I’ve often told my girls that the hardest things you do are also usually the most rewarding. Training for a race is a perfect example. It takes work; real hard work to be successful. But once you’ve seen the rewards, you know that it was all worth it.
This weekend I attended Women Get Social in Philadelphia, PA. Before the conference I was feeling super anxious about not knowing anyone (except Nellie…everyone loves Nellie!) But I couldn’t just hang on one person’s arm the entire time. I sucked it up and walked into the space ready to go right up to complete strangers and start talking. And I did just that.
If I had just relied on networking within the internet (and even the SITS site….which is a frequent stop of mine), I never would have met so many incredible women. We had assigned seating the first day, and I’m so grateful, because my first table was awesome. (Seriously, go check these ladies out: LC, Laina, Crystal, Char, Arlett, Ellie, Jill – Total powerhouses, I’m telling you!)
And the sessions? Fantastic. My blog may be more about the creative stuff, but I’m a business girl at heart; and that’s entirely what WGS is all about. I hadn’t thought about a SWOT analysis in years…but Hudson and Emily made me feel like I was back in my undergraduate business courses. LC reminded me of a concept I’ve been shelving for years, and Courtney made me realize that photos are not just pretty pictures…they can also be products.
And after being so anxious when I walked in, I pretty much left feeling like this….
…times a thousand
As the Husband drove us home yesterday, a business plan (however rudimentary) spilled out of my fingertips and onto the keyboard. Concepts that have been tucked away at the back of my brain for years finally fit together in a puzzle that makes sense.
It finally all makes sense.
Unfortunately, real life had to step back in this morning with my 4am alarm (bills are such a buzzkill). But as I said last week, changes are afoot for this family. Big changes.
Have you ever been to a blog conference?
What is your biggest fear and how do you challenge yourself to get over it?