It's early and I'm pretty exhausted and have a bit of a sugar hangover but I had to get this out of my head before I lose any of the glow.......
Yesterday afternoon I had the absolute pleasure of dining at one of my favorite spots with one of my absolute FAVORITE people.
After a lovely lunch we headed over to Blog Sugar to meet up with all the ladies I've heard so much about, some whose blogs I read religiously and others I'd never heard of or met until yesterday.
It was amazing.
There was a buzz in the air and all the women were beyond excited.
There was a lot of whispering to one's friend "that's so and so from _________. I LOVE her!"
And it was so refreshing to be in a room full of women who write their hearts as I do.
Whether they craft or just write or simply post pictures I feel like everyone got something out of it.
I know I did.
And let's not even discuss the amount of sweets I had - SO good.
Thanks to April of the Modern Gourmet I'm now a fan of whoopie pies - particularly her strawberry whoopie pies
I was nervous about going at first, I have to admit.
Excited, but still kind of nervous.
I knew I was most likely going to be the only African-American woman there, and I also knew that while I would know a handful of people there were others I would not know at all.
And that was a bit daunting to me.
I make friends pretty easily but sharing my heart with stranger comes a lot tougher and I really wanted to be open to the experience and to meeting all these women and not being intimidated by them.
It helped to have Amber there as a "wing-man" so to speak so I had someone to consistently touch bases with after each session and at the end of the night.
I'll write more about what I got out of it but I have to get this out while it's still fresh in my mind.
I let myself be really open to all that was going to happen and basically just gave it all up to God as to how I felt.
And there were some moments of discomfort simply because I was surrounded by so much awesome - but then I was reminded and encouraged that I was pretty awesome too.
And that helped a bunch.
It was also great to meet HER in person.
Oddly we have several mutual "real-life" friends and I've kind of been stalking her blog for almost a year and I think she's pretty rad.
She's taller than I thought but still just as stylish and awesome as she comes across.
So to turn around from talking with a friend and see her smile at me, wave and come over with open arms just made my day.
I also had a mini- high school reunion as the organizer of Blog Sugar - Rachel is a friend of mine from high school, the "ambassador's of goodwill" were all friends from BCHS as was most of the check -in crew.
The "bouncers" read strapping men who helped move/load things and open doors were all former BCHSers and husbands/brothers of attendees.
It was nice to catch up with everyone and share my joy and a few hours chatting.
I'm pretty sure I loved every minute of it.
I have a lot to think about over the coming days and weeks but I am excited, and refreshed and fired up about where this blog and my life are going.
Thanks for being along for the ride.
What did you do interesting this weekend?