These past two weeks have been busier than normal, for good reasons. I am absolutely swamped with work, both in the accounting realm and the writing realm. My bank account is happy. I also had the pleasure of being flown to Toronto last week to spend time with the Life Made Delicious team and hang out with my new BFF. These are amazing things, but time traveling to Toronto messes with my head. Flying out east is hard on me because breakfast is at 8 am, which is 5 am my time, which means that I have to get up at 4 am my time to look remotely presentable. I stumble through the morning looking like the walking dead, and then my body wakes up. From noon until Way Too Late, my body remembers that it’s on west coast time and I could stay up forever! It’s early! Let’s chat for hours! This is so much fun!
Until the alarm goes off at 4 am my time. Lather, rinse, repeat.
After returning from that trip I worked a few twelve-hour days to keep on top of my workload. I wondered if returning to Toronto for Blissdom Canada a week later was a good idea, even though Erica had bought all of us YMC writers our tickets and the bulk of my other costs were covered. I thought about bailing, but I didn’t want to leave my good friend (and roommate) Ali in the lurch. I’ve also been at Blissdom since the beginning, as a speaker, a Community Leader, and an attendee. I knew how much good I’d be missing out and gave myself permission to go, with limits. I would work on the flight there and on the flight back home. I would skip sessions I wasn’t drawn to to retire to my room and work for a few hours each day. I didn’t have kids to shuttle or groceries to buy or laundry to do. I could make this work.
I’m so glad I did.
I spent time talking with old friends, and I made connections with new friends. I had many ‘small world’ connections and I connected with a brand that I love and adore and who I started using a month before they were announced as a sponsor. (I’m looking at you, Philosophy.)
Side note: They were the product that I was referring to in this status update last month:
I am so glad I went. I learned, I laughed, and I shared. I was inspired and I was challenged and I was reminded that I just need to get out of my own way and go get it. I know that I can, and I will.
In the theme of “getting it”, it seems to be my year. Remember how I won the Prada bag back at Mom 2.0? I also won the big CVS cosmetics basket from that same conference. (I would have then bought a lottery ticket, if I bought lottery tickets.) This past weekend, I arrived at the YMC writers get-together less than an hour before it ended, due to the fact that I flew across the country. They were kind enough to add my name to the bucket, prizes were drawn, and then the grand prize — a Kate Spade bag — was drawn for.
I won it.
I’m just going to start referring to myself as the bag lady.
This weekend hammered home so many truths that I first learned at Mom 2.0 and have not implemented, be it because I’m busy (lame excuse), or because I’m scared (that’s more like it), or because I’m self-conscious (totally). I think that things are going to change around here and in life outside of here, and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s never too late to change.