Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I'm Dreaming, Dreaming, Dreaming of #SoFabCon14

I have loved this blogging journey. I love the people I've met, the experiences I've had and the many things I've learned. One of the things I've learned is that this is a journey. There are more people to meet, more great experiences ahead and so much more to learn. I've also learned that this journey -- like every journey -- is more meaningful when shared. One group I've been delighted to share the journey with is the wonderful group of bloggers at #collectivebias. Through my work with this group I've met great people, had terrific experiences -- wait until you see tomorrow's post -- and learned so much. They are sponsoring a conference, #SoFabCon14, in Arkansas this May and I have so wanted to attend. But after I calculated the airfare and hotel, it just didn't seem possible. I visited the airfare sites at least a dozen times, but there were no magical numbers, just a big, big number for a flight to Arkansas. I realized that as eager as I was to attend it wasn't going to happen. But then my fairy godmother on Facebook led me to the #SoFabCon14 page and I discovered the #LuvSoFab14 contest. 

My dreams for #SoFabCon include...

...Gaining some of the blogging wisdom of the ages. 


Though I may never have the talent of Rubens... 


or Sir Joshua Reynolds... 


or create anything as fine as this beautiful Venetian glass...


I may never be the Vermeer of bloggers, but I look forward to meeting people, having wonderful experiences and  becoming a better Buttercup and a better blogger with my experiences at the conference. There is power in shared experiences. I don't know where the road will take me after #SoFabCon14, but I know it will be a sweeter journey.

I've been to Little Rock, but never to NW Arkansas, the site of the conference and for the last two years I've had this destination in mind. I've written about my love of museums and I have been wild to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville since it opened in 2011. It's a beautiful building, designed by one of my favorite architects, Moshe Safdie, with a stellar collection of American art. When I read that the opening reception for the conference would take place here, it was the icing on the cake of reasons to attend #SoFabCon#14.

I believe in dreams come true, and with this dream firmly tucked in my heart, I'm holding the dates on my calendar. Please, dear friends, make this blogger's dream come true. Let this be the next stop on my blogging journey. 
  
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