Live Out Loud Live with Brooke Thomas

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Palm Beach for a conference for work -- Burn Media Co. sponsored the event I was also in attendance at the Live Out Loud Live conference to do the live social media for the event and to speak!

I'll be honest, I went into this conference not really knowing what to expect! Even though I designed the programs and knew the itinerary, I had never been to a women's conference like this before, especially for 3 days!

I could tell by the very first few minutes that I got there that I was in the right place. I was welcomed with hugs and smiles and lots to do! I was certainly kept *very* busy during this event.

It's hard to describe this event to other people because it's not quite a conference and not quite a party. It's got the best of both worlds. We danced, we learned, we empowered each other and we heard from incredible speakers like Tiffany Smiley, Marshawn Evans Daniels, and Lisa Bevere, among others. I was seriously BLOWN AWAY by how confident and strong these women were on stage. I definitely aspire to get my speaking skills to this level.

I cried many times. Happy tears. Nervous tears. Sad tears. Honestly, all the tears.

There were several fleeting moments that hit me right in the gut.

I was sure to dip my toes in the sand, enjoy the chocolates left on my pillow, and indulge in a little bit of room service, and even a lunch alone (I highly recommend everyone do this once in a while - how nice it is to just eat at your own pace and live with your own thoughts).

I left The Breakers feeling like I had a lot of heavy on my heart, but in the good way. The good way where you know something good is bubbling up. When you know that you're going to need to reflect, write it out, and then act.

And that's why I'm writing this. Because I need to write and exercise creativity. Even though I am often able to do this in my everyday "j-o-b", I need to do it just for me. And I need to use what I know to help others express their creativity. I need an outlet. Where that outlet will take me, I don't know, but I've put off having a personal space like this for far too long.

It's funny - I was just talking to my husband about this - how when I went into journalism, I had decided to enter that school because I wanted to be a "travel writer." That quickly changed because they don't really teach you how to do that in college. They teach you how to write press releases and buy media. I hope that the tides are changing and that journalism professionals start really focusing on teaching skills for the wide range of career options for young journalists, including social media and blogging! These are real careers now!

Anyway, I digress. I got away from my passions a little bit and that happens in life, but I want to make sure that I'm fulfilling this part of me too, so that's why I'm blogging again.

I hope that this blog will be interesting to you too! I'll be writing about my everyday life, favorite things, places I go, things I eat.. basically, you'll get a glimpse into my life and I hope it will help you to live a healthier, happier, more fun life!