I’m getting ready to attend BlogHer 2011 and started thinking about how when you are preparing for a special event, your perspective can get completely skewed about what the worst thing that could happen might be. You know how it is, you are in the zone, working hard to get things ready at home while focused on putting your best foot forward to represent your brand partner and create new opportunities for your future. And then wham! Time for a reality check about priorities and keeping your feet on the ground.
Last week, like so many other BlogHer 2011 attendees, I got my pre-conference hair cut. Usually this is absolutely no big deal and not even on my radar as an area of concern. My stylist is out on maternity leave, I choose to see a stylist I recognized, it didn’t go well and I required not only a second hair cut to make things even but for my best look have to wear my hair straight. Meaning I don’t have the option to wear it curly. Not having the option to wear your signature style is startling, off track, not what you have planned. Uncertainty, insecurity, new routine. But here is the thing. Its just hair. Seriously. I don’t have a Mohawk, its not purple (though I love the color just not my thing), and as my daughter pointed out so wisely for such a young one, I’m not bald because of cancer. Nope, its just straight, something I’ve done before, and that I don’t have a choice isn’t the end of the world. Its just hair.
Last week a group of social media influencers banded together for One Week to fight against extreme poverty. This week marketing to moms industry leader Maria Bailey will not be at BlogHer because she is with her children in South Africa supporting THEIR charity Share a Shoe. Seriously…her kids started a charity. And last night I read a heart wrenching and poignant post by Melissa of Rock and Drool about her mother as she faces death.
These are things to be defined by. These are women grabbing life by its every breath and getting in the game doing the hard and amazing work to change their corner of the world. Yes you want to look your best at BlogHer 2011…but at the end of the day I hope you will choose to BE your best, grab hold of change, be daring and do something different, go after what you want and say yes to something completely new. You’ll never regret living your life like you mean it and meaning it all the same. Who you are is so much more than you hair.
On Friday, August 5th I want to meet you at BlogHer 2011. Well of course I want to meet you on the other days, but on that day I’ll be sharing some goodness from my generous brand partner The Stow Company that you won’t want to miss. For now, let me know in the comments the answer to this question:
What’s the worst thing that ever happened because of…. your messy garage?
Disclosure: I have been retained by The Stow Company to attend BlogHer 2011 on their behalf. As part of this project, I am posting in advance of the event. My content is original and opinions entirely my own. However given that The Stow Company is a home organization company, it’s fair to say we share many of the same opinions when it comes to the awesome life that is all things organized ~ enjoy!