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In which i’m heading to BlissDom

 As you read this I’m in Nashville, Tennessee attending the conference called “BlissDom.”  I actually can’t believe I’m here. I feel this is a much larger step than Neil Armstrong took.  Who’s Neil Armstrong?  Come on people, he landed on the moon and said “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  Didn’t you guys go to school?  I mean, I’m older than you so I saw it on TV, but seriously?

At any rate, I’m here at BlissDom and I’m going to guess that right about now, I’m in a panicky state of shock trying to suck down as much coffee as possible.  Let me explain myself to you. 

I’m not a girl’s girl.  I feel like that’s pretty self explanatory but I’ll delve deeper if you’d like.  No you say, not necessary?  Tough, this is my blog so here I go.  I was a tomboy growing up and I played basketball, football, baseball and was a year round swimmer.  Sure, I had girlfriends.  In fact, I always had a BEST friend.  I played with dolls and colored and did plenty of girl activities like make prank calls (which you can’t do anymore because of caller ID) and stalk cute boys and the like.  But mostly, I hung out with boys.  I was just more comfortable that way. I never had to worry about being judged and falling short. 

Truth be told, large groups of women make me nervous.  I wasn’t in a sorority, I wasn’t in Junior League, I wasn’t in any large groups of women.  I have a BIG personality.  It’s out there and it seems to evoke something of a love/hate response.  Trust me, I know what I’m talking about.  Even my mother-in-law asked my soon to be husband, “are you sure Kevin, ARE YOU SURE?” 

I went to a college that had a ratio of 3:1, boys to girls.  My best friend was a girl.  My roommate was a girl but most of my time was spent hanging around with groups of guys.  I guess because I have a bawdy sense of humor and am almost impossible to offend, it just works.  I also wasn’t one to sit around and talk about whatever it is that women sit around and talk about.  Once, for business, I played in a golf tournament with about 50 men. I was the only woman and I had a helluva time, other than the fact that it was 106 degrees in Phoenix and I had no sunscreen and I burnt the ever loving shit out of my face. 

So, back to my point.  I’m older now and I have managed to gather a small group of women who know me, know my humor and know my style so I’m quite comfortable in this group.  But still, I’ve never been away for a “girls’” weekend, I’ve never been part of a group that has a “girls’ night out.” I’ve just never done that.  And yet now I’m entering the lions den of an entire conference full of women! 

I’m not sure I would have attended if I didn’t have two friends going with me.  One of them is quite new to blogging and is going to be starting an amazing blog called “Women, Money and Divorce.”  She’s going to the workshops to learn how to write and promote her blog and I’m going to help her because it’s an incredible resource that is sorely lacking on the web.  

She asked me to go with her and I said yes.  I’m always better with a wingman, more confident, more … me. So here we are.  I’m excited to meet so many of the women I’ve been Tweeting and emailing, but still, so many of them are younger than me and in such a different stage of life that I’m a little … nervous.  Yep, I’m admitting it, I’m nervous. 

I’m also excited to attend some of the workshops and learn how to video blog and promote my site.  But mostly, I’m excited that for once in my life, I’m taking a journey with no definable goal. I’m walking the walk for the process, not the result. 

So, if you’re here at BlissDom, come up and say hi.  If you’re not here, I’m sure I’ll come out of this with plenty of funny stories.  Unless, of course, I don’t…

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6 Comments

  1. Name *
    January 26, 2011

    I know exactly what you mean! I was never a girly girl either and for some reason I was born without an edit button. When people speak higly of me it usually by referring to me as “Inappropriate”…otherwise I think Im most often viewed as offensive. Why do some people think everything needs to be sugar coated ?
    Blissdom sounds fantastic. Ive never heard of this before…I love to have more info.
    Have a great time
    LiBBy

    • Lynn
      January 26, 2011

      Well, I found it by happenstance! I say keep being yourself…like do.

  2. Pixi
    January 26, 2011

    Wow, I can SO relate to you on that one, Lynn!! I know EXACTLY what you mean, as my story is pretty damn similar as well.

    That is really awesome that you’re there. I hope you have the time & experience of your life. *Cheers* & Enjoy!!

    • Lynn
      January 26, 2011

      So far, I’m doing pretty well… We will see after the party tonight

  3. Sharon
    January 26, 2011

    Lynn,
    I bet you are the star of the show before you leave Blissdom. Most of my friends that are girls are almost 10 years older than me. It’s always been that way.

    • Lynn
      January 26, 2011

      Hahaha…we shall see. There are so many youngsters here!

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