Took a road trip this weekend to meet up with 150 other bloggers in Las Vegas for the Bloggers @ Midlife 2016 conference (#BAM16). It was held at the beautiful JW Marriott Resort, away from the craziness of the strip.
The internet is an amazing place to meet and interact with people but it is such a satisfying experience when you finally get to meet people face to face. I searched out and acknowledged those that have played such an important role in my turnaround over the past year. Unbeknownst to them, their words resonated with me in a profound way, giving me courage to continue each day and it felt important to look them in the eye and tell them so. As a bonus, I was also exposed to so many more really talented women, that I just can’t wait to learn from over the coming months.
Of course there was great content shared, inspiring speakers, and great vendors spoiling us with products, but there were also some AHA moments for me.
Here are a few of my takeaways from the weekend;
Midlife women are SO POWERFUL! There are approximately 100 million women over 45 in the United States. We have the wisdom, the passion and the resources to influence the world in amazing ways. But it’s up to us to seize this opportunity and not give into the myth of invisibility. I know I am not ready to stand down. It’s time to own it!
Not one of us graduated high school with a burning desire to be a blogger. Blogging, as with so many tech driven platforms, opportunities and hustles simply didn’t exist when we were starting our adult lives.
The job market has undoubtedly changed in the last 50 years, pushing Millennials down a less traditional career path than the Boomers took. Many will need to utilize a number of side hustles in order to reach their financial and career goals. The good news is these hustles are also available to midlife women and they are changing, for the better, the way we face retirement.
And then my favorite nugget of information: the average age of a bestselling author is 55! Such good and encouraging news for me. Apparently I am not crazy, this is when this writing thing happens! Sounds like, for once, I am in the right place at the right time.
Beyond the how to’s and process steps we learned, these things feel foundational to me. This is what I will build on over the rest of this year…definitely bringing these home from Vegas with me!