my #NonCon story, part 3

This is the description of the NonCon,

The Aiming Low Non-Conference is an event meant to get back to the core values of blogging. It will be a weekend full of question and answers and information-sharing. There will be NO PANELS, just a learning environment where you are welcomed to ask about the personal, technical, seeking and slightly embarrassing questions you might have and get honest, genuine answers from our noteworthy Roundtable Leaders as well as your peers.

I wrote that. Other people write a lot of things FOR ME  because its easier for them to make with the words and explanations.

I wanted this to be clear. Simple. My own words.

Yeah, there were those that could have been more elaborate and descriptive. In a lot if instances I will gladly stand back and let them handle writing wordy things.

Not this. This was something my heart dreamed up. Yes, I was responsible for the bulk of the stress and potential failure but I wanted it a certain way.

I came up with the roundtables, an idea different from the many conferences I’d been to and been a part of.

I asked my friends to be conversation leaders and keynote speakers.

I treated this conference like my newborn. Lovingly nurtured and cared for and then the days of the event came and I had to let go.

picture by Lizz Porter

I watched Faiqa and Leila handle details with sharp efficiency.

At one point I sat between tables with Faiqa and just shook my head. “It’s really happening!”

She smiled at me and nodded. We could hear the talks at each table. We could feel the rightness of the moment.

We had done it.

Something three years ago in a hospital bed the doctors would have said impossible.

I took a dream.

Put it into words.

Made it a reality.

If I my broken and wheelchair-bound body can do it, what’s stopping you?

More to come……

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8 Responses to my #NonCon story, part 3

  1. Susan in the Boonies October 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM #

    What IS stopping me?
    What you did in conceiving and giving birth to this remarkable event is absolutely remarkable.
    What a gift you gave us! A place to get our stupid questions answered.
    And I DID!

    Thank you, Anissa.
    I came back with more clarity than I’ve ever had.

    Susan in the Boonies´s last post…Monthly Maintenance for That Time of the The Month

  2. Leila (Don't Speak Whinese) October 20, 2012 at 1:07 AM #

    I freaking love you and your pushy, demanding and stubborn ways.

    That is why all of this was possible.

    Leila (Don’t Speak Whinese)´s last post…#EcoDriven Adventure at Peju Winery: Grape Stomping and Gross Feet

  3. Liz @ The Six Year Itch October 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM #

    I just felt a flutter and it wasn’t a fart . . .

    It was how awesome you are. NonCon was amazing and inspiring on so many different levels.

    Liz @ The Six Year Itch´s last post…Binders full of Bullshit

  4. Kymberli aka JW Moxie October 19, 2012 at 4:26 PM #


    Oh, yes I can.

    (And I can also stop crying now.)

    Kymberli aka JW Moxie´s last post…He said “binder,” but maybe what he meant was “corset.”

  5. Lucretia October 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM #

    S’awesome. :)

  6. Robin | Farewell, Stranger October 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM #

    Totally awesome. Wish I could have been there. Do it again next year when I don’t have a newborn, mkay?

    Robin | Farewell, Stranger´s last post…No Longer Only

  7. jana October 19, 2012 at 9:32 AM #

    God… CRYING AGAIN! I love you Anissa, and your beautiful, perfect, amazing brain for coming up with this idea. Oh, how I wish I were going to meet all of you this weekend again.

    jana´s last post…This one time, at blog camp…

  8. Vikki October 19, 2012 at 9:15 AM #

    Again with tearing up. Today I’ll blame it on my period.

    Vikki´s last post…Dream Big

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