iFabbo Social Media Conference

iFabbo Conference 2013

How many of you are living the life you dream about? That was one of the questions that Jacqueline From ” The Fearless Factor” asked us during the iFabbo Conference last Saturday. The question stayed in my mind, I didn’t raise my hand.

Her incredible speech was the last part of this great conference, it was inspirational and energizing. We got some information about PR, social media, legal issues, monetizing and many other topics throughout the day. Her tips about self esteem to close this amazing day was just perfect. After I left the conference I started feeling a sense of power, something like: I can do it and you can do it too!

iFabbo Conference 2013

(with Laura Hernandez of DramaQuen24 and Marlena Stell of Makeup Geek)

When I started blogging, I must confess that I never thought about my readers, I don’t even remember thinking that I would have any. Imagining somebody reading what I was thinking sounded pretty intimidating, even when I was writing to share, I tried not to think about it, it made me feel vulnerable.

I used to sit down, mostly in morning, in our dark, tiny basement apartment in Asheville, NC. I wrote for months because I enjoyed it, hoping that nobody would judge what I wrote.

Then comments and questions started coming to my email. It felt incredible that somebody in China or Mexico stopped by just to say Hi or to ask you for an opinion. Helping people is one of my biggest passions, I also love inspiring and empowering others, not because I’m perfect, because I’m far from that, but because I am a shy person behind a colorful blog.

iFabbo Conference 2013

(The Social Media Panel:  Sinead Norenius / Co-Founder, iFabbo, Laurie Mueller /Product Manager at Facebook, Alex Loscher / Marketing specialist on the Google+,  Marlena Stell / CEO and Founder of Makeup Geek, Jen Mathews / Founder of cruelty free beauty blog, My Beauty Bunny. )

iFabbo Conference 2013

I have been dreaming about other blogger’s incredible lives, but it’s a bit intimidating to dream I could have an incredible life as well, Why? I want to live colorful, but sometimes I still find myself wearing just black. I want to inspire you and I want you to know that I’m being inspired at the same time.

If somebody would have told me a year ago that I would be invited to a bloggers conference in San Francisco I would have said something like, that’s just crazy, that would never happen to me, but it did.

Meeting incredible people in this conference was really refreshing. I was sitting there with other creative people that care about the same things and that I care about and have the same fears and similar problems.

iFabbo Conference 2013

(With a colorful cupcake sponsored by Luvocracy. cute sprinkles) 

I learned many things in my first conference with bloggers, but one of the most important things is that you should surround yourself with positive thoughts and people that support you and that understand you, that’s key. Whatever you do, don’t forget, be friendly, be honest, be yourself and believe in yourself.

iFabbo Conference 2013

(Beautiful bloggers: Alexis Phan of Etbeaute,  Selene Virginia of Selene Radiates, Kareen from Ziba Blog)

iFabbo Conference 2013

(My amazing gift bag. Love the sponsors!)

iFabbo Conference 2013

After parking in downtown San Francisco Saturday morning, I started shaking. I can’t say if it was the cold weather or a little bit of anxiety being that this was my first conference, what matters is that I did it and it has helped me grow as a person. This morning I have been thinking, really Elba, Why you didn’t do something like this earlier? – Xo, Elba

6 Responses

  1. Oh Elba, I love this post and I can so relate. I am living a dream I didn’t even know I had and I am not kidding you that sometimes I want to pinch myself. There is so much possibility out there and the universe is abundant. We tend to be a little less abundant with ourselves, but the universe keeps sending opportunities our way regardless.

  2. Alexis says:

    Great write up, Elba! I can so relate to you being an introvert myself so it’s hard to meet other people. You’re blog is great; it’s only a matter of time before you’re living the incredible blogger life yourself! Keep up the posts coming!

    • Thanks Alexis, I know, meeting people is always hard for me but then when I go out and do something different, I feel happy and powerful. It was great meeting you at the conference, your blog and style is great.

  3. Marie Chan says:

    I love this post because it rings so true. I love writing and researching into my posts, but it’s a pretty lonely endeavor. The conference looks fun – thanks for sharing!

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