Remember that time I was all stressed out about going down to NYC for Alt Summit? It feels like it was ages ago, even though it’s only been a month. I am FINALLY sneaking a couple hours to write out my conclusions from my Alt Summit NYC experience. I have loved reading the absolutely lovely recaps from my newfound friends and fellow blogging compatriots, complete with photographer Justin Hackworth‘s photos. I tip my cap to Atly for generously sponsoring Justin’s lovely, lovely work – he captured all of us so beautifully.
As I flew home, I started thinking about my “Alt NYC Recap Post”. After a few weeks of having to sit on it because of events, projects and just the general chaotic pace of life around here, I’ve realized that I’m actually glad that I didn’t have more time to sit down to write this post. Because though I learned enough to fill a dozen recap posts, what I’ve come to realize I was supposed to be writing a slew of Alt Summit thank you notes, rather than a recap. If I had the address of each person who made my trip the wonder-filled bubble of happy that it was, I would have sent out my weight in (beautiful, letter pressed) from-the-bottom-of-my-heart thank you notes. Since I have neither the stationary fund nor the addresses for all of these people, I’m going to take this week to do a series of thank you posts. What can I say? I’ve got an attitude of gratitude and my momma taught me right – you say thank you, no matter what.
Starting with the biggest thank you of all:
THANK YOU to Gabrielle Blair (Design Mom) and her sister Sara Urquhart for founding Alt Summit, putting together an awe-inspiring team who make it all possible, and for providing seasoned pros and blogging newbies (like me) a place to come together, find community, regroup and renew, celebrate our strengths, get all fancy dressed, giggle, and craft to our hearts’ content. With conferences in New York City, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and now Alt for Everyone classes online, there are now so many ways for all of us in this crazy talented, creativity-based universe to connect. Being at Alt NYC was absolutely invaluable to me – it energized me, it inspired me, it taught me more than a few incredible lessons, and it helped solidify me feeling that Minnow + Co. is exactly what I’m supposed to be doing, no matter how hard it may be or how many long days/nights/weeks/months there are as I get everything in order. At Alt NYC, I learned that it’s OK that I don’t know exactly what I’m doing, or that 80% of the time, I’m just putting something out into the world with no idea if anyone will actually like it. That’s what this is all about – making the leap and trusting myself to stick the landing.
Thank you especially to Gabrielle and Sara for not laughing in my face when, on the way to dinner with half a dozen other Alt attendees, the elevator doors opened to reveal Gabrielle and Sara and I, completely incapable of playing it city cool, let loose an elated “HIIIIIIIIII!” to them both while grinning like a star struck 12 year old. I still blush.
For today, my thank you to Gabrielle, Sara, and the Alt Summit team stands alone. It’s that big. Because going to Alt NYC was THAT BIG of a deal to me.
Check back tomorrow and all this week for more #AltNYC gratitude.