Hi everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. Oddly enough, it’s been raining here ever since Monday. I think Charlotte misses everyone from FinCon as much as I do.
I know most of you are probably over the reviews and recaps, and I posted my own last week, but I had to do a gratitude post with a twist based on everything that happened last week.
Why? Well, if you read my “life update” before FinCon, you’d know I’ve been feeling a little lost lately. That’s probably putting it lightly. For several months, I’ve felt more and more like life was just happening to me, and that’s never a fun place to be.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure how to get out of the rut I was in. And I’m still not fully out, but I have a better idea of how to get there thanks to last week.
Being Grateful for the Connections Made
The personal finance community is like a family, and I’ve always loved that. For the most part, you can comment on anyone’s blog post, receive a comment back, and possibly form a friendship or a business partnership later on.
I’ve made so many connections throughout the short time I’ve been blogging, and the kindness of people never ceases to amaze me. That’s awesome, because we’re all mostly working toward the same goal: to increase financial literacy and inspire people to manage their money better.
But we have so much more in common than just our core financial beliefs. I bonded with people over everything from our mutual love of cats, office supplies, and working, to a shared hatred of student loan debt and super expensive food.
Last year, I walked away with a few friends. But this year, I walked away with a lot of memories, plans for the future, and more of a purpose. And that’s all thanks to the connections I made.
Being around such a crowd is inspiring. I got to witness so many people win awards because of their passion and commitment. Which leads me to my next point…
Being Grateful for Some Direction
I find it incredibly silly to say I’m grateful for our community and the friends I’ve made, yet, I’ve neglected my blog this year. I’ve lost touch with the community at large. I’ve missed out on so many awesome new blogs.
That’s not something I ever wanted to happen, but it’s an unfortunate byproduct of freelancing. Any time I think of a topic I want to write about, I figure it’s better being pitched for one of my staff writing jobs. As a result, it seems like I have nothing left to say here.
At the beginning of the year, I wanted to fix that and find a way to get more personal. But I backed away out of fear instead. I’m not perfect – nowhere near it – but it’s been tough to find words for the struggles I’ve been going through, especially when I’m not the only one involved.
However, I still want to keep my little home here on the internet. I want to reach out to people in the off-chance reading what I have to say helps.
My passion has always been to help people in some way, and staying silent doesn’t help anyone. Sometimes I’m confident people take something away from my writing, and other times I feel like I’m talking to a wall. But I think we all have to work through things to get to the other side, and sitting on the sidelines waiting for inspiration to strike isn’t productive whatsoever.
So that’s exactly what I’ll be doing – working through things, seeing what sticks and what doesn’t. Trying to allow myself some room to breathe on here without being a total perfectionist. We’ll see how that goes.
Being Grateful for Advice
There was no shortage of talking business at FinCon. I was able to speak with a lot people about handling a side hustle or growing a business. We vented to each other, got excited for each other, and gave each other some great advice.
I’ve only been at this for the past year (which is crazy to think about), and I still need all the advice I can get when it comes to actually managing my business. There’s always something more we can be doing, something else vying for our attention. But sometimes it’s as simple as listening to our heart and making sure our business goals are aligning with how we want to live life.
It’s so easy to get carried away saying “yes” to every opportunity because it gives us a chance to grow and earn more. But it’s necessary to stop and evaluate once in a while, too.
This ties back to the whole “letting life happen to me” thing. It’s time to stop that. I have a lot of things I need to change in the next few months, and I’m grateful for the advice I received from people who are a little wiser than me.
Special Thanks To…
Okay, trying to name everyone I met at FinCon is going to be next to impossible, but I might as well try, because I am truly grateful for every interaction I had. If I didn’t include you, please feel free to yell at me in the comments.
Jenna, Kayla, Jessica, Kristi, Choncé, Kali, Holly, Greg, Michelle S., Natalie, Mark, Steven, Pat, Jim, Cat, Tiffany, Mandi, Michelle, Tonya S., Jana, Melanie, Eric, J. Money, Cait, Carrie, Adam, Zina, Tonya R., Sofia, Alan, Hannah, Andrea, Jason, Matt, Paula, Todd, Shannyn, Mr. & Mrs. Frugalwoods, Shannon, Victoria, Kathleen, Joe, Bobby, Erin, Stefanie, Kate, Will, Miranda, Brian, John, Grayson, Corey, Alexander, Jacob, Kay, and Lauren.
Thanks to all of you for taking a little (or a lot) of your time to stop and chat!
And of course, a big thank you goes to PT for organizing everything and constantly checking to see if everyone was enjoying themselves.
I can’t wait to see what we all end up doing in the year to come, but one thing is certain – I need to get back to creating content consistently on here and engaging with everyone.
Also, if you’d like to read up on more FinCon happenings/takeaways, check out these posts: 10 Practical Tips for Attending Your Next FinCon, Why FinCon Was a Great Investment for My Business, 5 Amazing Lessons from FinCon15, Music Mondays – Happy, Feeling Empowered.
What have you been grateful for this past week? Anyone doing any fun fall activities? Or has the weather been dreary by you, too?