Surprise! I leave for the Healthy Living Summit in just FOUR SLEEPS. I think I am excited, but I’m not really allowing myself to process any of the emotions I’m facing until I’m done with the very long to-do list currently sitting to my right. I’ve been LOVING the super big, uber-colorful, handwritten task list these days as a compliment to all the apps and programs I’ve been using to stay on top of all of the things, which you can hear more about during my and Julie’s session, The Organized Blogger if you’re joining us in Minneapolis a week from today.
One emotion I have been feeling lately is gratitude. I’ve had so much support from my friends and family, over the past month especially, and my heart is swollen with love for all of you!
My grandma passed away last month, poetically on her 70th Birthday. I’ve spent the past two weekends flying into Chicago for mega-short trips; first to say goodbye [one day we shall discuss the bittersweet opportunity for last words,] then to gather back with my family, memorial service style. I’m so fortunate to have been able to just drop everything and hop on a plane two weeks in a row to be with my family. I’m so grateful for the support and love of my family, and for all the friends who have given me long distance hugs and words of support the past few weeks.
Nick is currently going through a similar experience, which is hard, of course. Our apartment can seem a bit like a cold, dark cave at times with all the days of having to deal with the fact that life ultimately ends. We continue on, one day at a time. We search for the little things to bring in smiles. We talk about life and try to get Benson to cuddle [he resists] when we watch mind-numbing television programming in need of an escape. It’s quieter here.
Prior to these sadder days were some crazy last-minute work trips, also leading me to board planes, trains, and automobiles followed by doing computer work from a hotel bed. My instagram feed proves I can squeeze in work from the road and back-to-back additions of the Statesman and Globetrotter badge to my Yelp! profile can probably explain why I fought off a fever earlier this week and am trying desperately to kick this cold before I leave for Minneapolis to start Summit prep on Wednesday.
I must state again that there is no way the 2013 Healthy Living Summit would be happening without Julie’s endless effort in picking up my slack while I was unavailable during my normal working times. She’s been doubling and sometimes tripling her workload while I was traveling and still training for a charity century ride, which she happens to be riding in RIGHT THIS MINUTE. That’s 100 miles on a bicycle, my friends!! She blows me away with her dedication and ability to do what needs to be done without a second thought. She inspires me to keep chasing after my goals and do what needs to be done to reach them. And she helped me choose family over work by reminding me she could handle things while I did what needed to be done. To sum it up in as few words as possible: SHE ROCKS!! And I’d be lost without her.
[Did you know that Julie and I started our blogs on the same day over four years ago? We just celebrated our blogiversary this week!! Check out this awesome Veggie Packed Lasagna Bolognese Julie made in celebration of her blogging and cooking journey!]
Did I just gloss over the fact that THS turned four years old? As someone who has a scarf she’s “been knitting” for 4 years, a PR dream of a sub-30 5K she’s been chasing for years and dozens of half written pieces – perhaps I should take a moment to celebrate.
A lot has happened in those four years, but truly it makes me oh so happy to get to work as the director of HealthyLivingBlogs.com and to be one of the planning partners of the Healthy Living Summit. Thank you to every member of the HLB Community who has my day to day life such a wonderful experience – even when things get hard or the tasks feel overwhelming. You have made my evenings and weekends a dream! I am so thankful that my blogging journey has taken me on this path [which I am so excited to be taking on this adventure!] and I know it wouldn’t be possible if it not for every single person I’ve come in contact with over the past four years through the doorway of Then Heather Said.