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Over the weekend I got up at 6am, stripped off my clothes/shoes for airport security, boarded an airplane and climbed into a cab with a maniac driver, all in an effort to attend the Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago.
Was traveling, losing sleep and getting motion sickness worth it? Oh, yes! Without a doubt attending the conference was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.
My mindset going into the weekend was completely business oriented, and I didn’t think I would have much personal enjoyment at all.
I expected to learn tips from all the great speakers and to hear stories from all the other writers but that was about all.
I completely underestimated the power of community and the impact that meeting someone face to face can have on a personal level. Companies and websites alike are made up of people, not robots.
Everyone has their own story, their own personality and their own view on life. It’s refreshing to be around people with the same interests and similar goals.
Sometimes even my own family doesn’t understand my views on money or finances. But becoming part of a community of financial bloggers silences the feelings that I’m weird or don’t fit in anywhere.
Feeling like I belong somewhere and having reassurance in the choice I made to start writing and building this blog has priceless value.
The time I missed sleeping, the money paid for the flight and hotel are all worth it (and so much more) when such amazing memories are made with people that completely understand and share the same passions as I do.
If you’re in a situation where you feel uncertain, alone or misunderstood I encourage you to find your community.
Whether it’s a wellness group that keeps you motivated to stay healthy, or a few frugal friends that help you stay on track towards financial goals, having an encouraging support system is very important.
I found out that I am not alone, and neither are you. That’s the power of community.
Here’s a photo and a link to the video of a group of us volunteering for Phil’s Friends, an organization that brings hope and support to those affected by cancer.
Please read other testimonies from writers within the blogosphere:
FINCON11 Saved This Blog by TheJennyPincher
Ten Takeaways by Financially Consumed
Financial Blogging Conference 2011 by The Financialite
How to Handle Meeting Hundreds of Collegues by Consumerism Commentary
Moving Beyond Blogging by The Centsible Life