Having just returned from Mom 2.0 Summit in Atlanta this past weekend, I’m probably still on a post-conference “high.” Everyone had told me that this conference was the premier conference, the one to attend if you are a professional blogger. They said this was the conference to invest in. And you know what? They were right.
From an introvert’s perspective, I can’t help but share 5 things that have really stayed with me….
1. Community is everything. It’s so true, isn’t it? Finding your tribe or community means finding support and even more importantly, friendships. Sometimes even though I’ve only met someone online, it feels like I’ve known them forever. That’s what community is all about.
True community is inspiring and motivating, sometimes even to the point of happy tears.
2. Networking and talking with other bloggers (and even brands) can be just as important as a session, though I will say that the sessions I did attend knocked it out of the park. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t make it to every session I wanted to this weekend, but simple things like having breakfast with a handful of bloggers “filled my cup.” Having dinner with new friends…. walking around the conference venue, recognizing faces and saying hi…. sitting down with brands and getting their take on things and giving them my feedback…. going and getting my hair done with Dove…. All of this was truly priceless.
3. Sometimes it’s ok to just be quiet. That pretty much sums it up. Sometimes I found myself alone, and you know what? I’m ok with that because those moments alone filled my tank, so to say.
4. We’re all quite alike when you think about it. We all started somewhere, and we’re all going for the same thing…. we want to succeed at whatever we’re working toward. While it can be intimidating to meet other creatives we admire, we’re all quite alike; though we may have different goals, I’m learning that we all face similar insecurities and fears.
I’m telling you right now, stop thinking that you aren’t “big enough,” and go whole-heartedly in the direction of your goals and dreams. Work those goals, seek support from your aforementioned community (and support them in turn), and be confident with who you are and where you are at with your station in life. You never know who is watching (including your own kids if you’re a parent), and even if you touch one person’s life, it’s worth everything to keep following your dreams.
5. Sometimes it’s ok to just let your hair down, loosen up, and dance your little pea pickin’ heart out. I never learned how to dance, never attended Prom, but always had aspirations of becoming an awesome dancer. While I may not have the dance moves down pat, Saturday night’s Whirlpool party was ah-mazing! Best night ever. Everyone was on that dance floor, the DJ was smiling and laughing the entire time (because our community was so much fun, yo!), staff were watching and smiling…. Sometimes you just need to let inhibitions fly out the window and dance the night away with friends.
Check out this video with photos from the Iris Awards and after party from a new friend, Julie Pippert….