It has a been a few week since the 2014 Food and Wine Conference and my head is still spinning. That weekend was filled with good food, good times, and a ton of learning. I walked away from the weekend feeling truly inspired and I finally feel like I know what direction I want to go in. I have even started to slowly get things marked off my ridiculously long blog “To Do List”. My progress has been slightly hindered by Pinterest (the biggest time suck EVER) but I am making progress.
One of my biggest takeaways from the conference was the concept Be True to Yourself. It seemed like every speaker had the same underlying theme of truly being yourself in everything that you do. Every aspect of being a successful blogger is determined by how true to yourself you really are. To be quite honest, I have always seemed to struggle with this concept. I have always felt that I am supposed to be this or do that. When I decided to start blogging, I found an outlet that allowed me to break out of shell and learn to really listen to my heart.
During one of the sessions, it became very clear to me that I still have a lot of work to do when it comes to being true to myself. A woman, who I have known for a little while, said something to me that truly resonated with me. “For as long as I have known you, you have always been afraid. You always say that you know what to do but you never actually do it. Now, you just need to do it.” Pete has been telling me a version of this for years. It wasn’t until this woman said that for me to realize that I am afraid of being true to myself and what I want out of life.
Another important takeaway (and aspect of being true to yourself) is the importance of Embracing Who You Are. While I on the path to being true to myself, the concept of embracing who I am (and loving myself for who I am) is an area that I am not very comfortable with at all. I have spent my life trying to blend in to background even thought I really want to leave my mark on the world. Being a successful blogger means that I need to embrace who I am as person so that I can develop my personal brand around that. One of the first things that I need to do is create an inspiration board to help figure out what direction I want to move in.
While I learned many other things about food, photography, writing, and maintaining my blog, I felt that the biggest message of this year’s Food and Wine Conference was much more than any of those things. The message to be true to yourself and embrace who you are is more important to creating the path that you are meant to be on than knowing how to take a great photo. Those skills will come with practice, patience, and perseverance. Knowing who you are (or who you want to be) help you follow your heart and achieve the success that you want.
Do you struggle with being true to yourself too?