TRIBE Conference 2018 Take-a-Ways and Then Some…

I did something new last week. At 56 years old, I flew away on a plane by myself for the first time. Well, there were other people on the plane of course, but this was a new milestone for me. I’ll tell you why…

My mother was super protective of my sister and me growing up. I’ll have to say, she still is. I’m like, 56 Mom. Really? It’s kinda sweet though. Someday I will miss it. Of course, looking at this photo I can totally understand her concern…

That’s me on the left with my friend, Janis; having fun at The Factory in Franklin, TN

I married my best friend and soul mate right out of the house and never needed to fly anywhere alone — not even for work. I attended the TRIBE Conference in 2016 but hubby and I drove there.

I missed 2017 and regretted it so I was determined to attend 2018. This time, Brian decided to stay behind for business reasons and I would go it alone.

It was time for me to fly (sorry if you now have REO Speedwagon stuck in your head).

I don’t believe it was by any accident that the music duo Jill and Kate, who performed at the 2016 conference, also sold jewelry there. I bought a necklace — a silver bird with one word engraved on the front. Fly.

Time for me to fly

I flew to Nashville and my friend, Janis Cox, was there to meet me at the baggage claim (Mom was happy about that, too). We picked up the rental car and headed to Franklin. Four girls, one divided room, four beds, one bathroom — and it went off splendidly. God put us together. Janice CoxNora O’Malley, and Deanne Welsh, wouldn’t you agree? These girls are amazing and are impacting the world with their words.

Thursday night was a fantastic meet-up at the Mellow Mushroom. Many thanks to Nicole Akers, founder of Publishous, and her mad planning skills. You can never go wrong with pizza in my opinion. Already familiar with this Tribe of writers, it felt like a family reunion. I don’t know about you, but class reunions seem to be about comparison for the most part. At TRIBE, it doesn’t matter whether you were voted most likely to succeed, because here everyone is likely to succeed. This is a family but not just any family — this is a family of creatives journeying together.

Mellow Mushroom Meet-Up

Those smiles are genuine — a representation of the amazing group of people who gathered together in Franklin. These are the people who won’t laugh at your dreams or humor you as you share the excitement of what will be (notice I didn’t say what could be).

These are the people who understand that this is not merely a hobby, although hobbies are great, this is a passion and a calling. This journey is a meaningful part of our lives because it changes other peoples’ lives for the better.

For example, my friend, Judy Herman, has a brand new book coming out soon, Beyond Messy Relationships: Divine Invitations to Your Authentic Self. I think we all need to read it, how about you?

Friday afternoon before the start of the conference brought another wonderful meet-up at the Frothy Monkey. Many thanks to Eric Gale, who knows how to throw a party. Blessed to meet my new BookCamp buddy, Evelyn Sherwood, a new friend, Tamela Pitts, and my 500 Words a Day SPAR! friend, Callie Dixon. Even got a hug from everyone’s favorite, Laura McCoy. Too many awesome friends to name and you know I fear leaving someone out. If anyone feels that way, I do love you.

Arriving at the conference, you have this feeling of awe. You pinch yourself to be sure you’re really there and you know it’s going to exceed all your expectations.

Lots of familiar and sweet friends, like Kathy BurrusRenee Wood, and Heather Kristine who were there for hugs. I enjoyed spending time talking with my amazing friend, Nancy Booth. It was also great meeting Kristin Fitchand Rhonda Nickerson who are encouragers like me and have similar callings.

Take-a-Ways and Then Some…

Instead of posting a few take-a-ways, I want to share my main take-a-ways from each speaker. They all added value and rather than choose, I’m going to feast on this smorgasbord for quite some time. That doesn’t mean I’ll take action on all of it, but the heart of these words of wisdom and the advice here will add the perfect seasoning to whatever I do.

Words of Wisdom to Glean From in No Particular Order…

“Make something you love every day for someone who will love it.” Todd Henry, author, international speaker, consultant, and advisor.

“People will always follow your physical cues, and that’s what they’ll believe.”Marsha Shandur, storytelling coach who helps people make connections.

“Others see your work for what it is — you see your work for what it isn’t.”Melissa Dinwiddie, author of The Creative Sandbox Way

“Ignoring video is the avoided handshake of 2018.”Amy Landino, YouTuber, entrepreneur, and author of Vlog Like a Boss 

“Writing a book is like riding a bike.” Chandler Bolt, founder of Self-Publishing School

“You can’t stand out and fit in at the same time.” Chase Jarvis, founder/CEO of CreativeLive

“Stay humble. Learn from others outside your circle.” Charles Lee, founder/CEO of Ideation

“Don’t fear failure — push forward. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”Dave Delaney, author, speaker, marketer

“Discomfort is a sign we’re doing the right thing.” Alli Worthington, author, and business coach

“When you influence language, you influence thinking.” Mike Kim, marketing consultant, and communications strategist

“Find the audience, not necessarily build the audience.”Joseph Michael, trainer and coach

“I made a list of 1000 things I could sell.” Heather Teysko, history storyteller and online business entrepreneur

“Instead of saying ‘this won’t work for me’ say, ‘how can I make this work for me? How can I make it about my audience?’” — Janet Murray, blogger, podcaster, and speaker (Side note — ask your audience to vote on which color dress they like best. Genius)

“Failure doesn’t ruin your story — failure helps you write it.” Paul Angone, author and keynote speaker

“…de-mystifying the process of publishing.” Chad Allen, writer, editor, speaker, and writing coach. Founder of Book Proposal Academy & BookCamp. He helps get our books into the world.

