Saturday, November 27, 2010

Well, hello Sydney!

It’s really difficult to type when I’m floating several feet off the ground, but I’ll give this my best shot.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be attending the Aussie Bloggers Conference in Sydney, Australia in March, 2011, thanks to all of YOU who donated towards the trip, and to corporate sponsors Macleans and Ribena, who came through with the balance of money needed to fund the trip. I am so very, very grateful to everyone who put their time, energy and support behind helping me get to Sydney. You are quite simply amazing.

I am very honored to have been named a Voice of the Year and to have the opportunity to speak at the conference.  The thought of meeting so many women I love and admire in one place at one time is incredible, overwhelming actually.  I'm not sure how I will process it all.

For those of you who will be in Sydney for the conference, I’m excited to let you know that we are planning a special evening event for Friday, March 18th, and I hope to see as many of you there as possible. Details to follow!

Several people have asked how I got a corporate sponsor for an overseas conference and the honest answer is I didn’t. As much as I dearly wanted to attend, I was simply too overwhelmed with all that was going on in my life to try to coordinate such an effort. But I am blessed with the most amazing community of virtual friends who wouldn’t take no for an answer. I must have done some seriously good shit in a past life.

I owe a big thank you to Tina for walking me through the creation of a media kit. And to Brenda and Lucy and Lori and the incomparable Sawhole for their enthusiasm and brilliant ideas and the myriad ways they provided support. And thank you to the many women who wrote beautiful letters on my behalf—I think I will frame them.

But there is one woman who was the real force behind all of this. You know who I’m talking about, don’t you?



Mrs. Woog is just all kinds of incredible. What a powerhouse. Let me tell you, this is a woman you want on your side. Actually, you know what? I can’t do this. I know Mrs. Woog’s blog logo is snazzy and all, but I just feel like I need something more personal to put up if I’m going to sing her praises. I know she has a picture of herself somewhere on her blog. Let’s see…




Anyway. So, Woog was all over this project like David Hasselhoff on a cheeseburger on the floor. Hang on. This is no good. Let’s try this again.



Ah, much better! Anyway, Woog the powerhouse put up this post two days ago and it generated a lot of interest. God love her.

So thank you dear Mrs. Woog, you are legend. And thank you GlaxoSmithKline for your generous sponsorship. And thank you to the fifty bloggers and friends who opened their hearts and their pocketbooks and donated towards my trip. I'm really at a loss to express my appreciation.

This past six months has been a real exercise in trust for me. It feels as if so many things outside of my control have happened that have changed my life, for better or for worse. I’m used to holding the reins and it has been humbling to feel as if I’ve been tossed around by life’s storm. My fate determined by the actions of others – not how I would care to write my book, thank you muchly. In this instance, however, those waves have deposited me on the shores of Sydney, Australia, and for that I am exceptionally grateful.


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52 comments:

  1. Mrs Woog is the best, it is true. Snazzy button and all. The others are not to shabby either. Will be looking forward to meeting you all at the conference.

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  2. Woo!

    Looking forward to it SO much!!

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  3. Woooo-bloody-hooooo! So excited, happy and pleased that you are going to make it. :D Grinning like an idiot, and can't wait to give you a big hug. xx

    And what a fantastic effort from Mrs Woog and all the other gorgeous tweeps and bloggers who helped make this happen for you! Top sorts, all. ;)

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  4. Kristin, you are so welcome! I'm thrilled that you are coming to the conference. xxx

    Go, Mrs Woog!! x

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  5. Well that is some fabulous news right there. Will see you there :) xx

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  6. Such wonderful news. Can't wait to meet you darling, and share hugs all around. And thanks to Mrs Woog AND to the wonderful sponsors for making it happen. For showing your faith and commitment to blogging and social media, we mummy bloggers will reward you tenfold. We are a loyal lot and have much buying power. (Well, sometimes limited budgets, but really, we all need Macleans and Ribena, don't we? DON'T WE?

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  7. Oh, am so excited. Four months is too far away!! Want to hug you all now! xoxo

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  8. Oh I am just dieing of excitement!! I can't wait to meet you, give you a huge hug. I may even cry. As I said to you before, for someone I've never met, you are very special to me.

    And how much of a legend is her Royal Woogness?? We are not worthy, we are not worthy.... ;) xoxox

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  9. Your kids are going to overwhelmed by all these bloggers, but I reckon they'll be in the grove pretty quickly!

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  10. What a wonderful, wonderful outcome!

    So happy for you Kristin. I'm sure you'll do an amazing job as guest speaker. Wish I could be there to meet you.

