I am so happy.

And so tired.

The good kind of tired.

The kind of tired that happens when you have driven across the country to speak at a conference wearing these earrings…..

…..and you gave it everything you had.


You see…..speaking at a conference has been a dream. Something I have wanted and hoped for years and years and years.

A dream that I have had for so long.

And when it finally came true…..I was a little overwhelmed.


Dreams are funny like that.


We wish and we hope and we plan and we imagine it. And then when whatever “it” is…..actually happens…..we want to run.

That is exactly what I wanted to do.


Really. Can you believe it? Me?

I wanted to run because what if I spoke and I was terrible? What if I finished and they smiled that little kind of encouraging smile at me that said “How nice.” What if no one asked questions? What if they fell asleep? What if they rolled their eyes? What if they just didn’t care?


What if all the what ifs came true?



And right in the middle of all that “whatiffing” ……I discovered these.

I bought them the day before I left.

I went into the store and told the sales clerk that I wanted the biggest shiniest glitteriest earrings they had.

Statement earrings.

Earrings that swung against the side of my chin.

And with every swing they would remind me, “Confidence….confidence….confidence.”


Confidence with a little bling.


And so I went to the conference.

And I spoke.

And my hands waved.

And the earrings swung.


And this weekend…..I dreamed my dream.



What about you?

What’s your dream?


Whatever it is….you can do it.


Just lift your chin…..smile from ear to ear…..and tell those what-ifs…..

…..your earrings are doing all the talking 🙂


PS Have blessed and wonderful day rock stars 🙂

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  1. Image for Holly Holly

    You rocked those earrings and your speech! Loved getting to hear you speak and hearing your story... you were fabulous and inspiring! Hope you get a chance to rest from your long trip home and thanks for coming to hang with us in NC this weekend.

  2. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    I am so happy for you my friend!!!! Living your DREAM is what you deserve and I hope you keep living your dream each and every day! My wish for you is that all that is good in life be bestowed upon you! Sending hugs and love...

  3. Image for Karen Karen

    Karrianne, I so enjoyed meeting you had the conference and you ROCKED! Thanks for all the pointers! Karen @asouthernblossom

  4. Image for Denise at Forest Manor Denise at Forest Manor

    Hi Kari, After meeting you, I'm thinking you could have done this without the earrings -- you were fantastic!!! But...everyone needs their own little good luck charm, and from now on, these earrings will be your "lucky earrings". :) So glad to have met you Kari; I can't wait for next year's conference. Thank you for driving all the way to North Carolina to share your story and your blogging experiences, tips, and advice with us. I feel like I learned so much from everyone. Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Denise

  5. Image for laura@Top This Top That laura@Top This Top That

    I am so sorry but the light from your bling was blinding my eyes in the back of the room ( where they put the free ticket attendees) so I could not look at you. I did hear you and you were fabulous! Much love darling, Laura

  6. Image for Michele Michele

    YOU, my dear are the true rock star. First things first - FAB earrings. And now to congrats you on being a keynote speaker at a conference? Holy smokes. That is TRUE rock star, You see I can sing solos or play the flute or piano in front of ANYONE......I am outgoing and friendly and talkative. I know no stranger and make friends fairly easily. I am the MEMBERSHIP chair officer in our local women's club....................but never EVER could I EVER EVER EVER do public speaking. OMG my hands are getting sweaty and my breath short just thinking of it. In fact I told the ladies at my women's club I can do all the officer's positions but I can NEVER be president b/c I cannot speak in front of others. They were surprised. I told them not to be - unless there is music involved I find it utterly impossible to be in front of a crowd. So YOU, my dear get my Most Courageous award today because, frankly, it would be completely and absolutely impossible for me to do that. Nope. Ugh, No WAY. I would run and I would succeed in my running away, trust me. WAY TO GO, KARIANNE!!!! (high fives ya)

  7. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    My dream you ask..?...My dream is to be able to introduce a fabulous speaker at a conference with a "dry eye"...I accomplished the first, but not the latter...as there was not a dry eye in the room!...Tears of joy and laughter as you presented that fabulous presentation....you rocked it!!! Oh, and maybe a little tear here and there from the glare of those ultra blingy earrings...they were the best! I am happy that your dream was realized at the Southern Bloggers Conference!!!

  8. Image for Lori Lori

    KariAnne, It was such a wonderful time listening to your bubbly self shining up there!! I cannot tell you how fun it was to talk with you and meet you!! You are the Rock Star!!! And you are more than inspiration!! So sweet, so genuine, and I just adored you in those Blingy Texas sized jewels!! You are beautiful inside and out!!! Have a blessed day!! ~ Lori

  9. Image for stacey stuwe stacey stuwe

    I am sure you would have been absolutely fabulous even without the earings, but i must say they are amazing! Sorry i missed it :( ! That weekend was bad timing for me!

