Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great week. I had a blast at FinCon, and this edition of being grateful definitely revolves around that. I’m going to do a quick list format, otherwise I’m sure I’ll run the risk of rambling on and on! I’m being grateful for…
- Meeting my “internet friends,” as Melanie put it. I think everyone I met was equally excited about this. There’s just something about being able to put a face and voice to someone you’ve been conversing with in comments and emails!
- How nice everyone in the community is. I met other bloggers that I hadn’t interacted with before, and everyone was awesome. They also expressed the same thoughts. We truly are a bunch of caring money nerds. =)
- One of the highlights was meeting with the Careful Cents team! All of these ladies have been a tremendous inspiration to me, and I am seriously honored to be a part of the site. It’s always great to meet up with other freelancers/solopreneurs to share your struggles and ideas with. (Sidenote: if you haven’t checked Careful Cents out, and you’re working on becoming a freelancer, you should. There’s a lot of invaluable information and advice there!)
- Jeff Goins’ keynote Friday morning. Simply amazing. I was really looking forward to hearing him speak, and he didn’t disappoint! If you don’t know who Jeff is, you should check him out, especially if you’re struggling to consider yourself a legitimate writer versus a “blogger.”
- Can I just repeat, I’m really grateful for how nice everyone is. I was super excited to meet Kassandra (who is hilarious, by the way), but she ended up being my saving grace Thursday night. I was an idiot and hadn’t had much to eat all day, being that we left at 5:20am and were on the road for 12 hours. I rushed to get ready for the reception, and didn’t have time to grab a bite to eat. Unfortunately, it got the better of me, and I nearly passed out at the Ignite event. That was extremely embarrassing for me, but everyone was really supportive and caring; especially Kassandra and Dee. I can’t thank them enough for being there and checking in with me the following day.
- R, of course, because he drove the whole way down with little complaint. The drive was surprisingly not bad, and time flew by! R commented that conversational podcasts were less sleep-inducing than music ones, so we listened to some informative pieces along the way.
- Being surrounded by everyone who loves to talk about money. Everyone I’ve spoken with said the same thing. No one else in my life cares about personal finance as much as I do, and it’s nice to be able to chat with everyone about how important it is. Everyone here gets it.
- Driving here has, in a weird way, been a cool experience. While driving on the interstate is kind of boring, it’s neat to say I’ve now been in and seen four additional states. I had never made it off the east coast until now!
- One of the sessions having J.D. Roth, Jim Wang, Jeff Rose, and Luke Landes on the panel. Enough said.
- Chris Ducker’s keynote, which was also amazing and humorous. Even though it was early in the morning, he got us laughing and talking with each other.
- Melanie and I actually taking the opportunity to talk to Jeff Goins yesterday. I was freaking out a little inside, but both of us wanted to get out of our comfort zones. He is super nice and very insightful, which wasn’t a surprise. He gave me a lot to think about!
- Lastly, I have to say I’m very grateful for PT and everyone who had a part in helping to organize the event. It wouldn’t have been possible without them, and I am already looking forward to next year. 2 full days was not enough!
It was really awesome to meet everyone, but I am so sad that I didn’t get to see some of you! I think we all had a bit of a hard time trying to find everyone. The Marriott was huge, and there were 600 attendees there! I saw some of you that I wanted to say hi to, but didn’t get the chance. So Hi! if you’re reading this.
I really missed everyone that couldn’t make it, too. When they showed the Frugalwoods blog at the Plutus Awards, I did a little squeal. Just know I was thinking of all of you, and I hope we can all get together next year! It looks like the Frugal FinCon Fiesta was a hit, though. I have so much catching up to do!
I am very much hoping that our drive back will be as uneventful as our drive to NOLA. We made it to Mobile, AL, and stopped over for the night. If it’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that driving during the day is better than driving at night, especially when you’re a little tired.
I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! I’ll likely post a more in-depth recap once I have a chance to.
What are you being grateful for this week? If you were at FinCon, have you been grateful for the chance to connect more personally with other bloggers?