Last week, I went to Vegas for three days for a conference. And wow. Vegas is not my place at all, but I had a wonderful trip. I went into the weekend not fully wanting to go and not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the all the amazing things that came out of it.
- On my way to the airport, I called Mom to tell her that I was on my way. Apparently, I had not even told her that I was going to Vegas, so she was surprised. And immediately, she asked me if I planned to call my aunt while I was there. I had no idea that my aunt lives in Vegas. I know. That’s terrible. But I did call her, and those couple of hours that I got to spend with her and my uncle were some of the sweetest moments of the trip.
- On my layover in Phoenix, I got a text from a dear friend who happened to be in Vegas. She was just reaching out to reach out, but it was fun to be able to say, “I’m on a flight to Vegas now for an Arbonne conference! Can we try to connect?” We did connect, and that was the best since she lives in South Carolina. I loved having me some Emily time. That time with her on the first night before the conference went into full force grounded me in a way that I needed.
- At the hotel, I went into sensory overload. The people, the noise, the sounds, the crowds, the clothes (or lack thereof). Oh my. It was all too much for me. I was reminded just how much I crave peace and quiet and solitude. I spent the first day feeling out of sorts there and wondering if I’d made a mistake in going to that huge event. But that changed. More on why in #4 and #5 below.
- Despite the booming nature of the environment, the conference was absolutely amazing. I met people I’d only previously known online. I got to hear about the new products being launched. I got to hear from the company owner and executives about the vision for the products and the company. I felt the culture of Arbonne, which was energetic, loving, and healthy. I got to spend time with my friend, Katie. And I got to hear Rachel Hollis speak live! I could not have asked for a better conference experience.
- At the conference, I had a bit of an epiphany – and this ties back to Rachel Hollis. She asked the question, “What if God made you this way?” I have not been able to get that question out of my head. You are obsessed with writing? What if God made you that way? You crave a physical challenge? What if God made you that way? Order and achievement matter to you? What if God made you that way? You want more? What if God made you that way? Are you afraid that you are not beautiful enough, smart enough, funny enough, or strong enough? Why not embrace who you are, exactly as you are? God made you that way.
Good heavens, it was an incredible trip. I left that loud, noisy and overwhelming city with such a peace about who I am and what I am doing. I also left with a fire about really pursuing the things in my heart that I have been neglecting. I want to lean into who I am and where I am and all the opportunities that I have and all the opportunities that I want to create for myself.
I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference, which will again be in Vegas. Me, a Vegas regular? Who knew?