  10. Image for Robin Robin

    I can't believe this was your first time speaking! You ROCKED your presentations! I could have listened to you all day! You, my dear, are a natural! I am so happy I got to meet you this weekend and I look forward to seeing you again! Robin (the chick with the ring pops)

  11. Image for Veronica Roth Veronica Roth

    Well done! Bet you shined more than those earings up on that stage. Public speaking is never easy, (I teach an adult public speaking course), but the more you do it the easier it will become. If you ever want to know any tricks or techniques, just ask. Happy to share. :)

  12. Image for Shannon Fox Shannon Fox

    I didn't get to see you in person but I heard fabulous things about you & those earrings :) I'm so happy for you that you got to knock something so important to you off your "one day" list!!

  13. Image for Pinky Pinky

    I see fro the cocmments that you ROCKED but then I knew you would! YOU are a super star and now EVERYONE knows it! Way to go girl. The earrings are fantabulous:):) I wore some similiar ones for my daughters wedding and LOVED how I felt in them:) Some serious bling never hurts one's confidence!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  14. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Sounds like you really rocked it!! You, and those pieces of bling! You just did what e.v.e.r. it took! What's NEXT?? ;)

  15. Image for Gwen Gwen

    You know, I was about to buy my ticket and sneak down there when we got that call... I mean, I had the site pulled up and everything. I know you rocked it our, rockstar!

  16. Image for Regina Regina

    Dreams are wonderful, scary, fantabulous, anxious things, aren't they? But with BLING, you can face ANYTHING! Love the earrings, love your blog, and wish SO much I could have heard your speech! Is it online anywhere? My dream? To publish my book. :) So excited that YOU dreamed YOUR dream - now maybe, someday, I'll dream mine! Gotta find me some great earrings . . . .

  17. Image for Rhonda ~ Ramblings of a Southern Girl Rhonda ~ Ramblings of a Southern Girl

    Girl, those earrings really did work, cause you absolutely ROCKED IT!!!! I would have never known it was your first conference speech! You were awesome and gave off such positive energy ...it was contagious! I want to do a post on the conference tomorrow, may I have permission to use a picture of your earrings? I'll be sure to link back to this post! :) ~Rhonda

  18. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Congratulations, KariAnne! I'm sure you were fantastic and an inspiration to all that heard you. (LOVE the earrings, by the way!) Now, and this would be one of my dreams come true, when are you going to write your book for all of us non-blogging (& blogging) friends that don't get the opportunity to hear you? :) Truly, I am so happy for you.

  19. Image for Kim Banta Kim Banta

    I'm so proud to know ya! I wish I could have been there to see your bling swing! YOU are the magic, and your fab earrings just came along for the ride. Keep your confidence swinging. YOur bud, QuirkyKim

  20. Image for Marty Walden Marty Walden

    Of course, you rocked it! With or without the earrings, you were amazingly generous and kind: with your time, encouragement, energy and transparency. In other words, you were a blessing! Marty@Marty's Musings

  21. Image for Jenny Sellars Jenny Sellars

    Those earrings were amazing and so were you! It was such a treat to meet you and spend the weekend with you! I loved your talk and am so excited to go back to work on my blog!! You are even cuter in person and I look forward to your blog every day!

  22. Image for Leo @ Cottage at the Crossroads Leo @ Cottage at the Crossroads

    You knocked it out of the park girl. The earrings were nice, but your blogging story was great. It's always a pleasure to be in the same room with you. You brighten everything up. I think a nice set of bling earrings might be just the thing for me. What do you think?

  23. Image for Claudine Claudine

    Oh My God, Karianne!!!! You are ADORABLE. I want meet you!!! That's a dream to live for!!! ANd I will be wearing BIG earring the day we meet!!! I live in Canada, so it is a big dream! You bring tears to my eyes, your posts are unexpectedly beautiful!!! I have to make a presentation this Thursday about my business. ANd I will wear big earrings. I will remember you, and confidence, confidence... Hugs and THANK YOU!!!

  24. Image for Geralin Thomas Geralin Thomas

    Forgive me for asking but, the organizer in me wants to see *how* you store your jewelry in your new-old farm house. Do post photos puleeze of your methods. PS - You and your earrings were super-sparkle-icious!

  25. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    Love the ear rings but I have a love for shinny things....................I would have loved to hear you talk I can just imagine how awesome you would be

  26. Image for Lorrie Lorrie

    Way to go! I would love to hear you speak one day - was it taped so you can put it up on YouTube for the rest of us? Those earrings are fantastic - what a great way to give yourself a boost!

  27. Image for Deborah Deborah

    How did you know I needed a pep talk today? I have never sent a comment to a blog before, but when I read this I had to. You see, I opened a booth at an antique mall today. I'm exited and scared at the same time. How can that be? Your words spoke to me and I thank you. I live near your neck of the woods in Graves County. Love your blog, it's my favorite. Gonna get some of those bling earrings!

