This may be my shortest post ever. Those who are familiar with my written verbosity may already be excited by that takeaway alone from the BlissDom conference experience. This is really more of an initial recap post, with no doubt more to come on the subject.
I went to the BlissDom Canada conference as a nervous newbie. I am not shy, not even close. However, I am uncomfortable being alone, and I envisioned a social media conference as a place where a tight-knit online community may leave a new blogger to her own devices far more than I wanted to be.
Was I ever mistaken.
Yes, I was physically alone at times: walking to my room, or in my room, or until I spent the 5 seconds it took to find a friendly face in the crowd to smile at and introduce myself to.
The bigger picture though, is that I’m NOT ALONE. Ever. Every emotion I feel as a human, as a mother, as a woman, as a wife, as a writer and as a social media enthusiast was validated over the 2.5 days I spent at the BlissDom conference.
I met other people who are looking to do that elusive “more” with their blog.
I met other mothers who love the bones of their children but were thrilled to spend 2.5 days apart from them and focusing on themselves for a change.
I met other grown men and women who have felt worthless and completely unmotivated to participate in their own lives at times, yet somehow managed to find the inner strength to get help and push through to grow stronger and find something to inspire them to keep moving forward.
I met powerful, intelligent men and women who have inspired me in their respective mediums, then made me shake when I was actually speaking to them in person.
I met funny, funny, people who love wine and socializing.
I met other amazing humans who have such talents but are real and also have fears and insecurities, yet were brave enough to stand up in front of a room and openly declare them, then were still modest enough to not realize that this just made them even more endearing to their audience.
I heard a man speak about hardships that would put my hardships into the picnic category, yet he provided a life-altering example of kindness and forgiveness with his ability to take his tragedy and use it in a way that others can benefit from.
I met people that reminded me that I am intelligent, beautiful, fun, interesting and talented, at a time when I was starting to forget that.
I was encouraged by people I met to believe in myself, even if nobody else on earth is.
I met humans striving to become better at what they do and who they are.
I was surrounded with acceptance and kindness. Revelation. Inspiration. Motivation. Celebration.
I was never alone. Not then, not before and not going forward.
Is there any better definition of BlissDom?