Last year I heard about a conference called #140 and knew I had to go. Because I had fallen hard for the Twitter. So I hit up a Twitter friend to talk with me and dragged him and my husband to Hutchinson. There I was struck by the number of stories I heard and the number of hugs I got instead of cards. I felt like I was talking to people just like me. However these people were living their dreams, taking a chance, and doing what they loved. And I wondered why I wasn’t doing the same.
I came home determined to find a way to turn my hobby of social media into more than just a blog. And in many ways I did. I took my enthusiasm for connecting people and started Social Media Club Mid-Missouri. Instead of just adding my voice to the local blogging community, I created a space for collaborative blogging about Columbia Missouri. If you read this today you can head more about how I did this at 4:10CST on the #140conf Livestream.
So here I am at #140conf again and this year I am thinking about what the next step is. How do I turn what I love into what I do for a living? I am planning to attend Startup Weekend to see what’s like to grow a business from the ground up and hopefully soak up some of the creativity and drive of the attendees. I am looking at local companies to see where I would want to work and figuring out if I could make working full time work for our family.
Here is where I ask for your help… what helped you find your path? Was there something that pointed you in right direction? What resources should I be checking out?