Do you want to know something HILAROUS?
On my July editorial calendar I had planned to post a WDS recap on Tuesday 7/15. I thought I would be able to sum it all up in a post. HA!
I'm in the middle of sharing the behind the scenes of actually speaking (hopefully the final two parts will be shared next week), but I wanted to post a few photos from our visit to Portland. I was too nervous to appreciate the great food, but I SO enjoyed walking around and taking in downtown Portland.
What a rad town. Sure, we were there in the summer. Sure it was warm and sunny (except for the random Sunday afternoon thunderstorm). I get that it's not always like that. But still, amazing. Paul has a week off next February and I'm already planning a family trip so we can go back when it's raining and see if we're still in love.
I am SO GLAD that Paul was able to come up on this adventure with me. Partly because it was just awesome to have my teammate nearby to provide support and some distraction. Partly because I needed him to hear my speech. And partly because there is NO WAY I could put the event into the proper words or context for him to understand. "You had to be there." is sort of the gist of the weekend.
Paul was asked a few times what he did for a living and he responded by saying "I work for the man." Paul has a conventional job. About as conventional as it gets. And yet, he got a lot out of the whole thing. Much more, he told me, than he expected. #rad
When I got asked to speak, I asked Chris "Who goes to this? Who are these people?" I don't even remember his response but I know it was something like "people who are looking for something different." You can't categorize this group in any other way because it's such a vast array of backgrounds, ages, experiences, career paths and stories. The mission of WDS is to answer this question, "How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?"
And in so many ways, the event did that.
photos were taken with my iPhone5 and edited with the VSCO app.