Last year, when I returned from BlogHer, I lamented that I will not be going next year. I felt burned out from the pace and energy of the conference. I also didn’t know how it would work with moving. Pretty early on, I made peace with the fact that I would not be attending the conference.
But then a strange turn of events occurred, and I ended up going with my friend, Emily, who knew of an early bird ticket for sale. I was living at my parents’ house without a solid date for moving in to our new house. I didn’t know how it was all going to work out, but I took a leap of faith and just said yes.
|At the Voices of the Year with Emily|
I am so incredibly glad that I did.
Before I left, I wrote about what I hoped to achieve at BlogHer. I didn’t think of it as writing a wish list to the universe, but unbeknownst to me, the universe was listening.
I learned a lot of useful information about marketing and blogging. But beyond that, I had a chance to really talk and connect with others. Not just idle chit chat expected at a conference. I had the kind of discussions that left me energized and focused and inspired. Lately, I had been feeling dull; all of my energy has been funneling towards teaching and that, in and of itself, has made me feel insecure and unsure how to proceed as a mother and a blogger. I found clarity and a little more confidence in my choices . . .. thanks to the women that just happened to be sitting at my table.
|Loved these ladies from the Lean In Circle|
Which is way more than I bargained for when I flippantly agreed to go to a conference I swore I wasn’t going to attend.
Oh, and this happened, too:
|I met Sheryl Sandberg!|
Can you believe that?! I met Sheryl Sandberg. You know, Sheryl who wrote Lean In. I didn’t get a chance to tell how her book made me all teary-eyed as I am tiptoeing my way back into the work world. I didn’t get a chance to tell her how her how relieved I was to read that boundaries do not hold you back in a career, they give you more focus on your personal definition of success.
However, when she came over to introduce herself, and I said, “Nice to meet you. My name is Erin,” that somehow all that was conveyed in those two sentences.
I also had a chance to catch up with a great friend. It is totally unfair that there is a whole continent getting in the way of us meeting for drinks and chatting like that all the time. (Note: Annie, you were greatly missed).
|Me with Elizabeth from Flourish in Progress|
If I had to choose one word to describe my experience at BlogHer, it would be serendipitous. And for that, I am grateful that I just listened to my instincts to just go.
Have you ever said yes to something without overthinking it and it turned out to be exactly what you needed?