a bit a lot run down as it’s been a whirlwind five days! People have mentioned time and time again how fun Fincon is and how everyone is really nice and friendly. They were liars. ha ha! OK I’m kidding. They were totally spot on. I really had an incredible time!
Since I’ve been home I’ve been slammed with kitchen plumbing issues (bad) and video freelance work (GOOD!), so I think it’s going to take me at least a week to regroup and get organized. I learned so much this past weekend that it’s left me both a little overwhelmed with what to do with my site, but inspired too. I just need to take baby steps. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, right?
So to be brief, here are a few takeaways from Fincon13:
1. You hear, “I’m never drinking again” a lot. Oh, maybe that was me.
2. I still have no idea what Penguin/Panda really mean.
3. Don’t try to do everything while you’re there! You need to pace yourself, otherwise it can be overwhelming.
4. Say yes to opportunities that scare you. I was asked by Kathleen from Frugal Portland to be a presenter at the Plutus Awards and my first reaction was “hell no,” but I said yes because it’s a great way to introduce myself to 500 people in an instant. And it gets me out of my comfort zone.
5. Get fresh air and exercise if you can. I did a 6:30 am run around the Arch with some other bloggers, and although waking up was really hard, it felt good to get out of the hotel. I also went to City Museum with Debt Blag, Red Debted Stepchild, and some new friends from Credit Karma, which was a blast. It was like an adult jungle gym.
6. I don’t regret having a hotel room all to myself. It definitely cost me more, but having that quiet space was a lifesaver. I also discovered that there is a show called Island Hunters on HGTV. I love catching up on cable at hotels since I don’t have it myself.
8. I learned just as much what NOT to do with my blog as I did what to do.
9. Getting to Fincon a day early is a great way for an introvert like me to ease into the conference.
10. One of my favorite takeaways was from Jean Chatzky in her keynote speech. She said that women in particular still have a fear of becoming homeless bag ladies. When asked if she ever feared the same thing, she said no. She said she would be the best damn waitress anyone had ever seen.
It reminds me of the last year or so on this personal finance journey. There was a time I was not doing “whatever it takes” to pay off the rest of my debt and start to get ahead in my freelance career. But in the last year I’ve really made great strides in both my video work and side hustles to make this year a lot better than the year prior. It’s all a matter of how bad you really want it.
But although I don’t fear being homeless necessarily, I guess I still do fear “not doing well” or not having financial independence (according to my definition). So in that regard I still have a long way to go.
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