Jun 252012

BZTAT at the BlogPaws Nose to Nose Awards

I just returned from BlogPaws 2012, which could very well be the most fun and interesting conference EVER for writers, artists and pet enthusiasts.

I enjoyed the company of fellow writers, artists, people involved in animal causes, and social media/blogging geeks – you know, my peeps.

I learned many new things and I gained inspiration from very gifted speakers. But more than anything, I had the opportunity to enjoy great times with some of the most talented and outright fun people in the world.

As much as I value my ability to articulate, I am reduced to using simple words like “AWESOME!” and “We had a BLAST!” because the event defies verbal description.

As I returned home (it took many hours to fly from Salt Lake City, UT to Canton, OH), I thought about how much I had been changed by this brief 3-day encounter. As I struggled to return to my usual routine this morning, I realized – I don’t want to!

I have no interest in my old routine. It had me stuck.

I am a changed person after gaining new insight and opportunity. If I am changed, my routine needs to change to match it. Otherwise, what would be the point?

One statement by keynote speaker Lena West really hit home for me:

“You can only ride one bicycle at a time. You only have one ass.” ~ Lena West

Lena nailed many other issues that I need to address, but this one really hit home. It made me realize how many activities I have been taking on lately that take me away from my needs and purposes. Not only do those activities misdirect me, they also do everything but nourish my soul.

That is going to change.

(Also, my ass is going to get back onto my bicycle, because I need physical exercise to improve myself.)

We rocked it out in our own special way at BlogPaws. Now it is time to keep the energy flowing and apply the experience to our everyday lives.

I can’t wait to get started.

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  1. I hear ya… I can’t tell you how hard it was to go sit at that desk today!

    • I started to do my usual things and said, “Nope, not gonna do that!” And the Cute has inspired me to get in better shape. 🙂

  2. I have many thoughts, but the first is that you look like such a baller in that photo. LOVE!

  3. Great post! That particular remark by Lena West hit home for me, too – as did quite a few other things she said.

  4. Fantastic! So wish I could have joined you guys. I was able to hear Lena’s live stream (and see her) and wrote down a number of her quotes as well. She even energized ME all the way in Michigan….

    • We really missed you Caren and hope that you are feeling better! Lena. Was very motivating as we’re other speakers. More to come in future posts!

  5. Yey! I love this kind of positive change. So jealous I couldn’t be there too but delighted to read about how inspired you feel. More, more!

    • Thanks Liz! BlogPaws just keeps getting better and better, and it was awesome at the outset. This time, the focus on putting yourself in the position of business success hit me head on. It was the perfect storm of readiness on my part converging with fabulous speakers and the most fun and energizing networking experience ever! I hope that you will try and make it to BlogPaws 2013, which I presume will be even better!

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