I knew Iâ€™d walk away feeling inspired and motivated after attending Blogalicious 2012. I loved that the theme this year was â€œMake It Personalâ€ My business revolves around relationships. I have genuine relationships with my clients whether I met them online, at a local networking social or they were referred to me by an existing client. I believe that once you build and foster a relationship with a potential client, if you have a product or service of value that they need you donâ€™t even have to solicit for that sale, it will happen seamlessly. So, the relationships I build are VERY important to me and not just because there may be potential business there, I love to help other people when I can and I also enjoy collaborating on projects that will get all parties recognized. The goal that I set for myself at Blogalicious was to meet as many conference attendees that I could at the parties and in between sessions. It was also great to be reunited with some of my blog friends I havenâ€™t seen since Blogalicious 2010 in Miami.
Before I left for Blogalicious, I was in a bit of a funk! I was laid off in August from a company that I had given the last six years of my life to. I was passionate about what I did and there were times that I had to bring work home, work late evenings & weekends at events and be away from my family. Needless to sayâ€¦ I took the layoff personally at first! In 2009 I started blogging and my small business. For the last three years Iâ€™d grow my blog and business in the evenings and on weekends, because working FT that was the only time I had to dedicate to it. Sometimes Iâ€™d be up until 2:00 and 3:00 am to meet deadlines and the revenue from my blog and design business was extra to supplement my income. Well, after I got laid off I said that I could dedicate more time to blogging and growing my business while searching for another job or become a full time entrepreneur. I was so scared because I didnâ€™t really have monetary goals set before and I didnâ€™t rely on that money to pay bills. I had my salary!
For weeks Iâ€™d get up and look for a job online and submit my resume to different companies and all my energy and focus was being put in that direction. I was still blogging and had design projects but, I wasnâ€™t doing anything different than when I was employed. I met several individuals at Blogalicious that have been where I am and they are SUCCESSFUL business owners today! Hearing their testimony gave me hope and motivated me to do better. It also let me know that Iâ€™m not alone and I have time to make this negative a positive. I have the knowledge and skills to grow my business the way I was growing someone elseâ€™s. While I was at Blogalicious I met with Antoinette Sykes a Success Coach and after our private session it was apparent that fear was holding me back, and keeping me stagnant. Everything we discussed and why I wasnâ€™t being progressive lead back to fear. By the time our session ended I made a promise to focus on me for 90 days and know my value and what Iâ€™m worth. I also met with Boni Candelario a Career Strategy and Empowerment Coach and in our session she was able to help me figure out what I am really passionate about and should be doing vs. being indecisive and on the fence about literally everything all the time.
Meeting with those two women was invaluable to me. I am now on a path of fulfilling my dreams with purpose and helping other businesses. I left Blogalicious with a PLAN of ACTION and for that I am grateful! I feel like I can proceed and will be successful. Iâ€™m looking forward to Blogalicious 2013 already! Stay tuned for a post about our FUN Las Vegas events, awesome sessions, keynotes and sponsors!