I had a really, really amazing weekend. The IIN Conference was just incredible and has infused me so much energy, confidence, and motivation. I cannot wait to officially start my practice!
Three things that really stood out to me.
- The power of food to heal is truly humbling and amazing.
- Listening is an art and a form of healing care.
- Being around like-minded individuals is like crack – in a good way.
It occurred to me that this is the first time I’ve traveled alone in over seven years! Isn’t that wild? So, what kind of mischief did I get into all on my own? I’ll tell you the first story, so you’ll see just how used to traveling with Hubs I am.
First of all, I booked my train trip to Stamford, CT with a return trip departing from Stamford, CT as well. In my mind, Stamford comes before New York. I’m just that used to living North of NYC I guess. So, when my train pulled up at Penn Station on Friday, and I still had a 45 minute ride to go before we hit Stamford, I definitely said, “Huh…” to myself. However, I wanted to see my parents. So I continued on my merry way.
We had a delicious lunch and vino.
Tip: People love it when you catch them chewing.
Anyway, then I got back on the train to NYC. I had a small rolling suitcase, a duffle bag, and my purse. In the suitcase were two bottles of wine and my computer. So it was heavy. Super heavy. Oh, and I had a jacket that I didn’t need to wear. Since it was warm.
Once at Grand Central, I need to take a subway to Times Sq. I did so. A lot of walking and pulling those damned luggages.
Once in Times Sq, my hotel was 6-7 blocks away. Up two flights of crazy subway stairs and through thick throngs of people who were very content to be looking up at all the lights and stimuli while walking incredibly slow.
I finally make it to my hotel. I literally want to die. I’m hot and sweaty. My feet are killing me, as it turns out those cowboy boots, while cute, are not comfy for walking. I give them my name to check in and they inform me that I’m not there. Can’t find me.
Turns out I booked myself at their 57th and Lexington location. Nowhere close to where I was nor where I needed to be.
If Hubs had been with me that would not have happened!
Luckily, I was able to stay there and all was well. Especially when I saw this:
Just for me.
Then, after unpacking…
I met up with Sis for bonding time over Ethiopian food, honey wine, and night time wandering around the Village.
Raw vegan Caesar salad from Pure Food & Wine
Macadamia nut “fish” cakes. With “tartar” sauce, also from Pure Food & Wine. AMAZING.
I also ate the Mallomar for dessert, but was too busy swooning to take a pic.
Amazing green juice from Equinox.
So, it was a great time. I’m so thankful for the experience!
The boys did fine without me – in fact, my son is now spoiled and a total Daddy’s boy. I have two days to reprogram him.