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Thursday, December 6, 2012

mixedcon ~ up in the mountains

Blue Ridge Mountains

i attended my first food blogging conference over the weekend. what i imagined to be a chaotic foray into networking madness turned into a revelation. i have grappled this year with what to do with this here space, i have moments of flights of fancy and then other moments where i am left unmotivated. this retreat allowed me to finally come up for air.

nestled in the blue ridge mountains of southern virginia, where i attended college, is a tiny resort where a big movie was filmed. there we immersed ourselves in not only the barren landscape that the exiting autumn left behind, but in each other, drawing breath and ideas and inspiration.

Blue Ridge Mountains

i left on sunday morning, driving down the mountain with the windows open, these mountains that when i was in school always provided such comfort just from the sight of them. the long windy road home was spent reflecting on what i had learned. to keep this to the point, i will simply say that i traveled that distance, i spent that time to come to the conclusion that i am where i want to be, where i need to be.

Blue Ridge Mountains

so, in the meantime, thank you to the organizers and sponsors (like kitchenaid and dreamfields) of Mixed, to the speakers and the staff at mountain lake. last, it was wonderful meeting people. i should be back next week with new recipes to share.

Blue Ridge Mountains

10 comments:

  1. Quite a view from the mountains...and you studied there!! Lucky! Looking forward to those recipes you're planning for.

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  2. So very cool. :) I'm glad you went.

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  3. When I was little my family and I would sometimes drive to our vacation destinations- Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia were my absolute favourite states to gaze at through the window. The rugged mix of mountains, barren stretches of highway, run-down gas stations with their abandoned, tarnished beauty...I loved them all.

    Your photos are gorgeous! The Emerson quote is perfect. xo

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  4. Wow, beautiful, beautiful photos. I'm so glad you got to go to Mixed, and I've been looking forward to hearing about it. Glad also that it provided some clarity for you!

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  5. Your photos of the view came out fantastic!

    It was a pleasure meeting you last weekend. I hope we have the chance to meet again in the future!

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  6. Beautiful photos! We're SO glad you joined us!

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  7. It was so nice meeting you last weekend! I love your recap... far more reflective than the typical blog conference recaps! Excited to see where you take the blog in the coming years.

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  8. what gorgeous pictures! so glad you were able to come to Mixed :)

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  9. Wow, this area looks so beautiful and dreamy -- the perfect place for a retreat :) Glad your first food blogging conference was so inspiring and rejuvenating!

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