On Friday, I attended BlogPodium — my first-ever blogger conference.
Without the added benefit of knowing a single soul.
It was just me, my ‘lil ol’ blog and a stack of freshly printed business cards.
Oh, and a pocket full of nerve.
On Friday, I stepped out of my comfort zone. And, I’m so glad I did.
Because, I haven’t been this inspired about anything in a very long time.
I started this blog as a personal outlet — a place for me to write about the things that make me tick.
DIY, decor, renovation, design.
For months, I secretly blogged about the projects around our home. Aside from my husband Ted, some family and a few good friends, I kept my blog a secret for fear that someone would call my “baby” ugly.
Was I embarrassed about my blog? Maybe.
Was I worried that people would think it was lame that I was blogging about my home? Yeah.
Was in insecure? Very.
Well, BlogPodium taught me that my “baby” ain’t ugly. The panel and attendees taught me that my “baby” has potential and that it can go places if I let it.
This conference armed me with the information and fuel I need to take this blog to where I want it to go. It has also connected me with a fabulous group of fellow design and lifestyle bloggers and marketers.
I found “my niche.”
I found “my people.”
I found “my purpose.”
And, goodness — it feels amazing.