This past weekend I attended the Problogger Training Event on the beautiful Gold Coast, in sunny Queensland. Not only was it a fabulous event, where I learned so much I thought my head would explode, but it was also a gentle reminder of how important laughter and happiness is. It helped me to solidify what I want to do and gave me the tools to do it.
The other thing that Problogger (#pbevent on twitter and instagram) did, was probably more important than the learning: it put me in a room full of people that “get” blogging and how it can change the world and that don’t laugh when I tell them my mission. I was talking with Michelle on Twitter right after the event and I think I summed up #pbevent perfectly: It’s like being surrounded by hope and believers. I feel like I have a force field of people who have my back around me now. And even a few days later, this couldn’t be more of the truth. We all need that force field. Thank you to the Problogger team for making that a possibility and to all the wonderful people I met.
My mission and my passion is to help people bring happiness and fun back into their homes and lives. It’s happiness without the hippy. I want to build a community around finding the little things that remind us of all the good in the world and give us permission to let the crap we don’t love go. It’s so easy to forget what calm feels like when you’re stuck in the middle of a busy that kills your fun. I do it all the time. Sometimes you just have to write that permission slip to yourself to allow you to find what it is that makes you happy the instant you walk in the door, or to make the time to laugh uncontrollably with your favourite people in the whole world.
Sometimes it’s the smallest moments that make the biggest impacts on our lives. It’s dancing in the streets, or going out for ice cream. It’s feeling the sand beneath your toes or even going to a conference that could change your world. It’s not about excuses or ‘maybe later’s, it’s about 5 minutes now and 10 minutes tomorrow. It’s really about making space for the unexpected moments to happen and being open to them.
I met the gorgeous Christina from Hair Romance in the line for the elevators and thanked her for her wonderful session, in our chat she gave a quote from Richard Branson that stuck with me “Opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming along”. It’s true. They’re not all glaringly obvious, but you have to be there to experience them.
There are so many reasons that I should have and could have cancelled going away this weekend, but I knew that it would be a game changer. Taking a chance on myself, always is. I’m ready to change the world and do what I do best: share my knowledge and be your cheerleader when you need me to be. I’m going to go all Pinky and the Brain and have so many laughs doing it.
I have big plans for this blog and for my business and I’d love for you to be a part of that! I’m starting with the workshop trial, but there’s so much more coming over the next weeks and months. I can’t wait to share it all with you!
Since we’re embracing happiness today, what was the happiest moment of your weekend? I’d love to hear!