The good news is, I don't feel like I'm floundering any more.
I went to Blissdom Canada (#BlissdomCA) about two weeks ago and it helped me solidify my purpose.
In case you didn't know, I was sick from March until the end of July. I finally feel better, Not great. Not super but better. And I'll take it. After months of chronic migraine and a bout of pneumonia to top it off, I'll take okay any day.
I've been giving what I want to do a lot of thought. What I want to do, what I am doing now and how it all fits in together. I've been mulling it over and really trying to create a mission/purpose statement to help me follow my path.
I had conversations with a variety of people and it seems like each bit of shared information led me to the next piece of the puzzle. I spoke with Alex Hillman (@alexhillman) from Indy hall in September at a coworking conference in Toronto. (#GCUCCanada.) We talked at length and I realized that what I was envisioning all along, Alex was already doing. While we spoke I could see my idea taking shape. I sat down after we talked and I started to write down all the things that were important to me.
There was a month between GCUC Canada and Blissdom. I thought about how I wanted to bring all my loves together. During every quiet moment I would take out my retro pen and paper and add things, cross them out, write new key words and create shapes that illustrated what I was picturing.
Last year was my first year at Blissdom and I was in awe of all these confident women. I felt pretty intimidated and like a fraud. Who was I kidding? I was not running a successful blog, I was not big in the social media world and I certainly wasn't able to compete. I learned plenty, but I don't think I got nearly as much as I gave.
This year I took a different approach. I decided that if I was going to spend all my hard earned money going to conference, I was going to enjoy it and make the most of it. And I did.
One of the last sessions that I attended was with Christine Tremoulet (@christineBPC.) She talked about being bold. She said you should be you and not apologize for it. Behave how you want to behave and don't be afraid to express yourself.
And that was it. That was the last straw. I was able to piece together all the parts and send them off to fiverr Below is what I came up with. It's all going to work together. It all represents me. It may not always be in complete balance; however, I figure this infographic will act like the bumper lanes in a bowling alley and when I get off course, it will kick me back in line.
You might think it's cheesy; but that's okay, because I'm kind of cheesy.