Post-Conference: 2 Month Check-In

There are so many amazing conferences available for bloggers now. BlogPodium is the only one here in Canada for design & lifestyle bloggers, but there are so many others. There's so much to learn and so many people to meet and the post conference 'high' is so exciting!! But what happens after?

So you went and conquered the conference (even if you're an Introvert!). You talked, you listened, you met old friends & made new connections. You took notes diligently during the speakers and have implemented a few of the ideas. You came home with a whole new zeal for blogging. It was like your blog was brand new again - you had a never-ending stream of ideas and a whole new batch of skills to implement them.

But then, life got a little busy. Maybe it was sickness, maybe it was school or work, maybe other people needed your attention more - whatever it was, you slowed down, the zeal slowly dissipated, and you find yourself back almost like you were before the conference. Tired, maybe a bit frustrated or bored with your blog and not sure what direction to take it in. All those new skills you learned are slowly regressing and your ideas seem uninspired.

Maybe you're not quite there yet, but you can see it coming. There's always a post-conference 'high' that happens right after. It was such a good experience & such a fantastic day, but two months later, the 'high' is gone and you've still got to make it work.

Thus, the 2 Month Check-In.

It's far enough after that you've got some perspective on the whole situation, but not far enough that the people you met and skills you learned are completely forgotten.

Life doesn't happen in the 'high' following an event. It happens in the decisions you make each & every day. And even if it takes you a few days or weeks or months, you can implement the changes & use the skills you went to the conference to learn.

2 month post-conference check-in

Here are 5 things you can do to overcome that post-conference slump:

ONE // Pick a day, and go back over your notes. There's a good chance that there's something in there you've forgotten about. With so much new information being thrown at you, you can only take in so much. Which is why you took good notes :) Now you can go back and remember & learn the things that didn't sink in the first time.

TWO // Commit to implementing or implementing one new change or skill to your blog/life every month. If you're up for more, maybe make it every week or two weeks. Set a schedule if you have to! Write it down in your agenda or phone. Commit to making it happen, or else it never will.

THREE // All those pretty business cards you collected, where are they now? Go back through them and make a point to connect with as many of those people as you can. Follow them through at least one site (twitter perhaps?) and maybe leave them a nice comment or retweet one of their posts. Any kind, thoughtful gesture will do.

FOUR // Along those same lines, reach out to someone you met, but have a conversation. Email/twitter works, but in person is even better! Not sure what to say? There's probably something that you bonded over at the conference - food, fashion, design, decor, blogging, life, work - anything!

FIVE // Was there one big thing you were wanting to do after the conference? Maybe it was a collaboration, or a guest post, or a blog series - that one big idea you had that got you so excited to be a part of this community. Whatever happened to it? It's never too late to start (but always too late to quit!!) so make a plan. That great new friend you made? Why don't you swap blogs for a day? Maybe you can collaborate on a new series or linkup - the options are as endless as your ideas :)

With all of these tips, keep in mind that everyone's life & schedules are different - what works for one person may not work for someone else. So do what you can and work at your own pace. Be realistic & kind to yourself!

Is there anything I missed?? What have you been doing since BlogPodium? (or the last conference you went too?) Any great ideas you've been working on?



I've been experimenting more with design - the world of design is full of so much talent, it's a little crazy! I've been trying new things and really enjoying it. Posts like this and this have me itching to try more. I'm thinking of making it a weekly challenge for myself...come up with something new :) We'll see how this goes haha

Today's post is inspired by the smell after it rains. Do you know it? I have a vivid memory of first realizing the smell of rain. I was leaving my elementary school building - not sure if it was recess or a fire drill - and it had just stopped raining. The sun was peaking out, the cement was wet and I noticed the smell. Clean, fresh, earthy, damp, and comforting in a way. It's been one of my favourites ever since :)

What's making you smile today?


Two Roads

image from here, via pinterest. text & graphics added by me
Talking with one of my cousin's this past weekend, she said something that stuck with me. A lot of the time, people sort of tell me, "Oh that's nice. I'll pray for a real job." when I tell them that I work for myself. But my cousin, she said, "Wow, that's awesome! Someone I know is actually making money." 

