Happy February, folks! It’s my favorite month of the year, though I might be a wee bit biased (hello, Pisces).
It’s funny how my life goes: Some years, I only find myself doing public speaking gigs once or twice for the whole calendar year, but this year, I’m already booked for three—and it’s not even March yet!
Most notably, I’ll be speaking at Nomadic Matt’s brand new conference on the business of travel media, TravelCon, in Austin in September. There are going to be 70+ speakers, some of them my dear friends and long-time industry colleagues, and I could not be more excited about this! Do you remember, KEEN Digital Summit, the one-time conference which I founded and produced five years ago? It sounds like what Matt is doing is what we set out to achieve (only, our business partner bailed and left us in severe debt, grrrrr), so I couldn’t be more stoked to support another friend’s vision.
The second event of the year I’ll be speaking at is Alabama’s PR conference, PRCA Distilled, in April. I’ll be doing a panel with my friend Matt Maxey from Visit Franklin, and it should be a great discussion on the future of influencers and content marketing strategy. (In case you don’t know, on top of working on the influencer end of the equation, I also recruit and hire influencers for other brands and for some of our regular clients.) If you’re in Alabama, I hope you’ll join us April 16-17!
And now, a look back at February, when I somehow only spent a total of eight nights in hotel rooms or rentals, yet feel like I wasn’t at home at all.
I finished a huge project for Conde Nast Traveler. Man, that felt good to officially submit the last of it as this consumed a solid two months of my life and I definitely bit off more than I could chew with this gig.
I wrote a piece for Universal’s blog. Though my time in the #UORBlogSquad is over (sad!), I do have one last piece that just went live: a couple’s guide to the Universal parks.
I kicked off the month in the Lone Star State. And in case you missed it, I wrote the ultimate road trip guide to Texas in addition to a post about Hamilton Pool and other cool swimming holes we encountered while there.
I turned 35! I know, I know, I don’t look a day over 34. (You’re sweet; I’m blushing.) It seems like just yesterday, I was writing my turning-30 post. I don’t feel any older, but the mirror and those crows’ feet seem to indicate that I have, indeed, aged! I feel like 35 might be my best year yet.
We’re currently in California! Surprise! When we saw $96 fares one-way from BNA to SFO, we pounced on it. Even more fun is that four of our Nashville favorites were all on our flight out, and we’ll be staying just six blocks from them on the second half of our trip. We’re doing our own thing this trip, though, and not feeling like we have to see everyone we know and do all of the things. This trip is for us (boom).
We’re just days away from my niece, Charlotte Rose, arriving! Not that anyone is counting or anything….
I miss Ella. The one downside to all this travel is that our girl hasn’t been with us nearly as much as we would like (*sob*). And sadly, the rest of the year looks like it may shape up to be like that. The upside to this downside is that she stays with my parents and her blood mom and brother! So don’t feel too sorry for her; she rules the roost over there.