Do you do things outside your comfort zone? You know, different to your usual habits? I do. Less than I used to, but still fairly often.
For example, over the weekend I was at the Problogger conference. Before going, I was nervous. I mean, I enjoy writing on this blog, but I don’t think of myself as a ‘blogger’. My label is naturopath, thankyou VERY much.
However. I do enjoy writing and super-enjoy engaging with people about health, food, herbs… and life more generally. I love getting the word out there about being yourself, living well, finding balance… all that stuff. I also dig seeing what other folk are doing with this topic. It gives me a real kick. Several months ago I was talking about this very thing with our dear pal Misho (photographer, traveler, book-writer and all-round good guy). He told me that I needed to get myself to Problogger, where I could be inspired by and learn from some of the online best. So I did. Verdict: am glad!
I met a wide range of lovely and interesting people, all of whom were friendly and up for a chat (something you don’t always find at health conferences). I went to talks on creating nice looking online spaces, how to manage the back-end of a site (something I grapple with) and how to connect better with both individuals and communities. I was inspired by people who are doing life-changing community work and was challenged to articulate my dreams by several people, including Mr Problogger himself, Darren Rowse. I also fell in love with Claire Bowditch, who spoke to / sang with the crowd twice over the two days… I now have a full blown girl-crush (she is MEGA rad).
Imitating those around me, I attempted to engage in the lift selfie revolution:
And, as the conference was on the Gold Coast this year, I also made sure to get in an early morning ocean swim before the day began. Such bliss!
All up, I had a wonderful time at Problogger, an event I would have assumed “not for me” had I not been encouraged to attend by a trusted friend. It just goes to show that there are many ways we can expand our knowledge and many fields outside our ‘own’ that can help us grow.
Did you have any great experiences or big learnings this weekend? Were you at Problogger and if so, why didn’t we meet!?