I’m in the process of getting ready and packing for NESCBWI. I always stress out about make sure I have the right clothes in my suitcase, my writing stuff and my business cards all ready to go.
The New England weather does not seem to be cooperating at all this year as we are on what seems like our 45th snow day of the year even though it’s the middle of April.
As I pack and repack my suitcase to make sure I have the stuff to navigate the weekend, I think about my first conference and my second conference and my third conference and how with each one, I brought more and more with me. Not just scarves and layers to deal with the ever changing hotel climate, but knowledge and confidence and experience and a community. I am packing my bags with a lot more than just clothes and shoes.
I can’t wait to learn and connect with other writers and creators this weekend, people who understand this journey. People who know what it’s like to pack for a conference and know all the other baggage that comes with it.