The picture above is me taking an altsummit class with Justin Hackworth last month (notice the Christmas tree?). I have taken several classes and each one is so incredibly invaluable. I have learned and been able to apply so much knowledge to this space. Everyone involved with Alt does such incredible work to give bloggers a guidebook, a reference, a home.
Last year I admit to having major alt envy. Being a newbie to the design blogging world, I didn’t know about this amazing conference until a week beforehand. And so I watched as my favourite bloggers sported their top knots and sharp outfits to sit in on incredible round tables and party with some incredible people.
It was at that moment that I was determined to make it to Alt 2013.
I saved, scrounging for pennies in the couch and using my VISA (mostly wisely..) to rack up Avion points to score a free flight. But as the alt ticket purchase date loomed nearer, I realized I couldn’t put so much money toward a conference when I was already spending so much on my wedding and honeymoon that were just a few weeks away.
And so, I sadly resigned to making alt plans for 2014.
….but I did rack up enough avion points for a free flight. And many sites were hosting contests to give tickets away.
And so, I entered them. Nearly Every. Single. Contest.
I certainly spent hours pinning, commenting, tweeting, facebook liking, anything required to win a ticket to Alt.
And with this particular contest put on by Bright Bold & Beautiful and Umba Box I remember thinking, “Alt is 3 weeks away. If I don’t with this one I won’t get another chance”.
Saying that still gives me shivers. I can’t describe to you the immense joy and excitement I felt when I opened up my twitter on the morning of the 31st and saw this tweet.
I believe I said “What!?” and “Oh my god!” about 50 times before I was able to fully realize what just happened.
And then I cried.
This opportunity means so much, and I feel so blessed (honestly not a word I use often) to have been given this chance. This news was such an amazing way to wrap up such a beautiful year, and the perfect way to begin a new one.
With my teaching time being cut down I so look forward to putting more time and energy into this space, and Alt is just the kickstart needed to make myself and Squirrelly Minds the best we can be.
Alt Summit, I’m coming. And I’m no longer green with envy (…except for on Clue night).