A Relaxed Haven {Recap}

Have you heard of Haven? Well, if you follow a bunch of DIY bloggers, then you probably noticed a couple of weekends ago that we were all hanging out together in Atlanta. :)

Haven Friends & The Turquoise Home

L-R: Emily from Two Purple Couches, Me, Sondra from Sondra Lyn at Home, Candace from Vintage News Junkie/Rusted Roots & Lauren from The Thinking Closet

This was my second time to venture 3 hours east to the best DIY/Home bloggers’ conference in the South. Last year I was a complete ball of nerves and excitement. I read all of the previous Haven recaps and posts on what to bring to a blogging conference. I bought new clothes, got my hair did and anxiously drove to Atlanta. I wish I’d had my Stress Away then … ha!

Farm Burger | Atlanta

We ate dinner at Farm Burger the first night. Yum!!

I remember last year almost not even leaving the hotel room for the first cocktail party. My introverted self didn’t know anyone and was nervous at the idea of walking into a crowd of strangers all by myself. But, I made myself go down there and I was quickly talking to other first-timers and the sweetest, friendliest people ever.

At that moment, I went from blogging alone on a deserted island to sharing in this beautiful, generous, wonderful community of women {and some men, too}.

Haven Blogging Friends & The Turquoise Home

Lauren from The Thinking Closet, Me, Melissa from The Happier Homemaker, Candace from Vintage News Junkie/Rusted Roots, Jamie from So Much Better with Age, Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof and Emily from Two Purple Couches

A year later, I talk to some of these girls almost every day either asking questions or venting about the struggles of being a work-from-home blogger with a preschooler. It truly opened this whole new world of friendships that I hold near and dear to my heart.

The fabulous king-sized hotel bed all to myself!

My sophomore year was much different than my first. I didn’t buy new clothes. I didn’t get my hair cut or stress about being someone I’m not. The first day of the conference I didn’t even remember to bring a pen to take notes. {Thankfully the organizers think of everything and they had plenty.} I was not nervous, just excited. And honestly this year I was probably almost as excited about staying in a hotel by myself with the possibility of napping anytime I wanted. Ha!

Rusted Market and The Turquoise Home

My long-time friend Maria from Rusted Market and me! {posing for a fun Moen contest}

Last year I went to every event, soaked it all up and generally wore myself out. This year I did what I could and rested when I needed to. I made sure to connect with the sponsors that I wanted to and didn’t worry about the rest. It just took it easy and relaxed.

I loved seeing my girls! That was the best part!

The Haven Rap

Ice Ice Baby Rap, performed by our wonderful organizers! Can you guess who they are??

And in between eating and catching up, I learned a few things about Google +, working with brands, interior design, taking photos for my blog and making money. {And my notes are still neatly packed away in my bag, waiting for me to type them up and make an action plan. :) } Maybe when this baby is born I’ll have some more energy. Ha!!

Who I Am. Quote from Giada De Laurentiis

Who I Am. Quote from Giada De Laurentiis

Thanks to all of the organizers, sponsors and fellow bloggers! I had such a great time. And if you ever wonder if it’s worth it to buy a ticket and travel to Atlanta in the heat of the summer to meet a bunch of strangers who will soon become your biggest friends and cheerleaders, then the answer is a resounding YES! The relationships formed and the knowledge gained is invaluable.

Work It Wednesday at Haven

My Work it Wednesday girls (minus Amy :( ) …. Krista from The Happy Housie and Aniko from Place of My Taste

We’ll see if I can make it next year with a 7-month-old in tow. :)

P.S. If the baby cooperates, we’ll be finding out the gender today!! Eek! I’m so excited… hopefully a big reveal with be coming to the blog very soon!

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  1. says

    I’ve learned after many conferences that resting is KEY. I usually set a few goals and everything is extra — then I can leave a conference feeling excited and rested rather than overwhelmed and exhausted.

    It was so much fun meeting you, Laura! I wished we were able to hang out a little more. Hopefully next year {fingers crossed}. HUGS!

    • says

      Exactly, Kelly! Great tips! I loved meeting you as well, and learning from you in the G+ class. I need to put that into practice. :)

  2. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says

    Wonderful recap! I hope to go next year and As a newbie you sure make me feel more comfortable about going!! Thanks for sharing, Laura!

  3. says

    Great recap. We did some traveling after the confernece and i am justn ow getting to all the wonderful blogs to say Hello! I don’t think we ever met but I saw your bag maybe on the elevator…Maybe next year.

    • says

      Aww, I wish we had met! I did have a bag with my logo on it, so probably was in the elevator or something. Hopefully next year, for sure!!

  4. says

    Love your recap, Laura! And I was nodding my head the whole time… I felt the same feelings last year as a newbie, and this year as a “sophomore”. I’m so glad our blogging paths crossed!

  5. says

    I saw everyone’s fun posts and recaps from Haven and it got me excited to maybe try to go next year since T&H will be past the one year mark then. It is a year away and the thought of going gives me the exact jitters and thoughts like you had your first year already, total introvert!! Thank you for sharing your experience and giving us other introverts hope! :)

    • says

      You should definitely go! It’s so worth all of the fear and getting over our introvertedness {is that a word?}. I had been blogging for a little over a year when I went last year and it was mind-blowing!

  6. says

    Hi, Laura
    Love your re-cap. I attended a one day SITS Conference here in St. Louis this past spring and had a wonderful time. My first year blogging anniversary isn’t until the end of September and I told myself I wouldn’t attend a larger event like Haven until I passed this 1st anniversary. I really wish I had done it this year. I hope you are able to go next year and for me to find you and hang out as you are so lovely and your blog is one of my favorites. I’m happy you had some time for yourself with a new baby on the way. Congrats!!!

    • says

      I didn’t even know about Haven my first year of blogging, but I would have loved to have gone. I just think the camaraderie you find at these blogging conferences is invaluable. We’ll see about next year since I’ll have a 7-month-old to juggle. :) But I might be able to work it out! I’d love to hang out with you!!