Blog Podium 2014

Welcome to Blog Podium

Welcome to Blog Podium. My name tag and the sweetest table decor.

As I write this, I am still in complete disbelief how far this Blog has pushed me outside my comfort zone. For the record; I do love to talk, I wear my heart on my sleeve and if I have an opinion, believe me it will be shared. However; I am by no means a risk taker. I dislike change and second guess every decision I make.  So the fact that I got up enough courage to attend one of the largest blogging conferences in Canada was a huge deal.  And if I may say so; I’m proud of myself for doing so!  I do however, owe so much of this experience to my dear friend (Special K) who convinced me to start this whole blogging adventure in the first place. I am forever indebted to you.

As excited as I was to meet so many talented bloggers; I have to admit that I was a complete nervous wreck the entire week leading up to the event. Truthfully, the only thing that gave me comfort was knowing my friend Lilly Cordeiro (Elle Cee Design) and I were in this together!

Urban Mom Design and Elle Cee Design

We’re here! Miss. Elle Cee Design and I at our first Blog Podium!

Blog Podium 2014 was everything I expected and so much more. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with warm smiles and a welcome package, which instantly made all of my apprehensions disappear. From then, I knew it was going to be a great day. And it so was! Jennifer Flores (Rambling Renovators) and her talented team went above and beyond to ensure that we as “New Bloggers” would be informed by the best in the industry. With a jam packed itinerary; the day was filled with helpful seminars, informative vendors/ sponsors and a talented panel of speakers.

The beautiful Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators.

The beautiful Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators.

I found it inspirational to listen to the success stories of all the speakers. The handsome Scott Mcgillivray reached his goal of twenty five properties by the age of twenty five and now owns over 100 properties. Monika Hibbs (formally Doctors Closet) quit her job as a Doctor to turn her passion of all things pretty into a successful blog, business and online store called (Shop by Monika). But it was Donna from Funky Junk Interiors who really struck a chord with me. She got up on that stage wearing ripped jeans, cow boy boots and a flannel top and instantly had my attention. Her ability to turn junk on the side of the road into a successful blog and business is nothing short of amazing. She spoke about branding and how as bloggers we need to brand ourselves and be original in order to stand out and make it in the industry. And boy will I ever think of her every time I see a wood pallet!!  Above all, she taught me that I need to put love into my blog and give it the time it deserves. So Donna, if you ever happen to read this, just know that I think you and your funky junk are pretty damn awesome!!

Donna form Funky Junk Interiors.

The oh so cool Donna form Funky Junk Interiors.

The best part of the day for me however,  was finally getting to meet some of the incredible  Bloggers that I follow, while making some new Blogger friends in the process!!

Having way to much fun in the Etsy photo booth with Elle Cee Design, Designs by Dima, Katie Spinks and Bethany from This Little Estate!

Having way to much fun in the Etsy photo booth with Elle Cee Design, Designs by Dima, Katie Spinks and Bethany from This Little Estate!

Top Left: Taking selfies with the beautiful Monika Hibbs. Right: True beauty inside and out Bethany of This Little Estate. Bottom Left: Posing with the Queen of Blog Podium Mrs. Jennifer Flores. Bottom Middle: The lovely Julie from Elliven Studio.

Top Left: Taking selfies with the beautiful Monika Hibbs. Right: True beauty inside and out Bethany of This Little Estate. Bottom Left: Posing with the Queen of Blog Podium Mrs. Jennifer Flores. Bottom Middle: The lovely Julie from Elliven Studio.

These guys do not need an introduction! The men of HGTV Canada!

These guys do not need an introduction! The men of HGTV Canada!

Inspiring Speakers. Jennifer Flores, Scott Mcgillivray, Monika Hibbs and Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault

Inspiring Speakers.
Jennifer Flores, Scott Mcgillivray, Monika Hibbs and Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault

Home decor display at the Chapters Indigo booth

Home decor display at the Chapters Indigo booth.

Table setting at the pretty Linen Chest booth.

Black and white table setting at the Linen Chest booth.

Create your own place setting with Urban Barn.

Create your own place setting with Urban Barn.

Table top photography 101.

Table top photography 101.

There I am!

There I am!

Gift Bags full of goodies.

Gift bags full of goodies.

The food was to die for! The Royal York Toronto did an amazing job! Kudos!

The food was to die for! The Royal York Toronto did an amazing job! Kudos!

I learned allot at Blog Podium, but the main thing that stuck with me is that my blog is not going to blossom over night. As is anything worth achieving in life, it takes time, patience, love and persistence. I have a long and fun road ahead of me and look forward to where this blog will take me to next.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo Thelma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments on Blog Podium 2014

  1. Funky Junk Interiors
    October 5, 2014 at 9:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Ohhhh my gosh… I am bustin’! I sound like quite a sight, don’t I? Hahaa!

    Seriously… I can’t thank you enough for the kind words! It was such a privilege to speak at BlogPodium and have a chance to inspire just that many more. It was such a fast paced day and I loved every minute of it right along with you!

    I’ll be quoting you in my own writeup… stay tuned… :)

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    • tchaves
      October 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Aaaaaa….you read it!! You were amazing!! Great job. You definitely inspired me. Thanks so much!!

      Reply

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