It all started with this photo my friend Annie posted on instagram. I had tagged her in their contest announcement, #AltWithaFriend, and said hey we should do this. So she posted this pic, and we won! So if it weren't for her this fun trip wouldn't had happened! So thanks for tagging me as your friend, and big thanks to Alt Summit and Instagram for making this happen. Click on the photo to see the original post, and to follow Annie because her feed is on point. So we bought plane tickets, booked an air bnb and went to Salt Lake City. The conference was held at the Grand America Hotel, which was a little spendy to stay at, hence the air bnb. You can see where we stayed in this post. Anyways enjoy this long post about our 3 days at Alt Summit Summer 2015!
I have been procrastinating in a huge way, every time I sat down to edit photos, or type this post nothing happened. Which is ironic considering Alt Summit is a blogging conference full of information on how to be a better blogger, become more organized, and get stuff done. I had so much fun, but I left feeling exhausted.
I tend to be more of an introvert, which means I get energy when I'm by myself. I can re-charge when doing my own thing. It takes a lot out of me to jump into a social activity. This doesn't mean that I'm not social, I like to hang out with friends, work on collaborative projects, go to fun social events like Alt. But I can only take so much before I shut down and need to find my own corner, and maybe a cup of coffee to just reflect on my own thoughts. The above photo was something Annie and I staged after the first day at alt, I felt drained, I was thinking, ok 2 more days of smiles and introductions then I can go home, hang out with my bunny Lolah and catch up on my hulu shows! Alt was fun, I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, I enjoy traveling and new experiences, but i'm no pro at all the chit chat that goes along with networking. So with that said, enjoy some photos, some tips, and some food pics from Alt Summer 2015.
Tuesday night sponsor dinners, Annie and I signed up for the Gumroad dinner, it was fantastic and we met some awesome new friends, it was so nice to sit down to a dinner and make genuine connections. Gum road is a great resource for selling online e-books, courses, and more you can check out more by visiting their website.
How cute are these socks from Alt sponsor Woven Pear! They had a great set up where you could choose a pair of socks, jump on this cute bed in a perfectly styled "bedroom booth" and take some cool pics for your social media and obviously help promote their brand with hashtags. They did a great job, and everyone got to walk away ( literally hehe) with a free pair of socks.
One of my fave classes was the class Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show taught. She knows how to keep a captive audience. Her presentation was awesome, her stage presence was not at all boring and sometimes when she was super excited about what she was talking about she would dance. Her class was about how to make money with an online course. I can't jam all of her advice into this post, but I would check out her website, and look into gumroad for generating an e-course.
I n s t a g r a m 101
I loved the instagram class! i learned a ton, and as a daily instagram user this panel really opened my eyes to the potential this platform offers! Did you know you can monetize your feed! I immediately started scrolling though my feed, editing out old photos and started to create a cohesive look and feel for all my posts, my goal is to create a space where I can eventually generate some income, and not to mention it's so much fun. I LOVE instagram, I actually have started taking a big interest in social media in general lately, I really never saw it's full capability. So big shout out to the ladies who spoke: Trisha Hughes / eat your beets, Jenny Komenda / little green notebook, Kirsten Grove / simply grove, and Jordan Ferney / oh happy day. Thanks to their advice I really found my passion for styling and photography again!
Any spare moment I had I would sneak away to this bakery in the hotel, need I say more. The strawberry gelato was so refreshing in the dry summer weather in Utah!
At the end of day one Annie and I took an Uber back to our Air BnB to take naps, reflect on the day and get ready for the black and white party. I was pretty much exhausted, but learned a lot about social media, collaborating with brands and how to deal with online negativity.
I am shocked I didn't fall in these shoes at the black and white party, if you know me at all you know I pretty much stick to flats with the occasional wedge. But I had a blast dressing up, I don't do that often. The food at the black and white party was miniature, so we went out for some actual food across the street at the Little America after.
Alt Summer / Day 2
Annie and I were pretty tired from the day before, so we slept in, then headed to Blue Lemon for some lunch, which was a pretty good choice, these asian chicken salads were delicious. After lunch we headed over to the Grand America for the rest of day two and hit some really great classes!
Macy's was a sponsor so went right to their Photo Booth to take an #americanselife
These adorable pins from Oh Happy Day made my day! #totesadorbs
I didn't take as many photos or notes the second day, but here's some photos from the pink party! I think the closing party was another one of the highlights, all the introductions were over and I had actually made some cool new friends to hang out with, and take a billion photos in the Photo Booth bus!
So overall Alt Summit Summer was a lot of fun, really tiring, but I learned so much, got out of my comfort zone, and met some awesome people. Hope you enjoyed this super long, and slightly all over the place post!