My Big Summer Potluck story started off a bit different from most others in attendance at this year’s gathering.
I snagged a ticket to the event a few minutes after they went on sale back in February.
Fast forward three months later – Memorial Day weekend my husband and I took a trip to nearby Philadelphia. During one of our dinners, we found ourselves seated next to a couple who was very helpful in suggesting items for us to order off the menu. Our conversation continued and, as it turned out, she was a food blogger who I was twitter friends with but had never personally met. She asked if I was going to this year’s Big Summer Potluck, as she was hoping to get off the waitlist soon. When I told her I was, she told me I was going to love it.
A few weeks later, she sent me a message saying she got a ticket. I immediately asked her if she wanted to be roomies, as I had a hotel room all to myself. She said yes.
Fast forward to just a few weeks ago, when my husband realized I would be sharing a hotel room with someone who was (technically) a stranger. He thought it was strange and I in turn thought it was strange that he thought it as strange. All I needed to know was that she was a food blogger and that she was going to Big Summer Potluck. That was enough for me.
What he doesn’t get is that there is an unspoken (or actually spoken) bond between us food bloggers. We are a family, united by our love of food.
Big Summer Potluck was everything I thought it would be, and then some – mostly because its message transcends food blogging. Among the speakers – Brooke spoke about the importance of mindfulness in our busy lives and the difference between doing versus being. Joy talked about jealously and comparison and the importance of finding your own voice. You can still “look around” and be inspired but then make it your own. And Molly highlighted how we are all works in progress.
One post is not enough to get into more detail about the weekend. But it’s suffice to say that I came out of the weekend with renewed inspiration, not just pertaining to my blog but all of my personal endevors. Thank you Pam, Maggie and Erika for putting together a truly special event. Can’t wait for next year’s! And thank you to my roommate Lisa – for taking a leap of faith.
To say that The Big Summer Potluck was full of great food is an understatement. Equally as amazing was our goodie bag. One of the best items in the bag was the Pioneer Woman’s second cookbook. Because I already have a copy, I’m giving it away to one of you. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post letting me know what you think of the concept of being mindful in the digital age. You have until Saturday, August 11th 11:59pm to enter. This giveaway is for US residents only. The winner will be chosen at random, notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.