Greetings BusiChics! I spent this last weekend on the Gold Coast for THE bloggers’ conference, ProBlogger Training Event #PBevent 2013. PBevent was housed at QT Gold Coast, a newly-refurbished modern hotel that was a pleasure to conference and stay at. The hotel’s staff uniform caught my eye, particularly the Business Casual/ Contemporary Business Wear style of Kobi who is the Director of Brand Development at QT Gold Coast.
Kobi wears the most stylish work uniform I have come across to date. A peplum dress in a digital palm print and colourful structured blazer that has a rather smart-looking contrast cuff. I seriously want to try recreate Kobi’s look – perfect for the coming summer! Kobi completes the look with a pair of shiny patent leather heels. I was interested to hear that the various uniforms at the hotel have been created by different designers rather than just the one, allowing for the colourful and friendly mish-mash of style that is consistent with the vibe at QT Gold Coast. Has anyone spied a contrast-cuff blazer while shopping recently? Do let me know! Update: not sure whether this is QT’s standard issue – Kristy on the BusinessChic Facebook has identified that this dress if from Saba. I misplaced Kobi’s details, is anyone else able to confirm?
What I learned at ProBlogger 2013
As an IT professional, I have been to a lot of conferences in my time. I must say that it is very rarely that I leave a conference as full of ideas, inspiration and motivation to apply new learnings to my practice as I do from a ProBlogger training event. It is an even rarer moment to realise that I am in a room amongst many kindred spirits/thinkers. Here are just some of my highlights from PBevent 2013:
Tips and tricks I learnt at PBevent 2013:
Amy Porterfield gave an empowering masterclass on using Facebook with a whole heap of lessons that I can’t wait to implement both for myself and for my social media clients. My only regret is that I did not photograph her presentation outfit – lady was wearing shoes that had great art-deco looking detail that I wish I’d found out more about! Jim Stewart’s practical session on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) made me want to run home and rename and recategorise every single image and post on BusinessChic. I can see how doing so will make it so much easier for all of us to navigate the content here! Tsh Oxenreider gave two talks in the room that I was hosting. I particularly enjoyed her session that gave structure around developing ideas for blog content. Going forward, I’d really love to engage BusiChics more by finding out what you wear to work, the challenges that you face buying clothes for work and play and how you interpret workplace dress codes. For example if your workplace is having an after-five event and the dresscode is “cocktail”, how formal do you go? Sessions on Step-changers and Community reminded me of how much time and effort I’m going to need to commit to strength the consistency of the BusinessChic brand. I hope to have the time to do this soon! Phoebe Montague’s session on media kits reminded me that I need to be more pro-active about sharing mine with brands who approach me for sponsored posts.
What I learned (or had confirmed) about myself.
“when it feels like something “inexplicably” causes you to cry, it’s your soul’s way of saying that that you’ve found your truth.” – my ex-kinesiologist
I was surprised by how often I found myself suddenly tearing up at things the speakers shared or pointed out – not about our blogs (although I should probably cry about the state of BusinessChic’s SEO!) but rather the why we blog, what holds us back and what we can tap into to push us forward. As ridiculous as I felt constantly crying, I remembered something that my ex-kinesiologist (he quit kinesiology to pursue his dreams in music) used to say which is when it feels like something “inexplicably” causes you to cry, it’s your soul’s way of saying that that you’ve found your truth. And omg, were there a lot of truths from all these thought leaders! Darren Rowse’s opening and closing speeches touched upon every single little road block that bloggers face- I was at the back of the room and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a roomful of people nodding quite as much! I appreciated his statement that “we never get everything done.” There’s always something on the blog that we want to do, an email we want to reply to; this blogging thing and all its associate elements are never done and that’s ok.
“You don’t have to choose just one thing…but you have to start with something.” – Clare Bowditch, lyrics from “Amazing Life”.
