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Monday, August 5, 2013

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I have an amazing new friend who is a constant encouragement to me to go beyond, well everything.  I owe her an email describing my experiences that I took away with me from an adventure I had just enjoyed.  I think I’ll share with you all!

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.

14 comments:

  1. Oooo fun! I love hearing stories like this. Can't wait to hear more!!

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  2. Oh love reading your version of our time together. You are so lovely Amy. So grateful to have you on the team!

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    1. A million thanks for allowing me the privilege to join you and the rest of the Dayspring team. It was a complete blessing and joy!

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  3. AHHHHHHHH!!!! I'm so glad I saw this and clicked through (when I have no business reading blogs because I'm in the middle of something...!).

    But your words here about moi? Well, geewhiz, Amy...you blessed me to the center of my heart! Thank you for encouraging me as you share about our trip!!

    It WAS amazing, and so GOOD to be treated with such respect and professionalism. S i g h...that life was 20 years ago for me (full time) but this taste was delicious. I'm so happy you and I had opportunity to connect IN REAL LIFE...I need to thank our DaySpring friends for allowing that privilege :). xo

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    1. I was the one totally blessed! Memories that will stick! I'll never look at a chess set the same way.

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  4. Yay!! So glad we got to spend time together in Arkansas!!

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    1. So much fun spending time with fellow snarkoleptics!! So good seeing you again and for more than 3 awkward minutes. :)

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  5. I am just a little jealous of you and wish I was more of a go-getter!! I am also super excited for you because YOU ROCK!!!

    and flying alone FREAKS ME OUT!! But I'm doing it, just to come see your lovely face at Allume... too bad I won't meet anyone I know at my tiny airport!! :)

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    1. You never know! When it gets closer to travel time tweet around and see who might be coming from the same area or same connecting flight. You might be surprised. Go-getter? Ha! That is so funny to me and not how I see myself at all, friend.

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  6. Just catching up but wow! How wonderful to trail you on this trip. Going to find the next installment now!

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