Hello everyone! Are you all excited for a three day weekend? I am! We are visiting my parents as their anniversary is on the 3rd of September, and we’ll be taking them out to eat somewhere. We’re looking forward to trying some new (cheap!) places. We’re also hoping to hit up the beach or the pool. It’s gorgeous out!
Overall, I have a ton to be grateful for this week, so let’s get to it!
FinCon, here I come!
I’m going to FinCon! Yes, very short notice. Why? That requires a little backstory.
FinCon was not on my radar at all in the beginning of the year. Long-time readers will remember R and I were waiting with baited breath to see if any positions were going to open up in our desired areas in April. That’s when he would be ready for a promotion. Until that happened, the rest of the year was uncertain.
Needless to say, FinCon was finally on my radar around June, but when I calculated what it would cost, my heart sunk. It would be pretty close to $1,000. I don’t churn credit cards since our expenses are pretty low and we can’t meet most of the bonuses, but I’ll be keeping it in mind for next time.
What to do?
R and I have not taken an actual vacation alone in the entire time we’ve been together. These past three years have seen some job changes, which meant we had to wait to earn vacation time.
It came down to prioritizing my freelance career or our desire for vacation. I decided to shelve FinCon. I couldn’t bring myself to spend so much just for three days. Not when I still have student loans, and was trying to get my freelance income going.
Fast forward to this week. I had been talking to a few inspirational bloggers (Cat, Kali, and Carrie) and realized I was seriously going to be missing out on a lot. I don’t think this is really “fear of missing out,” but now that I’m not anonymous, I feel like only good things can come from networking. I have the most horrible time hitting “send” on an email – why not throw myself out there at a conference? (I think that’s a win for pushing the boundaries!)
Carrie sent me over a link to the ticket exchange, and I was able to grab an early bird ticket. I talked things over with R, and we decided to drive the 10 hours there, as opposed to flying ($650). I am now a bundle of nerves with excitement and anxiety =).
Things happen for a reason
What’s crazier is that I’ve been working with Cat on freelancing, and during our initial discussion, I had mentioned that I would like to try my hand at budget coaching. Magically, she had an old friend reach out to her the same day asking for help with her budget.
She referred her to me and I’ve been making it my mission to get everything worked out for her. This friend lives in New Orleans, so I told her I’d be over there for the conference if she wanted to meet up. Turns out, she had comp rooms at a hotel in the area, and gifted me two nights. I wanted to cry.
So I’ve just been incredibly grateful and overwhelmed at the kindness I’ve been shown from others this week. I tend to be a little cynical at times (after working with the public, who isn’t?), but instances like this restore my faith in humanity. There are amazing people in this world that will go out on a limb for you.
All this to say that I’m very glad I made the decision to put myself out there and connect with some other awesome bloggers. None of this would have happened if I hadn’t been taking small steps from the beginning. It’s so weird to think about what has to come together for something to happen.
If you’re going and want to meet up, feel free to email me! I still have no clue what workshops I want to attend or anything, so let me know what you’re going to!
Awesome boyfriend award alert
Of course, I must mention R in this post, because without him, this wouldn’t be possible. I am not a fan of driving, and R doesn’t mind getting us places, so he does most of the driving everywhere we go. I told him about my plans for the conference and he just said, “Okay. Whatever you decide, I’m sure I’ll be okay with.”
I have the most easy-going (and supportive) boyfriend ever, and have no clue how I’m going to make it up to him. He took the two days off, and we’ll be leaving around 4am on the 18th to make the trip down, and going back home Saturday night. I hope he’ll find some cool things to do while I’m at the conference! If anyone has any ideas, let me know =).
Also, I have to commend him for not freaking out last night. On our way down to my parents’, we came across three deer – one in the road. If that were me driving I would have lost it. Thankfully, it was in the opposite lane, but the fawns were still on the grass, and there’s no shoulder on the road. I’m really hoping they made it okay. They were so adorable!
Have any of you ordered business cards online? I’m looking for a website with reasonable prices and nice templates. So far I’ve only looked at Moo.
Are you going to FinCon? In what ways are you grateful for your significant other (if you have one)? How about the blogging community?