My biggest cry-session was during Clare Bowditch’s talk on “how to do what you want”. It reminded me of something that happened to me recently when I was invited to speak at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival (MWF). So when I was little, all I wanted to be was a writer, “who wrote many books.” I remember wanting to be as prodigious a writer as my hero, Enid Blyton. Whenever we’d go out, I’d pack my “going-out bag” with books because I believed that one day my bag would be full of the books that I had written. Along the way I lost my confidence in writing and I suppose that this blog has been a way of breaking out of the LHS-brain writing for my Careerland reports to find my own voice. I’ve blogged before about how I turned my Little Black Dress Project series into an exhibition and book within two months by learning to manage my anxieties as well as having the support of BusiChics and friends through crowdfunding on Pozible, which made it possible for me to realise my first book. Well that book led to me being speaking at this year’s MWF on a panel with some very clever people. I remember going to a party held for the MWF writers where amongst the repeated introductions, I had to keep saying aloud, “yes, I’m here as a writer. I wrote a book.” I simultaneously wanted to squeal every time I said it and go find somewhere to hide! Clare’s talk and beautiful tear-jerker of a song “Amazing Life”, made me realise that I’ve started something…and that I want to keep pursuing it and get better at it. Her talk also reminded me to write down what it is that I want so that I can set some goals to achieve it. It’s funny how blank my mind went and how full my eyes became at her question, “Are you clear on what you want your whole one precious life to be?” A surprise visit from Samuel Johnson who is in the middle of his unicycle tour of Australia to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer which is affecting his sister, was a reminder of the importance of the ones we love. It also reminded me of how I am in awe of how the people we love encourage us to pursue our passions. Samuel’s sister expressed her wish to educate women to get regular breast checks to prevent another mother from having to say goodbye to her children. When Samuel asked how he could help, she incorporated his dream of riding a unicycle around Australia into that plan. That’s what our amazing loved ones do for us. Find out more about Love Your Sister. From Trey Ratcliffe’s talk on Living in the Now, I realised that I don’t want to make any more fear-based decisions. I think that this mindset is really going to change things for me, even more so than ass, everywhere!
The question I wanted to ask but could be seen as pretty rude.
I’m interested in to what extent successful bloggers have work jobs/careers until they reached the tipping point that meant that they could work on their blogs full-time. I am even more interested in the extent to which bloggers have negotiated or leaned in and supported/been supported by their partners to achieve their respective dreams. I got engaged recently and while I don’t believe that “a man is a financial plan” – my man has been nudging me to make the time to work on my passions. I like to think that given the opportunity, I’d do the same for him. Currently though I feel guilty about this and am interested in how others have or haven’t made this work for them. I understand that this could be a rather personal question though. Update: Thanks to each of you have left me a comment about this below because it’s helped me change my mindset. I’ve been seeing blogging as a “luxury” because I enjoy it so. I think I need to treat my creative work life as seriously as I have my Careerland job and recognise that a job can be something that you enjoy. That’s helping me approach this in a different way… thank you for helping me change my mindset!
The ProBlogger Team
This is my second ProBlogger event – the last that I attended was in 2011. Circumstances in Careerland meant that I missed out on ProBlogger event 2012. This year, I was excited that I was going along and then very honoured when I was asked to be part of the volunteer team- made identifiable by the colourful leis we wore. And FYI, Darren’s core team is AWESOME. It was so wonderful and encouraging to see a competent and confident crew of leaders, getting the job done with such clear communication and encouragement. Major props to Laney Galligan, Nicole Avery, Jasmin Tragas, Justine Bloome, Liz Pulo and Yvonne Adele.
Life after PBevent for BusinessChic
“Inspiration without Implementation is just noise” – Darren Rowse
After so much information, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and do nothing. I have a long to-do list but here are three things that I want to do:
- Write to thank all of the wonderful people I met during the conference. So many ideas shared, lots of sparks to create new things.
- I’ve had this piece, potentially a series in my head that I’ve been wanting to bang out some I going to state it here so that I have to do it! I am going to research and write about dressing according to personality types. I think it was Tsh (??) who talked about how much she loves the Myer-Briggs test. I really like the Enneagram test which also looks at the traits that you take on when emotionally healthy/unhealthy. I am an INFP/4 in those tests and from my reading understand that some practitioners believe that Steve Jobs was a 4. I see parallels in the way he had his uniform of skivvy, jeans and sneakers – and how I have my LBD. So I have been wanting to explore this more and planning a survey to see whether we dress according to our types and the style manifestations of a type. Do you know what your personality type is? If so, do you think that you dress accordingly?
- When I have time, I would really like to do a vision board, I might create a Wunderlist (I’m loving this app that is free on ALL devices and synchs on all devices) to give some structure around building this amazing life!
If you are feeling inspired to join in, what are you feeling inspired to shift/change or work on in your one, precious life?