I sit here sipping hot coffee, trying to keep my eyes open with a full heart. I spend the past three days in Kansas City at the I am FarmHer conference. You all know I have featured Marji and Lexi on the blog already. It was such a treat to meet them in real life, along with lots of other inspiring, hard working ladies.
There aren’t going to be amazing pictures in this post simply because I was too caught up in all the activities and conversations. But I am going to fill you in on some of the lessons and inspiration I am bringing home with me. Of course, I don’t have the time to write down everything I learned and you probably don’t have the time (or desire) to read a post that long, so I condensed it down to just 5 things.
1. Be confident
I have always considered myself a confident person but I am no stranger to self doubt. It seems that self doubt can come creeping up when it is time to make hard decisions. As Marji said in her opening speech, “put your big girl pants on”.
2. Treat yo’ self
Sometimes treating yourself means going to get your nails done or scheduling a massage. But treating yourself can also mean saying “NO” to obligations that don’t serve you and make you happy. It can mean treating yourself to free time and more open space in your schedule.
3. Take risks
You won’t grow or get where you want to go standing still. ‘Nuff said.
4. Done is better than perfect
I have heard this time and time again from other business leaders and it is SO true. Half of the battle is showing up and getting things done. Having the concept of perfection in your head is certain to hold you back and stall your progress. Do your best and keep moving forward.
5. Get crystal clear on your vision
Once you decide where you want to go you have to be a warrior. Keep your end goal in mind and keep pushing on. It became clear to me that along your journey you might need to put your blinders on and focus on the end game. This strategy will help you stay on track even when other ideas are thrown at you.
As I said, there were other things that struck a cord with me but I think these 5 are important for everybody. I am considering a part 2 as well, so let me know in the comments if you would like to see that. The last thing I want to leave you with is a note about friendship. It is so important to “find your tribe” and I definitely connected with phenomenal ladies this week and had an amazing opportunity to grow my tribe.
JUST KIDDING! I have one more thing! Be sure you know where you parked your dang car at the airport! Wednesday when I landed in Denver I thought my car was parked in J3. It was parked in J3… but in J3 in another parking lot on the opposite side of the airport. This leads me to my BONUS takeaway message.
6. KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME TO ASK FOR HELP
I walked and walked and walked and found luggage cart to pile my bags on so I could walk faster. Then I walked and walked and changed into tennis shoes so I could be more comfortable and quicker as I walked and walked some more.
FINALLY! After over an hour of walking up and down aisles of parked cars I saw the phone number to call in case you cannot find your car. Why I didn’t think to ask for help earlier is beyond me. It look less than 5 minutes from the time I called to number to the time a nice gentleman found me in the wrong lot and took me to my car in the correct lot.
As I was hiking up and down that parking lot (sweating and swearing, I might add) I was thinking to myself surely there is a life lesson I am learning right now. In hindsight it is: Know when to pick your head up and look for some help!
EXTRA BONUS BONUS LESSON: LOCK YOUR CAR when you park it at the airport— you might not get as lucky as me.
(Mom and Dad– I hope your not disappointed)