blissdom is essentially a blogger’s conference that i was fortunate enough to attend with my friend Tami Heim. i figured i would learn some things and be either inspired or intimidated to grow my blog. i had no idea that i would leave with some great new friends… like great great friends. like women i want to learn from and laugh with and hang out with… write with… (sue duffield, dedra herod, jennifer deshler, michelle sarabia, susan mayo, vanessa mcgee)
i also didn’t know what it would be like to run into some of the people whose blogs i’ve been enjoying for over a year and have been following on twitter but didn’t know like Jean V’ant Hul (Artful Parent or @artfulparent),
and while i already loved jon acuff and have read so much of what he is written… i was still blown away with what he brought to light in the opening keynote. it really set the tone for what was too be a very rich two days. i’m not alone, more than once i heard “if that was the only thing i heard then this conference is already worth it).
In case my notetaking style is hard to follow, let me break it down:
in no particular order…
-Finding your dream is an act of recovery, the recovery of something lost. Ask yourself… what have I done in the past that I loved?
-when belittling what we have done by saying “oh it’s nothing” it insults the gift.
-listen when your child may be saying ‘let me be your kid, not your content’
-I’ve never heard my spouse say “now, enough about me… why don’t you tweet some…?”
-Dont’ chase haters on the hi-way (don’t let one negative commenter derail you and rob your time or focus by chasing them down to find out how you can make them like you)
-others’ success does not indicate your failure.
-when you come home, hang up and arrive. (don’t walk in to the door finishing up a call, nothing is sadder than a kid that runs to see you… and you shush them because you’re on a call)
-no one has a positive internal voice. ignore the voices.
-disappoint the right people : decide who you are ok with disappointing… and stick to that list, make a list of those you are not ok with disappointing and stick to that.
-perfection is a dragon: 90% perfect and shared changes more hearts that 100% perfect that is trapped inside.
-when someone tells you what you can’t be, they affect a future they do not control.
-make time for what matters.
jon asked us to tweet “what does my voice tell me?”
i’m curious.. what does your voice tell you? what have you done that you loved?