Once Upon a Time
there was this super amazing writer princess named Summer. She had a lowly Associates degree and no hope of obtaining the elusive Bachelors any time in the future thanks to her ever-fertile womb which kept bearing children. She dreamed of pursing her dreams of being a professional writer, but her talent meant naught to the companies at which she applied. As she daily swept the floor, changed dirty diapers, and smelled of baby barf, she dreamed of . . .
Oh, forget that crazy Fairy Tale talk. Here’s the long and short of it:
HI! I’m Summer. I’m a little kooky, a lot energetic, and extremely influential.
I began writing before I was born and published my first story when I was in the first grade at Lake Silver Elementary School in Orlando, Florida. While my story about my dog, Benson didn’t garner the national acclaim it should have, it was a fantastic start to a life long passion. I decided to take my voice to the internet and in November 2010, Rebel Crunch Mama was born. It was a feeble attempt at blogging, and didn’t really go the direction I wanted it to. Come to find out, I’m not nearly as crunchy as I thought I was and I didn’t stand an ice cube’s chance at an Arkansas Razorback game in the middle of September next to those granola moms.
A brief hiatus brought forth the birth of Banana Hammocks & Tutus, a comedic blog about parenting three energetic children while attempting to maintain a shred of sanity and squeeze in a shower or two a week. I have Banana Hammocks & Tutus to thank for my entrance into Social Fabric, my favorite and most trusted company of the ones that I work for. They provided me a platform in which to grow as a writer, a blogger, a publisher, an influencer, and an awesomesaucer.
That is a word, right?
I was chosen for my first “shop” right off the bat and it gave this aspiring blogger the confidence she needed to pursue her dreams of reaching masses. Social Fabric has given me incredible confidence as a writer and has consistently given me something relevant to talk about. I am no stranger to writer’s block, but SoFab has pulled me straight out of the pits of writer’s block heck and given me something fun and relevant to talk about on more than 6 occasions.
It has also been a place for me to grow my ever expanding circle of friends. My first favorite was Christy because she did an awesome roast for me, where my Aunt revealed some extremely embarrassing facts about my gas habits. Christy was my Campaign Leader a few times, and the first to write me to tell me what an amazing job I had done. Prior to that, I figured I had done an OK job because I kept getting hired, but Christy. Christy. She gave me an insane boost and I grew enormous wings that sustained me through some rough times. Knowing I had someone I didn’t know in person cheering me on made me feel amazing.
I have had some fantastic Campaign Leaders over the course of the last year and a half, but none quite like Mallery when I had to go shopping for new undies for The Workaholic. I had to tell this girl about my husband’s package. Kinda. I also had to tell her how I drove all over God’s creation and wound up in GodAwful Durham to buy these undies for my man. When Mallery professed her undying love for me I almost passed out. She has added a second set of wings that keeps me flying high on days when I struggle to drag myself to the computer to come up with content. In a recent conversation, she reminded me that I sent her a Christmas Ornament in 2011 during the CB/SoFab Ornament Exchange. The more we talked, the more I realized that one of her favorites in the world, sent me a Christmas Ornament that same year.
Oddly enough, I lived in Georgia at the time Amy sent me a Tar Heel Sock Monkey Christmas Ornament. (Yes. It DOES need to be capitalized.) The great thing about that is I now live in the same city (kinda) as Amy and we get to hang out from time to time doing crazy silly things like going to VIP car events and Lipstick Luncheons.
SoFab has directly and indirectly provided me with the most fabulous friends a girl could ask for, some extra money to buy things like new jewelry, and to have my hair hennafied.
But more than anything, SoFab has enabled me to pursue my dream of being a writer who touches lives. Without SoFab, I’m sure Banana Hammocks & Tutus would have gone the way of the Dodo. It most certainly would have never evolved into The Dirty Floor Diaries. It has taken me from deep postpartum depression to sanity, all by doing things I love to do anyways: Shop & Write.
WHY do I want to go to SoFabCon? Because it’s going to be lame without me there. Don’t believe me? See what this person has to say:
“Summer is an awesomely awesome chick that made a brand presentation recently shine with the light of…summer! Sometimes saying the wrong thing but always at the right time, pretty much every conference, get together, blog or just plain dinner is flat out boringsauce without her blog essence.”
As much as I would definitely enhance the entire atmosphere at SoFabCon, I know that I still have so much to learn about how to be the most influential writer I can possibly be. I would love to take The Dirty Floor Diaries to the next seven levels through branding and community building. Getting tips on how to take my photography to the next level would be the whipped frosting on top of the gluten free cupcake. Meeting my Campaign Leaders and the people who make this community tick would be the red-dye-free cherry on top.
As much as SoFab has propelled me as a blogger through the interwebz, I know that having the opportunity to go to SoFabCon would really take my brand through the roof. I’d go from like French’s Big Boy to the StayPuft Marshmallow Man.
Though I hope my actual physical body goes the opposite direction.
