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All You Need's a Strong Heart and a Nerve of Steel

When I searched for the lyrics to Viva Las Vegas, the line in the title made me chuckle. Heading to the 2015 Teachers Pay Teachers conference in Las Vegas was going to take nerves of steel for sure. I just hoped to leave with a strong heart and a passion for creating!


I didn't know what to expect. I am a teacher and a content creator, but I've been nervous about the TPT side of things. I wanted to attend so that I could connect with the bloggers I felt like I knew so well ONLINE, but not in real life.  Being new, I realized it was best to just sit back and listen!

Luckily, I spent the week with two of my most trusted teacher friends. Suzanne from Krazytown and Meghan from Oh Boy Fourth Grade.  After living in separate cities for two years, we were like girls at summer camp staying up WAY TOO LATE in our PJs (or muu muu...).  I feel so fortunate to have met so many kind and wonderful teachers. The energy was contagious throughout the week! I am definitely not shy, but it does take effort and persistence to put yourself out there to meet strangers. By the flight home Saturday, here were some things I wrote down as I thought about the trip.




This was definitely a high-energy event, and the constant stream of information combined with networking is not for the faint of heart.  You have to be willing to step outside your comfort zone and get to know other content creators. You also have to be willing to hear tough advice from friends.  I appreciated each person who took the time to ask my name and about my blog. I left the conference with a much clearer picture of what I want to do as a edublogger and teacherpreneur in the near future. I also left with a slight addiction to cronuts!!!

How can something so good be so bad for you? :(
I spent time on the flight home using iMovie to make a short vlog of all our fun. ***Warning***This video contains inappropriate use of vertical vs. horizontal filming! #sorry


Be sure to hop over to The Elementary Entourage Vegas Link Up to check out more posts about the amazing Teachers Pay Teachers Conference!








16 comments:

  1. I loved spending time with you - I've missed having my teaching bud nearby. Love the video. Love you! Is that too much love? LOL

    Krazy Town

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    1. I like ALL the loves!!! I learned so much. I forgot to blog about how much our nightly recap helped me. I can't believe I filled almost an entire notebook. No surprise- You continue to be my mentor. :)

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  2. You definitely have to be brave to get the most out of your experience in Vegas. I am a very shy person and when I made an effort to just be brave and have fun, I had my best time! I'm glad you had fun. Maybe we can meet next year!

    Jennifer
    Jennuine Teaching

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    1. YES! There were so many people it was difficult to keep up. I should have stuck with my plan of wearing a purple wig so people could find me! ;)

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  3. I'm in love with your blog! From the name, to your design, to "the choir"... love it all! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog so that I could find yours! Hopefully we can meet next year in Vegas! :)

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    1. Absolutely! You are the first person to ever mention "The Choir" haha!!! I changed that, because I feel like I'm preachin to the choir when my teacher buddies stop by! That, and I love some Choir practice. :)

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    2. Oh I get it!! As a singer and one who grew up in the church, I died laughing when I saw that. Simply perfect! :)

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  4. I love your "Things I Learned" list. You should publish it again right before TpT 2016.
    Palma from kfundamentals.blogspot.com

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    1. That's a great idea! I didn't want to give away too many details, but going to such a large conference can be nerve wracking!

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    1. Ari your session was very helpful and very well-planned. Seeing JANE on the screen was a shock, but I appreciate your kindness and encouragement! Come see us in SA!

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  6. So bummed I wasn't able to go this year, but so thankful for blog posts about it! Totally meeting you next year! Loved the video!

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    1. That would be great! There was so much to see and do- I think you'll enjoy it!

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  7. That video was AWESOME… made me almost cry… ok maybe I did have a tear!!! thanks for being a great roomie and for listening to my craziness as I got over my nervousness!!! It was awesome to experience vegas together!!! You and Suzanne could win the best roomie award!!!

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  8. Can I be your fourth roomate next year?!!! :) I'm super energetic, and I love meeting new people!!! I can be your teacher wingwoman. :)

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