♪♫ I’m Goin’ Through the Big D and Do Mean Dallas ♫♪

So I’ve been doing this little bloggy thing for about a year and a half now, and I kind of have a Cinderella story going on. You might have guessed, I’m a fan of the whole princess story thing so living that dream is kind of…well…a dream to me!
A little over 3 years ago, we made the move from Georgia to Texas and it was a HUGE step for our family. I wasn’t going to work. We would be a one-income household and we would struggle so that I could stay at home with the babies. This was a tough but conscious decision. And we did struggle, and we gave up a LOT. A once 2-vehicle family was now a 1-vehicle family, and that in itself was a challenge. We muddled through, we grumbled about our poverty, we struggled. 
At times we were broken. I didn’t share that with you then because it was too painful, but my family broke completely and we went through a separation. That is not the fairy tale that I wanted to live nor share. So I didn’t. I suffered through it and somehow we made it through that rough spot and found our way back to our marriage and family. I’m glad. 
But back on topic we go. I was blogging, typing little ditties from my life. People were following along and seemed entertained but that wasn’t paying the bills. Then…I got accepted into the most fabulous community! Social Fabric came in to my life and nothing has been the same since!

You see this community, owned and operated by an incredible Social Shopper Media Company, Collective Bias, has changed my world. I was a teeny tiny, brand new blogger but they saw potential and they took me in to the fold. They coached me, they gave me opportunities, they pumped me, and they helped me grow. They valued my content over numbers. They valued ME! The support group within this community is amazing and I have gained some true and lasting friendships through my association. I began “shopping” for them and telling you all about my experiences with some pretty awesome brands. And people listened. How incredible is that? I did this for a while and I was happy, and I had money coming in to help ease my family’s burden. The entire burden no longer laid on B’s shoulders alone (my prince had been carrying too much)!

I entrenched myself in this community and I gave them my all! And you know what? They appreciated me! They afforded me even more opportunities. They allowed ME to lead others (bless their little hearts) and run campaigns for them. I have been doing this lead gig for quite some time with various awesome brands and I dig it! I love working with others, and I love to talk, and that’s exactly what I get to do in this role. I promote brands that I love through the meaningful words of bloggers that I adore. And if you can believe it, I get paid to do what I love. Yes, Cinderella story indeed!

And then, near the beginning of the year, I was afforded the opportunity to contract through a division of Collective Bias called cbSocially. I’m a contract worker on a long-term basis and I get to work with an incredible group of ladies. I feel so blessed to have found all of these people and I pinch myself often for fear that I’m asleep. But those pinches hurt so I know I am living my Cinderella dream. 

I’m helping to support my family, I’m at home with my babies, and I have a pretty steady income. What could be better than that you ask? Well, I’m here to tell you!

A couple of months ago, I got an email from one of the most beautiful women I know (but unfortunately, have never met in real life). Courtney Velasquez from Discovering Arkansas (who just so happens to be the VP of the Social Fabric Community) sent me a simple email. “Are you going to Bloggy Boot Camp in Dallas? Can I sponsor you?”. Hello floor, I have fallen on you and I can’t get up! My response: Can you? I can’t believe you’d want to but I am honored and I accept with a huge smile on my face!

These people are sending me on a big adventure. I will be heading to Dallas this coming Friday for a tremendous learning experience. I will be networking and I will figure out how to make this little dot on the internet grow! 

If you’re on the Twitter, you can follow my adventures by stalking the hashtag #BBCDal. If you aren’t, you know I’ll be pumping photos and updates to Facebook and I’ll be sure to stop back by here when I get home to share all of the fun and details with y’all!

In the meantime, I have all of my sparkle notebooks, sparkle pens, sparkle pencils, and whatever other sparkles I can muster gathered to pack up for the trip. I’m not overly excited to be leaving B and the babies (note: I’ve never left them over night before and I’ll miss them…wish us ALL luck) but I’m excited for the adventure!

And I just can’t thank Courtney, Collective Bias, and Social Fabric enough for this opportunity. I’m honored, I’m excited, and I promise I won’t embarrass you while I’m there (What? I can act like a grown up when I want to!). Oh wait, I forgot the most fabulous part of all…I get to meet Courtney…in real life! I’m not a hugger, but she better watch out because she’s getting one from me this time!

Look out Dallas…Here I come!

Disclosure: Although I have received sponsorship for Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas, this post was not solicited. I am writing this from my heart to show my appreciation to Collective Bias, Courtney from Discovering Arkansas, and my Social Fabric family. All opinions are my own. And a special thanks to my own family for putting up with my long hours as I grow and build this new venture in my life! You rock B, Bug, and Bubby…without you, I am nothing!

About Christy

Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. So I won’t be at BBC but I do expect you to bring me one of those Sparkle Notebooks to BlogHer next year. 🙂

  2. OMG, you are going to LOVE IT! I went to Bloggy Bootcamp in Seattle last year – the SITS Girls are AMAZING and it was such a great day. I’m so happy for you! Oh, and CB knows talent when they see it! 🙂 You’re AWESOME!

  3. I want a sparkle notebook next year too! You deserve to be sponsored Christy! 🙂

  4. This is the PERFECT conference to attend if you a conference newby! I have attended so many conferences, big and small and you are really going to enjoy this one! I’m so excited to finally meet you!!!!

  5. Christy, we love having you in the community, too. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you virtually these past few months and am definitely looking forward to meeting IRL this weekend!

  6. You will have an awesome time! I’m so excited for you!

  7. Have fun Christy! You’re always a blast in the community.

  8. Awww….That was such a wonderful post Christy! I know you’ll have a blast and meet many awesome women at BBC! Hope to connect with you in person one day soon!

  9. This post is awesome, Christy! We love having you in the community! Have fun in Dallas!!

  10. What a wonderful post Christy!!! Collective Bias/Social Fabric is so lucky to have you!

  11. We love you, Christy!:) You’re going to LOVE BBC Dallas. It’s so good for networking with other bloggers and getting to know them, conversing. And it’s all about the learning…. you’ll love it! Can’t wait to follow your tweets while you’re there.

  12. Love it and I totally feel the same way!

  13. All I can say is THANK YOU! Each and every one of you has changed my life and made it better in one way or another. And by indulging my rant here (in 1000 words or more because that’s how I roll) you prove that you are as awesome as I always say you are! Rock on CB! I pink sparkly {heart} all of you! Special shout out to Brad for driving everyone to my silly little post here. Yes, I forced the answer out and all signs point to you! You rock and I can’t wait to meet you this weekend!

  14. BrandiJeter says:

    I am so happy that you are going to go, and I can’t think of another SoFab member who deserves it more! You are so supportive and, ahem, outspoken, and I don’t even remember the community without you! Love you!

  15. So awesome! I can’t wait to meet you!

  16. Congratulations on heading to the conference! Conferences are so great for recharging and meeting new people. You’ll have a blast!

  17. Such a wonderful story Christy! I am attending BBC tomorrow, I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

  18. This is so awesome and I can’t wait to read about how much you learned!!