I’m pretty excited to be heading to my first Type A Parent conference this week.
I was introduced to the Type A community via my FT position. At the time, I did a little research, but because it wasn’t the right time to engage, I didn’t think much more of it.
As I started exploring new opportunities for me to grow as a blogger and as a content management professional, I took another look at what Type A was all about and how I could use the events to level up.[CONFESSION]: I went on a bit of a spending spree over the spring. The organization was hosting a few sales on their conference passes, and I decided to go ALL IN. I bought a VIP conference pass to Type A East, a pass to their West conference, and I purchased a ticket for the NYC Mastermind Bootcamp.
What the heck?!
Type A West
West was first on the list and, unfortunately, the first to be crossed off. Not in a bad way. The conference was scheduled early in July…and that truly wouldn’t have been an issue had I not purchased a house.
Buying a house this year wasn’t anywhere on my radar. I had no clue how my life was going to change in 2016, and I decided that it would be best – having just closed on the house and moved into it at the end of June – not to try and force a conference experience on top of everything else I was trying to manage.
(I still haven’t completely unpacked. It’s a mad house.)
I decided to take advantage of the transfer option and move along with life. (I was able to transfer my payment to a future event – in my case, something in 2017…because of the aforementioned spending spree on 2016 tickets.)
Type A NYC Mastermind Bootcamp
The NYC Mastermind Bootcamp was up next. As a daylong, in-depth session, I was expecting to take away some serious wisdom. And now, don’t get me wrong…in a way, I did. It was just not as I expected it to be. I was meant to fly out the day before (wanted to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the early AM start), but after an entire day of my flight being delayed (over and over again), I didn’t actually get to fly out until the next morning.
I arrived to the Bootcamp after lunch. Super frustrating as much of the foundation of the day had already been laid, and I was stuck catching up. Me being me, I did do my best to make the most of the situation. Good conversations with individuals that I’ve run into before (and HUGS). Connecting with the sponsors of the event, learning about their engagement opportunities and swapping business cards for possible future connections (all the while, devising a way to somehow acquire the enormous Hershey bar – see normal-sized kisses for size comparison).
I also was pleasantly surprised when the small group I sat with encouraged me to share my story and then cheered my Love Letters project. It seems a different lifetime ago that I had it running like a well-oiled machine. Their kind words and new ideas have had me considering how to give it the refresh it so deserves.
An unexpected benefit of purchasing the NYC Mastermind ticket was a bonus – totally FREE – ticket to the Affiliate Summit. I pulled strings both in my personal and professional life in order to attend. And have really appreciated the insight that those following days provided.
Type A East
And so left on my list – the infamous TAP East – held at Walt Disney World.
(Yeah, I get a lot of raised *teasing* eyebrows about the location.)
My priority is definitely going to be focused on learning everything I can and taking advantage of new opportunities. But, for the record, I haven’t been to Disney since I was four, so I do plan on taking some time to indulge in the glory of the location.
Totally excited that I’ve connected with a fellow NC blogger who’s well-versed in the Disney experience and has been helping me decipher through all the details, so I can make sure I’m on my A game. (See what I did there?)
I can’t really tell you how much I appreciate her kindness and inclusivity.
From what I can tell, there are diehard Type A attendees who love these conferences and hold tight to this community of awesome individuals. It’s a “work hard, play hard” kind of group – or I guess, in this case, I should say “blog hard, play hard.”
And so with all of that said, I’m really excited about going.
Wait. Didn’t I already say that?!
My flight leaves tomorrow. And no, I haven’t packed yet. Typical.
Biggest concern? I need a costume. There’s this big hoopla at the end – a costume, karaoke party to send everyone off back into the world properly. I’ve rolled around a lot of ideas, but nothing has come to fruition.
I think that I’ll be falling back on an old tried-and-true, which unfortunately has nothing to do with Disney, but everything to do with my love of 80’s music (not to mention the items I need are conveniently in my closet).
Stay tuned for pictures. I’ll post them to Facebook.
Will you be dressing up for Halloween this year?