#wds2012: The Most Amazing Weekend

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

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  1. I didn’t get to meet you! :p

  2. Glad you made the decision to come, it was fun hanging out! I don’t think I know exactly which direction to go after the conference either, but I feel better about whatever I do decide.

    • lora | kathleen says:

      It was fun! Not knowing what’s coming next can be a good thing sometimes. For me, who knows, maybe I’ll make a guest appearance at FinCon in a few months 🙂

  3. Hey, Lora! We met while eating lunch from Flying Elephant on Sunday. I don’t recall having a conversation about you being a francophile (of course, that could have totally slipped my mind as I had about a thousand conversations over the weekend) – je parle francais si tu veux pratiquer! I got my ticket for next year, you have yours?

    And cool blog… I’m interested in seeing what’s to come!

    • lora | kathleen says:

      Hey Heidi! It was great to meet you at lunch. We probably didn’t have that convo because, well, j’apprends… Haha. Maybe by next year I’ll be able to hold some sort of convo in French! Looking forward to seeing where you go as well! Keep me posted on what you decided post-WDS.

  4. Hi there,
    I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now. By chance, are you going to #fincon2012 in Denver later this year?

    • lora | kathleen says:

      Hi Sofia! Thanks for stopping by! I hadnt planned on attending FinCon, but after meeting so many great people who will be there, I think I’ll check it out. Will you be there?

  5. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who wanted to faint when she bought tickets. I was totally excited but terrified at the same time…it was like “OH SH!T, this is it!” and I hit “buy now” sealing the deal.

    I had such a blast with you, you are my doughnut & beer loving soul sista with TOMS and wayfarers. I feel I now have an effective “blogger butt” rating scale and I have a hankering to visit Texas now! 🙂

    You rock, so glad we got to know each other!

    • lora | kathleen says:

      I also wanted to faint this year after buying tickets… For different reasons! 🙂

      I’m so glad fate threw us together in the Pooh bear apt. Wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!

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