Friday Five: Goals Made and Reached

Friday Five: Goals Made and Reached

While at #TypeACon, Becky and I moseyed over to a noodle house for a late lunch/early dinner. After having a great time and pondering all manner of world situations we need to fix, we got our fortune cookies. I always save good ones. Today I came across mine in my wallet.

In my pre-con post, I stated five goals of things I wanted to achieve at the conference. I’ll put them here to remind you!

  1. Inspiration and courage to write even MORE from my heart, without feeling censored or that I have to please everyone. (though y’all know that will be hard for me to do)
  2. Friendships. I already call a lot of these people my “friends” but once a name has been put with a face and I’ve gotten a gut feeling, I’ll know that they’re TRULY my friends. In more of an acquaintance way than an OMGBFF way, but friends nonetheless.
  3. Ideas for growth. Whether this means by monetizing, getting a bigger sponsor or more freelance work, I want to grow. I want to make this work for me, I just don’t necessarily know HOW.
  4. A swag bag. Everybody always tweets about the awesome things they get at conferences. I’m hoping for some kick-butt stuff!
  5. Band Back Together information. There are several sessions geared towards group sites and newsletter production. I hope to take away (well, we BOTH hope to) great information to help us run BB2G even MORE successfully.

Until I ran across this fortune in my wallet today, I was kinda wishy washy on what I personally took from the conference. I know I enjoyed it and I know we, as Band Back Together, made some wonderful connections… but what did I take away from it?

I was thinking about the five goals I made while I watched the kid ride his bike in circles like a BMX racer, only shorter, and I realized I DID fulfill my goals. I really did. And I’ll tell you how.

  1. Inspiration and courage: Patti Digh told us to look around for “our story.” That can be anything that goes on in our daily lives, big or small. All the small moments together create the blueprint for our book, whether it’s written or just lived. We shouldn’t be afraid of our truth. Maybe our truth is easy and G rated. Maybe our truth has some dark spots and will make some people uncomfortable. The bottom line is, this is MY story. It’s MY site. It’s MY truth.
  2. Friendships: Oh, where to begin. I’m pretty sure I can’t even BEGIN to list all the people I met that I liked before and absolutely ADORE now. I’m going to leave some out, but here are a few. @2princessmama, @firemom, @evolvingmommy, @cecilyk, @robinplemmons, @allthingsfadra, @womanonajourney, @frelle, @guavalicious and SO MANY MORE I can’t even think of them all right now.
  3. Ideas for growth: Well, nobody handed me a million dollars to write about dish detergent or anything but I did get some great ideas on how to make my non-niche site even better… without having to find a niche. Which I don’t want to do. I like being multi-faceted because I AM multi-faceted. I know now that I pretty much can make my own fate. I can grow if I want to. I can stay this size if I want. The world is my oyster! (ooh, yuck, oysters = food poisoning = ER visit = bad)
  4. A swag bag: DUDE, DID WE EVER get a swag bag! There was so much goodness in the swag bag, I can’t even begin to name everything! But here’s the kid with a sampling of stuff. Thanks to ALL the sponsors, especially @ubisoft (wii games), @whonudelivery (delicious and healthy cookies) and @ovaltineUSA (uh, Ovaltine… and the kid SQUEED when I gave it to him).
  5. Band Back Together information: Yes. Yes. And yes. We got SO much inspiration, love and support for BB2G it’s overwhelming. People wanting to work with us, submit stories, help with outreach. It’s just amazing. So much excitement going on with the site… and so little time to do it all! It was exciting to see what all we learned for the site, especially from Katherine Stone (@postpartumprogr) in the Cause Bloggers session. She has such wonderful insight into wearing your cause on your sleeve and becoming the face of whatever it is you’re passionate about.

So see, I came away with more than I thought I did. I’m still processing it all and trying to sort through all the stuff in my brain (and on my dining room table). There will be more posts inspired by #TypeACon, I’m sure.

Now I’m craving Chinese food… if for no other reason than I need another fortune so I can make it happen.

 

Moving {and Blogging} With Intention

I had the pleasure of hearing Patti Digh (@pattidigh) give the opening keynote at Type A Con this weekend. She spoke about writing the story of your life, saying “The story of your life is something you create every day.” Living your life with intention will help you see the story in nearly every situation.

She shared stories from her life and ways that we can be more deliberate and intentional in our lives, be it from the way we write, the way we move, or the way we spend our days.

I later had the chance to go to her session about Overcoming Writer’s Block. And I have to say, it helped tremendously. I can’t wait to get my hands on her books and dig in more.

On my way home, I realized that I was paying more attention to things around me and to things going on with my own self.

I could feel myself breathing.

I could feel my eyes blinking.

I walked from the car to the rest stop bathroom and was paying attention to each and every step.

Once home, I am calm and rational.

