Conferences and Speaking and Finding My People

These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. I have a lot to talk about but for today I'm just going to say that it is such a joy and privilege to be at this age and know who my people are and where to find them.

I'm doing two conferences back to back. I just finished RootsTech which is a massive genealogy conference that takes place in Salt Lake City. Now I'm down in Palm Springs, California, at Alt Summit, a creative entrepreneur and influencer conference that I've been going to for ten years. These two conferences are wildly different from each other in content, focus, mood, and audience but I love them each madly and I feel like I totally belong at both of them.

I went to RootsTech as a speaker and member of the media for the first time this year and it was a freaking blast. I spoke about archiving social media for genealogy (saving Facebook posts forever so you don't forget what your grandma commented on your baby's first photo) and I had the joy of speaking to a packed room of people who were completely into my topic. It's not always easy to find people who are both-feet-in to genealogy and even though the people in my everyday life tolerate my occasional excited rants about family history, it's much more fun to chat with people who just want you to keep on talking.

And now I'm at Alt and I'm speaking today for an hour so I can teach a lot of people a calendar system that will make their lives just a bit easier. And it's like...I don't know. I have so many dear dear friends that I get to connect to at this conference and we don't do the same work and we don't have the same home life and sometimes the only thing we really have in common is this desire to create things that serve people but man if that's not enough to just be friends forever. It's such a good crowd and a good mood and I am so myself when I'm here. 

Life is crazy and rough. I'll be talking about that a lot more in the next few weeks because THANKS FEBRUARY but in the meantime, I'm soaking in the joy of community and feeling like I belong. Feeling comfortable in crowds like this is easily one of my favorite things about being a woman in my late thirties because I feel like it took me a while to get here. All the high fives for finally figuring out who you are.

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