Remember summer camp as a kid? Sure, you swam in the lake all day, made a bow and arrow out of sticks and string, and hiked three miles up a mountain. But are those really your summer camp memories? Or, do you remember stealing all of Sally Jane’s bras, or putting stink bombs under your roommate’s bed, or sneaking off at night for a first kiss?
Adults are no different than kids when it comes to memories from meaningful experiences. I learned a boatload of formal information last weekend at the Type-A conference in Atlanta. I learned about blog design, vlogging, analytics, balancing my time, thinking like a CEO, branding a business, working out of my home, etc., etc.
But are those the things I will really remember years from now? I don’t think so. Now, will I use the information I learned to become a better blogger, writer, and business person? Absolutely! But, I’m quite certain it’s the non-bloggy memories that will stick in my mind years and years from now.
5 Non-Bloggy Take Aways from #typeacon
1). Girls with Three Boobs are Awesome
I love when I meet people and feel an instant connection. That’s how I met last weekend when I met the girls who blog at the third boob. They are beautiful and funny and smart and sweet. I love gals who are pretty on the inside. I had heard of their blog before but thought it was just a catchy name. Oh no, my friends, one of the girls actually has a third boob. It may not be quite what you think, and if you want read the entire tale of the third boob, you can find it here. Love these two.
2). Former Vegetarians can Return to the Dark Side
When our friend, Karen, suggested we eat dinner at Fogo de Chao, I was like, sure why not? I did not realize it would be Meatapalooza 2014. Basically, patrons are given a circular card that’s green on one side and red on the other. When you’re ready for meat, you flip it to green, and men with giant skewers of meat immediately come to your side and serve an extensive variety of pork, poultry, and beef. When you have had your fill, you flip your card to red. When you’re ready again, you flip to green. And so it goes. About ten years ago, I was a vegetarian for two years, now here I am eating massive amounts of meat in one sitting. My former self would be so disappointed, but my iron levels are probably at an all-time high.
3). ‘Kindred Spirits’ is a True Phenomenon
About a month before the conference, I was asked if I wanted to speak at a freelance writing roundtable with another writer. I was thrilled to do so, and when I met my co-speaker, Miranda, last weekend, I immediately liked her spirit. In about five minutes, we found out that we’re both former English teachers and we each have two kids, ages 2 and 5. The next day, I noticed a tattoo on the inside of her wrist. When she flipped her wrist over, these words were written, “Finish each day.” I said to her, “Is that from Emerson’s quote?” She said, “Yes, do you know it?” And I said, “Are you kidding? It’s my all time favorite. I have it in a frame at my house.” Then we both said,
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
4). Contrary to My Belief, the 90s Did have Fashion Trends
There were themed parties each night at the conference. The theme Friday night was Disney where everyone either dressed up as Disney characters or wore Mickey and Minnie t-shirts. Saturday night’s theme was the 90s. When we first heard that, I was all like, “Huh? What are we supposed to wear for that?” But the more I looked into it, the more I realized the 90s totally had fashion trends, and in fact, a lot of them are coming back today (notice the high-waisted jean shorts on the lovely Kelly Kapowski?)
5). Making Friends is a Lifelong Gift
My favorite thing about Type-A and the best non-bloggy take away are the friends I’ve made. Last year, I made a great group of friends. We’ve kept in touch all year via social media, text, etc. and when we saw one another this year, it was like a totally cheesy and awesome family reunion without the matching t-shirts and fried chicken. Then this year, I met another slew of amazing bloggers and writers. Making new friends never gets old. It’s truly a lifelong gift.