I’m Here, I’m Here
iAfter a stressful and whirlwind car ride to the airport on Wednesday, where I pulled up to the curbside check-in minutes after they’re supposed to stop checking bags and being the last to board my flight to Nashville, I am here. And its one of the most surreal experiences of my life so far. Not even just Blissdom (which is in fact as awesome as I thought it would be), but the fact that a) I’m here by myself, b) that I’m in Nashville of all places, c) I have zero responsibilities, and d) I’m by myself.
Did I mention that already?
I was picked up from the airport by Kara, both friend and cousin. We married cousins within a matter of weeks of each other, now sharing family and last name. She and I rarely get to connect on a deeper level during brief holiday visits, so it was absolutely amazing to get to spend some quality time with her and her family. We haven’t been able to get that real and personal with each other in a long time. And oh, it did my heart good.
The following day she dropped me off at the Opryland hotel and the real adventure began.
First, I must say that this hotel is massive! MASSIVE! Maps and pictures of this amazing place don’t even begin to do it justice. It’s a walk and a half to get from one part of the hotel to another. The size and beauty of the hotel is overwhelming enough, but add in the meeting of new friends and women who you’ve been tweeting with for years, and you have Jenn on stimulation overload.
I’ve met the roommates, women I’ve tweeted with and have not met in person. We’ve instantly clicked and it feels like we’re having one big slumber party. I’m obviously comfortably enough when I reach over and tickle my bedmate in the middle of the night. [Insert face of horror and disbelief here. Seriously one of the most embarrassingly moments of my life.]
And right now, I’m sitting by myself (emphasis on ALONE) and enjoying a glass of ice tea while I blog, surf the internet, check on the LIttles, etc.
Blissdom isn’t just about networking and learning new secrets to blogging. I’m finding my bliss in the moments outside of the conference too.