I recently had the opportunity to hop on a plane to Beverly Hills to attend the Design Bloggers Conference (DBC). Trust me; it was nowhere as low key as I am trying to make it sound. I basically had to refrain from doing cartwheels in the middle of the office when I found out I was going because that’s how excited I was.
Anyway…for those of you not familiar with the DBC, it is the only conference that focuses on the interests of interior design bloggers, interior design bloggers using content to build their business and brands, and any design professional eager to learn more about the social web.
I could talk about all of the of the valuable blogging, digital marketing, PR, social media, and Google Analytics information I received at the conference, but it would take days for me to even begin to explain all of the information I took home with me. So instead I want to tell you all about what it was like to experience “that moment.”
Adam Japko, the genius, and creator behind this conference, and also the owner of Esteem Media, told us all on day one that we would experience “that moment” over the course of the next few days and we would know what he was talking about when it happened.
Social media is changing on a daily basis and being in charge of our clients’ social media accounts; I was beyond excited for all of the valuable and useful tips I would be able to implement upon my return to Massachusetts. I’m not going to lie though; I felt pretty intimidated heading into the DBC considering it was my first professional conference, but I knew I was there for a reason and that I couldn’t let my nerves take away from my overall experience.
Every single person I interacted with during my time in Beverly Hills had a story that was truly inspiring. Each story was amazing, filled with sacrifice, dedication and success. After day one drew to a conclusion I experienced THAT moment.
In my Lyft ride that night I asked myself, how have I gotten so caught up in my daily routines that I have stopped noticing the beauty in the simple things in life? The designers that spoke were so passionate about design and the beauty that surrounded them, and I got genuinely upset with myself that I didn’t appreciate everything around me. I mean yeah, they are designers, but they reminded me the importance of stopping to acknowledge the beauty in every single moment of your day.
I heard designers admiring the hotel light fixtures, the colors of the pastel macaroons and even the way their cream swirled with their coffee when they added it to their cup. (Yeah, the last one I may have creepily overheard at the Starbucks in the hotel lobby but WOW those swirls…I’ve never even thought of explaining cream swirls in my coffee as beautiful…but now I see it.)
I needed that realization though because it opened my eyes to all of the beautiful things surrounding me the rest of my time in Beverly Hills and that feeling hasn’t gone away since I’ve returned to my normal routine. This sounds pretty cliché, but life is short, make sure you’re not going through it unaware of the small things.
Once I had “that moment” I tried my best to document the beauty I saw moving forward in some of the simplest places. I hope you enjoy all these photos and find the beauty in something small sometime soon!