Three Life Lessons From A Blogger Meet-Up

As you probably know, if you follow me here or on my Instagram, I just returned from a three day blogger meet-up in Phoenix. Our host was Sherry of Petite Over 40 (thank you again, Sherry) and we had the most raucous and illuminating time. Lots of eating, talking, shopping, learning, eating, and even Goat Yoga.

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The gorgeous Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo demonstrates the athletic pose of Goat Yoga. Photo credit to Petite Over 40.

As always, I try to extract life lessons from all my experiences. Spending time with other 40+ bloggers – I was the eldest, as per usual – left me with a raft of good memories and some new insights:

We are most definitely not dead yet. The energy and enthusiasm, and late night talks – we closed down one restaurant at 11PM – of all these women is amazing. There was no complaining about being “too tired” for anything. We still have a lot of creativity and laughter in us, so you youngsters: don’t fear growing older. We are still firecrackers.

Life is more fun with friends. I am an introvert by nature, and I treasure time alone. But nothing is more fun than a group of like-minded women, exploring and inquiring and learning together. I have to push myself to socialize more, and enjoy the energy of other people.

Relationships are more important than clothes, although clothes brought us together. Yes, we write about style – but we can write about anything as long as we find that common ground. We covered careers, finances, health, husbands, pets and long-term aspirations. We picked out clothes for each other at the consignment store, just for the fun of it. Put people before fashion, and you’ll be sure to find more joy.

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Wonderful mural at one of the cafes we visited. This is for sure not the end!

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Rena, Diane, host Margo, Sherry and me. Gorgeous Suzanne took the picture.

Stay fabulous,

Header credit: Odyssey.

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  1. Oh, Patti! ❤️ Leave it to you to write something so warm and kind that perfectly encapsulates our weekend together. You’re so good at seeing beneath the surface to the real substance. Getting to know you and the other ladies was a sincere pleasure. I keep marveling over the kindness, generosity, thoughtfulness, and of course, the hilarity of this group of women. What a blessing to be a part of it. I look forward to the next time we can spend time together in person.

    – Sherry

  2. Oh, how much fun you all had. The goat photos always crack me up. Hahaha! But I agree with you on how fashion always takes a back seat to hanging out in general. I love your group shot too. Well done to Sherry for organizing this fantastic get-together and to Margo too.

    • Thanks Mel – it could have only been better if you were there! Hope to see you soon, stay fab, xo

  3. Patti, even though it was last weekend, I’m still basking in all of the warmth and fuzziness of our time together. Your takeaways from the meet up are spot on and we need to be mindful of them each and every day. I’m so thankful for having had the chance to meet you and the other fine ladies (and of course, the goats).


    • Thank you Rena – it was such a pleasure to get to know you. We’re in the curly girl club. xo

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  4. Lol! A goat on the back is the new black. I loved spending time with you and all the fabulous dames. xo

  5. It was such a fun time! I’m always delighted when we have a chance to connect and discuss.

    I bet people would be surprised just how little we discussed fashion.

    I agree wholeheartedly with your observations and I’d rather have a goat on my back than a monkey any day.


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