so i spoke at the influence conference this past weekend.
how crazy is it that bloggers are actually people!
on that note, conferences are difficult for hermits. they make us very tired. but even so, it was really fun to get to meet new friends, share ideas, and get even more excited about this little ditty called "blogging".
what i find more exhausting is constantly telling people on the airplane, "i'm famous!" and "i can't believe you don't know me!" that wore me out even before we stepped into the hotel.
speaking of hotel living...
i also got to hang with my bestie, emily. who sleeps with the bathroom light on. and she sleeps with 6 beanie babies around her head. it's weird. how am i supposed to sleep under these conditions? so basically, i just didn't. who cares anyway. i'm a mom...i don't need sleep.
anyway, i was one of the speakers. it will be online at some point. but actually, i don't want anyone to listen to it because it was my first speaking engagement ever and i made some dumb jokes and also made everyone cry. i mean, it's weird when you're just talking along and then you look into the audience and everyone is blotting their face.
it doesn't help that i shared the video below first. it kind of just primed the pump for the tears to come.
then what also will make everyone cry is when you cry so hard that you have to let the microphone hang by your side for like...oh...one whole minute until you can gather yourself enough to stop talking like kermit the frog.
if you can stare at someone crying for one minute and not cry, then you are an alien.
good thing i put napkins in my armpits. for reals, i did that. it's one thing to do it, and then it's another when you admit it. and you can hear yourself saying it in the microphone. and you're like...self, stop! but then yourself is like...but you love embarrassing yourself.
anyway, our dear friends, the parsons made this glorious video which shares a letter we wrote to each other recently. they came over and took pictures of normal day type stuff.
and gosh. the normal feels monumental when you almost lose it all.
the nato's' : a don't give up story. from WE ARE THE PARSONS on Vimeo.
make sure that you scroll down and turn the volume off on my music. and also, there is just audio at the very beginning. and after like 3 minutes it goes into the video. don't be alarmed.
p.s. the music is by andy gullahorn and his wife jill phillips called, "any other way".