Bloggy Boot Camp…With a Nudge and a Push

One of the things that I love the most about my husband, Craig, is that he is so incredibly supportive of my interests.  He’s my biggest cheerleader and knows me well enough to recognize that sometimes I get stuck when faced with a challenge.

I have a fear of doing new things and a long history to prove it.

I also take things way too seriously.

The combination of these two traits is often problematic.

Fresh out of college, I was so excited to start my first real job in financial marketing for a place like zpicaudit who had a massive and varied task list for me.  I didn’t sleep at all the night before my first day and I showed up that morning in my black suit and carrying my Coach briefcase.  (I wish I was kidding.)  I was way overdressed and stuck holding that ridiculous briefcase, which was not unlike that first purse that you carry around as a little girl, crammed full of things that you think you NEED to carry with you.   You remember the one, with cherry ChapStick, paper, pens, and tissues. By the end of the day, I had shed my jacket, ditched the briefcase, and was just fine.

Years later, I was invited to present a paper at a conference on cultural studies.  With my paper–“In Defense of Gertrude: A New Historicist Approach to D.H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers”–in hand (oh, how I wish I was kidding), I arrived at the conference in a nice skirt and blouse.  My peers?  Jeans and t-shirts.  I wanted to just die.  I sucked it up, presented my paper, and ultimately I was better for the experience.

Fast forward to now.

I had heard great things about Bloggy Boot Camp, a one-day conference for bloggers, but since I’m still so new to blogging, I kind of shrugged it off.  Craig brought it up a several times, encouraging me to give it some real consideration.  Then, Sunday evening, we talked about it again and with his encouragement, I mustered up enough courage to register.

Now I’m having regular panic attacks about attending.  I feel like I’m back in high school and I want to call all of the other girls to find out what they’re wearing.

Yet again, I wish I was kidding.

I know that I will be just fine once I’m there.  I make friends pretty easily, but there’s something about walking into a room where I will know absolutely no one that makes me feel unsure of myself.

Whether or not it goes as well as I’m hoping, I am grateful for Craig, who recognizes that while I genuinely want to try new things and explore my world, I often need a nudge and a push.


  1. jaseza

    Wish I could go with you! Then we could go in jeans and T-shirts and coordinate our lipstick color. :) I think Glenn attended a similar class a few months ago, it sounded very interesting and he learned quite a bit…you will be just fine and yea, for Craig and his nudge and push.

  2. Sunshine

    Personally, I'd rather be over-dressed, than under-dressed.
    Look nice, feel comfortable, and be yourself. There are going to be ALL kinds, so you'll be just fine – just enjoy!!

  3. Nichole

    Sure you don't want to make the trip and go with me? Then I'd have someone to go to the bathroom with! (But seriously, there are still a few tickets, I think…)

  4. Nichole

    Thank you for the encouragement, Sunshine! I know I'll be fine, but anxiety sometimes gets the best of me! I'll let you know how it goes. :)

  5. Loni

    Ditto…Ditto…Ditto. But not the ditto about the supportive husband. Well he is supportive but he thinks my blog is silly. Don't get me wrong, he loves that he's able to get pictures off of it so he doesn't have to upload them himself but I wish he had been like Craig, encouraging me to go, that would have been awesome!!
    We'll love the experience I'm sure, but if you want to tell me what you're going to wear, I don't mind! ;) (I have those same anxieties.. I'm sure I'll be shopping for a new outfit just for that day (and I wish I was kidding…))

  6. Nichole

    Maybe when you get home from the conference and he sees how much you've learned and how enthusiastic you are, he'll be more on board? Maybe it will feel more real to him then…like more than just a hobby.
    As soon as I figure out what I am going to wear, I will definitely let you know! ;)

  7. Shana

    That sounds great, Nichole! I wish I could join you! Then it would feel like the first day of class, which was always an anxiety ridden experience for me! I'm sure you'll have so much fun and learn a ton- which hopefully you will be passing along to your readers! And it's so great that your greatest cheerleader also happens to be your husband! Everyone needs someone to encourage them to do more, be more, and experience more!! :)

  8. Julie

    I'm going to Bloggy Boot Camp SF also! And I have had the same *crisis* moments about those high school feelings! I'll totally coordinate outfits and what would be "cool" to bring (or not to bring!)

    Looking forward to meeting you!

  9. Adrienne

    Oh, I know exactly what you mean! I hate to go new places, and I hate even more to meet new people. Not after I don't. After, I'm always glad I got to meet so many awesome people. Before, though, I hate.

    I'm hoping to go to Bloggy Boot Camp in Austin next October. I assume there will be people there. I'm trying to be OK with that.

  10. Nichole

    I look forward to meeting you too! My new mantra is "I'm going to be fine…I'm going to be fine…I'm going to be fine." Say it with me now… ;)

  11. Nichole

    Hey Shana! Thanks for leaving a comment. :) I wish you could join me too (I miss grad school so much!).
    I will be more than thrilled to share everything I learn.
    And, yes, I am so fortunate to have Craig in my corner. I'm so incredibly grateful for him.

  12. Lyndsey

    Remember you could talk to a light post and make friends!

  13. suki

    I'm considering going, but not sure yet. :) It's a hefty amount, and I'm not sure what will be covered. I'll have to research more. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it though!

  14. Nichole

    I have so much to learn, that I can't help but think it is completely worth it for me.
    I looked at your site and it's really lovely. I love your aesthetic. :)
    Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for commenting!

  15. Nichole

    Let's hope that proves true this time!

  16. KLZ

    You sound like you've got a great guy there.

    And I'm sure someone on Twitter is going and can clue you into the dress code/walk in with you.

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