They're laughing and hugging and talking and taking pictures and wearing really cute shoes.
The Blissdom Conference is all about "following your bliss, which means dreaming impossible dreams – and then making them possible through creativity, passion and direction." That's a pretty cool mission for a conference if you ask me.
Aside from attending the amazing sessions and the movie & games night (way better than a cocktail party, in my opinion), how awesome would it have been to just kick back with Steph, Jo-Lynne, Nicole, Darcie, Amy, Janice, Jennifer, and so many others?
Maybe I'll go next year.
There's this tug-of-war inside of me every time a conference comes up. I want to go, but I also...don't.
You see. I'm in this certain season of my life. A season of pregnancy, nursing, and I-don't-want-you-to-go-mama. A season of sweet little cheeks and baby laughs and preschool questions. Am I crazy for wanting to stay right here with them?
On the one hand, I feel very left out. I know I'm missing out on potential business partnerships and blossoming friendships. And that stings just a bit.
On the other hand, I know that there will be time for all that. Eventually.
Everyone has their own comfort level for these kind of things. For now, my heart just can't stand being apart from my two girls (I know people often say that about their babies, but I'm not sure I can stand being away from my 3-year-old for four whole days either). For now, I'll just watch the fun through the window.
Because the truth is that I don't have to find my bliss. It's not lost. I know exactly where it is. My bliss is right here, right now.
With the two prettiest little girls on the planet:
My button for 2010 should actually say this:
YOUR TURN: Are you at Blissdom? Why or why not? What conferences do you hope to attend in 2010/11, if any?