|I'm on the right, age 3, wearing awesome pants.|
I was a dreamer in my own way and, last weekend, I met 3000 people just like me.
|Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall|
|WDS opening party, Oregon Zoo|
I have a habit of getting really deeply tangled in lists. I to-do until I'm grouchy. I need to take breaks (like vacations and road trips) from my routine to untie the knots. My trip to Portland for the WDS did that and more for me. Not only did I attend the WDS, but I also turned 40 years old the day after I returned from Portland (I'll write more on that in another post). This was perfect timing for me to spend some time in introspection and crunching on the big questions of life.
I came back with tons of notes filled with nuggets of awesome from the inspirational people speaking and attending.
- Darren Rowse inspired me to start dreaming again and to share my dreams. To look for sparks and nurture the small things that give me energy. Also to take action by setting aside time to create and complete things and choosing one small thing and doing my best at it.
- Bob Moore reminded me to look for inspiration in unusual places.
- Danielle LaPorte struck so many chords with me!
- Make everyone the object of your reverence. Show up and radiate.
- When we hesitate, we lean into convention.
- Motivation = discipline draws out the action, it can be punishing, it is overly fierce about achievement; inspiration = the work pours out of you freely, brings joy, is fierce but flexible.
- Self improvement is addictive. What if you're already good enough?
- My favorite take-away: Don't look so hard to find purpose. Instead, follow joy and usefulness. Find your own compass and joy. Move towards pleasure vs. away from pain. Only do what inspires you and continue to make choices that make you feel free.
- Jia Jiang shared that if you choose security over your dreams, it may be shiny on the outside but it will be raw on the inside. If you shy away from rejection, you will end up getting rejected by yourself.
- Gretchen Rubin asked some provocative questions that had us thinking about who we envy, what we lie about, and what we did for fun as children. It is clear to me from this talk, that writing is something I need to do more of!
- Donald Miller was deeply honest and great. He wrote one of my favorite books!