Why do I NEED a sponsorship? If you read my blog often, you know that The Dirty Floor Family lives on a tight budget. We own a house in Georgia where our tenants just cover our mortgage payment, we are renting an insanely expensive and small townhome in Raleigh, we have two cars, three kids, one monthly ballet bill, ice skating lessons, school lunches, and a stinky baby who is constantly sick. And potty training. And doing things in his underwear I won’t speak of here. Sometimes we have to stretch the budget so tightly, that I have to get amazingly creative with our Paleo lifestyle. I speak directly to the middle class and families who struggle to make ends meet. I’m just like the majority of families out there, only I want people to know about it. I’m not hiding our struggles under a bushel basket. Nosirree, Bob. I share it loud and proud. We don’t make a lot of money, we don’t get to spend a lot of money, and sometimes the simple luxury of driving to the park isn’t even within our budget. THAT is why people like me. I’m honest. I’m relatable. Yet through it all, I maintain an honest humor that I hope takes people out of their personal situations and into hysterical orbit from time to time. I find passion in helping families find health and happiness in tight situations.
If SoFab could help me refine my brand and this community that I am growing, I would be ever grateful, as I’m sure my readers would be too.
Don’t listen to me, though. Take it from my readers! SoFab said themselves, (thanks to a 2011 Nielson poll) that 92% of consumers trust recommendations from friends and family. Hear what the people who I touch on a daily basis have to say about me:
“…..witty, quick and smart, Summer tells us of what life really is with kids….”
Keesee and Associates
FDS Engineering Associates
“The Dirty Floor Diaries: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…it’s better than cats. Summer Davis is far from the least lame person I know.”
As The Bunny Hops
“Summer is one heck of an entertainer! There is no way you can leave Dirty Floor Diaries without laughing your tail off at her candor.”
“I have been a follower of Summer for many years. Her blog, Dirty Floor Diaries is my favorite by far. Summer is able to meet moms exactly where they are in their own messy lives. Much unlike some of the Martha Stewart, picture perfect family blogs out there, DFD is honest about the mess of daily life. I commend Summer for being brave enough to admit her struggles and shortcomings to her audience. Moms appreciate her matter of fact humor and find new strength for their own endeavors. As a lifestyle bog, I love how DFD provides fresh new Paleo recipes, but admits that even they aren’t 100% Paleo and have a treat every now and then. A blog would be a great place to hide, to portray a bigger than life image of Super-Mom, I’m glad that Summer is not swayed by that reality and shares her marriage, kids, and meals, mess and all.”
“I like you for being you and being my soul sister, an awesome mom, wife, and woman! I like your strength and your weakness and everything that you do!”
Stay at Home Baby Whisperer
“Because you are stinkin’ hilarious AND totally relatable!” – Lauri Nee
“Summer is an awesome wife and mother who goes out of the way to make sure her family’s special diet stays in place. She’s warm and friendly with her blog, letting her readers get a real glimpse inside of her home and her life. It’s a privilege to call her a friend.” – Brooke Creech, A Determined Momma
“Summer is an amazing mom a super blogger and a great friend! I feel privileged to get the opportunity to brain storm and share life’s stories with her!” – Christina Dulin, Tailor Made Mama
“I am a Paleo newbie and I find your page very helpful, really funny and awesomely inspiring” – Fiona Evans
“Seven thumbs up!” – Mickey Coutts, A Helicopter Mom
“I love your paleo meal plans!! You make planning, and feeding my family of 5 a breeze!!” – Tiffany Beard Stewart
“I love you because you are real and you don’t hold back!” – Jennifer L. Miller
“I love that you keep it real, especially with planning meals on a tight budget, with specific nutritional guidelines.” – Amy Fox
“You always make me laugh! I love your spunkiness!” – Stefanie Saba
“I like you because your real as sh*t and you have a way of finding the beauty in not so beautiful situations with a flair of humor.” – Sarah Bischoff
“Your meal plans help remind me I can feed my family better on a budget. While we are not doing the paleo diet, your meal plans make it easier to move towards paleo.” – Amber Sobery
“I love your meal plans and your wit” – Shana Plaster
“Paleo and a former Alaskan– you could be my new best friend!” – Ashley Waligura Weaver
“Budget friendly paleo meal plans that work for my whole family. You’re freaking amazing.” – Kaitlyn Harmon
“I like you and your page because it and you are real, accessible, and honest.” – Leanna Harvey
“Paleo! Meal Plans! Humor! OH MY!” – Kim Abell, Colleen Mayberry, Andrea Dening Gray, & Mandy Burkhart
You didn’t need ME to make your decision for you. The masses have spoken. They think I’m freaking amazingly amazing and in need of this sponsorship.
I don’t want to leave it at that, though. I want to tell you what I can do for YOU. SO please watch this quick video wherein I tell you just that.
SoFab, PICK ME because I #LuvSoFab, #SoFabCon, and #Cbias. I need to take The Dirty Floor Diaries higher and I cannot do it without this conference. Furthermore, I can’t do the conference without you. Thank you for bringing me to where I am, and for believing in me enough to help me go even further.