My thoughts are clear and bold.

Maybe it was because I am relaxed after a wonderful weekend or maybe it’s because one little thing she said resonated with me, whether I really knew it or not.

I know it’s not just from what she said, but from everything I gained this weekend from many different people.

My goal is to be more deliberate and intentional. In life and in work and here. Patti Digh said, “You have a blog. You have a voice. What are you saying with it?”

I want to find out what I am truly saying with this site. I think I know, but a little more thought never hurt anybody.

Do you have any thoughts on this?

SOC Sunday: With All Things Fadra

No real intro. I’m on my iPad sitting at a Zaxby’s in SC and don’t really feel like inserting the image and stuff in.

You know the drill. Head to All Things Fadra and write for 5 minutes and link up.

I met Fadra. I can’t tell you how excited I was to set my eyes on her and finally put a face and personality with my favorite (and only) weekly ritual.

I had the pleasure of sitting with her at the session on breaking writer’s block with @pattidigh and it was amazing. She wrote about it here.

In person, she is exactly as she in online. Pleasant, adorable and genuine. She’s Got a wonderful spirit and aura and I JUST remembered she and I were supposed to discuss “woo woo” stuff. Dangit.

Anyway. I said that one of my goals was to create real-life relationships and I think (hope) we did just that.

5 minutes is up. More #typeacon updates coming this week… Get excited!

Silent Road Trip

Aah… silence. Right now, I’m sitting in the Asheville, NC airport in baggage claim waiting for Becky. Although she’s yet to actually BOARD her flight in Chicago. I’m an earlybird.

I would have gone ahead to the hotel and checked in and whatnot, but the airport was actually on my way into Asheville so I decided I could have some down time before hitting the full-on-action of the Asheville Renaissance where the conference will be held.

It’s super quiet in here. It’s a teeny tiny airport.

I’m at baggage claim and I see six people. Six. That’s it. Three work here. There’s music playing but nothing else. (well, except for the loud tap tap tapping of my keys on the keyboard…I’m a loud typer)

I drove the last 20 miles or so with no noise. No music. No talk radio. No nothing except the buzzing in my head.

The mountains grew bigger and the silence grew more soothing.

We surround ourselves with so much noise. All the time. I’m 110% guilty. If I’m the only one at home, I have to have the TV on. Not music. TV. I need to feel like somebody is talking to me. My son has to have something on — TV, DS, wii, whatever.

I know this weekend will be busy and wild and loud and exhausting. But one reason I was glad to be able to drive was so I would have the QUIET at the beginning and end of the weekend.

My brain needs quiet. My body needs quiet. My soul needs quiet.

In the poignant words of Depeche Mode… Enjoy the Silence.

ps: Now there are people around and I see people that are probably TypeAConners, but I don’t know so I’m going to keep on my shy pants until I have to do something like actually TALK TO PEOPLE!

#TypeACon or Bust

Tomorrow I leave for my very first blogger’s conference. I think that’s what you call it. The official name is Type A Parent Conference. But I’ll call it TypeA for short.

I’ve been blogging on this here site for nearly 4 years. I think. It’s only been the last year that I’ve really given it my all. I’ve gained readers, and probably lost some. Gained spammers. Gotten a few sponsors and sponsored posts. I’ve even gotten a writing gig out of it.

I’ve had times when I was really inspired, but also times (like now) where I’m just, uh, not inspired. I could write stuff, but it’d probably be crap.

So off to this conference I go tomorrow. With business cards in hand for myself and Band Back Together, I’ll pick up Becky at the airport and we’ll go hobnob in Asheville with people just like ourselves. Some with bigger blogs, some with smaller ones. Some making lots of money at this, a lot making little or none.

But the common factor that brings us all together is that we all write — about something. And we all want to learn and grow and create relationships with others that we know “in our computers” but in real life.

I want to take five things away from the conference this weekend:

  1. Inspiration and courage to write even MORE from my heart, without feeling censored or that I have to please everyone. (though y’all know that will be hard for me to do)
  2. Friendships. I already call a lot of these people my “friends” but once a name has been put with a face and I’ve gotten a gut feeling, I’ll know that they’re TRULY my friends. In more of an acquaintance way than an OMGBFF way, but friends nonetheless.
  3. Ideas for growth. Whether this means by monetizing, getting a bigger sponsor or more freelance work, I want to grow. I want to make this work for me, I just don’t necessarily know HOW.
  4. A swag bag. Everybody always tweets about the awesome things they get at conferences. I’m hoping for some kick-butt stuff!
  5. Band Back Together information. There are several sessions geared towards group sites and newsletter production. I hope to take away (well, we BOTH hope to) great information to help us run BB2G even MORE successfully.

So excuse my site’s boringness for the weekend.

I’ll be off learning and growing and making friends and gathering swag!

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