Connecting in the real world
Running two blogs, an online store and constant updates to social networks means I spend a lot of time online, plugged in and staring at screens. And while this helps me connect to you (and others), it is very different from meeting you in the real world. This isn’t a bad thing — we’re all constrained by time and can only meet with so many people — but I am here to remind you to get out amongst it if you have the chance. I know this is easier said than done when you are already running your business, kids and household. But I was reminded last weekend just how inspiring and reinvigorating connecting with like-minded people can be in real life.
When I first got the email inviting me to the Voices of 2014 Masterclass I ignored them. Puppy Tales had been nominated and while I was excited I knew I wouldn’t know anyone else at the event and I was sure people wouldn’t be that keen to chat once they found out I blogged about dogs. It’s also so easy to use the kids and their needs as an excuse — even though my husband was encouraging me to go.
Thankfully I ended up going and I am so glad I did. Not only did people not cast me as a pariah but they were interested in both my blogs, and I made some lovely new friends. The masterclass had fantastic sessions and it was great to see so many bloggers in one space. On top of that, Puppy Tales — to my delight — made it into the final top 100 blogs, which was announced on the Saturday night. I was so glad I had gone out and not been stopped by my own hangups and internal monologue.
My experience has definitely got me thinking again about how a great event can be hugely inspiring for your business or blog. You get to speak to others who are struggling with the same issues you are. You hear from experts who not only give you great advice but share their stories. Stories that teach you that no one is handed their opportunities, everyone has to seek them out and work for them. It all helps remind you that you’re on the right track.
None of this is revolutionary, as every industry has great events going on all the time. I myself have attended many conferences, workshops, talks, breakfasts and seminars in Australia and overseas. Even stage managed a few. But since having kids, my time and flexibility have changed and I have to choose my outings very carefully.
All this has lead me to believe that events for small business women who have kids would be awesome. To inspire, teach and share — all the reasons I started Lisa Kate for. As working for yourself can be a lonely experience, working for yourself and having children can be even more isolating. So stay tuned, because I’ll be organising some events in Sydney and I hope you’ll be able to join me!
Top image by Samantha Macabulos Photography.