I’m Scared of Where I’m Going 4


I’m in an airport and I’m scared. I’m not scared of the airport – I’m actually in my favorite airport; I’m in this airport quite a lot (DCA/Washington National/Ronald Reagan). I’m not scared of flying – though with all of the crazy reports about airlines recently, maybe I should be. I’m scared of where I’m going.

Over the past year I was in this airport more than a dozen times. I flew around the country producing events. I spoke on stage to over 10,000 people. I was responsible for shows seen by over 200,000 people. But today I’m headed to a conference with a few hundred people and I’m scared.

I’m not speaking at the conference. I’m not producing the conference. I’m just attending and (hopefully) learning. I’m scared because I’m chasing my dreams. Today I’m flying to Huntsville, Alabama to attend TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange): a conference for travel bloggers and content creators. I want to be a travel writer and content creator. I want to create pieces that inspire people to live larger, more adventurous lives than they have ever dreamed possible. But today I’m not just thinking about it or sitting at home in my pajamas and writing. I’m getting in the game, getting on the plane, and getting myself to Alabama.

Travel Bloggers Exchange badge

But what if I go, meet people, take notes and nothing changes? What if I’m too shy to talk to any other attendees and network with brands? What if this was all just a waste of money, a huge mistake, and a failure? What if this one step closer to my dream is as close as I ever get? And that’s why I’m scared.

I’m scared of where I’m going. But I’m more scared of never going at all. I can’t let fear stop me. I’m getting on that plane. I’m walking in to the conference with a smile on my face. I don’t know if I’ll ever reach my dream, but today I’ll get one step closer.

Huntsville, Alabama

What’s your dream? What can you do TODAY to get one step closer?


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4 thoughts on “I’m Scared of Where I’m Going

  • Mary Mitchell

    Congratulations on making this step. The world is a better place because you are so candid and inspiring. Go, share, and keep going. Love and prayers are your travel companions.

    • The Road Lots Traveled Post author

      Thank you so much for your kind words Mary! It was a great trip and I’m so glad I faced my fears and took the next step.

  • adriacareyperez

    Hi Valerie! I’m so glad you attended and we had the chance to meet. Keep in touch (and I see a lot of potential on your site for some SEO organizing–get those money posts ;-)).

    • The Road Lots Traveled Post author

      Thanks Adria! Money posts are where it’s at!!! Great meeting you – let’s get together soon.