This post is on behalf of Ninja Kitchen, but all BlogHer awe and inspiration are my own.
The Big Apple is a place that finding inspiration comes with the visit. Movies, plays, songs, and even BlogHer 2015 are all inspired by the NYC!! When I heard that BlogHer was going to be in the Big Apple this year, I knew that I had to go. It’s been 20 years since I’ve been to the city that never sleeps, and thanks to a kick butt partnership with Ninja Kitchen I was able to head there in style and get some culinary inspiration too!
Lucky for me, I have blogger friends here in Minnesota that were headed to BlogHer too, so we got up bright eyed and bushy tailed at THREE AM IN THE MORNING to fly out. You guys know that is code for I drank a LOT of coffee that day. We headed out a day before the BlogHer fun began so we could check out a little bit of the city, and get nestled into our hotel at Hilton Midtown. I mean look at the views from our room.
BlogHer: What makes it so awesome.
One of the top questions I get all the time is what makes BlogHer so awesome. For me, it’s the fact that I can meet friends I haven’t met in person before (or connect with friends I’ve already met), network with businesses that I’ve been idolizing with forever (Hello, Ninja Kitchen), and it refresh my passion for what I do.
Despite what people see through the computer screen, blogging for a living is a LOT of hard work. There were many, many months of 50-80 hour weeks just to get the blog off the ground when I was making no money whatsoever. Those times eventually fade away into shorter work weeks where you start to make money, but it takes a while to do that. Working that much, for little return, can mean burnout, big time! That’s why it’s so important to attend awesome events like BlogHer to reignite that passion for what you do.
Another reason I love BlogHer is because I get to connect in person with brands that I have watched from the sidelines or brands I have only corresponded via email. That’s why this year I was so stoked that Ninja Kitchen reached out to me to work with them at BlogHer. I’m so passionate about taking the stigma out of food, and helping people learn more about awesome kitchen products that help make amazing meals for their families. Ninja Kitchen does all of this and more!
They had a great booth at BlogHer where they were featuring the Nutri Ninja® Auto-IQ™ Pro Compact System. It’s a great little system that makes the most amazing smoothies! They had this great chocolate hazelnut smoothie, and a green smoothie for everyone to try. Plus, they ended up giving away Nutri Ninja systems to bloggers that stopped by the booth.
The smoothies were delicious, but my favorite part was the two great attachments; a coffee-grinder and a spice grinder. You guys know how this girl loves her coffee, and there is also nothing more aromatic than freshly ground spices. It helps take even the most simplest dishes up a notch or two!
Creativity Inspires Creativity
Sure from social media BlogHer might just look like a giant party, but it’s not that. It has some parties and they are oddles of fun (why hello, Boyz II Men) but what makes it so life changing is the creativity there. So many woman from so many different walks of life all in one place just trying to get their story out there; that is what BlogHer is all about. They are just trying to inspire others and find inspiration for their businesses.
While at BlogHer, I got to hear from a rescue company about how they rescue adorable puppies, and learn from Randi Zuckerberg how she unplugs her life to keep her feet on the ground. There was even a heart warming panel about telling your own story about chronic illness and how writing from your heart can not only heal thyself, but help others understand the struggles that go along with diseases like fibromyalgia.
It’s been two years since I went to my first BlogHer, and so much has changed in my personal and my professional life. The takeaways from this conference is that following my heart (with a little side of business knowledge) is the right path to a successful business, and finding something you are passionate about means you will never get tired of waking up each day and doing your thing. The other thing I took away from BlogHer 2015? That I will always come back when BlogHer comes to New York City because my love for this city has definitely not changed after 20 years!