Going to the Haven conference this year as a newbie “Maven” was like being adopted into a big, warm family that I never knew I had.
I can’t describe how good that feels.
This blogging journey hasn’t been easy for me (for most, it’s not easy). It’s been a lot of late nights, self-doubt, frustration, and worry about whether I’m good enough, or have the right “IT” factor, to turn this hobby into a successful career, like the “big-time bloggers” that we all know and love.
I thought that those who have been successful had a secret formula that I couldn’t figure out the equation to.
As I pack up all my belongings to get ready to leave Haven here in Atlanta, I realize that it’s not a secret formula at all to being a successful blogger: it’s the amazing content…..and your passion…..and the sisterhood of women that want you to succeed and make you feel like you’re not alone on this journey. So they work extra hard to lift you up on their shoulders so you’re one step closer to getting there, too.
I was a little hesitant about how my experience would be here at Haven. I thought it would be a little intimidating–all this creative juice floating around in one place. Would I measure up? I knew some “big time” bloggers would be here, and I was apprehensive that I wouldn’t compare.
But it wasn’t like that at all.
Collectively, we were one– one group of (mostly) women bloggers who are all passionate about the same things: creating, inspiring, and teaching. We were more alike than I ever imagined. It was just hard to see that when they were merely “bloggers” behind a computer screen.
I was finally with a group of women who, when I say, “OMG, you should see my garage. It’s full of furniture!” would exclaim, “Me, too!!!” (Trust me, that rarely happens in real life!)
I went in to each workshop with an open mind, ready to soak up every bit of advice, tips, and pointers. I was a sponge. I asked questions. I connected with my fellow DIYers and explained my own struggles and my own knowledge, and worked to spread what I know, and to soak up things that I didn’t already know.
I immediately emailed everyone who gave me cards (well….almost!! The stack is huge!), and I followed them on Facebook, subscribed to their blogs, left comments on their latest posts–everything that I knew would help me to bridge the connection with them, so that we can continue this amazing “Haven” synergy in the blogosphere.
And now Haven is over.
But really, I feel it’s this is just the beginning, you guys.
I now feel even more inspired to create….to connect…..to uplift….to support….to share….and to allow my passion for DIY and home improvement to soar to the next level. And if I ever feel like I am “stuck” or unclear about my direction, I now have a support system of “DIY sisters” who are there to help.
And I have to say, THANK YOU SO MUCH to each of you that read this blog! When I started “Thrift Diving,” I remember sending out an email to friends and family, pleading to them, “Please subscribe to my new bloooooog!”
I know. Pretty pathetic, huh?
But now, there’s a whopping 600 of you! WOO! Granted, it’s taken some time, but it means soooo much to me! I seriously can’t do this without you guys, and each time you read what I write….each time you comment…..each time you share something I have created or written…..it means the world to me.
And I have to give a shout out to my awesome husband, Kwasi. Without you, baby, this blog wouldn’t be possible. You taking good care of our 3 boys while Mommy lives her passion means so much, and I am thankful. It’s hard for the hubbies of us crazy DIY’ers, I know! But you support me in what I want to do, and I am grateful. Love you.
Now…..a few hours later from starting this post, my flight it about to depart from Atlanta. I’m looking forward to getting home and giving my creativity free range.
Stay tuned, y’all.
(Enjoy some of the pics! Later tonight I will have the rest uploaded to a Google Plus album!)
Have a great Monday, y’all! 🙂