What I Saw This Weekend: Passion, Inspiration and Nashville #keen2013

by Carrie with Children with 6 comments

I’m home from Nashville and the inaugural Keen Digital Summit and I’m feeling refreshed and inspired.  Isn’t it funny how a few days away helps to recharge your internal batteries?

The conference featured sessions with marketers, entrepreneurs, magazine editors, public relations pros and even bloggers.  There were sessions that talked about starting your own business, writing (and publishing) your own book and each session kept coming back to the same topic – passion.  How to use the passion inside of you to follow your heart and create a business you love.

I went to the conference hoping to find a spark of inspiration and have a ‘lightbulb moment’ and I think I found it.  I spent my entire plane ride home yesterday putting together a plan of attack and I’m excited about a new project.

Keen Digital Summit Logo Before the conference started, I spent some time at one of my absolute favorite places – the Country Music Hall of Fame.  I’m a huge music lover, especially country music – it’s fascinating to see so much history in one building.  The rotunda is my favorite place at the museum. I love admiring the plaques of all the artists and musicians that have left a tremendous legacy on the music industry.

Country Music Hall of Fame Rotunda

Even though I have no musical abilities – I was inspired by reading the stories of these legends.  It may be a stretch, but I definitely saw a connection between the people enshrined in the Hall of Fame and the entrepreneurs at the Keen Digital Summit.


Following your dreams and passion leads to great things – just like the entrepreneurs and musical artists I met this weekend.  I’m ready to follow mine now too!

What are you passionate about doing in life?  


  • Camels & Chocolate

    I’m so glad you joined us and even happier you had a great time! I was running all over for so much of the weekend, I really look forward to reading all the recaps to see what I missed =)

    • Carrie with Children

      Thank you for everything! I’m already looking forward to Keen 2014!

  • Jade

    This was definitely one major inspiration weekend. I felt the same way on my flight home and jotted down dozens of ideas and ways to better connect to people on my blog, on the site I run and in digital projects. Hope to see some of them come together soon!

    • Carrie with Children

      Jade, I’m so glad to hear you also left feeling inspired! Good luck with the new ideas, thanks for reading!

  • Kara Williams

    Yay! I’m so glad you shared this – I totally agree. I met *so* many inspiring folks at the event. I loved seeing you this weekend!

    • Carrie with Children

      So great to see you too, Kara! Thanks for reading.