Lodi, CA – Wine Bloggers Conference 2016!
In just one week, I’ll be in California wine country soaking up all the northern region is known for at the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference.
Eeeek! I’m experiencing so many emotions and am having trouble focusing on what I need to do in my business today. So, I’m writing this as a bit of a clearing exercise (yes, I do believe the metaphysical and spiritual stuff works – it’s all God – but that’s another post)! Here goes…
I am so stoked about the different wine bloggers, vintners, and everyone that I will meet! There are several hundred people attending, and from the looks of it all with varied experiences with wine and blogging. I am excited about the ideas I’ll take away and things I’ll learn to expand this blog and my experience with wine! I am excited to walk through rows of grapes and see the differences in terroir that California has compared to Nebraska. Don’t even get me started on the brix contest! How fun does that sound? Of course there is the opportunity to meet the people from the vineyards of the brands of wine that I know and love! It almost feels like I’ll be meeting celebrities, although I imagine they will be just as amazing as the individuals of Nebraska’s wineries. I can’t wait to get up early and run, or walk or do some yoga and see the sun rise in California! I’m sure there are things that I can’t remember that are included on the agenda, but I am just over the moon about what this experience is going to be!
I haven’t always been shy… I was as a little girl, was NOT at all shy as a teen-young adult, but I do find that I am a bit more reserved than I used to be. Actually, I am only reserved when it comes to meeting new people. I’m still the fun-loving, outgoing person that you will remember, even if it’s just because of my signature laugh. But for all the reasons I stated above, I am feeling very anxious about doing all of these things on my own. My husband won’t be there. My mom (and business partner) also is not able to go. I don’t have any friends tagging along. I’m forcing myself to put myself out there. And… It. Is. Scary! I feel like it’s going to be the first day of school, and I don’t know anyone. I hope that everyone will be welcoming and friendly. All I can do is put a smile on my face and practice my introduction. 🙂
There probably aren’t very many people who would guess I struggle with this, but it is something I have to work on daily. I need to take the advice I give my kids: Chase your dreams. Work hard. Have no regrets. You can do anything you set your mind to. So why is it that as an adult it’s so difficult to do just that? (Reference my note above – more on mindset in another post!)
I do have hope for making my dreams come true… To travel, drink wine and explore the world. Oh, and to share my experiences with you and guests of Nebraska Wine Tours. I have hope that my kids will see Nebraska Wine Tours grow into a successful business. I hope to inspire others to chase their dreams!
You see! I told you there is so much going on in my head! But as I write this, the thing that keeps coming to mind is that I need to get out of my head and relax, have fun and just soak it all in. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you as soon as next week! Make sure you follow our social media channels!