On the road again.

DEN > AUS: work

AUS > SNA: bachelorette party

SNA > BNA: extension presentation @ Belmont University

It’s so nice of DIA to offer its patrons free WiFi. Carri, Megan, and I have a lot of work to do and discussion to have during our 1.5 days in Austin this week. Megan’s due to have her third babe in a couple weeks, so we needed to get in to see her while we still had time. 

Another Megan, my college friend, is getting married in September and her bachelorette party is in Newport Beach this weekend. We’re getting a yacht. No big deal.

GPB is flying me to Nashville to do an extension presentation, which I am highly excited and nervous about, but honored to do. I haven’t done one of these since 2010 at Quinnipiac University in CT. Needless to say, many things have changed since then, but I’ve got a good group of women showing me the ropes. 

This week, I have another draft of my thesis due. Balancing all of these things is much harder than anticipated. In fact, I can’t say I’m actually balancing anything at all. It’s more like getting bulldozed. Alas - better to have a thousand things to do than none at all? 

I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase “I don’t have time.” We all have the same amount of hours in a day… it’s just about how you allocate and prioritize. I know my thesis needs more than what I’m giving it, and I need to do something about it. I’m making excuses, so I’ll stop that. 

Also, I’m learning to - trying to - say “no.” I mean, I know you’re supposed to just say “yes” and figure it out later, but that’s what I’ve been doing and now I feel like I’m doing everything I can to practically use a snorkel to keep breathing while I’m 10 feet under water. 

Speaking of snorkeling, I’m saving up for a trip to Hawaii after graduation, which means I’m cancelling my $85/month yoga membership. Sad day, but funds call to be allocated elsewhere. 

I just returned from a motivating week in Seattle at my Sorority’s convention. Of the four I’ve attended, I believe it was one of the most influential thus far because of the consistent messaging throughout. 

"You are worth it," having authentic confidence, and "owning your awesome" were some of the take aways. I was fortunate to do a workshop about modeling the strong girl life for 400+ women who attended. Aside from the main sessions, it was the largest session to be held there. I was really nervous walking into it, but Sarah (the woman I wrote the workshop with) and I practiced many times. We walked into it feeling pretty good. When I got there, I realized 200+ didn’t seem as big as I thought it was going to. I was able to connect with some familiar faces and jump in. 

Yesterday, I was able to go out on the boat with Kim and her parents. We explored the market a little bit and got to relax after a packed few days. I’m energized to make a giant push for the next few weeks of summer.

Next week, I’m headed to Austin, Newport Beach, and Nashville. Then, I’m back home to finish my two internships and my prospectus (that needs to be defended by late August). 

You are worth it.