i'm thinking about what a week it has been! a whirlwind, sort of like that amusement ride in the photo above. it all started on saturday morning when a group of us gathered together for our first los angeles byw meet up. i got the opportunity to meet teri (beach city lifestyle), jennifer (a well nurtured life), jennifer (bungalow 7), and judy (new philanthropy group, new blog coming soon). it was so nice to meet everyone in person. teri gifted each of us with a journal (embossed with her blog name in gold!), a gold sequined heart (from ban.do), and lovely business cards. it reminded me that i definitely need to invest in some calling cards? do you all have some? [thanks, girls, for a lovely breakfast and meeting!]
on sunday our family ventured to an amusement park, knott's berry farm, that i haven't been to since i was 15. since i am no longer of the age that can handle roller coasters (motion sickness), most of our time was spent in the kid portion of the park. however, we did venture over to partake in this 35 story ride called, the windseeker. i don't remember wanting or needing to seek wind, but we rode it. it actually wasn't that bad if the person next to me wasn't screaming so much. (that someone would be my husband.)
then, on monday we had an amazing mini-view with happenstance, on tuesday we had a fabulous guest post for wear in the world with like / want / need, on wednesday we ventured into the facebook fan page, and on thursday we talked makeup. whew, what a week! i want to thank all the wonderful people who stopped by this week, new and old.
as i mentioned on monday, when i was brainstorming concepts for this blog, along with ideas for series, i also wrote down names, and made sketches of logos and headers. i finally settled on the name, mission: inspiration. i was so excited about this blog name. it rolled off the tongue nicely and conveyed just the right meaning for me. needless to say, when i went to register the name with blogger, it was already taken. i cried. (kidding! i so didn't cry!) i did go back to the drawing board. i still wanted to use inspiration in the name, and then the word cooperative came to me.
cooperative (noun) - an organization owned and operated by the people it serves, for their mutual benefit.
i never set out or aimed to have this blog be about me, but i quickly realized that to welcome and make people feel comfortable, you've got to open yourself up. it's a mutual give and take that adds depth and richness to a blog. however, i knew the future of this blog belonged to shining an equal spotlight on other people's talent, creativity, and voice. this week, i feel like my initial hopes and dreams for this blog were fully realized, and i couldn't have done it without you and your participation. you, my readers, are what give this blog a heartbeat and a soul. thank you so very much!
have the greatest weekend everyone!
image source: me / jared abe
image source: me / jared abe