It's not the most profound statement, but when I look at how many 20-somethings I personally know who are struggling to find a job, it's a bit ridiculous. (and there are plenty who I don't know or who aren't in their 20's too!) We're all very educated - degrees and diplomas abounding - but finding paying work, let alone work in our fields, is tough.

In a way, I feel a bit like I took the easy way out, creating my own work. Working for yourself is definitely not easy at times, but it just seemed like such a simple solution for me. And it surprises me sometimes that more people aren't doing it. We live in a world so different from past generations - the opportunities available to us are numerous - why do so many stick to the same traditional path? I don't feel very revolutionary working for myself, but am I more of an anomaly that I realize? I'm just kind of thinking out loud here, I don't know if those questions even have real answers.

It's true, some fields don't really allow for much variation (science and law, among others), and I salute those who pursue those paths. I have a dear friend who loves bacteria & viruses. Her face truly lights up when she talks about her studies and I just love that. I love that she has found what she is passionate about - her enthusiasm is infectious! (pun intended haha)

I don't want to make this into a 'do what you love' thing. Because sometimes you can't and you have to slug through the tough stuff. But remember, that in everything, God has a plan. Read Esther if you need a reminder :)


Cheat on Navy

I remember seeing a post a while back where someone illustrated funny tweets (was it The Oatmeal? probably...) and when I saw Mackenzie's tweet a few days ago, I thought it would be perfect for a little type-illustration :)

Can't believe it's been a whole week since I was downtown for BlogPodium - one of those things that feels like it was yesterday, but it also feels like I've known the people I met for so much longer than that - does that make any sense? Anyways, there's a ton of BlogPodium recaps over here & my presentation should be available as a pdf soon! I'll let you know when it's live :)

I'm also over at Rouge & Whimsy guest posting today!! Talking about the top 5 elements of a good blog design - there might even be a little giveaway too :)

Cheers to a great weekend!!


Useful & Beautiful

A lovely thought for the mid-week blahs :)

My to-do list today is growing by the minute - leaving tomorrow night to help prep for my camp's 50th anniversary and have way too much to do before then! Trying to remember to keep calm and not stress and whatever doesn't get done can wait until I'm back :)

Hope you're having a lovely (and sunny!!) week!


On Dreaming

So those dreams you have.

I know you have them. I have them too. Those dreams that seem impossible or ridiculous, but they seem, right. Like they were meant to be. Like all of your experiences so far were just for those dreams you have now.

Well I'm here to say that you should follow those dreams.

There's a reason you were given that dream. That dream was made just for you. 

And if don't believe me, read this:
Words by Holley Gerth on in(courage), Photo by Irene Suchocki via Pinterest

There is a dream out there for each of us. I know I'm trying to find mine, what about you?


ps, Holley is putting together a team of God-sized dreamers and today's the last day to apply

On Growing Up

So this 'growing up' business. Not sure how I feel about it.

Some days I feel like I've got it together. Other days, notsomuch. But then, I feel like that's just part of life that you have to get used too. Maybe instead of figuring everything out, we just get better at being okay with the not-knowing.

Yes? No? I'm not sure.

But I heard the quote below on the new show Emily Owens M.D. (which I did quite enjoy, and I hope it does well!) and it resonated with me. This growing up business is not for the weak.

Anybody with me? Or have any good thoughts on the matter? Would love to hear from you :)

Hope you had a lovely weekend!


Rearview Mirrors

Everyone goes through tough times at one point or another. And one day, maybe weeks, months, or years later, you will look back and maybe see the reason why. And it will all make sense, this often bumpy road called life.

But in the moment, sometimes it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. To see the good in the bad, the beauty in the ugly. But it is there, I promise you that. There is always something good on it's way :)

What is your favourite passage/verse/quote/book/thought that gets you through those tough times?


Silver & Gold

Good evening!

I've heard this quote since childhood, but I think it's only truly appreciated as we grow older. I had the most lovely chat tonight with a girl I've known since kindergarten.

We've grown apart over the years as schools and cities separated us, but it was so lovely to reconnect and I hope we can stay in touch. The years disappeared as we talked about old elementary school friends and mutual friends in highschool. I'm already looking forward to our next chat :)

Hope you all had a lovely start to the week!!