BlissDom Was Amazing


How does a weekend in Grapevine, Texas with almost one thousand success driven women sound to you?

To me, it sounded like a near perfect way to spend this past weekend so that is exactly what I did when I jumped on a plane for BlissDom 2013.

As a professional speaker I attend a lot of conferences, but there was something different about BlissDom.

Sure, there were sponsors with their booths and fun give aways. Packed sessions with crowds that tweeted out the nuggets of wisdom shared from the stage. Keynote presentations full of inspiration and excitement.

But, there was also an overarching sense of friendship and helpfulness everywhere I turned.

The event organizers made it clear with their actions and words how much they valued every single person who was taking part in the event. It didn’t matter if you were a speaker, top tier blogger or someone that was dragged by your friends to attend. Every person was openly welcomed and helped.

Many women focused conferences won’t invite men to speak and that has always bothered me.

Taking the stage at BlissDom to share my approach to living an amazing life was a professional high for me. This is the exact type of audience I wanted to get the philosophy of my book in front of and thank you to the event team for making it happen.

The conference inspired me enough that yesterday I recorded a podcast encouraging others to step out into the unknown a bit more.

The only negative for me was when I found out from women trying to buy the book that the bookstore at the event did not have copies of my books.

When I approached them I did find a couple copies of Content Rules, but nothing like the stacks of other speaker books and not a single copy of Amazing Things Will Happen. When I asked about this I was told they “couldn’t order any copies of that book.”

Thank you to my Editor at Wiley who sent me her personal stash and to 800ceoread for the Saturday overnight delivery of the books from a single text message. Some day book stores might realize that working with authors will help their bottom line. The only book seller I’ve found so far who appreciates this is 800ceoread. I look forward to finding others.

Also, thank you to the event organizers for having a stern talk with the bookstore so that they magically ordered some for the next day (and proceeded to almost sell out). This was too late for me though so I happily gave away and signed all of my copies.

BlissDom is a unique conference and I encourage everyone out there to think about attending next year. While it is focused 100% on women, every session I went to was focused on being more successful in what you do and I learned plenty! The quality of every aspect of this event was head and shoulders above many other conferences out there.

Thank you ladies for a great weekend. See you next year?

  • Jeannine

    sounds amazing!! Next year I will plan on being there for sure. So glad it was a good experience for you.

  • The snippets of time I had with you are truly a portion of what I treasure most about this weekend. You inspire me more every time I see you. Thank you for making me better and for sharing your extraordinary with this community of women I adore.

    • The feeling is very mutual.

      It was nice to actually get to chat a bit since we are usually both so busy that we don’t get to do that.

      I’m excited for everything that is on your horizon and please know that if there is ANYTHING I can do to help with any of it please don’t hesitate to ask.

  • I loved meeting you at the newcomers meet and greet. Wish I had had a chance to sit in your session… all of the tweets from your session were so inspiring!

    • The newcomers event was a lot of fun. First conference I’ve ever seen have one of those and I loved it.

      I’ve heard rumors that videos of all the sessions will be shared with attendees. I hope that is true because I missed some too.

  • So great to meet you and I thought it was pretty awesome of you to hand out so many copies of your book for free just before your signing.

    • I just hope that everyone who got one finds the time to read it because I’d love to hear what they think of it.

      Nice to meet you as well!

  • Sherry Carr-Smith

    I really enjoyed your session, and getting to say hello after having so many common friends for so long. I can’t wait to get your book!

    • Thank you. It WAS nice to finally meet you after all the virtual connections.

  • Terri Williams

    I loved your session! You truly inspired and of the 5 books I came home with yours is the one I started on the plane and have almost finished! Thank you for sharing your story and watch out for those sea gulls!

    • I’ve got a LOT of reading to do as well post Blissdom.

      Glad to hear that you are enjoying the book so far and thank you for the kind words about my session.

  • FadraN

    I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you! Although I have to say this conference was definitely about quality over quantity when it came to personal interactions. Hope we cross paths soon.

    • The quality WAS high for sure. Every person I met I seemed to end up in an endless conversation with. That felt great.

      Hope we meet at some point too.

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  • Being assigned to the photography speakers I missed your session, but I did enjoy meeting you (Krista Carnes intro’d us at the Glass Cactus) sneaking a peek at one of your books I found on a table in the green room. 🙂 Can’t wait to get a copy and start reading!

    Hope we see you at BlissDom next year or another conference real soon!

  • I heard your Session was Amazing, so Amazing that other speakers were even recommending Amazing Things Will Happen in later sessions I attended! I picked up a copy right away. Love the Podcast!

  • I loved your session. It was so motivating both as a business owner and as a parent. Thank you for being a part of Blissdom. (& I forgive you for squishing the caramels I gave you)

    • *laugh* They may have been squished but my family LOVED them.

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  • Jodi

    I really enjoyed your session. Thank you so much for the free copy of your book. I really look forward to reading it. I have 3 books from the conference to read and not sure which one to read first! 🙂 I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done. I still think it is pretty crazy that you live in the town next to where I grew up. I’m in Franklin visiting family all the time!

  • CC, it was wonderful meeting you at Blissdom and I am so glad I did. You are pretty darn awesome and a true kindred spirit.

  • I met you at the Newcomer’s meet-up at Blissdom. I had no idea you had a session there when I met you. I’m excited to hear what you had to say when they release all the session info. Maybe I’ll have to read your book to tide me over… 🙂