I smiled. I made new friends.
I found inspiration. I remembered why I love to write.
I learned to dream, all over again.
Yesterday, I returned home from Blissdom, my first blogging conference.
It's good to be home, it really is, but I can't stop thinking about this conference and how I feel like it changed my life. I can say without a doubt I've never been to an event of this caliber. And I'm not just talking about the big pile of swag I brought home, the amazing people I met, companies I spoke with, all the yummy food or the awesome concert performances from joe-bro Joe Jonas, Chris Mann (from The Voice) and Rascal Flatts.
I'm talking about a deeper emotional impact that I can't say I've ever experienced at a conference, before.
I feel like I'm a critical point right now where things have to make a change. I still haven't figured out exactly what that means, but I do know I am going to
One of the Blissdom speakers -Jeff Goins, a well-known writer said, "If you want to write inspired work, live an inspired life."
He asked me to "Embrace failure. Fear of failure is always worse than fear itself."
He said, "When you pursue your passion instead of results, the world makes room for you."
"Finding your passion isn't an act of discovery, but an act of recovery ..." according to our keynote Jon Acuff, a comedian, blogger and author.
As I sit here, I feel as if some sort of paralysis within me is being slowly lifted, and I'm undergoing a healing and freeing process. I am free to write and be who I want to be without fear of judgement, failure or comparison to others' success. I no longer feel chained to the waiting game of approval and validation.
Jon reminded me not to "compare my beginning to someone else's middle."
He challenged me to dream. What are your dreams?
"Are you a how person or a wow person."
I most definitely want to be a wow person. How about you?
And four words Jon left me with to not only be a better parent to RayRay and wife to Big D, but a better me ... "Hang. Up. And. Arrive."
I can't wait for this journey to continue to unfold, recovering my true passions, not just dreaming of, but living an inspired life and lastly, being the kind of mom that my kid(s) can be very proud of someday.
How do you want to live an inspired life?