It was a great day filled with, buses, subways, strong coffee, sore legs, humidity, enough perspiration to require a second shower, a handful of Ibuprofen, inspiration and uplift. The workshops I attended were bold and well presented. I learned so much that my head is swimming with the amount of tasks requiring completion upon my return. At the same time, I have a renewed sense of purpose and direction. Wouldn’t it be amazing if all this new information resulted in a blog with greater usefulness for all of you?
Walking around a huge room filled with books, authors, publishers, well I was positively tingling without the aid of a single electronic appliance. What stood most of all was the feeling of power present in a GINORMOUS room full of words, stories, experiences, and information. Although only one percent of all manuscripts are ever published by traditional publishers, that number makes up an unimaginable and staggering amount of work. AND if that success is available to so many, their numbers may as well include me.
The best part was meeting and speaking with others who are as passionate as I am about what they do. I met a number of extraordinary women like Whitney Quon, The Marketing and Events Coordinator for Beyond Words, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon Schuster, who gave me a copy of No One Has to Die Alone by Lani Leary, PHD and Leslie Brody, the author of The Last Kiss – A True story of love, joy, and loss (due out in October 2012), or Rose O. Sherman who writes Emerging RN Leader – A Leadership Development Blog. Stay tuned for some exciting guest bloggers coming to middlescapes and a few guest appearances by yours truly. I am totally and completely drained but so excited to see what are next steps are going forward. You can be sure that some changes are a comin and I can’t wait to see how things will play out.
I do miss mom. At the same time, it is great to have a time out from caregiving responsibilities and a chance to re-connect with my own hopes and dreams. Until next week, stay well and well-loved.