7 Things I Loved About BAMC15

Mar 12

BAMC15I just got home from an amazing weekend at BAMC15. The Bloggers at Midlife 2015 Conference was like going to a girls getaway weekend with 99 of your best friends in the world. I laughed, I learned, and I was inspired.

I’ve been friends with Anne Parris – Nota Supermom – since before she started blogging. We met online through a homeschoolers forum many years ago. So, when she and her Midlife Boulevard partner, Sharon Greenthal of Empty House Full Mind fame, announced their conference, I signed up immediately. (Sorry about the run-on sentence. I’m excited, y’all!)

I volunteered to help out and ended up spending more time working behind-the-scenes than attending the sessions. Even so, I learned a lot. Despite the issues with travel that a small number of people had (crazy March snow!) the conference was a huge success.

Here a 7 of the things I LOVED about the conference:

 

1. Leadership Team

Sharon and Anne are always amazing. Anyone who has met them knows that. They brought on new partners Beth Rosen, a leading social media strategist, and Teresa Kindred, author and blogger to be part of the team for the conference. These four ladies have all kinds of gifts and talents that meshed together to create a beautiful weekend experience.

 

2. Sponsors

The conference couldn’t have happened without them. The price of admission for an attendee does not cover the cost of putting on a conference. A huge shout-out to Stouffer’s who sponsored the Friday night cocktail party, provided comfortable seating for breaks, AND gave out great swag. I also want to thank Collective Bias who sponsored lunch. Yum! Another sponsor was Nissan. I’m so glad to see that the auto industry is beginning to notice that women–midlife women–are influential in car-buying decisions.

I’ve been a long-time fan of sponsor Cabot Cheese who provided cheese samples during a break. (Pssst. Hey Cabot, any chance we can get the single-serve cheese packages in my local market, Memphis? It’s PERFECT for dieters.) Other sponsors like Vibrant Nation, Always Discreet, and Albertini Skincare and Beauty sent people and/or products. We had Goo Goo Clusters, a local Tennessee product, during another break, and received support and goodies from from Grown and Flown and College Financial Aid Advisors, and 1010 Park Place.  Thank you all so much. You facilitated a fabulous weekend.

 

3. Venue

Opryland HotelGaylord Opryland Hotel was a lovely venue for our weekend. Almost without exception the staff at the hotel was helpful and friendly. These hard-working people were there to lift boxes, help us find our way around the maze (that place is HUGE, y’all!) and keep us comfortable. I particularly want to thank Ragan who helped transport boxes with a smile, the bellman who loaded up 2 luggage carts TWICE early Saturday morning (I didn’t get his name, but he was a long-term employee there and just delightful to talk to) {UPDATE: his name was Pete}, and James from the conference area who brought Julia Robinson and me Pepsi with lime when we were feeling our most harried.

 

4. Learning

As I said, I missed some of the conference sessions because I was busy, but I still had some take-aways. Tracy Beckerman had some great ideas for managing your social media. I learned how to better manage my twitter feed, and what to do with Pinterest. I can’t wait to implement some of the things I learned.

 

5. Inspiration

Danyelle Smith Little told her story of overcoming her days as a young, single mom to her success as a full-time blogger. Keynote speaker and BlogHer co-founder Elisa Camahort Page told us about suffering from middle child syndrome and reinventing herself again and again. They both convinced me that challenges and roadblocks are merely there to teach me a new lesson, not make me feel defeated.

 

6. Laughter

love at BAMCNot only were the speakers fascinating and funny, but during breaks I saw so many groups of ladies laughing uproariously over something that had been said. Finally, I was with a group of bloggers who can make jokes about hot flashes and everyone understands!

 

7. Love

Buckets of love. Overflowing. It was beautiful.

11 comments

  1. Elizabeth, I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and invaluable help at BAM. We would never have been able to do it without you, Julia and Susan. It was such fun spending time with you and getting to know you better. I look forward to seeing you next year at BAMC16!
    Sharon Greenthal recently posted…This Again? Yes, Being a Stay-at-Home Mom is a JobMy Profile

  2. Hi Elizabeth! After reading your post and all the other great posts about the conference I’m really sad I missed it. I’m sure I’m like many other who weren’t there but am hoping that things work out to go next year. My vote is for a west coast conference for 2016! ~Kathy
    Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com recently posted…Birdman, Relevancy and A Life That MattersMy Profile

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      Kathy, I can’t wait to hear where next year’s conference will be. I’m sure it won’t be driving distance for me next time, but I’ll be there where ever it is!
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  3. Pete.
    The bellman’s name was Pete.
    And he’s worked there since 1983.
    Nineteen eighty freaking three.
    So, they must be doing something right at the Gaylord Opryland Resort!
    Wasn’t it so much fun???
    I loved spending time with you!
    Susan Williams recently posted…Minestrone with Pesto and Garlic BruschettaMy Profile

  4. Love your recap, Elizabeth. I missed out on chatting with you, but I thank you for all of your hard work. I hope our paths cross again soon!
    Cathy Chester recently posted…The Gift Of New Midlife Friendships: #BAMC2015My Profile

  5. Love this post and I am so thankful you and Julia were there to keep me from going off the deep end. You were invaluable and so fun to get to know. Looking forward to many more BAMs! Keep in touch!
    Teresa from NanaHood recently posted…By: Susan WilliamsMy Profile

  6. Okay, now I know how this woman from Memphis got here and behind the scenes. Nice to meet you. Good luck tomorrow!
    Leisa A. Hammett recently posted…The Inability to Run From Life: A Midlife Blogger’s PerspectiveMy Profile
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  7. There was lots of love, community. Agree with all your wonderful points. It was an event well-done indeed.
    jamie@southmainmuse recently posted…I started this blog . . . and then BAM.My Profile

  8. The event sounds incredible and I am having a vicarious thrill reading all the posts!
    Haralee recently posted…Tattoo PopularityMy Profile

  9. So glad I got a chance to experience BAM with you and all the other lovely ladies!I’m also really happy that you stayed long enough to do some shopping in East Nashville – I heard all about it 😉

    Alicia
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