I just found this old notebook, and what did I find in it? The notes I took at my first blogging conference, the Bloganista conference started by Javacia Harris Bowser of See Jane Write.
Talk about serendipity because I just returned from another blogging conference — Blogalicious — held in Atlanta this past week. Coming off amazing, inspiring sessions on building your brand, securing partnerships, becoming a self-made woman and Dove’s #speakbeautiful campaign, it was only fitting for me to find this notebook, open it a random page and see this quote:
You never know what it will lead to.
Megan LaRussa, the personal styling consultant and blogger, said those simple words in 2014, and this year I can honestly say she was 100 percent correct.
Eight years ago when I started my blog, I had no idea that it would come to shape so many areas of my life. That it would help me grow as an editor and writer. That I would join an organization like See Jane Write where I wold find many friendships in the pursuit of letting my creative side soar. I never would’ve guessed that it would lead me to a fancy hotel and a top-notch conference, meeting powerful women like Blogalicous founder Stacey Ferguson, New York Times bestselling author Luvvi Ajayi and businesswoman Nely Galán.
I certainly never dreamed that it would lead me to write my first book.
After returning home from the conference — already wishing to attend again next year in Miami — I was overwhelmed with what to write, what to say, about all I’d seen and learned.
After discovering that quote from LaRussa — “you never know what it will lead to” — I started thinking the following:
Take the leap. Do the hard thing. Start the blog or the book. Run the race. Try the new outfit. Go for the promotion. Tell him/her how you feel.
Don’t take a back seat in life. Don’t be afraid of what others will think of you. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or even fail.
Go for broke. Do it big. You never know what it will lead to.