I was super lucky that my bestie, Katie Beth (who should really start a blog), got to be my plus one to the prom on Saturday night and we had a little too much fun. Sorry were not sorry.
Quick Draw Austin-- please look this up, it is the coolest thing ever!
How do I even attempt to recap Texas Style Council? It is an impossible task, really what I would love to do is invent a time machine and use it to take you all with me (well, unless you were there with me... then we could do it over again!), because I really did think it was THAT valuable. I really didn't know what to expect, and as I told you a few days ago my plan was to go with the flow and get out of my comfort zone. I would like to report that I actually did that... like one time I walked up to Jenni like she was my besite...who am I?? Anyway, I think the only appropriate way to recap (with out boring you to death) is take another look at my goal list from a few days ago:
A. Take Pictures: Honestly, I was too busy learning. All of the speakers had such good notes that taking pictures was not really on my radar (obviously, I took some... see above). Abby, from A Geek Tragedy, and I did take outfit pictures for every outfit change in the streets of Austin which is super out of my comfort zone.
B.Walk Up to Groups: I met so many people this way. People were extremely nice and welcoming I never felt weird of out of place. I never went to lunch/dinner with the same group. I was constantly surprised on how many things I had in common with people (even friends in some cases--Sol i'm looking at you).
C. Be Myself: (post coming on this soon)
D. Strike a Balance: On top of not wanting to use all of my phone battery and be stranded in downtown Austin it was nice to unplug and plug in with what was actually going on around me. What the speakers were saying, what the new friends I was making were linking and not liking
Mission Complete-- I hope you didn't get annoyed with me!
E. Learn: I learned SO MUCH. I don't think I could even scratch the surface of the things I learned about blogging and myself... but to hit on a few of the big ones...
1. Keep your goals close-- A Beautiful Mess
2. To have a cool blog-- GO DO STUFF! -- Jenni, Story of my Life
3. "The best camera you have is the one you have with you"-- Carli, Inkedfingers
4. "I'm not interesting, I'm interesting because I blog" -- Jenni, Story of my Life
5. "Sometimes the best photos are accidents"-- Elizabeth, Delightfully Tacky
6. Stats are important, but not everything-- Tieka, Selective Potential
7. "Just ask, if you hear no, just ask again"-- Jessica, Noonday Collections
8. Make your Pinterest a business profile-- Moorea Seal
Obviously, Mission Completed
F. Take a break: I was slightly disappointed that we didn't have a lunch break built into the days, so I had to make my own. I grabbed a quick sandwich from the hotel and decompressed from all the information swimming around in my brain. I took this opportunity to follow people on twitter, get caught up on Instagram and not talk to anyone for an hour. It was for sure the best decision I could have made!
Yep, Mission Completed.
G. Have fun-- Yes, I did that!
Can't wait for next year! Thank you for all of those who worked so hard to put on such a great conference! All of the sessions will be available to watch soon, so I will pass that info along when I get it so we can ALL get our learn on!