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Someone is being interviewed on a topic that will be seen nowhere else.
Today I am sharing some exclusive information with you that until now, no one really knew.
It is not easy for me to admit that right after my husband left me I was more than shattered.
I was gutted.
His estrangement was utterly unexpected.
After ten years of marriage, everything was dumped in my lap.
I consider myself a capable and strong woman but we have a big house, a very large yard, and a lot of projects we had been working on.
Like most couples, we also have a lot of bills.
Outside of the day to day caretaking of our pets and other tasks, I was overwhelmed.
So between being emotionally distraught and taking over every day to day task on my own, I had no idea how to keep moving forward.
I knew that I would figure it out but there were numerous times I just felt like giving up.
Previously I had registered to attend the BlogPaws 10th Anniversary Conference and I had been looking forward to it.
When my husband left, with all that weighed on me, I just didn’t think I could go anymore, let alone afford to!
Then something amazing happened!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated as a BlogPaws Conference Ambassador to help share information about the BlogPaws 2017 Conference but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. BlogPaws is not responsible for the content of this article.
How BlogPaws Saved Me:
As I was deliberating if I could still attend.
Trying to work out the financial aspect, figuring out who would watch the pets while I was away, and going over logistics, I received an email from one of the BlogPaws representatives.
I was offered an Ambassadorship!
At this time no one in the BlogPaws community knew of my situation.
I had been very tight-lipped as I was still reeling and was not ready to talk about it.
After getting past being completely shocked at the offer I still had to consider if I could take on the responsibility of being an Ambassador.
Could I be dependable in my emotional distraught?
Was I a good choice for them at this time?
I decided I was going to do it and I would put forth every ounce of effort and energy I had.
Putting my emotional problems on the back burner to be the best Ambassador I could be.
In doing so I have been able to stay busy and not solely focus on my separation.
I have felt productive in doing something I truly believe in and something that is completely worthwhile.
BlogPaws saved me by saving my sanity, giving me a newfound purpose, and allowing me to focus on the positive again.
BlogPaws Saved Me By Being Part Of My Family:
There is something amazing about the BlogPaws community.
They are not just a group of fellow bloggers, nor just amazingly connected pet lovers.
The people of BlogPaws are more than influencers.
Even though they are the best bloggers and influencers I know.
The individuals that participate in the BlogPaws Community are a family.
I have heard many people say that they like animals more than people.
The fact is, these are some of the most dedicated pet parents and animal advocates I have ever met.
Yet, they are still the people who have shown me the most kindness and care during one of the most trying times of my life.
Once I let my fellow BlogPaws members know that I was separated they showed so much love and support.
Truly, we are a family!
This is why every influencer who loves pets needs to be a part of BlogPaws and attend the conference.
BlogPaws is the perfect place to network with the community members.
Meeting each other gives us a chance to talk about our pets but also often bonds have formed that lead toward future collaborations with each other!
Members who have met at BlogPaws collaborate with each other in many ways.
From guest-posting on each other’s blogs to sharing research information, meeting your fellow bloggers is beneficial in immeasurable ways.
We Want You To Be A Part Of The BlogPaws Family Too!
BlogPaws saved me from my pain and anguish, yes, but they have also saved me in my blogging life too.
If you are a blogger or influencer you know how tough things can get at times.
From blogger burn-out to trying to understand SEO, there are times we have all felt like throwing in the towel.
When I feel this way I go directly to my BlogPaws community.
If you are a blogger or influencer on any level you need to attend the BlogPaws 2018 Conference.
The speaker line up is outstanding!
Two of the speakers I can’t wait to see are Kornell Samuels from Chewy and Jenny Guy, Marketing Associate with Meidavine.
Kornell is speaking on how to take the best images with our smartphones.
Since I do not own a professional camera and take all of my blog images with my cell phone I really can use his tips.
Jenny is going to teach us about working with brands and making stronger connections.
This is a topic any influencer or blogger is always striving for.
Visit the whole line up of amazing speakers and topics.
This is an event you will not want to miss.
Other BlogPaws Conference Not To Be Missed Events:
Every year at the BlogPaws Conferences there is a Cat Lounge but this year they pulled out all of the stops!
This is a very special event being the 10th Anniversary Conference.
Coryelle Kramer Cat Seer and Communicator will be in the lounge this year!
In addition, they will have some incredible cat furniture and other special goodies.
For the first year ever BlogPaws is incorporating some Experiential Areas in the Exhibit Hall.
There will be a patio area, a kitchen, a living room, and an office.
Each of these areas will have fun things to check out and brands to get to know.
And of course, there will be swag!
I am one of the people who will be stuffing these bags full of goodies for you and your pets and I am so excited to see what everyone is going to get!
BlogPaws Has Major Sponsors To Meet:
Meeting the faces behind a brand is a dream come true for any blogger or influencer.
We often are emailing back and forth with brands but putting a real face to the names means everything!
Even if you see photos of people online there is something about that in-person connection.
It just makes everything more “real”.
I am often writing about pet products and many of them come from Chewy.
Chewy is my favorite place to shop for my pets.
They carry everything at the best prices and the shipping is light speed!
BlogPaws is partnering with Chewy to make this 10th Anniversary Celebration extra-special with new experiences, influencers, and brands.
It is going to be so wonderful to meet the people I communicate with so often.
Not only will Chewy be there but since Chewy represents thousands of brands we will be sure to meet and connect with some of them as well!
Are You Nervous About Attending BlogPaws?
Do not worry, we have a Newbies Group that is live in the BlogPaws SLC (Social Learning Community).
You will find everything you need from practical to actionable tips and information about attending the conference.
BlogPaws Saved Me And Now I Want To See All My Pet People There:
I speak to so many of you over social media, through commenting on each other’s blogs, and via email.
Now it’s time for us to meet in person and I hope to also meet some of your pets!
BlogPaws is absolutely pet-friendly and well-behaved pets of all types are welcome.
This is not just exclusive to cats and dogs either!
You can bring your iguana, your feathered friend, pot-bellied pigs, you name it!
The Epic 10th Anniversary BlogPaws Conference Details:
Dates: April 18 – 20, 2018
Venue: The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center Hotel
Location: Kansas Cty, MO
Use my discount code when registering for 10% off: BP18-Amb-10off
This discount code is only valid on Network, Blogger, and Small Business Rate.
We all need something to look forward to.
Blogging can be a very lonely career where we can easily feel secluded.
For me, the opportunity to network with brands and my fellow community members means everything!
The idea of connecting on a real level – not just some random face behind a screen.
Getting to meet them and talk to them directly forging bonds that can lead to professional relationships is exciting!
At BlogPaws you can build a strong community of like-minded friends and colleagues.
We must invest in our careers by investing in ourselves.
BlogPaws is the #1 way in which I am investing in my future, personal and business wise.
BlogPaws saved me and now I am saving myself by putting my best paw forward and immersing myself into all BlogPaws has to offer.
It is going to be an amazing, delightful, educational, and fun experience!
Learn more about the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, MO right here!
Will you join us?
I am so excited and truly hope you will come so don’t be shy!
Leave me a comment or ask any questions you may have about the conference.
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