It’s Not Just Photo Booths & Sequins

Walking into my first Alt Summit event last week, I knew at one look…oh yes…I had arrived. Glancing through the crowd at the Hello Social, it was a smattering of sparkles, polka dots, curls, and lipstick gathered together in conversation clusters. And it was a little intimidating. But after investing in my conference ticket, flying solo from San Francisco to Salt Lake, trekking across town in my trusty little rental car, with business blog cards in hand, there was nothing left to do but take a deep breath and dive right in…and so I did.




For those who are not familiar, Alt Summit is a conference for like-minded bloggers and design-folk who gather in Salt Lake annually to learn and get inspired together. It’s a highly coveted ticket in the blogging world, and now I know why. I can only describe the three days I spent there as a life-changing event. I don’t mean that to sound cheesy…I hope it doesn’t…it’s just the truth.



I’ve never been around so many positive people looking for ways to collaborate together, learn from one another, and help each other out. It was truly inspiring. Aside from the incredibly informative sessions I attended, I can’t even begin to tell you how friendly and open every single person was that I met.  What was it that I was afraid of again?



My head is still swirling from the magnitude of information, but keep a close eye on this here blog because I plan to put it to good use!  Dreaming big over here thanks to Alt!


PS…the lovely ladies of Alt, Gabby and Sara, announced the most exciting news in Salt Lake…Alt Summit is planning to do a one-day conference right here in San Francisco on July 18th at GAP headquarters!!!  Um, yeah, I will be there!




  1. Hi, Melissa! It was so nice to meet you at the Clue party! I’m glad we had a few minutes to sit and chat. I agree–Alt was so inspiring but I also found it completely overwhelming. My head is still spinning and my to-do list keeps growing and growing!

    • Melissa says:

      Hi PJ! Really great to meet you as well. Your blog is great btw…can your son get any cuter??! Let me know if you ever make it out to SF, and I’ll do the same for Omaha. Good luck with that to-do list. Mine keeps growing as well..

  2. Gosh I admire you traveling all that way by yourself! i had to have a travel buddy hehe 🙂 It was great to meet you, even thought it was quick! oh and I just liked your FB page!:)

    • Melissa says:

      Great to meet you as well! I had planned on having a couple travel buddies, but it sold out so quick my friends couldn’t get tix! In way though, I think that forced me to meet more people so maybe best in the end. Btw, I just read your post on leaving your job. Good. For. You!! And good luck on your journey. Oh, and spotted my card on your biz card write up as well so thanks for the shout out!

  3. So excited to be headed to SF for this! Hope to meet you soon!

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