    As for doing some seriously good shit in a past life, that may be true, but from what I can gather - the friendships you have now are because you're doing some seriously good shit in this life!

    xoxox

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  11. I'm looking forward to meeting you!

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  12. really pleased for you - well done

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  13. That's truly wonderful news - goodness can and does win out!

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  14. Fabness! You deserve it, Kristen. I'm so happy for you!! x

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  15. Great news~ glad you will be able to make it.

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  16. super awesome and so glad you are able to come and can't wait to meet you! Naomi x

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  17. Very, very exciting news, Kristin! Am so happy that a sponsor came through for you, I thought someone would... Mrs Woog rocks, of course and I am looking forward to the conference more and more every day. I guess I had better book an earlier flight on Friday?

    Love your work, Kristin!

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  18. It's a wondrous thing, trust xxx

    Love to you. Happy packing! Cannot wait to meet you.

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  19. See how powerful the ability to believe really is on? And how it can make anything happen?

    I am beyond thrilled for you.

    I might just even start buying Ribena again.....

    xx

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  20. So happy for you Kristen, I hope this makes you believe in trust and love and anything is possible again. You deserve this girlfriend!

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  21. Oh wow! I've been following the Wanderlustathon from afar and I'm so glad you're coming to Sydney :)

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  22. I'm so very glad to hear that you are going to make it!!

    My kids drank gallons of Ribena when they were babies.

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  23. Go mummy bloggers! That is all.xxxxx

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  24. That's wonderful news!
    I bet you are very relieved to finally know you are going! :D

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  25. Congrats! I'm very jealous...Australia... awesome! You deserve it and you will have a fab time...

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  26. How awesome for you! I'm betting you will have a fabulous time!

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  27. That is fan-bloody-tastic news. I am so pleased for you.

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  28. Fan-bloody-tastic! Very excited for you! Now if I could just find some work to do in Australia in March I'll see you then :-) x

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  29. WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    I'm SO EXCITED Kristin......

    And very very thankful to all the bloggers who have worked to bring you here -- you're gonna have a BLAST!

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  30. Thanks for linking up, love! I'm delighted to have a little share of your amazing news. xx

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  31. Let's not tell anyone, but there are definitely tears falling down my cheeks right now. (I'll blame hormones.) I'm SO SO SO happy for you I could just bust. (Or, apparently, cry.)

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  32. I'm glad that you get to attend this conference Kristin! You worked hard to get there and you deserve it!! Peace to you my friend...

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  33. You totally deserve it! I'm so glad you're able to attend the conference and I'm even happier that I get to go to Australia for my spring break!

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  34. Nobody deserves this more, now we just have to work out how to keep you in your "spiritual" home :-) Like I've commented before - Woogs and Wanderlust, what a formidable combination!

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  35. See now I just have to make sure I attend - this conference? Its gonna be a love-in for sure.

    What goes around comes around.....

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  36. Yeah! I'm so happy for you! It's great that you got sponsorships!

    It's true that when one door closes another opens. Look at all you've experienced this year. You wouldn't be where you are today if you didn't walk down that path.

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  37. Such lovely comments. I'm not going to try to comment back individually here, as I've let most of the day pass and fallen hopelessly behind, but will just say thank you for sharing in my joy!

    @ Pat, you are absolutely right. I've thought the very same thing.

    @ NappyDaze, I like the way you think! :)

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  38. Here I am in Melbourne and I didn't even know there was a bloggers convention in Sydney! Hope you enjoy Australia.

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  39. Oh, congratulations and I'm so excited to be meeting you! Great stuff, hon. xxx

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  40. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and I can't wait to meet you!

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  41. So happy for you! Congratulations! I see good things in your future and I hope you do too!

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  42. Oh my gosh, so exciting! You will have an amazing time. Very sad that I will miss out on meeting you :(

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  43. A wonderful achievement for a very deserving person - you.

    Enjoy every minute, very envious.

    And tell that Mrs Woog her skirt is still tucked into her knickers at the back. Tsk.

    LCM x

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  44. @ LCM - I did. She said it was all the rage in Sydney. Who knew?
    xoxo

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  45. Wanderlust, I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU.

    And good on Mrs Woog, what a fricken legend. You know Australia is going to steal you and not let you go home, right? XOXOX

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  46. .... Hey I was looking at your "ClustrMaps" badge. I think they should make a "ClustrFuk" one. HAH.

    You're welcome. xox

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  47. @ Eden, god I hope it does (steal me)! I'll make it easy.

    Now I want a ClustrFuk badge.

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