    1. Image for Atta Girl Amy Atta Girl Amy

      Good luck with your booth, Deborah. I opened one a few months ago, and it's a lot of hard work, but so fun when something sells. I wish I lived in Ky so I could shop at your booth. I bet it's awesome.

  28. Image for leslie harris leslie harris

    KariAnne, I can feel your glow through the computer screen. And I can imagine you charming the socks off your audience with your humor and your warmth. Congratulations on your 'dreamy' conference. Earrings or not, I was sure you were going to rock the house. Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

  29. Image for Krisie Krisie

    Girl, you ROCKED!!!!!!!!! I would like to have you as my BFF!!!! You are hilarious. I giggled the whole time you were lecturing. I may have even dreamed about your topiary Saturday night. LOL You are a great inspiration to me as I am just in the planning phases of my blog-I am not adventurous as Kelly who set hers up the same day while meeting in Starbucks:-). Thank you for sharing your story with us, the conference was a blast! By the way, I would so sport those earrings even to the corner grocery store in the middle of NoWhere Kentucky!

  30. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Someday I would love to hear you speak. You should go on tour just you and your fabulous shinny earrings. Congratulations on living your dream. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to do something with design. I use to redesign my girlfriends bedrooms and I loved moving the furniture in my bedroom around. It use to drive my mother batty. I can just look at something and say no that doesn't go but this would go better. I just don't know how to turn that into my dream job. Until then I live my dream through the blogs I follow and I still find myself helping my girlfriends with their rooms.

  31. Image for debbiedoos debbiedoos

    That is awesome that a dream came true for you. Certainly not one of mine to public speak. I get so nervous and trip all over my words. Well you know that from the podcast LOL!~ Love the bling and I hope you wear them often. I am sure you rocked it all out.

  32. Image for Atta Girl Amy Atta Girl Amy

    Kari: Those earrings were fab, but you didn't need them. You blinded us with your sparkle, your fabulousness and your wit. Your a diamond in a world of rhinestones. The real deal. Special rare. Sparkly. Who every girl wants as her best friend. So glad to have played a small part in your dream come true, and to have met the wonderful, funny, sweet woman behind the blog. I'm proud to know you. Atta Girl Amy

  33. Image for Brenda Brenda

    Your earrings are awesome, your talk was awesome, and you are awesome! :) I am so glad that I got to be a part of such a great gathering of women (oh - and a couple men!) Thanks so much for your inspiring words. Brenda

  34. Image for bj bj

    O, girl...YOU WALK THE WALK and YOU TALK THE TALK...you are wonderful, the earrings are wonderful and there's not a doubt in my mind that YOU were a wonderful speaker at the convention.

  35. Image for Melissa Melissa

    You did such a wonderful job, and I loved the earrings! :) With your bubbly personality and excitement, you would have made an impact even without the earrings! Thanks so much for sharing and encouraging (as well as sitting next to me at dinner just after we first me)!

  36. Image for tammy hebert tammy hebert

    You rocked it and then some. You were awesome and I might add have got me rethinking how I do this blogging thing. I was totally inspired by you and I knew I would be. You were the carrot that drew me to the conference as I have always enjoyed your blog. You make me laugh with you not at you and you are so genuine. And upon meeting you in person - it was just as if it was a blog post. You are a real person who made me feel at ease immediately. I look forward to meeting up with you again. tammy

  37. Image for Melissa-TheHappierHomemaker Melissa-TheHappierHomemaker

    Karianne-YOU are amazing. Seriously. You are one of the most kind, sweet, charismatic women I have ever had the luck to meet. You have that special uncanny ability to make every person you talk to feel like an old friend and a truly special addition to your life-that is a gift! Your speech last weekend was wonderful and YOU were awesome! I can only hope to get to hang out with you again sometime soon!

  38. Image for Anne Anne

    Oh Karianne YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR!!!!!!!! Wish I could have been there.Wish we could have met.Someday right ?! Okay that is one wish to meet you :-) Another is to be featured in a magazine and a book.I would love to own my own shop or be a shopper a picker for someone.I LOVE to shop and I think I have a pretty good eye.What better than to have someone pay you to shop.Now that would be a dream job! xx Anne

  39. Image for Angie @ Beneath the Magnolias Angie @ Beneath the Magnolias

    Oh Karianne! I am sure you were fabulous! I am going to make it to one of those conferences oneday and meet you! Do you ever go to Nashville? I think you are a couple of hours from there. I am also a couple of hours away but from a different direction. It would be so cool to have some bloggers meet up in Nashville and go shopping and eat and just have a great time. Fall is such a gorgeous time around Nashville. Let me know if you are interested.

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