So I'm still delirious from New York.
I have several posts lined up to talk about my experience; it's going to take a while to get BlogHer out of my system.
The thing is, this trip was obviously so much more than just a fantastic conference. It was a pilgrimage for me. I went with goals and hopes for a boost in courage and not only did I meet and exceed those goals, I am now oozing confidence from all the empowerment.
I am ridiculously proud of me, but I owe so much to so many for making this trip so utterly epic. I'm probably starting to drive Jenny a little crazy with my repeated emails and offers to become her Chief Stalker Fan Club President. I couldn't have gotten there or back (on a plane!) without Sam, and my roommates kept me sane with hand holding, gut busting laughs and of course the ultimate panic attack quelling tool: Oregon Trail! I also met people I really liked before and can now honestly call them friends. I'll identify many of you in an upcoming post... with pictures :)
I also need to thank each and everyone of you that has commented on this blog, on Jenny's post, and on twitter. You have given me a gift I can't possibly show enough gratitude for. Your encouragement and happiness for me has lifted me to a place I've never been before. This whole experience is a spiritual awakening for me and I feel uplifted, serene and joyous. I thank you all.
And a special note to friends and strangers that now see me(??) as an inspiration to confront their own fears? You have completely blown my ever-lovin' mind. I have been moved to tears. I wish all of you all the courage you deserve and hope you go-for-it because believe me, it is SO WORTH ALL THE EFFORT. I wish all of you could have the same magical experience that I have had. I am so blessed and want everyone to have this kind of awakening. You all deserve it just as much as I do. So go ahead, BE BRAVE! Do what terrifies you and shout it from the roof tops to be heard! There is something so cathartic about doing that and trust me, people will love you and help you celebrate. There is no greater feeling in the world. Need a hand to hold or a place to shout? Let me know, I'll help you in any way I can. In fact, I may just have to do something big... I'll be paying this feeling forward for the rest of my life.