We spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday at BlogHer 2012 and had a blast. But as a co-founder my favorite part by far was speaking to one in particular blogger. She came by about halfway through Saturday - and made me feel like a million bucks.
It was one of those moments that could have quickly passed by and not made an impact on me, but luckily, I realized how important it was.
Our conversation went a little something like this.
Her: This is such a fabulous idea - is this company yours?
Me: Yes, me and Megan founded it. We are sisters in law.
Her: That is so awesome. I’m so jealous. I really really really want to be able to chase a dream like that. Congratulations!!
We actually had quite a few women who cheered on our bid for success in the entrepreneurial race. But this woman was a designer, and we had a conversation that covered a few things - so her enthusiasm at the end was perhaps more out of the blue and rewarding than had it been the only thing we discussed.
In any case, at that moment I felt a bit “dead on my feet”. I was sick of smiling, my cheeks hurt, my brain hurt, I could hardly work up any spit into my mouth because it was so dry and no matter how many mints I popped it felt like I was still speaking with bad breath - so really - there is no better way to say - I had hit the wall - or as Megan says “The wheels are coming off the bus!!!”
And in that moment I realized “WAIT. This is really amazing. Its amazing to be here. Its amazing to be working my ass off for something that I own, and its amazing to be using 200% of my energy to try and accomplish goals and dreams that I have had to be my own boss for my entire life.”
So to that woman - thank you. Really. You re-energized me and gave me a special thing - the ability to stop for a moment, look around in the midst of all the craziness and say - This is really awesome.
Its funny. I have $40 to my name. I am completely exhausted. I haven’t vacuumed my apartment in weeks and I made my poor kid work the past two weekends in a row. But you know what? When I stop for a second? All I can think is: I lead a very charmed life. :)