Lessons Learned: Alt Summit

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Images by Justin Hackworth.

Boom. That happened. Mr. Lovely and I are back from Alt, exhausted from the learning/hustling/partying, and inspired by the new friends/wise words/endless possibilities. Looking back at my Alt experience last year, it’s kind of interesting how very different my time was there this year.

I’m still so grateful and humbled to have had the experience to speak on a panel. I couldn’t be more thankful for my pals who came and sat in the front row so I wouldn’t be nervous, and for the fact that you couldn’t see my hands shaking when I changed the slides. (Come on, you would be nervous too!) And hopefully in that blur of an hour, we helped even a few people figure some things out.

There are too many highlights to try to remember, so I’m going to break it down to a few lessons I learned this week. If you were there too, I’d love to hear yours. And if you weren’t, hopefully this will serve to inspire you as well. Because I feel kind of ready to take over the world.

1. Always introduce yourself. Even if you’re shy or nervous. Most people are really nice.

2. Twitter is a supertool. Don’t neglect it.

3. It’s okay to give away some of your secrets in a community like this one. (Just maybe not all of them.)

4. And speaking of the blogging community, it’s maybe one of the coolest bunch of people ever. The creativity was so intense you could almost reach out and touch it.

5. If you’re not hustling, someone else is.

6. It’s okay to miss out on some things. Sometimes you just need to recharge.

7. There is no such thing as being over-prepared.

8. In order to succeed, you have to know your definition of success. Think about exactly what it is that you want, and make a path to get there.

9. Do first. Blog second. Make sure that you’re living a full life in the real world, and the online life will benefit.

10. Never, ever pass up a photobooth.

xoxo

SmileboothImage by Smilebooth.

15 comments

  1. Adorable!!! I love never pass up a photo booth :) There was so much creative energy there…now that I am looking through blogs and tweets, I am realizing how many people that I did NOT get to meet in person (like you! shoot!)

    • chelsea on said:

      Agreed! You know, I think we might have met without knowing it! Were you wearing a sparkly bow ring one day? I might have the wrong person, but I’m pretty sure I complimented you on it and didn’t even introduce myself! In any case, next time I’ll be sure to say hi. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

      • Bow bracelet…love that thing and I do remember that! Please tell me you are not unpacked so I don’t feel so bad about being in my jammies just commenting on blogs!!

        • chelsea on said:

          Oh YES it was a bracelet! That’s what made it so cool. And don’t feel bad — I’m in my jammies too, with hair that’s sticking straight up. Not gonna lie, I look pretty hot.

  2. Callie on said:

    Great post! I love your list (especially number 6, so true!). Hope to see you soon!

  3. Rachel on said:

    That is a fantastic list of “take-aways”, Miss Chelsea! You totally rocked your presentation (which I never doubted!) — you’re a pro! Hope you had a lovely drive home. xo

  4. Elaine Costa on said:

    Wow, what a great list. So good on so many levels. If you are going to run a “business” (a blog) you have to have your head on straight! Congratulations to you and all the other bloggers who were there.

  5. Elaine Costa on said:

    ps I want this picture! <3

  6. Lexi on said:

    I love this post and it was so lovely to meet you!

  7. anna belle on said:

    I was just thinking to myself how grateful I am for the blogging community I am discovering. What a wonderful way to be connected and in a unique but so very legitimate relationship with incredible people all over the world!

  8. Cyd on said:

    Loved seeing your impossibly cute faces again! Here’s hoping it happens again soon! xoxo

  9. amy c on said:

    Hey Chelsea! It was lovely :) to meet both you and Mr. Lovely at Alt. Maybe we’ll see each other next year too. Take care!

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