ALT Summit 2013 : Review

ast week I left warm and sunny California and descended on the North Pole, otherwise known as Salt Lake City, Utah. Just before landing, the pilot happily voiced over the intercom the weather had warmed to 17-degrees. Warmed?!? It was the type of weather if you sneezed, you made icicles...and there I was, walking into the frosty abyss.

In truth, it was beautiful. Everything was covered in white and I felt a sense of peace.

Peace was needed because I was scheduled to speak at ALT Summit. The conference attracts some of the biggest bloggers in the creative world and I was honored to present. The three-day summit is filled with lectures, mingling, and brain-storming with people who speak the same language. There's something cathartic about sitting with a group of people who can discuss italic fonts for 25 minutes without batting an eye. No, really, we talked about Zapfino for a quarter of an hour...and loved every minute.

{This is the part of the post when my husband breathes a sigh of relief and says THANK GOD I STAYED HOME}

My trip was made absolutely amazing in part to these three uber fab roommates: Trina of LaLaLovely, Kirsten of Simply Grove, and my favorite graphic designer, Promise Tangeman.

Around every corner and in lots of nooks you'll find inspiration, ideas, and goodies to make your mind and soul feel good...

I had the privilege of speaking about personal branding...but I also managed to tie in references to my dog, fist pumping, and dumpster diving...someone should have warned ALT to not give me a mic.

Many thanks to Encarnacion Photography for snapping these photos of me speaking...Jonathan attended my photography workshop a couple years ago and his wife, Joanne, offered to snag my camera and her.

The following day I attended a panel Promise participated with and she did a great job offering amazing insight on how to build community through blogging and social media.

Over the weekend I reviewed pages of notes and I'm excited to rethink how I's an amazing tool for my business, but it's morphed into an online journal as well. I'm thankful for the friends I've made and the people I've met as a result...and I couldn't be more appreciative.

If blogging is something you love, attending ALT will buttress your passion and help see the world in a new light. Loved it.
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Gail - I missed this post but let me just say I LOVED seeing your name and Erin's back to back on that presentation board. GAHHH... feel so lucky to call two TREMENDOUSLY TALENTED women dear friends! Love you girl!   02.04.13 - 7:12am
Mina - I loved your talk on personal branding. It was so inspiring!! And you have the most amazing energy!!  01.31.13 - 9:29am
Maria - I am so glad we were able to meet at Alt. Your session was by far my favorite. Thank you for sharing your talents. You are an inspiration to all. And remember, if you need a cookie recipe, I can help you out! xo  01.29.13 - 1:21pm
Tammy Engel - I want to hear about your Zapfino conversation. Tell me more!  01.29.13 - 10:15am
Giulia - It was so great meeting you. My face is on your blog (blurry, but still ;)). Make sure to try those Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies!  01.29.13 - 9:50am
Lexi @ Glitter, Inc. - I absolutely LOVED hearing you speak at Alt! You were incredible and so inspiring. I'm quirky and you fully gave me the license to embrace that! I'm also a lawyer (blech!), and it's nice to hear that there is a creative life after law, haha. Thank you again!  01.28.13 - 7:27pm
Tara - I am so jeal! I wish I could afford to go! Someday when my husband becomes a CPA and we don't have to eat ramen for food :)  01.28.13 - 6:23pm
Lydia - One day I _will_ make it there!  01.28.13 - 5:38pm
Liren Baker - Jasmine, you were a highlight of my ALT experience, for sure. It's one thing to see you speak on CreativeLIVE or similar venues, but to hear you in person was so meaningful! To be able to hug and thank you for producing your wedding videos was wonderful, and I hope our paths cross again in the future. Thank you for giving so much of yourself; your energy is infectious!  01.28.13 - 12:42pm
Amanda Brown - Jasmine, I'm so glad you stood up and shared your insight. Although, I don't believe for one minute that you were nervous at all! :) You're a smart, poised, and fun lady, and you ooze personality and sincerity. Thanks for taking the time to rub it off on us Alters! Your class was the highlight of my day!  01.28.13 - 12:39pm
Rachel McCloud - Thank you so much for sharing your life :)  01.28.13 - 11:42am
Whitney Lane - I would love to attend ALT. I wish I had an ounce of the creativity that any one of the men and women in that room have!  01.28.13 - 11:38am
Lindsay Wilkes - The Cottage Mama - Jasmine, you were truly a breath of fresh air. Your session was amazing and inspiring!!  01.28.13 - 11:24am
The New Diplomat's Wife - as always, loved seeing you again in person, and i still owe you that chocolate bar!  01.28.13 - 10:46am
Melissa Kate - Darn, I wish I could have gone! Anyone know if you can watch video online??   01.28.13 - 9:34am
Gabrielle Hansen - Ah Jasmine you were THE highlight of the conference- yes, even more so than the naked man speaker! haha! thanks for sharing yourself- you are an inspiration! xoxo gay  01.28.13 - 7:41am
Michelle Edgemont - Hey lady! Great to chat with you and Jenn during lunch. You did a great job on your talk! So inspiring! Keep kicking butt.  01.28.13 - 7:30am
Tanya Malott - I learned about ALT just yesterday, and now I am so disappointed I didn't know in time to attend. Is there any video of the talks? I am still in discovery mode with ALT, but I wouldn't miss the next one for anything...   01.28.13 - 7:15am
Alli McWhinney - I have been dying to go to ALT, sounds like it was amazing!  01.28.13 - 6:56am
Lindsey McClennahan - Sounds like you had a great time! I saw Promise's instagram of you girls being silly : ) FUN STUFF! : )  01.28.13 - 6:42am
Monica Justesen Photography - Sounds and looks like a great experience! I hope to get there one day. And as for the weather, it's been in the single digits here lately and as a native of California, I am NOT A FAN!  01.28.13 - 5:49am