Lookout BlogHer, here I…tiptoe (an intro to me)

BlogHer '09 In Real Life

Tomorrow afternoon I will embark on an adventure unlike any I’ve had before. I will kiss my kids and husband goodbye and travel alone (for the first time in more than five years) to the windy city of Chicago. I will arrive at the Sheraton hotel and likely not know what hit me as I join 1,500 other women bloggers for the sold-out Fifth Annual BlogHer Conference. There will be general sessions and break-out sessions, the community keynote, hugging, swag, friendships forming, more swag, networking, and more parties than you can shake a stick at.

I had been feeling really overwhelmed and anxious about it all, but honestly right now I am mostly just excited. This definitely isn’t something I do everyday and I’m excited to be a part of it all – to learn and grow as a blogger and to meet sooooo many women who, up until this point, I’ve known only virtually.

Yes, I will still be nervous and will be keeping my bottle of Xanax on hand just in case, but I am hoping I can push through the anxiety and turn it into an unforgettable experience.

Over at BlogHer, Denise recently suggested folks write a blogging primer on themselves as a pre-BlogHer get-to-know-you kind of post and here’s my go at it:

My name is Amy. I live in Colorado with my husband Jody (yes, he’s a guy) and our two kids Ava (5) and Julian (2.5). I’m currently a stay-at-home mom (hence the “Domestic” part of my blog name) and I also write as a contributing editor for BlogHer. I love finding new ways to “green” the way we live (hence the “Crunchy” party of my blog name) – from organic gardening to composting to cloth diapering to biking to using environmentally-safe non-toxic cleaners to making my own yogurt and granola (the best!) and much, much more. I like to post the occasional Green Challenge to motivate others (as well as myself) to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

I try to raise my kids using the Attachment Parenting philosophy, though I admit most of what I do is just parenting by instinct. I sometimes make mistakes though and am thankful that tomorrow is another day.

In addition to writing about parenting and eco-friendly living, I also enjoy writing about maternal health. I am a big believer in the power of a woman’s body (both to give birth and to nourish her baby) and I had my son at home with the help of my midwives.

I also consider myself an activist and most recently was involved in campaigning for Barack Obama and trying to get my city to allow backyard chickens. (I finally got the OK to get a permit!)

I grew up in an alcoholic family which is something that, after years of repressing, I am tackling head-on now. I kind of felt like I had no choice after I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder at the beginning of 2009. There are a lot of things in my life I am tackling head-on now (thanks to therapy) to help myself be a mentally and emotionally healthier person.

I sometimes struggle with how much information to share on my blog. There is a lot that I want to share that I don’t feel that I can out of respect for others who are involved. However, I often find myself sharing quite a bit anyway (things about myself and my anxiety disorder) and feel comfortable doing so as long as it’s not going to harm anyone.

Anyway, I bring up the alcoholism in my family’s past because growing up in those kind of conditions definitely shaped who I am today – which is a mostly quiet, reserved person, at least until you get to know me (or I have a glass of wine *wink*). Sometimes people thing I am just being snobby or stuck-up because I don’t talk much (especially in larger groups), but I’m just shy like that. I prefer one-on-one or small group conversations to those with several people. I feel more comfortable that way.

I love to write and am also a photography nut (and did portrait photography professionally for a while), though I haven’t picked up my SLR in months. I imagine that I will get back into again someday soon. I consider myself kind of crafty, but just don’t have the time to do much. However, after Jody recently suggested I make my own business card holder for BlogHer because “it would be the ultimate crunchy thing to do,” I had to take him up on the challenge. I sewed that by hand last night with some fabric I had and I cut a button off an old shirt. πŸ˜‰ It’s not perfect, but, provided it doesn’t fall apart, should work just fine.

My favorite quotes are, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi (I had that printed on some stickers I will be passing out at BlogHer) and “Knowledge is power.” I try to live by both of those mottos.

I’m looking forward to meeting many of you at BlogHer (tomorrow, eeep!!!). Please remember that if I don’t immediately jump into a conversation or run up and introduce myself to you, it’s not because I’m stuck-up, I just move at my own pace (though would welcome you running up to me to introduce *yourself*). πŸ˜‰ If you have time, write up a “getting to know you” post of your own and then link to it over on BlogHer and leave me a comment here with the link too so I can read about you before I meet you. πŸ™‚

And if you aren’t going to BlogHer (I will miss you!), but want to know what I’m up to (hiding in a corner? sneaking away for a nap? eating some Chicago-style pizza? partying with my roomie PhDinParenting?), I plan on tweeting while there so be sure to Follow me on Twitter. You can also search flickr for photos tagged “Blogher09” – maybe I’ll turn up in some. πŸ™‚

Lastly, a big THANK YOU to my sponsor Stonyfield Farm for helping me with my trip expenses. If you are interested in trying some of Stonyfield Farm’s new organic Oikos Greek Yogurt, track me down at BlogHer and I’ll give you a coupon for a free container of it. πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Lookout BlogHer, here I…tiptoe (an intro to me)”

  1. What a great post Amy! You are awesome my dear and just love how well you did the business card holder on a whim. It turned out so good.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you and giving you some coconut oil ;).

  2. Hi Amy!

    I’m skimming through my favorite blogs in between tossing things in a suitcase for tomorrow’s trip. I didn’t do an intro post on my blog, but I do have one on BlogHer’s site as part of the Green Committee just scroll down to Lisa N-W http://www.blogher.com/blogher-09-conference-committees#green. I love your buisness card holder. Mine’s not that swanky. I’m reusing rubber bands from broccoli I got at the farmer’s market. But in my defense, I did make my buisness cards from reclaimed materials http://condo-blues.blogspot.com/2009/07/make-business-cards-from-reclaimed.html so that counts for something right?

  3. Have a great time! I’m feeling more than a little jealous. Hopefully I’ll be in a position to join you all next year when my little guy is older. In the meantime, please take LOTS of photos. πŸ™‚

  4. Hi I found your blog from Catherine at Evolving Mommy my IRL friend. I am a Colorado girl too. Just moved to Maryland this past March. Looking forward to reading your blog more.

    Enjoy BlogHer! Sounds like such a blast. Someone was petitioning for an east coast BlogHer next year. Would make it much easier to attend if I could just hop on a bus or car to get there.

  5. I’ve always wanted to go to BlogHer, but alas, never have been. I don’t really know if anyone reads my blog as of late. So, shrug, guess that’s that. Anyway, I bet you’ll have fun. I like you’re bio, and wish I could be there, because I’d sit with you and chit chat.

    Looking forward to all the details. I think I’m more curious what it’s like to be in a bed all by yourself? πŸ˜‰

  6. Hi Amy,

    I just finally took a look at your blog and I love it! We have a LOT in common, if you take a look at my blog. So nice to meet another mom with the same ideas and concerns!

    Enjoy BlogHer, hope to meet you next year in NYC!


  7. I’ve already read (twitter and blogs) some mixed reviews and feelings on blogher this year…it’ll be interesting to read how you experienced it, and your thoughts.

    I was thinking about you the entire time. I would be nervous to go, but to go when I had an anxiety disorder… I doubt I would have had the nerve. I’m proud of you and impressed!


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