So we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled European tour next week. Until then, I have to talk about Haven. These girls–my team, my tribe, my loves–and I pulled off another successful conference, and we left feeling pretty darn happy about it. We also left feeling utterly exhausted. 🙂 Before the conference, I told you a number of things that wouldn’t happen at Haven. Well now I’m going to tell you…
5 Things That Did Happen at Haven
1. I stayed in a 2,000 square foot suite, yet I had the least amount of sleep I’ve had in years.
When you’re sharing a room with someone just as dorky as you are, you go to bed giggling like little school girls, and you wake up complaining about how tired you are.
2. I struggled finding the camera…
and then I nailed it.
And then I found a bunch of other girls to nail it too.
3. I laughed until I hurt with some of my oldest and dearest blog friends. They kept me up way too late, and it still wasn’t enough time together. They complete me.
4. I met some of my closest friends for the first time. Some of them I’ve been stalking privately for a while, but others were very aware of it. Either way, my life is better having met them, and I am counting the days until I see them again. Myra, Beth, Sarah, and I are doing our best to act normal here. We should have won a Klondike bar.
5. I danced until I hurt. You truly have no idea what the power of a Ryobi hat, Run DMC, and some skilled dance partners can do to you. Your mind says you’re back in high school, but your body soon reminds you that you haven’t been there in a long time.
And this, my friends, explains it all. We let loose, lived free, and laughed incessantly for a few solid days. Even if you don’t want to learn a single thing at this conference (as IF), it will fulfill your “girlfriend fix” for a long time. Or at least until you get on the plane home and feel utter sadness because you miss them so very much.
6. (I know–I said 5). I let a lot of new friendships slip through my fingertips. The level of love is at such a high at Haven that it can be impossible to get in touch with everyone. I had SO many people I wanted to meet or spend more time with, but there just wasn’t enough time. It’s a good regret to have, I guess, but it’s a regret nonetheless. So if I didn’t make you my best friend this year, don’ worry. There’s 2014.