This is my first year going to Alt Design Summit, of course.
In the last few weeks/months, one thing I’ve sensed in tweets and on blog posts from other attendees is ANXIETY & BUTTERFLIES. It seems everyone is panicked about what to wear, what to present, how to represent themselves in the best way, etc. And I’ll admit, the thoughts have crossed my mind, too, as I have a seedling little blog and all. So I thought I’d just say a couple of things to anyone going….I am such a dork, I know…..but here are a few things that might be helpful to us all (myself included.) 🙂
1. BE PROUD. Go there feeling PROUD of what you’re doing, no matter the level you’re at!! You’re trying to do something worthwhile whether it is for a hobby, a career, a creative outlet, a feeling of community. THAT’S JUST AWESOME. So do not for a moment go there feeling inadequate! Let’s all go there and just feel good about what we are trying to do & feel good about our desire to improve. 🙂
2. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. Each one of us is just trying to make a positive difference in some way. It will be great to all be there together cause we’re all working on the exact same goal. Everyone there will be our friend in that way. We’re all in the same boat. Some people have just been in that boat longer.
3. NO NEED TO COMPARE. Every single person has something unique to offer! I wouldn’t dream of having a blog like anyone else’s as it just never could be. We can only share what we have.
4. THINK OF OTHERS INSTEAD OF OURSELVES. Instead of thinking of – – What will *I* say when I meet people? How will *I* be able to survive this presentation? Let’s think about how we can make others comfortable & help them. Let’s think about how we can share friendship & kindness or generosity with others & take the focus off of ourselves. We’ll have a much greater experience if we do.
And yes, of course the place will be crawling in the best fashion ever. Can you imagine? I can’t wait to see all the amazing outfits. I’ll try to take as many photos as I can to share with you….so that we all can see the latest and greatest style ideas.
Here are a few of the outfits I am considering wearing. I am still not sure which items will make the cut. There is a great stylist at J.Crew (Marina Dobreva) who told me I am so feminine that I need to “borrow from the boys” to be a little more edgy. Yes, good idea. So, there may be a man’s sweater and a bow tie appearing. I still need to google “How on earth do I tie a bow tie???” And if I can figure it out, I’ll be sporting one at the conference. And Danny may need to guard his wardrobe as already I’m checking it out for things I can borrow. 🙂 And now it’s REALLY time for me to pack….:)