Blissdom was awesome. For three nights, I had time all to myself. I slept in a comfy bed in an awesome hotel, and woke up when I decided. I didn’t have to make sure anyone ate but me, and if that meant ice cream for lunch? So be it.
Of course there was meeting new people (more on that later). I learned that not everyone you meet online wants to murder you or steal your identity. inside joke But really. The people I did reach out to we’re awesome.
And the stuff. Oh my word, the stuff I came home with. I drove so I had tons of it. I had some very happy friends when I got back.
But more importantly, I came back with the knowledge that I could do it. I could go out of town. Alone.
The world didn’t end because I wasn’t at the office or at home to get things done.
I learned that Siri is just as much an idiot when it comes to maps sometimes as she is when it comes to taking dictations. Ask my girls who spent an hour in the car with me to make the 10 minute trip from DFW airport to the Gaylord. It may have possibly been operator error, but we were saved by an Android so all ended well.
I learned you should never let your phone near the toilet. iPhone doesn’t care for water. Sometimes rice just isn’t enough. But you can survive at a blog conference without one for 36 hours when you have roommates who love you and don’t leave your side. luckily this wasn’t me, luckily K had awesome insurance. Kristina was a stronger woman than I.
I learned that we can all survive a weekend without our babies around–including me. This was my biggest fear. I was terrified I would miss the girls so much that I would want to come right home. It was my first night EVER in life away from Allie. I worried she wouldn’t be able to grasp the fact I was away for the weekend, but I would be back. I never for a second worried they would have fun and enjoy their daddy time. Of course they had a blast.
I learned that you have to know your limits and you have to exercise them. There were a few times that despite the awesome and laid back nature of Blissdom, I became overwhelmed. Or depressed. Or both. Either way I knew I had to step back, and that was ok. Remember that one beer commercial about not drinking and driving? “Know when to say when.” I did.
Thankfully I had incredibly patient, caring, and understanding roommates who gave me the space when I needed it and the care and concern when I was ready. Andrea , Kristina, and Michelle, I’m having withdrawals. It’s amazing to be able to connect with friends that you’ve only known online but it can feel like you’ve known them forever.
I explored the sessions, met some interesting people, and I learned some incredible things that I hope to not only apply to my blog, but to my life. Once I get time to truly absorb my notes, I want to share what I learned because I hope it can fundamentally change not only the way I write, but th way I think. For the better.
Aside from the chance to finally meet and hug friends I’d only known in my computer, the thing I wanted to come home with was tools to become a writer and a person not scared of her own voice. Not ashamed. Not embarrassed. Not putting on my face. The real and true Jess, for better or worse. Including admitting I have depression.
I’m getting closer to being able to share more. And I hope that you’ll be patient and support me along the way.
There’s definitely more Blissdom wrap up to come. So much I want to share about my experience as a blog conference newbie. And the stuff I learned in sessions, can’t wait to share that.
But for now, I made it. A little wiser and a little stronger.