Friday, July 17, 2015

Viva Las Vegas TpT Conference Linky Party!

Hi, There!

I'm so excited to be linking up with the awesome bloggers over at The Elementary Entourage to share about #TpTVegas2015!

I know it's been a while since I've posted. You see, I've been in #TpTVegas2015 mode for quite some time. You've probably already heard, but please permit me to have my few moments of bliss...

For more than a week prior to heading for Vegas, I was so focused on my very first TpT Conference that I was simply consumed with everything pertaining to the BIG DAY! All I could think about was VEGAS2015! Yep, I'm sure that I even dreamed about it once or twice.

Well I'm back home now, and have somewhat returned to my normal routine. 

Somewhat (if that is at all possible right now).

So today's post is going to be a wrap-up of my awesome conference experience.  

Hold on to your hat, it's going to be an adventure...

Here goes...!

So after waking up very early in the morning to catch the first flight out of Richmond I arrive in Vegas by late morning, Vegas time. I had to get there in plenty of time to make it to the Blogger Meet Up later in the evening.

Did I mention that I was traveling SOLO?!? Yes, the hubby told me I was a big girl and that he thought I could make this trip on my own. So he sent me on my way. 

By myself. 

      To VEGAS! 


Well, I made it safe and sound! Woo Hoo! I did have a little help though.

A huge shout out to my new blogger buddy, Princess Netherly from Teach, Love, Cupcakes.

I'm so thankful for her offer to share a ride to Treasure Island from the airport, which we arranged ahead of time when we both realized that we'd be landing around the same time.

We had the most awesome time on the way to the hotel getting to know one another and chatting with our driver. It was a private limo service so I felt like a VIP.

Later that evening, Princess and I met up with Jessi, from Wild West by Jessi, and walked over to the Venetian for the Cool Kids Meet and Greet, hosted by Kayse Morris and Literary Sherri. There we met some new blogger friends, Sally, from Teaching Redefined, and another lovely Sally as well.

The Venetian was an amazingly fabulous place. Everything was very GRAND in perspective.

Later, we registered and picked up our conference goodies, and then waited for a little while for the Teacher Blogger Meet Up to begin. This was the highlight of the night.

The energy was ELECTRIFYING!!! The room soon filled up with about 1100 Teacher Bloggers. And then it happened.

Yep, we got to meet, chat, nearly faint and take pictures with our favorite teacher-bloggers!

These lovely ladies must have had some very painful cheek muscles that night. Hehe.


I was thrilled to have been able to meet the designer of my awesome store logo, Laine Sutherland, all the way from South Africa!

Laine was so warm and gracious, and got so tickled when she spotted one of her logos among the hundreds of teacher bloggers that she got to meet that night.

I was proud to have been offered to wear one of her "More Than A Business Card" bracelets, which she dug out of her bag and gave me, to bring awareness to and benefit her schools back home.

The next day's activities began very early beginning with TpT Keynotes coming from Paul, Adam, Amy and Rachel Lynette. All I can say is, INSPIRING!

Mostly, I was so proud to be seated among more than a thousand author-sellers and the millions of TpTers who create and sell their products on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Then we were set free to attend the most inspirational day of learning and sharing and networking that I have ever witnessed and experienced.

Throughout the day there were plenty of opportunities for meeting new friends, further connections and photos.

I came away from the conference sessions with the following reflections:

1. The TpT Market is not saturated. Find your niche and do that. Well.

2. Find out what the buyers want and give it to them. Over and over.

3. Learn from your feedback: Use it to become a better seller-author.

4. Network: Be visible in the community. Connect with the people. Work at it.

5. Reach Them: Make your customers/followers think, make them laugh, inspire them, or teach them something new and they will remember you when the time comes to buy.

Finally it was time to go home. I took an overnight flight and was expecting to arrive back in Richmond the next morning. After a very long lay over in Philadelphia I got the surprise of a lifetime.

President Jimmy Carter boarded the same flight! He was such a gentle soul. After we all boarded and got settled on the plane, he got out of his seat and greeted each and every passenger with a hand shake and a huge smile. What a gentle noble man.

WOW! I can say that I have never met nor shaken the hand of a president, past or present. Hands down--this was the highlight of my Vegas trip.

A trip with memories that will last a lifetime. 

Viva, Las Vegas!



  1. It was so nice to meet you Lori! I look forward to staying in touch and reconnecting next year. How cool that Jimmy Carter was on the same return flight!

  2. It was so nice to meet you Lori! I look forward to staying in touch and reconnecting next year. How cool that Jimmy Carter was on the same return flight!


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