Happy Monday, Friends!
I'm bursting with energy and ready to take on the world. (I know that sounds totally annoying and slightly 'bullshity' but it's true.)
Why do you ask? Well, I spent my weekend attending the 2019 Write On The Sound conference in Edmonds, WA. Guys, I was in hog heaven!
You know that feeling of being right where you are supposed to be at the right time and all the stars align and then sweet magic happens because you are just at peace with yourself? Yeah, I felt like that - all weekend!
It was so darn inspiring to hear the personal stories and projects of other folks, and it was comforting to know that we are all in the same boat and chasing the same dreams.
This wasn't my first year, I went last year also and it was one of the best things I have ever done. Here's why...Have you ever heard of imposter syndrome? It's that shitty little voice in the back of your head that tells you that you're not good enough and that you're a big Fakey Mcfakerson and everyone knows it. That was such a huge hurdle for me to get over that I usually gave up on my dreams. I was basically doing the breaststroke in a sea of self-doubt until I said, "shut the hell up, you evil little voice." Then I unapologetically decided to take my creativity back from its nasty little talons, put on my big girl britches and go to the conference.
I am so happy that I did! It was a transformative experience. I seriously was slinking in thinking that everyone would see me as a fraud. Then that sweet magic happened, and by the end of the weekend, I blissed out and feeling like anything was possible! I was high off that feeling for months.
Following the conference, I went on to participate in NaNoWriMo for the first time and won! I'm pretty proud of that. Now, I have started my own writing company! How cool is that?
I so wish that I could just gift this feeling to everyone but it's one of those "personal journey" type things. Still, I would love to encourage aspiring writers (and artists, and anyone else chasing a dream) to tell that vicious little voice in your head to SUCK IT because you don't it any longer! Just go out and be YOU! Life is so much better if you do.
PS - As I go through my notes from the conference, I will be sharing all the little gems that I learned so that we all grow together.