Last weekend, I had the honor of speaking at my first conference as a writer, the Share.Support.Celebrate Conference. It’s hard to put into words what this experience meant to me. I made so many great connections, and I learned so many new things. Here are just a few of the highlights.
I got to spend some time with some of my best friends, got to know some newer friends better, and met some of the most amazing new friends. It was so great to connect with women who respect each other and are looking for ways to build each other up, rather than tear each other down. I had the best time talking and laughing with these awesome women, and I’ve made friendships that I know will last beyond the conference. It sounds so totally warm and fuzzy and new agey special snowflake, but I love making real connections with other women.
I learned so much. I learned about networking, time management, goal setting, work/life balance, and dealing with mean girls. And that’s just the beginning. I have tangible things that I can implement to advance my career, and these were things that were all shared freely from women who truly want to see other women succeed. I was also able to network with other professional women and build valuable contacts. My business and my work life have definitely improved from the things I’ve learned. It was a kick in the butt in the best possible way.
Sharing and Helping
I loved being able to share my story of moving from a job that didn’t fulfill me anymore to a job that I loved, a job that allowed me to be the mom I wanted to be. On a personal level, it was healing to talk about those things and what I’ve learned. But the best part was hearing from the other women at the conference that the things I shared were helpful and inspirational to them. There’s nothing particularly special about me; one day I just decided to go for it. I wanted the women at the conference to know that with some preparation and hard work, they can go for it, too. And they can be successful! And so can you! Group hug, everybody.
If you want to make a positive impact on your life and your business (no matter what that business may be), mark your calendar for next year’s conference at the Indiana Grand. The intimate setting gives the conference a personal feel, and the supportive environment makes it easy to open up and make real connections with other women. I’ll be there next year, and I hope you will, too.