i am home. school started yesterday. i have a new schedule, a new routine, and a new plan of attack. and finally, with a lot of stuff behind me... i feel great.
i drove my kids to utah for CKU-a in provo 2 weeks ago. it's a 12 hour ride from here to there. eric was at scout camp for a week, and my mom planned a ton of fun "utah" activities for the kids, as she would be watching them during the event. if you have never been, SLC/provo area is unbelievably fabulous in the summer. it's beautiful, perfect temps, light until late, and full of a lifetime of memories of mine. i was happy to be home. i didn't have a return date specified. but i was pretty overwhelmed with the prospect of the album class!
what an awesome experience for me. i had one of the best experiences of my life. so many people ask me... "what is this SHE thing?"... and it's not a simple answer. i am sure those in my track were not sure what they were getting themselves into.
to put it simply, as simply as possible... SHE is all of us. women. we share so much. so much in common. we have awesome responsibilties, opportunities and lives. SHE is a mother, a sister, a friend, a daughter. the SHE album is a tribute. it's a unique way of painting a picture of who that SHE is. what she loves, believes, dreams and is. i have known the power of the concept and have enjoyed sharing it. it's amazing because it is relatable to anyone, any age, any stage in life. but, i had no way of preparing for the emotions that happened in the track.
i was so emotional... and to those who were there... i apologize, and thank you for putting up with me!!! and let me tell you, i was emotional ON MY OWN... and then there were the comments, expereinces and lives that were shared with me during the course of the track. i thank those of you who shared those pieces of you, the insights and the pain. i wish i could share with you some of the stories of the women in that room. i was so moved... (obviously)... i loved it. it was just a little tricky to balance technique talk with these raw and real emotions that were coming to the surface for so many.
as i look at this class picture... and not everyone was there when we finally got this taken... but i was zooming in and looking at each individual face, and remembering some of the little tid bits of your lives that i heard, and i feel so grateful to have had that experience...
it was such a technique driven class, and that is what i like... i love to take people out of their comfort zone and show them something that maybe they hadn't thought of. it may have been a little TOO intense... i hope that those who were there will finish their albums to their satisfaction! best of luck!
i can't wait for stamford. so fun.
i had my wonderful team with me... and helping with this event was no small feat... but we have a blast togehter. Kara Wylie and Janet Hopkins joined us... and will be helping out with CKUs in the future. this is a photo of us having breakfast up at the Sundance Resort. it was SO stunningly beautiful there, and the temperature... devine (i know that i make a big deal about the temp, but i HATE HOW HOT IT IS HERE RIGHT NOW!). man, that was so fun... so yummy.
saturday night i left provo and drove about 35 miles east of SLC to my grandpa's cabin to join my family. i have never been so happy driving through the main gate. the stars were so bright and the night sky so beautiful. that place is so attached to so many happy memories of my life. it was a joy to see my children fall in love with that place... we had so much fun...
i LOVE lagoon. we had the BEST TIME! ALL DAY. non-stop. and my boys were tall enough, and it was their first time on big rides and they were LOVING IT. it was seriously like one of my favorite days as a mom. it was better than christmas. they were thrilled... running to do the big, fast "fire dragon" roller coaster that does 2 loops, at like 75mph... --5 times in a row. i was sad that eric missed it... but he kindof has a weak stomach... no time for those w/ weak stomaches. my mom LOVES the rides. we had a blast.
12 hours drive home.
and me... in recovery mode.
SUCH good stuff.
it's time for some changes. i just wish it were the WEATHER!! (lol)
but i have conn. to look forward to.. and those leaves, and the westin! and a little NYC.
yep... good stuff.