I learned a new term today; one that came after sitting on an airplane for an hour while the weather in New York City wasn’t cooperating. Wheels Up – apparently what the pilots refer to as the actual time of departure. You know, when the wheels on the plane fold up neatly into the aircraft and you have officially hit the air.
I like it. I might use it. I’m kind of feeling my “wheels up” hasn’t gotten here yet. But it’s coming.
Sitting on a plane alone isn’t as much fun as it used to be. I can complain from here ‘til Sunday about the relief of getting away from my kids for a few days, but the fact is that once those wheels were up, I missed them terribly. I know that it’s good to have some time apart, especially when you are a SAHM, but to see your children cry and tell you “Please don’t go, Mommy,” it breaks your heart.
But sometimes you have to go. Sometimes being a mommy isn’t enough. Sometimes you have to find out if there is more to you than cooking, cleaning and raising children. So I’m off to find out.
As most of you know, I’m heading to BlogHer in New York City. Okay, for those 2 of you who have no idea what that is, it’s only the largest annual blogging conference for women. I went last year when it was in San Diego and while I wasn’t thrilled that it was being held in New York this year, I had the overwhelming sense of urgency to attend. I felt that if I didn’t go I would not only be missing out on a lot of fun, cool swag and getting the chance to meet some fabulous bloggers, but that I would miss out on opportunities…. Opportunities for my blog, my career. Oops, did I just type that? A career? Well, I’m not sure what else to call it. It’s become so much more of a hobby. Aside from my children, it’s become part of who I am.
Last year after BlogHer, I was full of hope and ideas and creativity. I had new directions I wanted to go in and immerse myself deeper into blogging. So, what have I done since last summer?
- I’ve made money blogging.
- I’ve co-founded the most amazing networking group ever.
- I’ve met some truly wonderful new friends.
- I’ve become a contributor for websites other than my own.
- I’m helping organize a new weekend blog conference.
I’ve completed the goals I set for myself last year and I’m ready to do the same again this year. The only problem is, I don’t know what those goals will be yet. I’m looking forward to sitting on the plane on my way home after the conference and writing a list of those goals. I have no idea where it will lead me, but I know that after the next 5 days I will be different. I will have learned more, met more people, and exposed myself to new brands and PR people. I might have a little blog now, but that little blog is taking me places I never would have imagined I’d go.
I’m getting close, I can feel it.
My wheels are going up.