I spent most of last week and weekend in Dallas at a blogger conference. Not because I blog about the topic, mind you, but because some of the work I do is with a foundation that helps the financial media community. And also friends. And drinks.
Despite the fact that I’ve attended this conference for each of its 7 years, this year was different for reasons that maybe don’t belong in this post (because they’re either way too personal or way too boring). However, since I am permanently on a mission to better understand myself, I did some reflections while my flight was delayed and those do belong in this post. So I’ll share them.
- New people and situations don’t necessarily scare the shit out of me. Certain TYPES of new people and situations scare the shit out of me
- Public speaking is way outside my comfort zone but only because I prefer to be in the background. Not because I am a terrible public speaker
- Cider gives me heartburn #oldladyproblems
- Watching the World Series with people who love baseball like you do is spectacular
- I am perfectly capable of functioning on a steady diet of vodka and sleep deprivation
- Finding a place where you can be yourself 100% of the time, no matter how weird you might be, is my type of place
- I can and will find bookworms and corral them into hour long conversations #booknerdsunite
- I don’t believe in the single bullet theory #sorrydrkelly
- Sightseeing makes me incredibly happy, particularly if there’s history involved
- There are a lot of people doing a lot of amazing things and I’m thrilled to know some of them
- My master’s degree was not entirely a waste of time and is actually relevant to my life now
- I’m really bad at recapping trips
And now, here’s an eyeball statue that hangs out in Dallas for some reason unknown to me:
P.S. While I did a bunch of pretty fun things, my favorite conference relevant event was sponsored by The Center for Financial Services Innovation. It involved working in randomly assigned teams to conduct financial transactions as an unbanked person. In the 7 years of attending FinCon, it was the most eye opening activity I’ve done. While my master’s is in Public Policy and many of the nonfiction books I read revolve around this types of issues, living it was something I’ll not soon forget.