Keep an eye on SFDC events, see http://www.salesforce.com/events/ you will pick up lots of tips and motivation, and you may even get a free lunch! Most global events are either online, or a one day event, these tend to all be free. Dreamforce is THE event of the year, and is a 4 day event in San Francisco. There tends to be early bird price reductions, and then last minute reductions, so choose your moment to buy a ticket. I hope to go in Nov 2013, so drop me a line if you are going, it will be my first Dreamforce event and I will be traveling from UK on my own, so would be good to meet some friendly faces.