My second post on the London Blogcademy I attended last weekend. I think I'm still processing and digesting everything I learnt! I'm going to talk a bit more about what I learnt and why I loved it so much, but first a few (dozen) more photos!
On the second day there was a photobooth. If you know me, then you know how much I bloody love a photobooth. If I'm at an event and there is a photobooth I will be dominating it all evening. I restrained myself a bit but did manage three different turns in there, including a solo boothing experience!
One of the highlights of the weekend for me was the exercise taking still life photos. I'm a big fan of arranging stuff and taking pretty photos, and it was so awesome seeing others sharing my love and watching the behind the scenes process as people chose what items to include, how to arrange them, and then the final result.
So why did I go to Blogcademy? The truth is, I just wanted to hang out with cool people for a weekend, take photos, and get a goodie bag. Stupid huh? But since starting my own business I seem to have this permanent longing to be around other creative people because that's what gets my creative juices flowing. And it worked - I walked away from the weekend feeling overwhelmingly inspired and motivated and filled with ideas. Not necessarily direct learning from the class (although the three headmistresses covered pretty much everything you could want to know about blogging!) but full of life learning. This weekend I came to the sudden realisation that I can do so much more than I am currently doing. That I've been playing it safe and hiding who I really am because of some childish worry that other people won't like me or won't get me. That I have let myself down by squashing down my dreams and ambitions so they fit in line with what other people think I should be doing, or thinking, or wearing.
Have you ever been on a holiday and arrived back home just feeling so full of life, and of experiences? You didn't necessarily sit down and study, but you learnt all the same through just being there. That's how I feel. I can't explain how it feels to sit and hear other people talk so passionately and knowledgeably about something you've never been able to talk about with anyone else properly before. To hear what they've achieved through their blogs, has given me a renewed sense of direction and purpose with not only my own blog, but also my whole business.
When was the last time anyone stood in front of you and basically said 'go and do whatever the hell you want, because you are awesome and you can do all those things and so much more'? Because that's what I've taken away from this weekend. A newfound sense of empowerment that I didn't even know I was missing! There is a whole world out there and I want to own it and make it mine, and do all the things I've been dreaming about for so long. It's time to stop daydreaming and start doing. No more boredom. No more bullshit. No more blathering.