Vegan Lifestyle Conferences & Social Media Events
We couldn’t be happier to bring you a guest post today—not because we’re lazy, but because today’s post is from JL! That’s JL of JL Goes Vegan and Stop Chasing Skinny. You can’t be in the same room as this woman without smiling, and I guess we just brought her into all your rooms, so smiles all around!
Last December, quite possibly the night after Christmas, I was lying on the couch with my laptop (oh stop it, you do it, too) and I saw someone tweet that Vida Vegan Con tickets were on sale. One pitiful look at my husband and I got the look back that said, “Go.” So I bought the ticket, reserved a hotel room and booked my airfare. Yep, all three, right in that moment. I tweeted out my excitement and I got a response from my good Twitter friend Megan asking if I needed a roommate. I called the hotel and changed my reservation to a double and then replied, “Yes!”
The next eight months were filled with anticipation and a little trepidation. I simply could not wait for the conference, but I was slightly anxious because as a 40+ (oh, hell, I’m closer to 50 now that I’ve turned 46) food and health blogger, I suspected I would be hanging out with mostly 20-somethings. Over the course of months, many VVC attendees became friends online through our blogs, Twitter, and the VVC group on Facebook. My anxieties were ebbing.
I arrived on Wednesday and the first person I met was Julia, who is my age. Aha! So not everyone would be in their twenties! The next day I was suddenly off to lunch with a group of women of varied ages and we were united in our love of vegan food and our deep desire for some vegan shopping. Friday I finally met my roommate, Megan, age 26. Wow. I actually could be her mother. We hit it off immediately!
We went to lunch together; we went to the opening reception together; we grabbed dinner together and, yep, we had a little “party” in our hotel room. Age did come up at the “party,” as Jason referred to me as “grandma,” which I may have deserved as I told them they all had to leave by 10:00. (Grandma needed to get to bed so she could get up early to run 4 miles before the conference kicked off.)
In just a few days I developed friendships that surpassed the limits of age and I know will last a lifetime. From my roomie Megan to 30-something Janessa
to Fran Costigan, grandmother of four
…who I now consider one of my dearest friends.
After spending four days with women and men who represent a range of ages, I learned a few lessons: