Wooooo! The first business/personal/business trip of the year! As you can tell I don’t waste any time with my new found freedom ;) A new year, a new adventure, baby!
This is what the next 10 days will look like:
Part I: Milwaukee – The Prepping
Our journey starts in Milwaukee where I fly in and pick up Nate St. Pierre to get the party started. It’s quite possible that by the time you read this I’m already freezing my tail off and wondering why I didn’t pack long underwear like my dear mother asked of me. I don’t know what -3 degrees feels like yet, but Nate promises me it’ll be “fun.” I’m pretty sure he’ll get it on film and I’ll say something like “I hate you.” And then force him to buy me coffee :)
Why on film, you ask? Oh, cuz it’s time to do THE LOVE DROP!!!!
Part II: Chicago – The “Drop”
That’s right my blogger friends, the time has finally come to actually GIVE all that money and gifts we’ve been collecting over to our first month’s recipient. It’s crazy. Remember when I first hinted at this project over a year and a half ago?? It’s gone through a wild amount of revisions over the months, but we’re now rockin’ it and really got a good grasp of what we’ve set out to do.
The community has done an amazing job rounding stuff up for Jill and her beautiful family this month, and we’re about to show up on her doorstep and surprise her with everything we’ve done :) It’s gonna be a crazy experiment. And then we do it all over again come Feb 1st!
Part III: Columbus, OH – The Lauren
After chillin’ in Chicago and watching the Packers win (oops, spoiler alert!), we jump back in the car and head out to rosey Columbus, Ohio – home of the mysterious Lauren Lankford. We poke around for a couple of days and do some exploring (aka blogging/working in different coffee shops), and then we head on out and get ready for an awesome conference!!
Part IV: Nashville – The Blissdom
We regroup in Nashville with fellow coupon blogger Jennie from Bargain Blessings, and then we’re off to talk bloggin’ and tweetin’ at the popular (mostly women) Blissdom Conference! Smack down in the middle of Opryland – and one of my very first social-media like conventions. Unlike one of those “you have to go for work” type deals, I actually WANT to be there! I’ll def. be doing lots of networking and pimping of my budgets and love drops, but you better believe it won’t be against my will ;)
In fact, one of the coolest parts of the whole event will be watching Nate & Lauren speak at one of the last panels of the conference. Not only cuz they’re smooth and can pump up an audience pretty good, but because they’ll be leaking our final Love Drop video!! All our hard work, right up there on the screen for 600+ social medialites to see what we’ve been up to. It’s gonna be killer. And probably the time when everything finally sinks in and I GET it. That I’m meant to be own my own right now working on stuff I truly believe in. It’s all so surreal, and I hope it never ends!
So while I’m gone, be sure to hold down the fort for me. I’ve got a great lineup of guest posts on its way, and I’ll be doing my best to pop in here and there to spill some juicy gossip. Or to just ramble on after one too many long island iced teas — whatever comes first.
And if you’re AROUND any of these cities (Milwaukee, Chicago, Columbus, or Nashville), let me know! Our schedule is pretty tight, but I’d love to try and sneak in a way to meet some of y’all in Real Life. Shoot me an email and we’ll see if we can work it :)
‘Til then, God bless everyone. Here’s to following your dreams!
(Photo by Stas Kulesh)
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!