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My everyday routine is pretty much the same.
Take child to school.
Avoid eye contact with other parents.
On days I don’t have to substitute (and even some that I do) I usually feel socially awkward. I have a hard time finding anything in common with people I don’t already know, and struggle to find the courage to begin a conversation.
This kind of phobia really kicks in when I attend blogging events if I don’t know anyone there already.
Last year, I was invited to an over-night blogging event in Cincinnati, Ohio.
When I got the invitation, it immediately made me panic and shake in my boots!
1) It was with a company I had never worked with before.
2) I didn’t know the guest list.
3) I was going through one of the toughest times of my life.
Casually, I brought up the invitation to a very good friend of mine, Jenny from Momminitup. Fortunately, she understands my neurosis, and talked me into attending (because, like the awesome person that she is, was invited as well).
Thankfully, she let me ride with her, and we picked up another good friend Andrea from SavingsLifestyle on the way.There we met up with two of other phenomenal friends, Emily also from Momminitup and Amy, from AmyInOhio.
We had a great time, chatting about all things, which really set the stage for an amazing weekend.
Another thing that I am, is brand loyal. Once I find a brand that I like I (for the most part) stick with it ’till the end.
At this event, I was introduced to another product that I had never used before, mostly because it wasn’t even on the market yet! But after seeing it in action, made me drop my everyday blah-brand for a new exciting home-run!
Then came in the big guns. There were bloggers present that I had admired for years, and a certain celebrity that had me sweating through my dress (Okay, not very lady like, but this person is the GO-TO for his expertise. People beg for his approval, mmmkay?). I literally had stars in my eyes, wondering how on earth little ‘ol me got on the invite list for such an elite event. But soon I realized what good, friendly and kind people these were.
I didn’t have to rely on my girlfriends to get me through. I actually did okay on my own when they weren’t around. I SURVIVED. I didn’t make a fool of myself (at least as far as I can tell) and I didn’t come out crying. I “made it work”. 😉
This event is something I will never forget, and will cherish the memories for years. I’m so glad I switched brands from “blah” to “home-run”. It’s already proven it’s worth many times over.
I am also so thankful that Jenny talked me into going and stepping out of my “Get up, take child to school.” routine. It was a cornerstone of my getting through that period in my life, and I can’t thank her enough for it.