Last weekend I attended a conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and next weekend Chris and I are headed to Cleveland, Ohio, for another conference! I can't tell you how powerful it is to be surrounded by people who "get" you and who are living the same life as you are! It's amazing to instantly jump into likeminded conversation, filled with laughter, shared experiences, shared frustrations, and celebrating victories with high-fives, because you just "get" it. Contrast that with halted conversation about the weather or light and fluffy comments about surfacey topics. To me, that's exhausting. But give me like-minded people and my heart soars! We can go deep with our discussions and really hash things out. We can share perspectives and shed light on perplexing situations. We can help one another and encourage each other because we speak the same "language."
I love learning. I love to keep asking questions and then searching for the answers. Conferences are one way that I do this. I'm able to meet new people and hear speakers and be encouraged by people who are on a similar journey. Some are further ahead than I am, and can light the path. Others are just behind me and I have a chance to encourage and inspire.
As business owners, we are often in our own little worlds. Many of us work from home. Most of us are the "boss." That's why it's so important to get out of the normal routine and attend workshops or conferences or masterminds! Meet new people. Get encouraged and inspired. Get hope and encouragement!
I want you to remember that you are not alone. Your struggles may seem unique, but they aren't. I guarantee someone, somewhere, has been where you are. It's a lie (that we often believe) that no one could possibly understand my situation or my circumstances. It's simply not true. Reach out your hand for help. Take the first step. Open yourself up and ask for guidance and direction.
This last weekend, I went to a conference for home educators. I didn't walk in with a huge agenda, but I just had an open mind. As the weekend unfolded, I realized the concerns and worries I was holding deep down in my heart. As I listened to the presenters and visited the booths, those locked down fears began to emerge. I asked questions. I listened to advice and wisdom. I reached out for solutions and resources. And I returned home renewed and refreshed. Encouraged and energized.
There is immense power in hanging around with like-minded people. If you run a business and homeschool, I invite you to join our private Facebook group. Come hang out--you're not alone.
If you are feeling lonely, I encourage you to attend a conference. Sign up for a workshop. Find people who are on the journey with you. Reach out your hand for help. You'll be handed hope. And that's a powerful thing!
Hi, I'm Jen Hickle!
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