Friday, May 31, 2013

VidaVeganCon: A Weekend of Friendship!


Well, I'm finally home from VidaVeganCon (aka VVC2013), and finally caught up enough on sleep to do some blogging! What a wonderful experience. Just like my little doodle says, I am still floating around town on post-VVC Love.

Hands down, my favorite thing about the whole con:
The people!

I re-met old friends from the last VVC, I newly-met old friends from the net who I'd never met in person, and I met loads of new-to-me bloggers for the very first time. The conference is full of all sorts of people, all shapes and sizes, all sorts of fashion choices, ages, and so on, but every time I met someone new, there was an unspoken enthusiasm to focus on what we all have in common, rather than what sets us apart from one another. I can't even tell you what a wonderful thing that is to experience.


just a FEW of the wonderful people with whom I shared smiles, conversations, and friendship

I was absolutely beaming with joy and friendship, and even though I was so busy having fun that I only slept about 5 hours a night, I was completely high on vegan love and enthusiasm. Sharing conversations, smiles, and love for veganism with so many people was an absolute delight. There were so many more lovely people that I hardly had a chance to connect with - it made me wish that VVC was a whole week long!

Also, I came home with about 50 new blogs to check out. FUN.

I think I'm going to do a series of posts coming up soon about the new-to-me bloggers that I met. If we met at the con, leave me a comment and tell me your blog, so I can be sure to check it out and share it. 



How to spot a VVC-attendee at the PDX airport

31 comments:

  1. Amey, this for real made me tear up with happy love goodness. Thank you so much for sharing your Ameyness with us. And thanks for bringing your MOM!!! She is so proud of you and I can't blame her.

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    1. Sweet Joanna!! Hugs to you!!! <3!

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  2. Such a busy bee you are! I love all the little seeds of Amey you've sprinkled around.
    xo
    kittee

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    1. :) Oh Kittee, maybe next year I will bring amey seeds instead of buttons! :)

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    2. Please do, so I can take one home and plant it! I mean this in a lovely way, not a 'premise for a b-grade horror movie' way.

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    3. That would be a cool little swaggy giveaway actually! :)

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  3. Love the little doodle at the end of this post - it sums up the weekend perfectly!

    It was so nice to meet you, finally. (I've been a fan of your blog for a long time.)

    xo
    Nicole
    www.adashofcompassion.com

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    1. Nicole! It was really great to meet you too! I love that picture of you and me and Lisa from the Galarama. :)

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  4. VVC LOVEFEST!!! Loving every bit of this post, especially that last doodle! Looks very familiar... :P Miss you very, very much!

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    1. I miss you too, friend! :)

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  5. I love this post. We only met briefly, on the last day when I got a copy of your awesome zine, but I'm looking forward to meeting up with you again someday!

    www.eattothebeet.com

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    1. Yeah Nikki! It was great to meet you! I think I was admiring your foxy green shirt from Herbivore too, right? :)

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  6. I LOVE THIS!! Was so fun meeting you. Your happy energy can brighten anyone's day. Next time I'm feeling down I'm just going to hop onto your blog :)
    xo,
    Michelle (VeganBreak.com)

    PS. I bought 5 of your vida vegan con cookbooks (they are THE cutest!!), and I'm going to include a few in blog giveaways...I'll definitely give your blog a shout out in the posts!

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    1. Michelle! It was really super to meet you too! I look forward to cruising through some of your past videos! :)

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  7. I'm still sad that I had to part with my ticket, but all of these posts are making me so happy! I love seeing everyone together and I can't wait to be part of it next year.

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    1. Oh ErinWiko, you were really missed! I can't wait to meet you one day. I just know it's gonna be great! :)

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  8. You gave me the best hug of VVC! It was so lovely to get a squeeze and be in your awesome-amey presence. xoxoxo

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    1. I sure wish we didn't live so far apart! At least we have our blogs to send each other friendly love vibes until the next VVC!!

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  9. Amey!! You are such an uplifting spirit. Meeting you at VVC was like a crazy electric spark of awesomeness. :D (And your mom rocks!)
    Sending lots of love your way <3

    -Nirel
    blogs.ubc.ca/nirel

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    1. Oh Nirel! Yes! You are wonderful!!!! Electric sparks of awesome right back atcha!!

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  10. Amey, meeting you and attending your zine talk were possibly the best parts of my weekend in Portland! That puts you above free ice cream! You are such a delightful human being. <333

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    1. Angel! I loved loved loved meeting you too! Don't you love that cute little picture of us together? I really look forward to more chances to hang out again someday soon!

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  11. It was so very wonderful to meet you, Amey. I enjoyed Vegan Battle Royale and the MoFo workshop immensely.

    Your VVC pictures are perfectly accurate (and the VVC Attendee was definitely me at the train station)

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    1. Yeah, it was great to meet you! Thanks so much for the kind words at the Game Show and the zone class! :)

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  12. Loved meeting you, Amey. You sure pull a lot of happy energy from your five hours of sleep!

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    1. <3!! I was running on Vegan Love Power Fumes! They are powerful! :)

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  13. You and your mom were so adorable! I know my mom was thrilled to be in like company, too. ;) So happy to see you again, and get a new, lovely zine to treasure forever. I'm pretty sure Isis is digging her illustration.

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  14. aww this is so cute, looks like you had a great time :)

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  15. Ah, my heart is bursting at the seams! You really captured the love and energy from the weekend. Truly, meeting so many creative, passionate people in one place was the best part of the weekend. You just ooze positivity, Amey, as I knew you would! It was so great getting to soak some of that up in person! :)

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  16. Ha! The illustration is spot on! I had my two suitcases that I had meticulously packed so nothing would get smashed or broken, with the heaviest stuff in the carry on and etc. I also had the leftovers of my last meal- buffalo curl sub from Sweet Hereafter -in hand. It was sooo good. I'm glad I got to meet you at VVC and discover your blog. I also love love love the cookbooklette. Thank you!

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  17. Amey, you are the best! You crack me up. And yes, your drawing at the end pretty much sums up my weekend, too. I'm glad I got to share it with you! <3 <3 <3

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