Last weekend, I attended my third Quitter conference, hosted by Jon Acuff. If you’ve read my blog or any of my tweets, you know what a big influence Jon has had on me over the last year. He has helped me learn to dream again, and learn to think differently about life. For that, I am incredibly grateful.

I went to the conference to help encourage other dreamers. I also went to gain inspiration and insight from people who are living their dreams. THAT is something that completely energizes me. I love to hear about what people are doing and be excited for them. My dream is to help others realize that their dream matters.

The energy and excitement that is in the air at Quitter is very difficult to describe if you haven’t been there. Every person in the room wants to live life differently. They want to change the world. It’s not very often that you get to be surrounded by and interact with 399 people who believe it.


Quitter Conference


I was thinking about how I could use the great insights that I learned. I take notes, and typically go back and look at them, but I wanted to do something different. Last year, my friend Christine did something that I really liked. She took visual notes from the Killer Tribes conference. I loved looking at them. Since I have difficulty drawing a stick figure, I immediately told her, “Wow, I could never do that!”

But, guess what? I decided that I needed to push myself completely out of my comfort zone and try it. I believe in the messages that Al Andrews, Matt Chambers, Jeff Goins, Alli Worthington, and Jon Acuff shared.  I’ll be blogging more about what I learned in the weeks to come, but today I am sharing my own visual notes.

This is a huge step for me to actually share these with anyone. I look at these and think about how someone else could do them better. That would be fear at its finest. However, maybe somebody will enjoy seeing them. I’m learning that in order to create, we sometimes have to be very uncomfortable when first showing our art to the world. That is my big step for today. Sharing these with you.

*My apologies to Alli. I was so fidgety during her session, that I ended up standing in the back of the room and didn’t take notes. I loved her session and really love her heart. One of my favorite lines from her session was “admitting what we are ashamed of kills shame.” Isn’t that so true?

Al Andrews

Download the pdf here: alandrews

Matt Chambers

Download the pdf here: mattchambers

Jeff Goins

(Special thanks to my 9 year old son who drew me a bridge after about 100 failed attempts on my part!) :)

Download the pdf here: jeffgoins

Jon Acuff

(I could do 10 pages, but tried to narrow it down to one!)

Download the pdf here: jonacuff

Is fear holding you back from something today? If so, face it head on and just do it!

Feel free to link to your work in the comments. I’d love to help you face your fear and share your art with the world.