I’m back from Memory Trends feeling super motivated, and super inspired. Truth be told…I always kind of dread traveling. And then, once I overcome the inertia and arrive at my target destination, I’m always amazed at how energizing it is (even when I toss and turn most of the nights…getting very little sleep.) Because I don’t love to travel, I don’t really look forward to it. This has its upsides. Everything is a surprise. Everything is a new experience that I hadn’t really anticipated or set expectations for. This recent trip to Las Vegas was no different.
So what was so inspiring?
Teaching. Wendy and I taught to a great group of scrapbook store owners bright and early Monday morning. It’s so energizing to be in front of group of people who are soaking in your ideas, nodding their heads, and really taking it all in.
Learning. After teaching, I changed hats (OK, not literally but that might have been fun) and became a student. Ali taught a totally inspiring class for scrapbook store owners on creating students for life by putting together a scrapbook education program. So, I’ve always been inspired by Ali but this was just a completely inspiring program…and as you know, I’m not a scrapbook store owner.
Learning more. Later Monday afternoon, I attended Angie Pedersen’s class on blogging. Whew…she knows here stuff. And I have a handy checklist to go through to make improvements on my little blog as time permits. Such useful and relevant info.
Food. OK ladies, I love food. I love dining out and trying new things. And Las Vegas has it’s share of fabulous restaurants. The highlight was Japonais, a Japanese restaurant where we got to cook our steak on a 700 degree rock. How cool is that? Cool yes, but even more so delicious. Yum.
Cirque du Soleil. Believe it or not, I’m still on Monday. We got tickets for the Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil show. So fun. So inspiring. So unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Amazing.
People. I love hanging out with new people and it’s always so fun to meet people who I only previously knew via email and blogs. At CHA I got to meet my friend Lain, and got to hang out with her again at Memory Trends. (And she recorded a pod cast with Wendy and I so check for that on her blog.) I also met Tasra Dawson whom I’ve been cyber friends with for over a year now (maybe two?) and she interviewed Wendy and I for an upcoming edition of Real Women Scrap T.V. And I met Elizabeth Dillow who was going through that out of body thing that happened to me at CHA: she got to hold her book in her hands for the first time. So much fun to witness (and her book looks amazing! Definitely on my “list.”) And I got to spend time with Jennafer Martin and Angie Lucas who are just so much fun to hang out with. And this is just scratching the surface of the inspiring people I got to be near and hang out with.
Keynote. Got to hear Stacy’s keynote. And everything I heard is true: she’s a completely inspiring speaker. It was so amazing to see her live.
Wendy. What can I say…it’s always great to hang out with Wendy. We always find out at least one more quirky weird thing we have in common. This times discovery? We both call our youngest kiddos baby and sweetie pie. Odd.
The amazing thing about going to Memory Trends was that for three days I stepped out of my normal routine of simplify 101 and my family. While I hated packing my bags and leaving it all behind, what I found was a thoroughly energizing and motivating experience. I left Las Vegas completely inspired. Hearing about the books other people were reading, trying new food, seeing new sights, hearing new music, becoming completely immersed for three days into the world of scrapbooking and Las Vegas. (Which I might add is a really interesting combination of worlds.) It all inspired me.
So how about you? Are you feeling inspired right now, or are you in a blinders-on, nose-to-the-grindstone-rut, like I was in last week? While I realize it may not be possible to pack your bags and head to Las Vegas for a few days, there are easy (and often free!) ways to get out of your element and try something new. Here are some ideas…
Take a class. What have you always wanted to learn about?
Try some different food. Go to a new restaurant or cook-up a new recipe.
Read something new. Pick up a different kind of book, one on a topic you rarely read about. Or, if you’re a non-fiction addict like me, pick up something fictional for a change.
See some new sights. Take a different route to work or when running errands. Go to a museum. Be a tourist in your own town. Go somewhere you’ve never been in your area, and take it in like you’re on vacation.
Listen to some new tunes. Try a new radio station for a day or download a different genre of music on i-tunes.
So there are my latest and greatest get-out-of-a-rut ideas...discovered completely accidentally when I didn't even know I had been in a rut. Imagine that.
So what ideas do you have? How do you get re-inspired and re-energized?