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Meeting the Janes…

IMG_9879A few weeks ago I wrote about Scott Dinsmore and how his website and a workbook he published helped lead me into the direction of becoming a blogger.  Part of this planning process involved doing some research and finding people and information on how to do this.

During my research I discovered something wonderful…I discovered See Jane Write. I had heard about this network – and The Janes – through my friend Nicole Thurston (Destination Unknown) a few years ago.  She is a blogger and attended one of the See Jane Write conferences and wrote about it.  I remember tucking that bit of information into the back of my mind for some reason.  Now I know why I did that.

After the self-assessment I did with Scott’s workbook, I went online and looked up See Jane Write and started reading.  I also noted that there was a mini-blog conference coming up at Homewood library.  I couldn’t wait to sign up for this conference!  I signed up and anxiously awaited that Saturday in July 2014…I was ready to meet The Janes and see what I could learn from them!

As I began gathering information about the conference and who the panelist and speakers would be, I dug a little deeper.  I looked up their blogs, took note of their blog design, read through some of their stories/posts. I really wanted to get a feel for what they were saying and how they were saying it. I didn’t know at that point if there was really a specific way to go about blogging. I also found all these bloggers on Instagram. Since I love photography, you know I LOVE Instagram! So I began following the panelist and looking through some of their photos to get a feel for their personalities and their lifestyles.

Then the night before the conference, a photo popped up from panelist – Chic in Academia (aka Bertha Hidalgo) and I commented on it.  She mentioned how excited she was to be a panelist at the conference.  Now, how many times have you commented on an IG photo of someone who has thousands of followers and you get a reply right back? That had never happened to me but it did with Bertha!  I commented that I would be attending and she immediately followed up and said to come see her and say hello!  Wow!  I was fascinated!

So….I did!  I got to the conference fairly early – I’m always an early bird and I quickly took a seat on the front row.  Can you tell I was eager?  I was excited to see Chanda Temple (Chanda Temple Writes) there and we sat next to one another on the front row.  I took a walk around the room a little bit later to explore, checked out the vendor tables and hen there she was…Bertha was sitting with two other panelist.  As I remember it, we made eye contact and it’s as if we already knew one another.  She jumped up and hugged me and I tell you, it made me feel wonderful!  We chatted for a bit, she  asked me about my blog – which I hadn’t launched yet – and I told her my ideas and what I hoped to accomplish.  She was so encouraging to me that day and continues to be as I take this journey.

Meeting Chic in Academia - Bertha Hidalgo - at the See Jane Write Mini-Conference.

Meeting Chic in Academia – Bertha Hidalgo – at the See Jane Write Mini-Conference.

As I met and spoke to other bloggers that day and shared my vision for Southern Senora, they were all so encouraging and liked my blog concept saying there really wasn’t anything like that “out there.”  I still had work to do to narrow things down but it made me feel good that everyone was so willing to share their experiences and offer advice.  I had come to the right place, for sure!

Morning panelist...

Morning panelist…

That day I learned so much and the mini-con also confirmed a lot of things that I had researched and discovered about blogging and myself in the process.  In addition to hearing from Bertha, I loved hearing from panelists Erica Bunker (Erica B’s DIY Style), Vanessa Culpepper (Budding Fashionista) and Heather Brown (My Life Well Loved).  Later in the day a great panel discussion took place featuring Carla Jean Whitley of Birmingham magazine, Tanya Sylvan of All in Stride, Williesha Morris of My Freelance Life, and Alexis Barton of Same Chic Different Day.  Alexis also gave the opening keynote speech and then Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Southern Femme closed the conference out by sharing her success story.  What a day!

Afternoon panelist

Afternoon panelist

And all this was possible because of the vision of one woman – Javacia Harris Browser – founder of See Jane Write.  Javacia is quite simply a rock star!  I am forever grateful to her for creating this organization that has given me access to such wonderful and encouraging people.  Thank you, Javacia!

Meeting the Janes has been a highlight in my blogging journey…

 

Thank you Scott Dinsmore…

Scott Dinsmore's goal setting workbook that I used in July 2014 that lead me to start my blog...

Scott Dinsmore’s goal setting workbook that I used in July 2014 that lead me to start my blog…

One year ago on September 15th, I launched Southern Senora blog.  It’s exciting to think back on when it started.  I pinch myself that I finally went ahead and started this blog after much hesitation, a little fear and soon discovered how much fun this has been.  Then something happened right around my blog anniversary date that really made me grateful that I took this step…

A few years ago I considered getting into the photography business. I had a few moments when I would get real encouraged and then…blah…the feeling would escape me.  The reality is that I enjoy photography so much I just didn’t really want to get into the true business side of it at that point. I love taking photos – something I believe I inherited from my father. I have his Leica camera in a place of honor in my house – loved seeing him with that camera and his leather pouch with all his equipment most of my young life. He was a civil engineer so you know everything he photographed had to be precise!

I put the photography business idea back on a shelf after doing a self-assessment at the beginning of July 2014.  Let me back up a bit.  In June, I was searching the internet for a goal setting exercise for my son when I landed on Scott Dinsmore’s site called “Live Your Legend” – Change the world by doing the work you love.  On his site I was able to download a goal setting and action plan workbook.  This sounded perfect for my son.  Heck, it sounded perfect for my whole family!  So I downloaded it, made copies for everyone and discussed it with the family.  They all thought it was nice but I don’t think they took it too seriously.  Me, on the otherhand…I got serious about this workbook!

I took a few days off to extend the Fourth of July holiday and decided to do some soul-searching.  My little sister, Kanista and I have always shared our New Year’s resolutions with one another to hold each other accountable.  We didn’t get around to it in 2014 – at least not in any detail.  So, I was floundering a little bit and remembering driving to work one day thinking – “what am I doing?”  I mean, I was driving to work, doing my work, but what was I accomplishing?  I think that was the question that really got to me.  What was I accomplishing?  And, in what direction was I going?

I woke up on July 2, 2014 and headed to IHOP for breakfast alone.  I had my notebook and Scott Dinsmore’s workbook and I got to work.  Several hours later, it was all clear.  I wanted to start a blog.  Better yet, I wanted to start a Hispanic Lifestyle blog!  I even had a name for the blog that popped into my head as I worked through this process.  I kept thinking how fortunate I was to have found this website, how much detail and thought was put into it and how I was benefitting from it!

One of the goals and a few action items I wrote out July 2014 that lead me to Southern Senora blog.

One of the goals and a few action items I wrote out July 2014 that lead me to Southern Senora blog.

Then…on the morning of September 16th, I checked my Twitter account – mind you, this is something I don’t do on a regular basis.  The first post that popped up was someone saying “RIP Scott Dinsmore.”  WHAT?  Was I seeing things???  I thought it was a sick joke!  I started searching more #ripscottdinsmore posts and they were so many.  WHAT had happened?  At that point, all I could find out was that Scott and his wife were hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro and he was killed during the climb by a boulder that had fallen on him.  He was 33 years old and he was in the middle of a year-long world tour as part of his Live Your Legend work.  I was beyond sad hearing this.  As I was celebrating my one year blog-anniversary with my family that evening, I shared this with my husband and children and they couldn’t believe it.  They have been so supportive of my blog and knew this was weighing on me as we celebrated.

I didn’t know Scott Dinsmore but his workbook, his website and his TedX video had been (and continue to be) so encouraging to me.  His mission was to help everyone to “find and do work you love.”  I just know that last July 2014, this young man named played a pivotal role in helping me get my blog started.  #RIPScottDinsmore and #thankyou.