When I was in high school, I was very active in a church youth program called “Happening.” (If you're familiar with Cursillo, it's like that but for high school aged folks) Participants don't have access to watches, time is told with hands spaced apart, not minutes. The program is set, and we tell them on the first night, a group of 40 or so high schoolers who may or may not know another soul in the room:
“You'll get out of it what you need to get out of it. Let it happen.”
I have officially adopted that as my mantra as I go about these final preparations for my first BlogHer. (Nine days to go!) My outfits are chosen and accessorized, thanks to input from stylish friends I trust. My lovely roommate added me to the room reservation, so I'm legitimately there. My schedule is decided and programmed into my phone: registering late for the event and being a first-timer, my extra event options were limited, but I'm thrilled with those I am able to attend.
So now, I just wait. I need to get a mani-pedi, but I'll do that after work one day next week. Other than that, and the actual packing, I'm ready to go.
I'm not even looking at any more events that slide down my #blogher11 column on TweetDeck. I'm happy with what I've got, and don't need to jump onto every opportunity that comes along. I came across this fantastic post earlier today, one that talked about “Getting distracted by the shiny” and how overwhelming the conferences can be.
It's not that I'm not thrilled and excited to head off on this adventure, I just need to keep it in perspective.
Why I'm going, and what I want to get out of it.
So, until I'm kissing my boys goodbye at the airport drop-off next Thursday morning, I shall be zen.
Megan at SortaCrunchy says
Just clicked through from the #BlogHer stream on twitter, and had to say I love this! This will be my first BlogHer, too, and I also am *trying* to be Zen.
I've also been on a Walk to Emmaus retreat – the Protestant version of Cursillo, and I know exactly what you mean in referencing that!
I think this is EXACTLY how you have to be about it, I mean you're GOING …so half the battle is over.
I wish that I could be going too, if for no other reason than to hug you and say Hello.
Wishing you lots of luck at BlogHer sweetie.
I used to do a lot with Cursillo in my 20's 😉
Zen is good. I remember when BlogHer was in San Francisco years ago and it being covered on the news. So many women, all with business cards, and just about all wearing a smile. I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself and get what you need out of it. :>
Elaine A. says
I think that is the perfect mantra! Excited to meet you there! 😀