I wrote this post while 30k feet in the air, and I am so proud of how productive I am on airplanes. Guess I should travel more often! The night night before leaving for Alt Summit, I finally got in bed, after lying to myself for hours about what time I would finish packing for my 6AM flight! It was like the first day of school. Couldn’t sleep. All I could think about were my cute new outfits, the conference agenda, Instagram captions, blog posts... Basically, anything and everything that wasn’t sleep. I shared a few thoughts about preparation for Alt Summit, my mindset going into the week, and my Enneagram 3 tendencies with a few friends, and it resulted in some great conversations; all of those thoughts kept swirling in my head as I was trying to sleep, and want to share those thoughts with you too! I started writing this as an Instagram caption, but then it exploded, so here we are.
I attended Alt Summit three years ago in Salt Lake City, and I am so excited to come back! I’ve been prepping for Alt for a month and as this week started creeping closer, I was getting more and more overwhelmed with all of the things I “needed" to do to be conference-ready! New business cards? New Instagram look? Facebook posts? Website launch? All the things. AND THEN IT HIT ME. Rhonda, CHILLLL.
I’m attending a conference so that I can learn, be poured into, and grow…NOT so I can show up and show everyone how great I am and that I have it all together! (I definitely do not!) What?! Of course I want to make a good impression and know exactly what I’m going to say when I meet someone new, but I have to remember that they are also there to learn and grow! If they’re not, then….ain’t nobody got time for that, so bye.
This week, I’m about to walk into room after room of amazingly talented and creative women for six days straight, and it will be EASY to fall prey to the comparison trap, and believe that everyone else is doing it better or has it all figured out, and I’m NOT ABOUT THAT LIFE! What other people are doing doesn’t need to affect what I’m doing- plain and simple!
Yes, I want to be prepared and make this week a success, but that doesn’t mean that I have to have everything figured out before I show up! Here’s the thing: ALL of this could go away tomorrow, and I would be fine. (I would be bored, but fine.) My worth is found in the Lord, not in blogging, or event planning, or anything else. This is definitely a season of #hustle and I love that, but sometimes you have to step back and put things in perspective and it’s good and healthy to acknowledge that ultimately these things are not what define me or give my life value or meaning.
All that being said, I am SO excited for this week, and I know I’m going to learn a ton and come back to Dallas refreshed and recharged, ready to launch some things that have been in the works! Cheers to making new friends this week, and remembering why I’m here!