I bought my ticket a few months ago and have been waiting feverishly since. Attending the Making Things Happen conference has been on my must-do list ever since I became aware of the powerhouse that is Lara Casey. “Get to the core of who you are and what makes you come alive… then act on your core. Rid yourself of the distractions and fears that hold you back by stepping boldly into your new path. MTH is not for the faint of heart, but for people from all walks of life who really want to change, grow, and harness their full potential. Life is too short to play small.” Oh. Oh yes, please. I am THERE.
I’ve never done anything like this before. Does it sound silly to say that it feels like I was meant to go? (Probably.) When registration first opened up, I hemmed and hawed for days, with every response to Max’s encouragement being some sort of excuse.
I can’t afford it.
I won’t know anyone there.
I’ve never traveled alone before.
What if I get on the wrong plane?
Paper & Honey is just a little guy, I won’t have anything worthy to contribute or share.
Maybe there’s another conference that would be better suited for me.
I sat at my computer and stared at the registration page. I had everything filled out — contact information, payment, little bits regarding my business — and all that was left to do was click that big, scary “purchase” button. So I stared at it some more.
The crazy part? At that very moment, I received a client payment that was almost exactly the amount of the ticket, plus $10. In a second, the second I was wondering how I was going to pay for this experience, my expenses were covered. What. So I clicked that big, scary purchase button and cried. So much overwhelm and excitement and still, some fear. But I was going!
And so, tomorrow I’m jetting off on a big scary airplane to the big scary state of North Carolina to attend a big scary conference with a bunch of big scary strangers. Luckily I’ve been able to get to know my super-sweet roommate, Bonnie, and although I’m preeetty sure she’s not that big, she’s still a little bit scary. (Sorry, Bonnie. In the interest of being honest. 🙂 )
Everything is so big and scary and I’m so excited. Cheers to facing fears, new experiences, strangers becoming friends, making investments in yourself, challenges and growth, and stepping out of your comfort zone. And, however cheesy this is, it has to be said: cheers to making things happen.