My daughter was reading an article to me- actually a response to an advice column — from some person that wanted to know if they could write their own entry, about themselves, in Wikipedia. *Sigh* I understand that person’s point of view. They are probably trying to make a name for themselves in their field. Funny thing is .. it doesn’t work that way. I know. For about five years, I wrote this blog– focusing on all kinds of wacky work/commuting/IAAP experiences. Many times my purpose was purely to vent. Othertimes, it felt more like a confessional. Then suddenly, I lost my love of writing. Ouch.
I’ve had an amazing six months of growth and no writing. What’s up with a blogger that doesn’t write for (more than) six months? Well, they could be ill. Or, thankfully in my case, I’ve been preoccupied with learning and focusing. I felt like I didn’t have anything valuable to add to the admin community and didn’t want to blather. I stopped writing and started listening to my peers in the field. Reading their blogposts. Listening to podcasts and viewing webcasts. I read more business materials. I also focused on getting my IAAP chapter leadership turned over which happens in less than 10 days.
In the meantime, I was interviewed by a peer magazine, Executive Secretary. I presented at seminars and did my first two webcasts. I was asked to join a local division IAAP speakers bureau and was offered an amazing opportunity to be on the advisory council for office*US. office*US, a tradeshow and professional development event- was being held in my backyard- Washington, D.C. I had an opportunity to provide input to the conference planners on education topics, logistics, as well as potential vendors. I also was honored to be part of the team that reviewed the Office Hero* of the Year award nominee submissions.
Imagine my joy when 4 inspirational and motivational speakers were selected to present at this conference. I thought to myself, ‘Perhaps this conference will provide me with the re-fuel my spirit needs’. I was right!
I attended 3 out of the 4 keynote speaker sessions. Seth Kahan, Noah Blumenthal and Valorie Burton are sought-after keynote speakers. Their focus- is focus. I heard just what I needed to hear. Their respective presentations helped validate my train of thought, and my approach to my career. The intersection of my vast desert of joie de vivre and their appearance at this conference was no coincidence. Timing is everything and now, I feel like writing again.
Now– the other news. It’s time to change my blog title and location. So this will be my last blog under SuperPPN. I will post a link here to my new blog as soon as it is unveiled on WordPress. Thanks for your support!