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ShiftCon 2020: Virtual Shift

14 Oct

Well, the closing of 2019 and going forward apparently did not go as any of us may have planned. I had big ideas and well intentioned plans to do so many things including posting here regularly. And I even had the makings of some drafted posts in my brain as I finished the last one back in October of 2019. But not only does SHIFT happen as those of us who attended ShiftCon like to say – but SHIT happens, too. And lots of it in the past year. So while it may have been a ridiculously long time since I connected with folks here on the website, it was not for lack of caring or wanting to.

I am back again, for now. Until the next shift or shit happens I suppose. But I’m happy to report that even with all of the heartbreak, stress, loss of multiple sources of income, along with neverending grief – I miraculously made it to the 2020 Virtual ShiftCon. And boy, am I so grateful that Jessie from Tiny Yellow Bungalow and I purchased our tickets during the closing party fun at ShiftCon 2019. We both made it virtually, and had another incredible experience in 2020. ShiftCon Virtual Shift may very well have been the BEST thing to come out of this year. Just ask my parrot Merlin who attended at least half of the sessions this year with me. If she learns any new words in 2020 I do hope they are in the vein of sustainability, zero waste, regeneration, environmental justice, soil health, and collaboration.

ShiftCon 2020 was different in the sense that we were not there in person able to hug our friends, shake hands with and eventually hug the new friends we would inevitably make, sample things during the Expo, or sit down to share a meal with everyone during the Keynote sessions. But that does not mean it was any less meaningful, worthwhile, or successful. And honestly, considering all that had to be done to put this together, I was beyond impressed with how engaging it still was even with us all attending virtually. Kudos to everyone who helped make the conference happen. What a remarkable accomplishment to bring all of us together and get so many people not only connected but also getting so many people fired up and ready to go MAKE AN IMPACT!

The motivation to do all we can to support and educate others about regenerative agriculture is sticking with me. I had already felt this way for a while. But after attending the breakouts, keynotes, and watching the documentary “Kiss The Ground” and attending the Virtual Q&A on Day 3 of the conference, I can’t STOP thinking about it, or talking about it with others. I am now officially fired up, too – and that takes a lot after the devastating Winter, Spring, & Summer I just endured. There are so many more things I am still processing and want to share about this year’s event. But for now I am needing to rest while I process, and support my own wellness practice that is crucial to me being able to attend these types of things to begin with.

I am sincerely hoping that this change in energy which I could feel from the moment I logged onto the online platform for this year’s event is just the start of many good things to come and I welcome the shift and inspiration I felt during and now still after the conference (even though like last year I got all sappy and cried a little after it was over).

Shift Happens Part 1: ShiftCon 2019

12 Oct

I know I need to check in here because I have not done so in way too long AND I just returned from one of THE BEST experiences I personally have had at a conference in recent memory at ShiftCon which was hosted in Atlanta this year. I am reeling from the whirlwind of information, events, connections, and an overall feeling of inspiration, empowerment, and love for our Earth. But at the same time, I am also struggling to recover from the travel, the mishaps that, of course repeatedly occurred, and also from an unwelcome allergen exposure that knocked me back a bit soon after we arrived.

My hope is to share ShiftCon 2019 tidbits in little chunks. I will throw you what I’ve got for the duration of my energy levels. And then I will break, rest and come back to share more when I’ve refueled.

My first memories of the conference are of some of the people who I was lucky enough to meet and share this special experience with. Two of those humans who shared their magical energy were Jessie – Tiny Yellow Bungalow and Ashlee – Simplholistic (they crossed my path at just the right time, and I am very grateful). You should check them both out because they are not just super kind humans – they also have some great resources online. Give them a looky look.

For now, I am going to process the last week of travel and awesomeness while I attempt to recover from the impact it had on my very sensitive body. I am so grateful to have been able to attend such an inspiring event surrounded by so many stellar humans. I am also going to sit with that gratitude for the time being as well. I leave with you a photo of the outside view of the Japanese Garden at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, which was sneakily hidden between two outside terrace patio areas. I wish I had snapped some photos of the actual garden. But I was too busy enjoying its beauty & the calm when we walked through.

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