Last weekend I had the honor of speaking at the See Jane Write Bloganista Mini-Con, and it was truly a wonderful experience!
We heard from the hilarious Eunice Elliott of WVTM 13; Chanda Temple, a PR guru who has amazing advice about being a professional woman; and Jeniese of The Je ne sais quoi, a local fashion blogger who I’ve been lucky enough to become friendly with — her style is amazing!
We heard from many other inspiring women on Saturday, and here’s a few blogs where you can get some in-depth recaps (sorry if I miss anyone’s!): Karri is so very: Blogtastic!; Calibama Belle; PinkLux.
I came away from the conference inspired to dive into the business of blogging with the passion that I know will take me to places I’ve dreamed of personally and professionally. (Take yourself seriously! One piece of advice that hit home.)
But one of the main things that stuck with me was the importance of connecting with other women. As we said at the conference again and again: You have to have your tribe.
I’ve been lucky in my life that I’ve had several tribes of women throughout the years, in the various places that I’ve lived, that have been true sources of support and inspiration. Whenever I felt low, or discouraged, I could call a friend or make plans for a pep talk and someone would have my back. I am truly blessed that I have had and continue to have women like this in my life.
The same is true for my blogging aspirations — finding other women who either blog themselves or love to read blogs, women who “get it,” is so valuable. These are the women you can bounce ideas off of, who will challenge you to work on your goals in tangible ways and who will cheer for each and every success you have.
Being surrounded by women who wanted to cheer each other on last Saturday was empowering. Feeling their energy and their love for words and photos and learning to build a business — I was blown away.
A big, huge, enormous thanks to Javacia of See Jane Write — our Writeous Babe and fearless leader — for bringing us together last weekend. And for keeping us fueled with the See Jane Write Facebook group and, my favorite new interaction — Periscope seminars! (Follow me there: @StellarJennifer)
I am learning so much and excited to learn even more — what a gift! So thank you to all the women I met last weekend, and the women already in my life, who cheer me on. I am honored to call you my tribe!