There will undoubtedly be a stream of blog posts about this years ProBlogger Conference sharing the highlights and pearls of wisdom from all the wonderful speakers from this past weekend on the Gold Coast at the RACV Royal Pines resort.
I've attempted three times now to start my piece and contribution to that stream of posts I'm talking about. I should say that I'm not one of those people or bloggers who can easily put into words the "learnings" from such an event with inspirational pictures and make others feel that they were there too.
The thing is, is that I'm a "feeler", and if you're a "feeler" too, you will know that sometimes you need to stop breath and let the words, wisdom, ideas, knowledge and emotions have time to digest and filter through and see how it resonates and speaks to the heart, soul and mind.
So my roundup of this years ProBlogger conference isn't a blow by blow of the sessions I attended, but what it is; is a post to tell you that in the nearly six years of blogging this years ProBlogger conference has been by far the best thing I have done for myself.
What I am going to share is, what my heart, soul and mind have come away knowing after such a wonderful and moving weekend, where on several occasions I was moved to tears.
- The penny has finally dropped and I fully understand why people come here to read and connect on the blog. I get now that it's so much more than fun and pretty things. I know not only for myself but those that come here or I connect with on other social media, that it's about the nostalgia, the familiar, the history, the memories, the stories and most of all the way things make us feel. This is the biggest thing I'm taking away, I know that going forward and continuing to post that these are all the elements I'm going to be drawing on when I write.
- I've realised how much My Vintage Childhood along with sharing myself with you continues to be such a significant part of my healing nearly seven and half years on from losing our twin girls Elle and Meg. Not only that, but how what I do, also works to heal me in other ways from my childhood. It is something that brings utter joy to my everyday and that's something I want to build on sharing with everyone too.
- I believe now I have a clear view of what I want to try and do for social goodness with my blog and not just solely be an online contributor, but somebody who can make a change in others lives and families. I know the passion for this lies in my pain (of losing Elle and Meg). There is work ahead of me to piece it together, but I'm really excited and know based on the support I have ALWAYS received here from sharing my journey with the loss of our girls, that you will continue to rally and help me, help others.
- ProBlogger weekend has also shown me how much more people like to see others embrace who they are and their style and uniqueness. This weekend has certainly shown me that people want more style, my fashion, more uniqueness, more rule breaking. Others want to do the same, but don't know where to start, so I'm going to work on delivering that.
It's been an incredible weekend to connect with so many people I have been admiring online and on other social media platforms and to find that they are just as amazing if not even more so in person. Bloggers truly do rock and we have a wonderful, giving and supportive culture of bloggers in Australia. There has been so many sharing and brainstorming of ideas happening to help others out. Incredibly generous offers of support, assistance and mentoring flying around......it truly has been an amazing collective energy and one I'm very proud to be a part of.
Whilst some people may feel like they are experiencing information overload or overwhelm from the conference, I'm feeling calm and excitement. Sure I have loads of notes and loads of things that need or could be done. But the wonderful Darren Rowse wanted one thing for us, he wanted us to be able to go away and answer what our one thing was going to be and work on that rather than be caught up in a list of "must do all these now eeeekkkk".
I can certainly say that my heart, mind and soul were spoken to this weekend and have aligned with each other and received the message of the one thing I need to do and with that I know with heart, soul and mind it will bring everything else I want for not only myself but for you altogether in coming weeks, months and years.