Feeling blissful after Blissdom 2013

It’s been three days since I’ve worn any shoes besides my Birkenstocks. I woke up on Sunday with Bliss-ters the size of loonies on my heels, a painful but who-the-hell-cares result of walking, dancing and learning at the beautiful Delta Medowvale.

Me and @louisegleeson at Blissdom 2013

Me and @louisegleeson at Blissdom 2013

Partying with that bunch was SO awesome that nothing can bring me down this week. Not even waking up in the horrors at 5 a.m. on Sunday and wondering what I said to all those lovely bloggers I’d met the night before — “Did I insult him? Did I really post that on my Facebook? Does she hate me?” Ahh, the unfortunate side-effect of unchecked drinking for this anxiety-prone gal — one of the reasons I don’t drink much.  But even a morning in the horrors was worth it — because I had such a great time.

Plus, based on the theme of this year’s Blissdom — kindness —  and the amazing girl-power vibes that permeated every Bliss-ful moment from check-in to check-out, everything is probably fine and my anxiety should just go fly a kite or do some yoga or something.

I left Blissdom feeling empowered, ready to make a change to my online life  — I feel very inspired to blog right now and I haven’t felt that in a while.I started this blog because I wanted people to know that a diagnoses of GAD and depression doesn’t have to mean a lifetime of unhappiness, but sometimes I’m so busy yelling at my kids and driving my shiny blue minivan that I don’t feel like blogging, or helping people. I get lazy and I forget about the times when my little blog has actually made a difference in someone’s life. As one of the conference speakers, Drew Dudley said in his session, we are powerful, even when we don’t know it. The mundane moments of my life are the very same moments I’m influencing people, so I’d better use that influence for good!

Truly, I met so many amazing people who are already using their influence to make the world a better place that I feel like I’m finally ready to join their leagues. I can do this! Just look at the amazing Jully Black who performed for us on Friday night. For her, it was probably a typical performance, just another night being fabulous. But for me, marching up on stage with her and pumping my fist like I was the star is a moment I’ll never forget!

I left Blissdom a better woman, I am empowered, inspired and ready to foster the power of kindness in every aspect of my life.

With that in mind I dropped off a bouquet of fall flowers to my yoga teacher this morning. Last week I hit her car when I was leaving her class — I offered to cover the costs, of course, but she insisted on helping with part of it because ‘mistakes happen’. I had to thank her somehow, so I’m hoping my little gesture of gratitude will make her day a bit brighter. How about you, have you done your random act of kindness today? What was it?

The washroom at Power Yoga is covered in sticky notes encouraging yogis to acknowledge someone special in their lives. It's a little thing but it fosters a culture of kindness — even my daughter Charlotte has written a few! How are you going to make the world a kinder place today?

The washroom at Power Yoga in Oakville is covered in sticky notes encouraging yogis to acknowledge someone special in their lives. It’s a little thing but it fosters a culture of kindness — even my daughter Charlotte has written a few! How are you going to make the world a kinder place today?

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