ALT 2012

Ok, so you knew it was coming, a recap of ALT.

I’m a huge fan of personal growth.  I have been since I was a teenager and especially since my days of working for him.  I think adding value to yourself should really be a high priority.  I went to ALT last year [recap here] so I had an idea of what to expect and I had an expectation to not only learn but to connect.

So last Wednesday, I hopped on a plane [and only if it was as easy as it sounds.  I had 4 little la la’s to leave and big fear to conquer in just getting myself there, me and airplanes are not great friends] and headed for Salt Lake City.

I had a pretty great time in pretty much every possible way.  I totally loved my roomie.  She is one of the sweetest people evah and highly talented.  Have you seen her magazine?  The panels were amazing.  The keynote speakers were amazing [I think he was everyone’s favorite].  The opportunity to meet so many talented and successful women was beyond amazing and ever inspiring. And truly, connecting with others and having conversations about life, blogging, ideas and design just might have been the times when I learned the most.  There is so much to learn when we just listen.  Yes?

At this time my thoughts are scattered here and there and everywhere in between.  So many things to think about, review, take in, implement and watch.  It is probably going to take me a good week or two to just sort though all of the goodness.  Last year I said I was optimistically overwhelmed and yet again I find myself this year feeling the exact same way.  The good news is that I’m optimistically overwhelmed about new things this year, which only means that I have grown since last year and that makes me feel a different kind of overwhelmed.

And you know what could have be overwhelming? A place filled with hundreds and hundreds of stylish, bold, smart and successful women.  I mean just the outfits alone are something to behold.  But you know what, more than overwhelming it was major inspiring.  Inspiring to see the individuality among women that share very similar interests and ideas.  Some are outgoing, some are quiet.  Some are writers, some are decorators.  And if I let myself, I could have been a little overwhelmed and focus on what I am not but I tried to be my most outgoing self [yes, there is still room for improvement here] and be me amongst the crowd.  Isn’t it great that we all have our own unique voice?  And if we all embrace that and put in our work than that is the very thing that will make room for all of us.  And there is room for all of us…..and wouldn’t you know that on a whole that is what is celebrated and embraced at ALT!  Everybody helping one another out and lending a hand in helping each other succeed.

Maybe I’ll share some more specific thoughts in the coming weeks as I sort through it all?

If you want to see more pictures [and I’m talking pretty pictures, not my crap iPhone ones, you can check out the ALT Flickr stream].  Also, do you know what was over the top this year?  Like to the extreme? Business cards!  So much so that, on Wednesday, I’m going to do a post on some of my favorites.

And if you are looking for some further inspiration and ideas on success… this article is a new go to for me.

Oh, and last thing, check out this great article about ALT  in the Huffington Post by my new friend Estelle!



  • Shannon Darrough
    Commented on January 23rd, 2012 at 3:18pm

    I am so glad I met you, Trina! I cannot wait to continue following your blog and all your adventures!


    Shannon Darrough

  • Trina
    Commented on January 23rd, 2012 at 11:24pm

    @Shannon Darrough, I’m so glad we met too! And I’m def looking forward to seeing what you are up too! Lets def keep in touch!

  • estelle
    Commented on January 23rd, 2012 at 3:38pm

    Oh my gosh. I felt the same way about Alt. So very optimistic about this year. Meeting you was a real highlight. It’s so rewarding to put names with so many beautiful faces. Thanks for the HuffPo shout out. Wish we had talked about it earlier. I want to hear about your family’s background now. Still love newsprint. I’m sort of an old fashioned (journalistic) romantic that way. ;)

  • Trina
    Commented on January 23rd, 2012 at 11:25pm

    @estelle, Same here, Estelle. You are so lovely! We will def have to catch up soon and talk newspapers! I’m with you, still love newsprint …ink in the blood!

  • Christina
    Commented on January 23rd, 2012 at 10:19pm

    Trina, I have been so excited to read your recap about ALT. So inspired about your experience. {From a far} The most beautiful take away is every person has a unique voice to share. Instead of being wrapped up in comparing ourselves with the next person {or are own inadequacies}, if we take a moment to listen to each other, we can grow to be the best version of ourselves.

    Love and so inspired by you my friend!! xo

  • Trina
    Commented on January 23rd, 2012 at 11:26pm

    @Christina, Thanks, sweet friend. You would have loved ALT! Lets get together soon – for reals!

  • Kenziepoo
    Commented on January 23rd, 2012 at 11:04pm

    Trina, I had so much fun! And you were such a fun roomie! You are truley are super talented and can’t wait to see all that unfolds for you this year friend! xoxo

  • Trina
    Commented on January 23rd, 2012 at 11:27pm

    @Kenziepoo, Rachelle – I’m soooooo glad we roomed together. I had the best time and I’m so grateful to have you as a friend. You are the super talent, girl and I’m way excited to see what this year has in store for Kenziepoo + La Petite. I know it will be big!

  • katie//salt+pine
    Commented on January 25th, 2012 at 12:30pm

    Trina, I’m so glad we finally were able to meet in person! You truly are lovely…the name of your blog is perfect! :) I only wish that we had more time to talk. That’s my goal for next year! I would love a copy of the photo of all of us from the mini parties–would that be possible? I should have taken many more pictures but was always so caught up in the moment!

  • Trina
    Commented on January 25th, 2012 at 8:28pm

    @katie//salt+pine, Me too…and you are a lovely soul too! I so wish we had time to sit down and really chat too. Wouldn’t it be nice to just have a session where you sat and talked for like 15 minutes and then they had you switch several times like musical chairs. That would ensure some good quick conversations ;) So glad you plan to go back next year. I hope to as well! BTW…still loving your business cards!
    XO t

  • jules @ The Diversion Project
    Commented on January 27th, 2012 at 7:34pm

    oh precious – sounds like a brilliant event by all accounts. just hope i can there one day and meet you all!! xxx

  • Trina
    Commented on January 29th, 2012 at 9:00pm

    @jules @ The Diversion Project, It was a blast. I think you should start planning for next year!!!!! We need some fab Aussie bloggers there….we all want to meet you!!!!
    XO t

  • Brandi {not your average ordinary}
    Commented on January 29th, 2012 at 7:10pm

    Trina, will you please send me that photo of us? I love it. I’m definitely still recovering from Alt. When I got home, I had cleaning to do and unpacking and then was busy all week with work. But this weekend, it hit me — that overwhelming optimism, though it wasn’t quite optimism at first. This trip made me realize I need to chase my dreams with more passion and determination than I ever have before. I’ve got some busy months ahead of me…

  • Trina
    Commented on January 29th, 2012 at 9:01pm

    @Brandi {not your average ordinary}, Me too! Wouldn’t it be great to have a whole week to just process and implement after ALT? This year is going to be a great one for you – i Just know it!!!! Will send the picture shortly! XO t

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