 (I love when someone like Chad sheds light on mysterious processes and brings dreams within our reach)

“Sometimes you just want someone to champion you.” Joe Bunting, founder, and Editor-in-Chief of https://thewritepractice.com/

“There were things you couldn’t do yesterday that you can now do today. The things you can’t do today? Keep at them. They are tomorrow’s accomplishments.” Mike Brennan, visual artist, illustrator, author (A recent tweet! So inspiring!)

“Let your face match your words.”Ken Davis, best selling author and founder of the SCORRE speaker training

“Courage is 37 seconds of stupidity.” Jeff Goins, best selling author and founder of Tribe Writers and Tribe Conference. Keep reading for more of his wise words…

That’s me, Jeff Goins, and my sweet friend, Nancy Booth (I didn’t mean for my smile to look snarky. Does it?)

“Whether it’s to teach, encourage, instruct, or inspire, books are beginnings. Books are an invitation, the start of a relationship. They are meant to live in your homes and form to the rhythms of your life. They last.” Nicole Gulotta, author, and blogger

What inspired me about Nicole’s talk was how she took two of her seemingly distant passions and blended them together into a beautiful symphony of food and poetry. I was so enthralled by her talk, I missed writing anything down so I went to her site and grabbed this insightful quote.

Tim Grahl, author, and founder of booklaunch.com, generously gave us a copy of his book, Running Down Your Dream. Thanks, Tim! He also suggested Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Two of my favorite quotes:

“Do you want to share something that will make people weep?” and “Who is my writing for?” — Jeff Goins.

Then he told us this:

  1. Be here
  2. Be you — be who you are
  3. Be cool

Immediate Actions After Tribe Conference

  • I’m taking part in Jeff’s SPAR! challenge and posting publicly twice per week. At ten bucks every time I miss, be assured I will not be missing a thing…
  • Chad Allen is reviewing my book proposal and I will garner his wisdom and advice to finish the current book project I am working on — by February 2019
  • Read VLOG Like a Boss by Amy Landino, and take steps to begin vlogging (which I’m sure will bring that discomfort Alli spoke of)
  • Implement wisdom I gleaned from Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis, into my future talks

It is amazing to be both part of a tribe and to find your own tribe. My faith encourages me in that God has plans for my life — yours too. I have to believe He is doing something with all of this that will be beyond my wildest dreams, imagination, and expectations.

My part is to keep following the call to reach others with the words He gives me.

Until next year, TRIBE Conference family, and oh what a difference a year can make in the life of a creative…

An inspirational and motivational slide from Joseph Michael’s talk. Nothing is impossible if you believe…
Browsing shops on before heading to the airport. Photo credit: Me

I’ll leave you with more highlights from the Greatest Show on Earth…

Thank you, Jeff, for pouring into our lives and making them better. Photo credit: Kristin Fitch
Tribe Girlfriends (Christine, Kathy, Danielle, Deanne, Renee, me, Becky, Nicole, Judy, and Janis) Missing a few!
Window shopping before the airport. This sign was oh so relevant to our TRIBE experience.
More Tribe Girlfriends (Andrea, Nora, and Nicole)
Mellow Mushroom shenanigans 
Beautiful friends at the photo booth (Nancy, Nora, and Hazel)
Nancy & Danielle —I’m surrounded by beauty and joy
Hey, first beautiful TRIBE friend ever! Caroline DePalatis
More beautiful friends at the photo booth (Deanne, Nora, and Danielle)

Be blessed, friend.

Don’t just chase your dream, catch it…

If you want to stay connected follow me here and at dorisswift.com. I’d really love it if you would.

So what’s your dream, friend? Are you searching for your calling?

Doris Swift is the author of Goodbye, Regret: Forgiving Yourself of Past Mistakes. She loves to write, teach, and encourage. She reaches out to a community of women through her blog Walking Deeper at DorisSwift.com, at speaking events, and on her Walking Deeper Facebook page. As a leader in women’s ministry, her passion is to share God’s truth and disciple women to grow in faith as they follow Jesus. In ministry for over thirty years, she has been gifted to teach, speak, mentor, and counsel. It’s her joy to see women of all ages bloom in their purpose and calling. She’s written for various sites and publications such as Purposeful Faith, (in)courage, and Just Between Us magazine. Doris resides in Florida with her husband Brian. She enjoys traveling to historic cities, spending time with family, and loves being Gammy to her beyond adorable grand-kids. You’ll find her on the soccer field, rain or shine.
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Doris Swift is the author of Goodbye, Regret: Forgiving Yourself of Past Mistakes. She loves to write, teach, and encourage. She reaches out to a community of women through her blog Walking Deeper at DorisSwift.com, at speaking events, and on her Walking Deeper Facebook page. As a leader in women’s ministry, her passion is to share God’s truth and disciple women to grow in faith as they follow Jesus. In ministry for over thirty years, she has been gifted to teach, speak, mentor, and counsel. It’s her joy to see women of all ages bloom in their purpose and calling. She’s written for various sites and publications such as Purposeful Faith, (in)courage, and Just Between Us magazine. Doris resides in Florida with her husband Brian. She enjoys traveling to historic cities, spending time with family, and loves being Gammy to her beyond adorable grand-kids. You’ll find her on the soccer field, rain or shine.

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