I spent all day yesterday contemplating what I could possibly say that would do this weekend justice. Spending three days in Portland for the World Domination Summit (WDS) was hands down one of the best things I’ve ever done.
My story starts last October when I read a book called The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau. I’ve been following Chris’ blog for several years prior and had been sitting on the book for a year. Once I read it, I knew how profoundly his message resonated with me. The book absolutely changed my life. I starting doing things I never thought I’d do… things that absolutely terrified me and pushed me far outside of the little comfort bubble within the bubble of what I thought was possible.
Fast forward to January when an extra 30 tickets to the long sold-out WDS were released. After getting one of the precious few into my basket, I had exactly 15 minutes to decide if I was going to do this thing that terrified me (going to a conference alone) or if I was going to not do it… It took the entire 15 minutes, but I made a choice.
“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” – Sydney J. Harris
I went in with no expectations (aside from it being totally awesome) and came out astounded by the amazing people who came together this weekend. Absolutely gorgeous summer weekend I might add. Did the lighting bolt of genius give me a new idea or set me on my path? No and that’s okay. I still have no clue what I’m doing but I feel more comfortable than ever with that fact. I don’t need to know it all right now. It’s okay to be a wanderer.
Stay tuned for more goodness from the weekend once I collect my thoughts and get them on paper… the master set of photos is here if you can’t wait to see more!
images: Amarosa Studios