Surviving Awesomeness Fest as an Introvert is a challenge!
At times, throughout the festival, I found myself exhausted, cranky, anxious, emotional, claustrophobic, overwhelmed…all of the things that usually play up when I am out of my introvert comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, I had an *awesome* time, met some great people, and had some wonderful experiences, but it was hard work.
So for the fellow introverts out there considering whether they should apply, or go to Awesomeness Fest, or if you are pondering how you are going to get through it, here are my top tips to surviving Awesomeness Fest – as an introvert!
1. Just apply!
Don’t discredit yourself before you apply. They do accept introverts! You know you need to give yourself a little nudge in the right direction 🙂
2. Stop thinking about the fully loaded agenda
Don’t get overwhelmed at the agenda before you arrive (or before you leave home). Remember, everything is optional, and be sure to remind yourself that when you get there, or every time you feel overwhelmed!
3. Set your intention
There’s a reason why the Awesomeness Fest crew suggest that you set an intention before you arrive. This is your guide for the event. It is what you want to get out of Awesomeness Fest. In a way, it sets your ‘parameters’. The intention I set before attending Awesomeness Fest was pretty different from most. It wasn’t to meet loads of people, to party hard, or to network like I have never networked before. My intent was to reconnect with my fiancé, to help him heal and find himself on the 2nd anniversary of his life-changing accident, for us to have a break from the ‘norm’, to heal from past trauma, to connect with only a few people, and to most of all develop as a person and to find myself again.
4. Its not about how many friends you make
You don’t have to meet, network or socialise with 259 people. Trust that you will meet the people you are meant to meet. If you make five quality connections, that is perfectly okay.
5. Look after yourself
You can say no, bow out of some of the workshops, speakers or events, or even just go to a party for an hour. It’s totally cool.
6. It is okay to be quiet, pensive, shy, anxious…that’s what we introverts do.
The point is that you made it to Awesomeness Fest, that you are there for the reasons you have intended, and that you push yourself a little or a lot – however much you want! Also, remember it’s not high school and there is no peer pressure. The only judgment is the judgment you apply to yourself.
7. Let yourself go in the workshops and open up.
This was where I made REAL connections. It was by getting raw, being honest, releasing…and by being myself where the breakthroughs, and connections, happened.
You know what us introverts are like…as an introvert we can get fatigued, cranky, emotional, miss home, become overwhelmed, freak out…Take an afternoon off to sleep, lounge by the pool, read…or at least ensure that you get some down time. OR schedule in some time for yourself. I made sure that we flew in a few days before Awesomeness Fest kicked off, and stayed a few days after just to have some downtime, get out and see some sites, get massages, relax by the pool, have some couple-time and some very important me-time!
9. Push through the fear
Lastly, in consideration of everything I have listed, do push yourself to go to the excursions, because if you don’t you may kick yourself after having opted out. Just saying…if I had bowed out of the closing party I would have missed out on one of the most magical experiences of my life. I so want that entire experience for my wedding one day!
For more on Awesomeness Fest read How do I summarise the Awesomeness of Awesomeness Fest?
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