"Xiomara, you paid the money. You love to write, and you're trying to get your career on track. Just go," he answered.
I was TERRIFIED by the idea of socially interacting with a large number of bloggers. "Will people care about my blog and what I write? Will I know what to talk about? Will people think I'm too young to be involved in this world?" I bombarded myself with ridiculous questions about ridiculous fears.
And now that Day One of the conference has ended and I'm currently sitting in a session of Day Two, my questions are answered: Bloggers here are accepting of who I am and interested in what I do; and I should be more confident in myself and my work.
I am grateful for my partner, for his encouragement and daily reminders to "Just go" forward with my life, even if he misses me when I've spent five days straight writing on my MacBook Pro. I'm pleased to be at BlogHer12 amongst the many women and men who are passionate about blogging, whether they focus on political, parenting, or personal topics. I'm learning a lot and connecting with some amazing bloggers and blogueras.
But the most important bit of advice I can keep in my heart is said perfectly in the words of NH Representative Marilinda Garcia in the Ella Gobierna: Latinas in Elected Office session:
"Be willing to try new things that come your way. Take risks. Go after your dreams. Your life will be more fulfilling."
Please share! Do you or have you ever had a dream that you were scared of fulfilling?