the smell of my desperation has become a stench

A landscape 7,600 miles away

Yesterday afternoon I returned from an eight-day trip to Queensland, Australia where I gave the Friday evening keynote at ProBlogger Training Event 2015. I spent the majority of my time on the Gold Coast and didn’t get to explore Brisbane except for this shot from the plane during takeoff Sunday morning. I have so many stories from the time I spent there, stories I am longing to sit down and write. And yet… conference calls have killed the creative.

I am hoping to remain articulate during the four calls I have today despite this:

Dear lord, my whole body hurts and last night I tried to relax by watching some TV but every character sounded like they were speaking in tongues.

I had tacked on four days to my trip thinking that I’d take an actual vacation and explore as much as I could of the Gold Coast while I was there. A few of my colleagues might read this and throttle me through the screen because we’d discussed how badly I needed to give my body and brain a break when I decided to step back a bit from blogging. That break just hasn’t and cannot happen, so I’d spend several hours each morning while I was there managing projects. I did fit in some sight seeing during the afternoons, but not nearly enough for visiting that part of the world for the first time. Hopefully next time? And hopefully I can find a few hours tomorrow morning to tell you about how I seriously thought I was going to be featured on an episode of Locked Up Abroad.

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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