As you can probably tell by my last post I have started going to more events that relate to the blogging world. When I first started the blog it was mainly just an outlet that helped me process a lot of the transitions I had gone through with moving. Recently though I have been inspired to take this hobby and platform more seriously. While I love the whole brunch, pool, going out routine it has felt so much more rewarding the last couple weekends to mix in some events that are not only fun but also align with my goals. I don’t plan on giving up those just for fun activities I just needed to mix in some variety. Not all hobbies need to be taken seriously, but some can bring a
bout some pretty cool opportunities. If you see your hobby potentially presenting some good opportunities I really encourage you to go for it.
The first event I went to recently was dinner with the Dallas Style Collective girls. The founder of Style Collective, Annie Spano, was in town for StyleCon so we got together at Whiskey Cake to welcome her to Dallas. I had been a member of this network for a while but for some reason I had always been hesitant to attend a meetup. When I first moved I had no problem meeting complete strangers because it was out of necessity. Once I found a group of friends, I got used to our normal weekend routine. I like that normal weekend routine but I wasn’t taking any opportunities that helped further any goals that had to do with my personal hobbies.
By going to this dinner, attending StyleCon became even that more worth while. I would have gone by myself but I don’t think I would have gotten as much out of the experience if I didn’t meet some of the girls at the dinner. I was able to get to know some more smaller bloggers and now we have a group chat going on where people have been talking about future events or opportunities that the rest of us could get involved with to help support each others blogs and businesses.
Taking your hobbies more seriously doesn’t mean you need to give up the fun times you have with your friends. However, by taking at least a little time to truly invest in your personal interests it gives you a sense of accomplishment and productivity. At least it does this for me, and by feeling those things my life feels a little more well rounded.