Q. What do you do when you wrap up a ProBlogger Training Event?
A. Collapse on the couch, relax by the beach, and then sign up for something called Frocktober.
A beautiful bunch of bloggers and a lovely lot of helpers
What a month! Once again it was amazing to be part of our two day blogging event #PBevent. This year marked a few “firsts”. It was our first year holding an event with over 400 attendees, and our first year hosting the event up in wonderful Queensland (at the wonderful QT Gold Coast.) Our team this year was bigger than ever, doubling in size, and looks to grow again next year. We even had Happiness Creators this year! This year also saw our first news coverage (featured on Channel Nine News and in the Australian Financial Review) and the first time we trended on Twitter for more than two days!
Darren Rowse always leads by example, and not only inspired attendees but guided us with vision and a genuine desire to make the event rewarding for everyone coming along. Nicole Avery as always shone in her role curating and programing content. Laney Galligan came on board this year as a brilliant Partnership Manager, Shayne Tilley gave us some great marketing advice and Liz Pulo did an outstanding job, helping me to organise everything from ticket sales and coordinating Room Producers, to assisting with venue logistics (my role at this event is to direct the production of the event and basically ‘make it happen’.) The whole team has spent months preparing and working like crazy in the lead-up, so you can imagine we are now all a little bit exhausted!
Here we are bright and early at 7am ready for the registration! (Clare, Cheryl, Liz, Me, Nathalie, Martine and Joy)
A HUGE thanks to Justine Bloome and her Virtual Ticket team Jade Craven and Yvonne Adele, and our incredible volunteers Richenda Vermuelen, Cheryl Lin, Charles Cunningham, Nathalie Brown, Martine Oglethorpe, Joy Toose and Clare Kelly. Thanks also to Shelley Winkel from Tourism & Events Queensland and her team for organising a fun Friday evening event and encouraging us to come up to the Gold Coast in the first place! Thank you speakers. Thank you attendees. Wow.
After our big event, I enjoyed a relaxing Sunday morning enjoying a facial by Bec at SpaQ (amazing service!) and a most enjoyable High Tea at Palazzo Versace with a couple of friends for my Birthday. Did I feel incredibly happy and grateful? You betcha I did.
Love Your Sister! Give them some love
Samuel Johnson surprised everyone by riding his unicyle into PBevent in spectacular, heartwarming style. He is riding around Australia to raise $1 million for Breast Cancer Research. He’s an awesome guy doing great things. You should take a look at the video below and please think about donating to his fundraising page for Breast Cancer Research and spread the message of Love Your Sister to be breast aware.
If you are in Melbourne you could also consider going to their big fundraising night on October 12th!
Lights, books and frocks.
So what’s next? Right now I’m having some quiet time after our big event. It’s school holidays so we are enjoying doing not much at all. I’m hanging out with the kids, catching up on a month of housework and hoping to finish reading a few books:
Daring Greatly by Dr. Brené Brown
Decisive by Chip & Dan Heath
and The In-Between by Jeff Goins.
The books are all really interesting and a good chance to refocus before I start working with the team on next year’s event and a few new ebooks for Digital Photography School. Our most recent dPS ebook is still on sale for one more week. It’s all about lighting up portraits, written by the amazing AMAZING *A M A Z I N G* Gina Milicia.
Also, I’ve registered for Frocktober again! The last time I joined in this fundraising event was two years ago. I feel a bit silly taking selfies of my frocks, but it’s all for a good cause, raising funds for Ovarian Cancer Research.
Your support is really appreciated! I’m aiming or raise $1000 and you can donate here https://frocktober.everydayhero.com/au/wonderwebby. (thanks to an early donation, only $950 to go!)
Do you think I will be able to relax now? I’m planning on it. But after you have been to a #PBevent, even if you didn’t sit through any sessions from beginning to end…. you end up meeting people who are creating, doing, and living inspiring lives. So after some time relaxing over the next couple of weeks, I’m also hoping to pick up my camera again, head along to a long overdue life drawing class and maybe even enrol in a creative writing course.
But right now, I’m going to get back to those books, a pile of washing, three lovely lads, a date with my husband, and more walks with our roly poly puppy!
How about you? Do you find events like this energise your creativity, even if you’re exhausted by the end of it?!