Do you have a passion?
I am not a fan of blog confrence recap posts. It’s not because I’m jealous I wasn’t there. For one, I think part of what you are paying for is the knowledge you take away from it and reading someone’s else notes isn't giving you the whole lesson or knowledge. For two it’s very personal, meeting your bloogy friends are not the same as my bloggy friends etc. For three, not all my readers are bloggers, I dont want to isolate. So this is a sort of recap post, but not really because I don't like them, got it? (that means if your not a blogger keep reading!)
I spent my Saturday at Bloggy Boot Camp Chicago, it was a fabulous time with great speakers and people. I learned a lot, I laughed a lot and I meet some of my bloggy bucket list (Tiffany, Francesca) and some long time twitter friends.
Here’s the thing, my biggest take aways from the confrence? Have nothing to do with blogging.
You need to be honest to who you are, to YOU
What is my (your) story?
Be honest with yourself and STOP BEING SCARED of something that keeps coming up
Please yourself, you have to be HAPPY with YOU and what your doing
Where you put your ATTENTION is where you get your RESULTS
People who do not want your success as much as their own are not worth your time
All those apply to anything you love and are passionate about. They can be applied to any hobby or job or passion.
As women (in general) and mothers (specfically) we spend so much of our time and energy pleasing others, doing for others, being for others that sometimes we forget to take time for us. I don’t mean carving out five minutes for a shower I mean time to really know who we are and what we are passionate about. What fuels our minds beyond the love of our children and family.
Here’s the thing, Motherhood is a limited egagement. Your kids are only going to need your round the clock care for a limited number of years. If you are doing your job well they will be growing up and becoming more and more independent. If you have no passion, no desires, no hobby or goals beyond raising them, what do you do with yourself when they need you less?
I have written before that I think it's important for our children to see that we have dreams, desires, passions and goals beyond them. I think it's good for them. It teaches them, it encourages them. If you have a passion, even if its just a small inkling in your gut, you owe it to yourself and your family to take one Saturday (or a Tuesday evening, or whenever) and spend the time exploring and building that. Your family will survive, you will survive, your house may be messier but messes can be cleaned, opportunities that are lost cannot be regained.
So if you have a passion, a hobby, a desire to learn just do it. Make it happen. If there is a conference go. If there is class take it. If there is a group go to it. Find a way to make the cost work, the time work. Get over your fears of what you will look like, what you will wear, what people will think and just do it. Because if you don't feed your passion no one else will.
*I think most of the above quotes are from Tiffany (the prettiest ever) Romero, Amy B. Hole and Wendy Piersall but I had a squirmy baby and my notes were messy.
I love this - and this message is definitely something that I took away as well. I'm just so glad I was able to meet and spend time with you... I hope that we get to spend time together again soon. (Or at least sometime in the next year!) :)
It is nice to hear advice as opposed to an update! It sounds like you had a nice time...good for you!!
I love that you wrote this post not related to blogging!! thanks for sharing, such great insights!
"So if you have a passion, a hobby, a desire to learn just do it. Make it happen. If there is a conference go. If there is class take it. If there is a group go to it. Find a way to make the cost work, the time work. Get over your fears of what you will look like, what you will wear, what people will think and just do it. Because if you don't feed your passion no one else will...."
YOU ROCK. this is EXACTLLY what I needed to hear today :) Excellent post.
Love this post! And next year...I'm going to a conference ... no matter what!
"Motherhood is a limited engagement"
Wow. So true.
I loved meeting you and LOVE this post. You so go the takewaway message.
This is an excellent post! So true and so motivating! Makes me even more excited for BBCATL! Blogging has definitely become a passion and most definitely a part of the ministry I feel called to. I deserve to make it a priority in my life as it is s part of who I am.
Great post & I think that you and the baby did amazingly well on Saturday!
I believe that you got it! The message of that day was be yourself! Great job.
Such a great post!
I'm not a big fan of recap posts, either. They seem to usually be such an inside joke sort of thing.
I love ones like yours, though- that are about the bigger picture.
Bigger Picture. Perfect for you. xo
Thank you for putting into words what my ADD brain has been trying to sort through in the past 48 hours. It's not so much about all the technical info (even though all of it rocked). It was so much more about the PASSION of why the technical stuff matters. More about the voice. (not THAT "The Voice". the one that's inside of each of us individually.) See what i mean? ADD strikes again. Anyways - love this post. Wish I had had more time to chat with you (and your ADORABLE little baby girl!) You took amazing notes in spite of wearing 73 different hats that day! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the amazingness that BBCCHI was!
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