The Difficulty With Saying No

I have a really hard time saying no. Especially when a great opportunity comes knocking on my door, and I have to turn it down. I even had a hard time hitting "Publish" on this post, because that makes it real. And I hate that it's real.

I was asked to be one of the live bloggers for this year's amazing Mom 2.0 conference, in Laguna, California. My ticket was covered, I had a place to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, and all I needed was airfare to get there. I was thrilled, and so thankful that I was asked to participate this way at my favourite conference. What a great opportunity.

Mom 2.0 is hands down the most exclusive, amazing, intimate blogging conference there is. It's just... awesome.

However, this year, the timing was not ideal and I had to make a seriously responsible decision, and say no. It was pretty much one of the hardest things I've had to say no to, because I was at Mom 2.0 last year in Miami and I know what I'm going to be missing. Sob.

You know when you haven't tried something before, and it's okay, because you don't know how great a thing it is that you're missing? But once you've had a taste for the great, you know it's great, so missing out really stings.

Mom 2.0 is the same weekend as Greek Easter, and this is a big deal for me and my family. I tried to come up with a hundred reasons why it would be okay to be away from my children this important weekend, but I wasn't feeling good about it, at all.

I also could not justify the $1000 airfare ticket to get to California for two nights. Last year, I was lucky to receive sponsorship from IKEA, Volkswagen, Tommee Tippee, and Kellogg's to attend Mom 2.0 but this year, because I was fairly certain I was not going to be attending, I didn't pursue this option early enough.

I was so looking forward to hanging out with some of my favourite people again—Jessica, Titania, Ali, NadiaAngella—and finally meeting the first blogger I ever read, (and totally, totally love) Rebecca.

The only thing that makes me feel a tiny bit better? Knowing that this year Marinka won't be there, either.

Next year, you guys? I'm so there. I'm not missing my favourite conference two years in a row. It's a done deal.

I hope it's an incredible time for everyone going, and if you're looking for me May 3-5, I'll be under a rock somewhere in the fetal position with no internet connection, so I don't suffer from a bad case of FOMO!
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SUEB0B said...

I'm sorry you won't be there - I would have liked to have met you. But it's a big, full life, and sometimes we're lucky enough to choose between two good things. Maybe next year!

Schmutzie said...

I'll miss you! I'm so sorry you couldn't come :(

Suzanne said...

You won't be under a rock. You'll be devouring lamb and awesome Greek food, and no doubt be tweeting and instagramming it. Enjoy this year with your fam and look forward to next year! xo

Angella said...

This makes me SO SAD.

You're a great Mom, Lou. But you'll e missed!

Elaine Alguire said...

Shoot, I'm sorry. I know you would LOVE to be there. xoxo

Loukia said...

I hope you have an amazing time! Also, how have we never met at BlogHer?!

Loukia said...

I thought about you last night and I got sad again because it would have been awesome to see you again! Have a great time... xo

Donald Huang said...

I will be there for you.

Kristin said...

I really wanted to go to Mom 2.0 this year too! My friend Devon is going, and she is so excited.

Maybe next year we can both go. :)

Marta said...

Ugh, I've never been to either conference and I definitely hide from social media when everyone is there because I have major envy reading all the tweets/instagrams/posts about it!