I almost didn't make it to Alt Summit this year.
Just as I was getting ready to go, something awful happened. I was holding Maira in one arm and loading up the car with another when she turned her head and whacked it on the car door. The accident result in a three-hour wait in the doctor's office, two tiny stitches, and one missed flight. There were several other mini disasters in the week leading up to the conference, and Maira's injury was the last straw. Part of me was ready to throw in the towel and call it a lost cause. But another part of me knew that Maira was more resilient than I was, that she was already okay, and that she would be in excellent hands while I was gone. Also: I knew I would regret not going. So, I jumped on the next flight out.
I'm so glad I went. Although I was distracted by the family I left behind, I had some fantastic late-night conversations and learned some wonderful tricks of the trade. I also got to share some of my own expertise, which I plan on sharing in another post soon. For now, here are a few of my favorite words of wisdom shared by others:
"Blogging is not about money. It's about passion driven content that is good."—Meg Keene
"If I cram my life with the things I love, there's no room for the things I don't love."—Gretchen Rubin
"There are so many things that are good enough, why not pick the thing that's beautiful?"—Ben Silbermann
"Always ask for what you want."—Erin Loechner