February 10, 2017

A little love

I believe Valentine’s Day should be celebrated every day. It shouldn’t be a day where you celebrate being a couple, eating chocolate and drinking vino. Instead, it should be a mindset of caring for and loving the people in your life every single day.  Part of loving the people in your life is figuring out how they need to be loved best. Gary Chapman has simplified this significantly by providing ‘The 5 Love Languages’ quiz.  The idea is that while all of us speak and understand all 5 love languages, there are usually 1 or 2 that are our main language.

Personally, I’m a big believer in knowing your love language and the language of your family and friends. Trust me – just ask any of my girlfriends who I’ve strongly encouraged to take the test. I first found out about this test in my early 20s and promptly quizzed my mom and sister so I could figure out how to love them best.  Since then, I’ve quizzed my hubby, extended family, friends, and even my kids.  So what are these 5 love languages, you ask?  Well my friend, here they are:

1. Words of affirmation: what is spoken or written means the most to these people.

2. Acts of Service: for these people, actions speak louder than words.

3. Receiving Gifts: giving and getting gifts make them feel most loved.

4. Quality Time: it’s all about undivided attention and presence.

5. Physical Touch: to this person, nothing speaks more deeply than appropriate touch.

Sometimes you’re able to figure out people’s love languages just by reading the description provided above. You might be able to see that your hubby values quality time, or it makes your mom happy when she makes you cookies, or your best friend in the world loves to get great big hugs. Still, I’m challenging you to do it.  Grab a cup of something warm, take a few minutes, and invest in your relationships. 

I think that the best gift that you can give this Valentine’s Day is to find out your love language and those of your loved ones. Then choose to love yourself and the special people in your life in the ways that you guys need the most.  Want to take the quiz? You can do so here: ‘The 5 Love Languages Quiz‘. Once you’re done, pop back and let me know your love language in the comment section below.

October 24, 2012

Top 5 tips for going to a blog conference

This past weekend I attended BlissDom Canada and wow, there was so much to take in, see and learn.  I spent the day going to great micro sessions, snacking on treats from Kraft, having pictures taken of me with chef Michael Smith, and dancing the night away with Flash, Dora the Explorer and a contestant from the price is right at the costume party.  So from one newbie to another, here are my top 5 tips for having a blast at a blog conference.

1.)  Bring a friend.  I went with Mel from Melanie OTG and that made the whole experience less intimidating since we were both newbies.

2.) Wear sensible shoes.  For the fashionistas out there, resist the urge to wear your killer heels.  Instead opt for super cute ballet flats or boots, trust me your tootsies will thank you.

3.) Bring your electric devices and any cords you may need to charge them.  You’ll want to send tweets, follow other conference attendees you meet on twitter and update your Facebook status.  It’s more effective to do this in the moment than to wait till the end of the night when you’re exhausted and can’t remember what you originally wanted to share.

4.) Unique business cards are helpful.  I received many business cards and the creative, interesting and artistic ones were noticed and exclaimed over enthusiastically.  Unique cards will help you and your blog to make a lasting impression.

5.) Reusable bags.  At many conferences there is swag galore so don’t forget to pack a reusable bag that folds into pouch.  Pop it into your oversized purse because you will need an extra bag to carry all the gifts from the many sponsors at the conference.

Bonus tip:

6.)  Go with a positive attitude, smile and be open to having fun.  Blog conferences provide a great opportunity to connect in person with all the people you’ve met online, so be brave, smile bright and get to know the other attendees.

Shout out to my girl Mel and my new bloggy friend Lynn from Diary of a TurtleHead for joining me on the dance floor to party like it was BlissDom Canada 2012.