I really enjoyed attending the Type-A Parent Conference last month in Buckhead, GA. I hadn’t attended Type-A Parent Conference since 2012, the last year it was hosted in North Carolina. I got so much valuable information and connected with some great brands throughout the weekend. I left the conference feeling like I have so much work to do and need to really step my game up. My initial thought was… I need to get my life! Lol! There have been so many things that I allowed to hold me back and in reality I should have just done them and gotten it out of the way. I’ve struggled with perfection for a long time and won’t do something if it doesn’t meet my personal HIGH standards. The one common thing that I noticed in each session that I went to is… don’t let things hold you back and to just DO IT! One valuable lesson I learned during the vlogging session totally contradicts how I am. Amy Volk said… “Don’t be perfect!” I gasped. Lol! What do you mean? I strive for perfection in everything that I do, however now I notice it frequently hinders me and keeps me from being productive. When I look at what I could’ve accomplished if I didn’t let myself get in the way, it’s pretty depressing. Well, all I can do now is move forward. There is no need to dwell on the past!
My favorite sessions hands down were How to grow your Instagram from 100 to 10k in one year with Tauni Everett, Rocking Periscope with Amiyrah Martin, Getting on camera – Tips for creating video content with Amy Volk and How a mastermind will grow your blog. These particular topics are where I struggle and the sessions gave me the necessary information and motivation I needed to be successful. I was listening intensely and hung on to every word, writing down every tip and trick in the book. I plan on utilizing them when moving forward in each area. Since attending Type-A Parent Conference I have stepped way out of my comfort zone and I did my first EVER Periscope when I was in San Francisco. I also created a quick vlog recap of my son’s Birthday weekend at Carowinds Theme Park. These videos wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t attend those sessions. I would have been still waiting for the ideal moment to record and perfect my video. I don’t do too much editing, it’s mostly raw authentic footage of an event or product review. I’ve always had the basic equipment I needed to be a successful vlogger. Camera/Smartphone, Tripod, Editing Software and Selfie Stick. I’m going to purchase a light kit but, most of my videos have taken place outdoors with natural light.
Overall, attending Type-A Parent Conference was so valuable for me! I was able to connect with my blogging buddies I haven’t seen in a while. I got to meet up with some of my Lenovo Insider Blogging Partners that I chat with online in our group and hadn’t had the chance to meet personally. I got to connect and re-connect with brands that I absolutely love! I enjoyed all the scheduled keynotes and even attended a Working with Brands & Media Kits intensive on Sunday morning. Oh… the parties were great too! After attending Type-A Parent Conference I immediately created a task list that I am tackling. My goal is to have my re-brand done by January 2016. I also would like to be more consistent online. I’m a full time working mom and I usually blog at night and on weekends. Hey it’s almost 2:00 a.m. and I’m writing this post to share! I schedule blog and social media posts from time to time but, I see I am going to have to regularly create my posts at a “reasonable” hour and schedule all my shares. I’m also working on creating additional blogging streams of income and really promoting my services. I am working on changing my mindset and really going after all the things I have been passionate about, but too afraid to pursue. Type-A Parent Conference gave me the PUSH I needed to move past certain fears and accomplish my goals. Thank you so much Kelby Carr, for an awesome conference!