.wordpress.com

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  13. LOVE seeing the "real life" of bloggers. This blogging stuff is kind of cool...but its the life behind the blogs that really make it special.

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  14. Looks like you had an amazing time! I just started blogging about a month ago and I love it! I am so glad I started and the blogging community itself is so wonderful. I can't wait to start meeting my fellow bloggers in real life! Lol
    Http://styledlikearockstar.blogspot.com

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  15. love this and all these women. all inspiring and make me happy I blog too.

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  16. This is so great that you were able to get together with these other women. I'm pretty sure that I am the only blogger in north Louisiana. I would love to run across some other blogging ladies!

    Amy

    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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  17. Meeting people that you read about on a daily basis is great. It makes it all so worth it.

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  18. Hopefully one day, I will be blogging enough to meet some pretty ladies up here in the cold area of Toronto, ON, Canada

    http://msashleyhall.blogspot.ca

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  19. What's that country song (I should know this since I listen to mostly country) about how I was Dallas was in Tennessee? Well, I wish Arizona was in Texas so you could come and hang out with me. You're so incredibly adorable and precious and genuine and authentic and down to earth and I love you to pieces!!!! I'm hosting the DFW Bloggers' Spring Meet Up on April 27 and I always look forward to these events. It's great to be a part of a community of bloggers who enjoy being together.

    p.s. If you come and visit me, I promise you will NOT leave a restaurant (or my house) hungry. I'll feed you a big ol' country fried steak and mashed potatoes with gravy kind of dinner. If you leave my house hungry or thirsty, it's your own damn fault!!!!!

    Blessings + Hugs,
    Nicole @ Three 31
    http://nicoleandkevin.wordpress.com/

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  20. So fun! I agree that it sometimes feel like the majority of the bloggers live in Arizona/Utah/California, but I'm glad to have you here in the Midwest! Also, I read Ashley's comment above, and when she said "We don't have shishkiwiando..." I'm pretty sure she's talking about Shipshewana. If I'm right, it's either awesome or creepy that I can decipher that...your choice, I guess ;)

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  21. come back to meeeee! p.s. this post brought tears to my eyes, you're just the best <3

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  22. I love this post! It's so great seeing bloggers meeting in real life - it does seem like a blind date - except, you already know them it seems like & girlfriends are just so much more fun anyway!

    I'm giving away a box of favorites on my blog right now - it'd be great to see you play along!

    http://perpetuallycaroline.blogspot.com

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  23. I think it's amazing you got to meet all those people! I read Brie's blog and I love her, so it was neat to see her in your photos!

    Blogging is a pretty amazing thing, for so many reasons!

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  24. I am so envious of your weekend! I thought of you girls many times. If you do this next year, I AM coming for sure.

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  25. Looks like a fun weekend--- I love Brie's style... she is the cutest!

    xo
    Lauren
    www.annacroswell.com

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  26. I mean, if you were a pig, your mom COULD be on the menu...

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  27. Say whaaaa??????? Don't forget about me up in little ol WA state! Not ALL the cool bloggers live in Arizona... and damn I'm mad I missed this. If only my husband could have planned his golf trip a month later...next time, Erin, next time.

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  28. Someday we will meet. We will eat Mac N' Cheese and have pizza rolls :)

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  29. love love those pictures, you are stunning!

    http://everythingsalwayssunny.com
    Kristin
    xx

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  30. Looks like the best time ever! I'm so glad I started blogging...I can only hope to have a fabulous weekend and making amazing people like this someday!
    xoxo

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  31. Erin, you're such an inspiration. Your blog and the joy it brings you is one of the reasons I just started my own blog :)

    xo - Michelle

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  32. I'm jealous all y'all are together on the west coast. I would think there would be more people in the northeast, I just need to find them.

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  33. I moved to Arizona a few years ago and honestly, ALL of my Arizona besties I met through blogging. If I had never started, I would have never met my lovelies. I currently have my blog deactivated (because life got in the way) but I know what you mean... "If it wasn't for blogging". I should have weaseled my way into this meet up some how :)

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  34. It looks like you had a blast in AZ. I've never been, but have heard amazing things about it. How awesome to be sitting around the table with those lovely ladies... there's truly so much good to get out of the blogging world. It's overwhelming in a very wonderful way!

    Maybe one day we can make it a state over and have some mojitos! ;)

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  35. I totally agree with you about blogging! I finally started my little blog in January and have already met so many wonderful new friends!

    If you are even in DC Erin let me know and I will show you around. :)

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  36. I'm so glad you got to come to Arizona! I'm an AZ blogger too, and I'm always impressed by the amazing women that live here. I'm even more impressed with what blogging does for us- I just loved this post!
    Thanks for sharing, and do come back sometime soon!

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  37. AW it looks like you ladies had SO much fun!! I just started a blog about a month ago and that is the main reason...to share and relate with people and make new friends! I reeeeeally hope I have the opportunity to meet up with some other bloggers one day. I can't wait to find out what blogging will do for me. I'm obsessed already!

    Thanks for being a blogging role model and someone I can look up to!!

    xoxo

    Jess

    theroadtodiamond.blogspot.com

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  38. Oooh that night looked like tons of fun. I loved the way you wrote this it literally had me hooked and feel like I was part of the night. Hope you enjoyed meeting your new blogging friends, I cant believe you have been blogging 2 yrs same as me. Wow what a success you are.

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  39. I seriously love blogger meet ups. It completes my life. We just all 'get' each other!

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  40. Thanks very much for your large information .And knowledge full description . I think it is Sus a topic that many kinds of people face many problems. thanks for this.
    meeting people,

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  41. Hi there! I've been exploring your blog for a little while and I'm loving what I'm seeing. My mom and I just started our own blog and we were wondering if you could help us out? Thanks so much! :)

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)