In the last couple of weeks I have shared great times with amazing friends, courtesy of two fantastic and very different blogging conferences. After being inspired by a reflective post from Mummy Barrow and then another seperate post by Older Single Mum this week, I have thought about the things that I have learnt, at Blog Camp, at BlogOnMosi and in my 30-something years on this planet.
Conferences are hard work ..... for the organisers. It is tough to put on an event and I tip my hat to everyone that does.
Bloggers love sweets and cake and wine .......
Online friends can become "real life friends"
You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.
You can produce amazing images on your iphone courtesy of a few handy apps (thanks Vanessa)
If you don't know someone's name, ask. They will mostly just be grateful you took the time to talk to them.
If you encourage drinking shots with a bunch of bloggers, they may never let you forget it. (this may or may not have ever happened).
If you put grapes, spinach, banana, ice and water into a Vitamix machine, it actually creates a really nice smoothie (who knew?)
No matter how long you have been driving, a truck driver with no concept of lane discipline can still scare you on a long journey.
You don't have to be "perfect" to be perfect for one person.
Never judge a person by their appearance.
It's okay to treat yourself.
Judging people by your own standards can leave you disappointed. Figure out if it is worth the disappointment.
There will never be enough hours in the day.
That we should be glad that life doesn't give us everything we ask for.
That money doesn't buy class.
That it's those small daily happenings that make life so amazing.
That under any hard exterior is generally someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
That the less time I have to work, the more things I get done.
And finally, the last one goes to Coco Chanel: