I just got back from Haven which is a DIY conference held in Atlanta. I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years and I’ve been to my share of blog conferences. I’ve met TONS of other bloggers, made friends and learned how to be a better blogger. At Haven, half the sessions focus on bettering your blogging skills and half are a place to learn DIY skills. I went to Haven last year and enjoyed it very much.
But this year — this year Haven was different for me. In fact Haven 2013 was different than ALL the others that I’ve attended. Know why?
‘Cause this girl was a teacher at this conference– Boom!
Usually the most prep I do before a conference is decide what to wear and get my toes done.
Not this time! This time I pulled my hair back, rolled up my sleeves and prepared for some hard work , sweat and tears.
I packed LOTS of tools and workshop supplies. Way too many!
I cut and labeled templates and lots of material for my class. Way too much!
My packing list was significantly different for Haven this year!
I packed my earplugs and platform work boots and headed to Atlanta.
I spent the next 3 1/2 hours as I drove to visualize my class. I might have practiced out loud and with BIG hand gestures putting together a little something to say at the beginning of class to break the ice. A car passed me at one point and a kid turned to me and started making gestures — like he was mimicking me.
As the weeks leading up to Haven approached, I kept realizing that I wasn’t feeling nervous yet and that completely surprised me. I am NOT a fan of standing up in front of a group of people and just talking. I kept expecting to have a wave of panic set over me but it never came. I know it’s because I’ve spent the last 6 months coaching/helping/teaching women over Skype. One on one and not big groups — but it still helped.
That and the fact that I had NO idea how many people would actually show up to this trim molding class. I might have subconsciously hoped that only 2 people would show up.