Well, I got home from Indy yesterday around lunch time and have spent the majority of the time since resting on the sofa, napping and keeping my feet up as they got a wee bit swollen between walking, lack of sleep, and too much soda (darn sodium!) of the weekend. I'm not complaining one bit, though, because I seriously had a wonderful time at The Influence Conference over the weekend.
I'll be honest and say that the first night/morning, I did wonder what I'd got myself into and even considered looking into how much extra it'd cost me to fly home early. I'm not really that surprised about that, to be honest, because I'm a major homebody, I'm 30 weeks pregnant and somewhat irrational, I need a lot of sleep (& didn't get much at all). By Friday afternoon, though, I was so glad to be there, and those feelings just got stronger and stronger as the weekend progressed. I was quite intentional about which sessions and workshops I attended, and didn't feel bad missing almost half of them in order to get some rest and quiet time. Doing that allowed me to really get more out of the sessions I did attend, and also to spend some more one-on-one time with ladies I'd been wanting to meet for quite some time.
I took very few photos, none of myself with any friends, sadly, but I did take away much from the conference, so all is not lost. This is the first time I've done anything like this- go away for the weekend, by myself, to be with a bunch of people I've never met before. I realize as a blogger this is not nearly as strange as it sounds to someone that does not use the internet socially at all, or even those that do use facebook. It was certainly stretching and maybe a little bit lonely at times, which sounds silly after I said that I needed time to myself, but is still equally true. I learned that these friendships I have that started on the internet really actually are friendships- these people are my friends, not my 'online friends'. After all, I don't go around calling people I've met at church my 'church friends' and my long ago co-workers turned friends are just friends- not 'work friends'.
I'm thankful I had the opportunity to establish these things in my mind, and am looking forward to some processing over the next couple of days. I'll be hanging out in bed for at least the beginning of today as I seem to have caught some type of cold or sinus infection, but I have much to think about as I rest, and am happy for that opportunity. I'll be doing more napping, keeping my feet up, and enjoying the scent of my favorite candle on this September day.