Happily Sitting It Out
This weekend, many fellow bloggers, hundreds of them, are at the Healthy Living Summit which is now in it’s third year.
I vividly remember the first one. I had just started blogging a few months prior to it and I remember thinking, Wow, there is this whole, huge community out there.
And these people actually meet up. In person.
And have massive conferences.
I was so in awe of it all!
Last fall I went to Food Buzz in San Francisco
And I have posted about going on trips, workshops, conferences, and conventions and my thoughts on them
But because I was just recently on two photography-themed trips:
First, to Mexico City for an amazing photography adventure…
…that had the side bonus of being a life-path affirming trip. <–Some of my deepest thoughts to date on a plant-based diet in that post
After Mexico, I was home for 36 hours and moved into our new house. Wow.
And then a couple week later, I was off to Boulder, Colorado for Food & Light
It was a fabulous food photography workshop.
I learned so much and recapped what I learned here
But July and August were whirlwind months! The busiest of my adult life.
Therefore, going to the HLS was not in the cards from a financial, time management, or even a desire standpoint. I admit it, no desire to travel this weekend.
I am looking forward to finding some calm in my life and that involves saying home and not traveling. At least for awhile anyway.
So with that said, I hope all your HLS go’ers have a blast. Without me. I’m sitting this one out.
I need to stop and smell some roses in my own backyard this weekend.
And I doubt I will be going to Food Buzz Festival in San Fran in November, 2011
I’d rather allocate my resources (financial, time, and energy) to photography-related pursuits if photography ever will become more of a career path.
Conferences like this women’s only photography conference are more up my alley than just strictly blogging conferences.
Another thing that’s up my alley:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (No-Bake, Vegan, GF, can add protein powder)
These are so easy. And you can tweak the recipe to suit what you have on hand. I never would buy ingredients just to put in energy or granola bars. Use what you have one and no-bake up a batch in about 10 minutes.
From my last post about meetups and friends, yes, it was great seeing my friend and I hope all of you have some fun meetups and get togethers with your friends planned, soon.
1. Are you attending the HLS or any other conference/convention/workshop that’s coming up?
No and nothing planned. Yet.
2. Have you ever attended a conference/convention/workshop? What kind was it? Was it blogging related?
I have been to so many types of conferences from yoga conferences to tattoo conventions to blogging conferences to photography workshops.
I love learning, growing, meeting new people that have the same interests that I do and sharing that camaraderie and being able to bond easily because of our common interest, whether that’s a love of photography, blogging, yoga, or tattoos, it’s great being able to connect with others in real life at these events.
3. Have you ever felt good about not attending an event?
Travel (for any reason) and conferences (for any reason from professional to personal to a mixture or blend of both) are a major commitment on all levels.
One must consider:
Travel & hotel expenses
Time away from work/lost wages from missed work
Time away from spouses/family members/significant others
The energy it takes to go and do these things and really focus, put yourself out there, and challenge yourself to take in everything you possibly can while you’re there so you feel like you really “get your money’s worth”
…All of those things need to be taken into serious consideration.
Therefore, we all need to choose the events that truly matter to us and that we think we’ll derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from. If time and money were no object, sure, I’d go to HLS. But for me personally and my life goals and interests, I weighed the pros and cons and sat this one out.
And there’s nothing wrong with not attending something until the timing is optimal based on your personal situation, for whatever the reason.
I find it’s better to wait until the timing is optimal than try to force yourself to attend a conference or go on a trip that isn’t ideal or that’s too much of a stretch.
I talk to lots of bloggers who are not attending something and they are disappointed when they start reading the flurry of conference-related posts and sure, sometimes we really want to attend an event and we just can’t swing it financially.
But how awful would it feel to be sitting in a conference hall, listening to a speaker while thinking to yourself, I am missing work, I am not getting paid, I just put X hundred or thousand(s) of dollars on my credit card to travel to be here and I have gone into some debt to be here. <–That sounds horrible! I’d rather wait until the trip or event was more comfortable.
For those of you in that boat, just think of how awesome the conference you do go on will be when the timing is right for you. <– Look at it as glass half full. Not half empty.
I actually feel great about not being at HLS (in previous years I had wished I was there) and am happy to read the many recaps I’ve seen thus far. From the comforts of my desk.
Enjoy your weekend!