A few years ago, if you had asked me what I envisioned for the year 2010 I would have said, “More of the same.” Honestly, for me motherhood has been a lot of the same routine, day in and day out. Month after month and year after year. Motherhood has its highs and its lows, its ups and its downs. The ups – the hugs and the kisses, the stories shared together, the smiles on Christmas morning. The downs – cleaning up a sick child’s bed in the middle of the night or 10 years of changing diapers. But after 12 years of being a stay at home mom, I didn’t have a whole lot of variety in my life. Excitement, yes. Drama, for sure. Work, you’d better believe it.
I never would have pictured myself at age 35 on a train, heading back home after an exhilarating day trip to New York where I had the opportunity to participate in a live webcast press conference with Dr Karen Reivich, the founder of Fishful Thinking. Not only did I get to travel to NYC for the day and meet Karen, Pepperidge Farm and Mr Youth employees, but I also had the opportunity to speak. Yes, me! Speaking alongside Dr. Reivich, answering questions from the press and explaining the Fishful Thinking Ambassador program.
Not the best picture of me (I was tired after a long day) but I love it just the same…because I adore being able to work with these ladies!
I never would have imagined myself having opportunities like the ones that blogging has brought me. The people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had, the amazing things I’ve learned as I’ve had the chance to interact not only with great bloggers but with incredible people like Karen. They’ve only been possible because of my blog. It’s a lot for a little mom like me to take in, and some days I feel overwhelmed with gratitude and awe.
Here are a few of the photos from my incredible day in New York.
Without going into too much detail, after a delicious lunch, the press gathered in a gorgeously decorated room (can I move in??).
Dr. Reivich introduced the Fishful Thinking program, and then I talked about the Ambassador and Faculty program and what our role is in spreading the Fishful Thinking message. Karen then introduced each of the ingredients and three faculty members who were on the phone conferencing with us detailed activities that they had done with their families that fit with each of the ingredients. I finished off with one of the activities I’d done with my kids, and then we opened it up to questions. I was lucky enough to be able to sit with Karen and just chat, mom to mom. I also spent some good quality, feet-aching time with Carla, who is our Fishful Thinking go-to person. Carla showed me around New York a little (and can I just say New York City is much more enjoyable with someone who knows where they’re going versus trying to figure it out on your own?!).
It was an incredible day. But I’m glad to be home. And bed sure does sound good tonight.
PS–next time I have to decorate for a party, I’m totally decorating with Goldfish. Edible centerpieces. What could be better??
How was that for WordFUL Wednesday?
Plus, Mama Kat, who I get to hang out with again this weekend, wanted to hear about my trip and so she made one of this week’s writing workshop prompts, “Tell me about your trip!” All righty, M-K, here it is, just for you!
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