BlissDom 2013 was too big, and impressed me too much, for just one recap post so I will be writing several posts about the experience on both of my blogs. Here’s a link to a post about my journey TO BlissDom, that I published earlier today, on Masterpiece.
One of the most awesome things about BlissDom is getting pampered. Valet parking, maid service, no dishes to wash or laundry to deal with, it’s my dream come true! This year the BlissChicks took pampering us to an all new level with a fabulous Bliss Suite sponsored by One2One Network, Office Candy, V05, and NYX Cosmetics. We were able to schedule appointments to have our hair done (courtesy of V05), be professionally made up (by makeup artists from NYX Cosmetics) and then have a professional headshot photo taken by Kate Mackley. I had signed up to have my hair done at 8:00 (in the A.M.) but didn’t catch onto the fact that I needed a separate appointment for makeup and photo until later so that appointment was set for 2:00. Fortunately I was one of the few early birds in the Bliss Suite so I was able to be beautified and photographed first thing Friday morning! I have to admit that I didn’t have it together enough to take pictures of the experience but fortunately there is a FlickR stream for BlissDom photos so I can give you some idea of what the Bliss Suite was like.
I had my hair and makeup done, got my photo taken, and then headed out to face whatever bliss might come my way! I encountered “bliss” in some interesting places! Those who know me well are very aware that I have a HUGE soft spot in my heart for the minions, from Despicable Me, and there was one in the hall posing for photos! I stopped and had my photo taken with the little guy and uploaded it to Facebook. Then I realized that the buttons on my dress were crooked so I got back in line for a second photo which I posted on Twitter.
Within moments my phone was chiming like crazy with people commenting on my Facebook photo. I knew it was cute but … really? Several people commented that I should make it my profile photo and one gal cropped the minion out so I could have just me in the picture. Bear in mind that I hadn’t seen my head shots yet but I knew they were coming. And I really had no idea that hair and makeup had made such a difference. But I changed my profile photo, liked all the comments, and went on about my day.
At some point that afternoon I was sitting in a session that wasn’t really speaking to me so I quietly got up, left the conference room, and went to wander among the vendors. The California Raisins were there with artist, Doug Shannon of Event Toons, doing caricatures of people. There was a short line so I decided to go ahead and have him draw me. That’s when I began to realize that what people were seeing was more than hair and makeup. My knees were feeling weak so I had asked if I could sit on a stool while he drew my cartoon. They loaned me one, I sat, and Doug started talking and drawing. He began with my eyes and I saw something that I hadn’t seen in far too long … happy eyes! I was blown away and I said, “Whoa! Those are happy eyes!” He stopped drawing and looked at me rather quizzically and responded that he just draws what he sees. I shook my head at him and told him that I had been waging war with depression for over 5 years. He said, “maybe so but there is not a depressed person sitting in front of me today!” He finished my cartoon, posted it to Twitter for me, and printed a copy to attach to my name badge. Every time I looked at it … I smiled … because he had seen happiness in my eyes!
That evening my head shot photos were available and I posted them on Facebook and asked people which one I should use for my profile. There was a consensus that photo number 1 was the best but that the third one was more “me” since I always wear glasses.
Later several people made comments about how different I was this year, happier, more peaceful, more open and friendly. I was, still am, blown away! And I wish every single one of you could see yourselves through the eyes of BlissDom!
Some of the words that are STILL making me smile:
“this doesn’t look like the same person that was in your last photo!” – Martha
“Have you always been this person? Have you transformed, or were you hiding this?” – Barb
“I wish I had had a chance to visit with you this year! I have to tell you that every time I saw you, I couldn’t help but notice how different you looked this year. The awesome red hair, the fun spikey-ness, and your great jewelry. I saw so many smiles coming from you this year. It made me happy.” – Sherry
“Beth :: you made me smile every time I saw you! Running around with a chicken with my head cut off! Your spirit was so encouraging! Great to have you at Blissdom this year!” – Dedra
“Beth everytime I saw you, you looked like you were really enjoying yourself. I’m sorry we didn’t get to meet. ” – Candy