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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

About Last Week

This poor blog - it's either a reflect of my life (busy) or of my mental state (tired). Whatever the cause, I've surely moved long past the days of updating every day.

Things change. That's life, right?

Anyway, about last week. I was offline for most of the week while attending a conference. Last year at this time, I had the honor of being inducted into the College of Fellows for my professional organization. Fun and meaningful times.

This time, my cohorts and I snagged a national First Place award for our work on our chapter's newsletter.

Awards can be a means to make you feel good - and there's a place and time for that. (Last Thursday was definitely that place and time!) But awards can also validate the work you've done and the importance that you've placed upon it. Our little newsletter that could is, according to this award, as good as we think it is.

I also had a great deal of fun presenting at the conference with my good friend, Random Cathy. I think I'll write about that more later, because I'm still processing the experience and what I learned through working on, preparing for and presenting with Cathy.

The one takeaway that I'll note today is that we had more than 260 people crammed into our presentation room - since none had heard us present, I would say that does not reflect so much on our skills as speakers as it does the topic: How to find your bounce (passion). We're living in a world with tired, run-down people.

All in all, it was a busy, exhausting, fun, educational and energizing four days at conference. I love networking with nearly 1000 professionals in my field from across the country.

And I always love spending time with my cohorts from the Dallas chapter!

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