Monday, July 25, 2011
I should be sent to Time Out more often...
I went to Sydney for three days. I had an amazing time!
Did you know it was the first time I had ever left my kids with The Mr overnight? I know, right! Poor Guy. I've just never had anywhere to go alone for an extended time. Plus I always prefer to bring The Mr with me whenever I go away. So the super dad he is, he did great. Better parent than I he is. But talk about 10 long years in the making. I went away on my own for three days!! wahooooo.
The main reason for this trip to Sydney was to attend Time Out For Women
So after my first flight in 5 years, arriving in the pouring horrid rain, driving in the horrid rain (thankgoodness I wasnt actually driving. I was crossing my fingers my young driver would be a good one. And boy was she a Sydney driving machine! We would have died if it was I driving) we arrived to the family we were staying with who met us with warm milo's and delish homemade indian food. I kid you not, I stayed with the best family in the whole of Sydney.
So the next day was TOFW.
At first I was sitting there thinking 'hhmm... I have been to Local and Free women's conferences that are just as good as this. I *hope* this gets better. Some people who've had to lay out airfare and hotel and taxi have paid hundreds and hundreds of dollars to come for this. (seriously I am such a anxious worrier, I was worrying about everyone else....)
As the day progressed and the feelings swelled I was glad I came.
(dear TOFW take note that one day is not enough. I was just getting into it when it was time to finish. Or atleast keep going well into the night. 4pm is way to early to finish. 8pm sounds more reasonable I see it goes for 2 days in the USA!)
'Choose to become' wasn't just found in the speakers
It was found In
:: Meeting with friends new and old
:: Seeing people I havent seen in over 7 years and picking up conversations like it was only yesterday we last saw eachother
:: Everywhere I look seeing someone I knew by face if not name
:: Having people I have never met drive me places
:: Staying with the kindest family (whom I didn't know before hand)
::Snuggling in bed with said family after TOFW laughing our heads off talking
::Having a super excited american lady who we'd never met pay for our lunch
:: Just the buzz from being in the same place as 2000 other LDS women
:: Being able to sit and enjoy every meal for three days and not have to share my food
:: To sleep through the night for three days
:: Spend time laughing and talking with friends
:: To catch my first plane in 5 years!
And by the copious pages of notes I've written obviously I got something out of the speakers and was touched by the spirit of inspiration. I might share some insights in another post.
Here's hoping I can choose to become.