Well, BlissDom Canada ended over a week ago, and I still haven't blogged about the experience. I think it's been a combination of a crazy busy week since, coupled with a crazy muddled up overwhelming set of impressions, thoughts and emotions about the event. Where to begin? What to say? Should I gush about the things I learned? Babble about the parties and fun? Wax poetic about the beauty of female friendships new and old? My head is spinning with ideas.
Plus, I think I have now become more self-conscious of my writing after attending sessions on improving content and becoming a better writer. I don't think I was necessarily supposed to feel this pressure after those, but I have self-imposed pressure to be clearer and to "suck less."
Apparently I don't write well under pressure.
So please bear with me while I try to break through this writer's block.
Blissdom was amazing. I can't believe there was a point when I was considering not going. I can't imagine why I thought it would have been a good idea to commute downtown each day. I would have missed so much and would have been even more exhausted.
As it was, I lucked into having a super roomie, and staying at the conference hotel meant I could participate in late night fun and still find time to get some sleep. This mommy really needed the break from routine, from the office, and, yes, from tending to the every need and desire of a 4 year-old (let alone the big guys). I felt like a fun-loving gal again instead of a tired, dragged-out mom.
I did learn a lot, and made some great connections, in a more professional sense. The sessions were great, well-timed, and allowed for lots of mingling and meeting time as well. But the social connections at the parties and the fun and friendships that blossomed after hours - that was where I think I got my biggest benefits. I re-connected with myself while growing relationships with these amazing, intelligent, talented, inspiring women (and a few good men). From late night pizza and wine after an evening at the spa, to run-ins with disreputable cabbies and closing down the hotel bar, it was quite the bonding experience.
And I relaxed. Do you know how long it's been since I really truly relaxed?
I left Blissdom very late Friday night (or was it very early Saturday morning?) filled with love and excitement and warmth. And very sore feet. Wow did we ever dance!
I feel blessed to have had this experience. Thank you to everyone who shared in it with me!