Nope, not me and that’s OK! Because you see winning wasn’t what it was all about. For me it was about getting out of my comfort zone and pushing myself to try something new.
You see this past weekend I attended my very first blog conference! I have been dreaming of starting a blog for quite a while now. When I found out about the Southern Bloggers Conference taking place right here in Raleigh I just knew I had to go. Once I purchased my ticket it really motivated me to turn my dream of becoming a blogger into a reality.
In the weeks leading up the conference I had set up my website, ordered my business cards and even made a wreath to enter into the fall décor contest.
I had come up with an idea for my wreath, went out and purchased the supplies and put it all together. Did it come out the way I planned, no, but considering I am not the craftiest person I was pretty proud of myself.
On the day of the conference I started feeling very nervous and a little less proud of my wreath. After all, there were going to be so many amazingly talented people at this conference and I felt way out of my league. What was I thinking making this wreath, and a blog? Will anyone even want to read it? I won’t even get started on the anxiety of networking!
As I walked through the hotel lobby holding and hiding my wreath as best I could I realized something. By taking that big step out of my comfort zone and making myself vulnerable and uncomfortable I was taking a small step in building up a bit of confidence . I honestly never thought my wreath would win a prize and after seeing the other entries I doubt if mine even received one vote but that’s ok.
If I hadn’t pushed myself I would not be able to look back today on a weekend spent learning so much and meeting so many incredible and inspiring people.
As I sit here this afternoon writing my very first post on my very own blog I can look up at my little wreath hanging in my kitchen window a little more confident and that is a wonderful feeling!