A couple weeks ago I was hanging out in Arkansas with the amazing team of (in)Courage. It was a surreal time. Let’s just start by saying that I’ve never been flown anywhere on a company’s dime for my own sake. There was a lovely period of time when I flew to NYC every week on Tuesday mornings to house hunt as my dear hubby’s job was in transition – but that’s another tale. There was a sense of importance and care that honestly I don’t think I had ever felt before. Sure, I’d had fancy work lunches in my last career – a decade ago! But there have been many days spent in athletic wear since then!
I literally made myself sick with anticipation and, frankly, anxiety over this trip. I wasn’t worried about leaving the kiddo or big guy for 3 days; it was the who and the why of the meetings. I don’t get intimidated easily by other people, but when it’s something that matters deep down it’s a different story. I felt like I was completely out of my depth and was about to be found out! This was a big SOMETHING for me and my stomach flipped and protested until the moment I saw the ever-lovely Lisa-Jo standing ahead of me in the security line at the airport. Relief!
Seriously, it all just melted away and turned to pure excitement when I made my way to the gate and joined up with her and Crystal. The three of us were joined in Atlanta by Robin Dance – this is where I geeked a little. When I was new to twitter and knew all of 1 person in the whole blogging world, @penseiverobin was one of the first people I followed – and here she was! Y’all (I say that because we are both southern!) we clicked and didn’t stop talking ‘til we lost each other after our first flight home! I know my twang level increased three degrees and it was glorious! You are probably tasting sweet tea in your mouth right now just thinking about that.
This was just the beginning and it was off to a wonderful start. Won’t you come back to hear a little of my yarn tomorrow?
Have you ever had an experience that was unexpected, for which you were unprepared, and exceeded all notions of what lie ahead? I’d love to hear about it.