I'm joining new and old friends by linking up with Emily Freeman from Chatting at the Sky to share what I learned in July. Because it's fun. I included lots of pics because that's fun too.
1. Big airports. Going to college was an eye opening experience for me: I was baffled to meet people who had to drive three hours for the closest airport hub. Lucky for me, Charlotte has a decent airport, and my sister was able to hop on a plane at an extremely cheap price and fly down for the weekend. Certainly beats driving 8 hours and I loved having her visit :) (don't let my texting fool you!)
2. A Vitamix and a Juicer are not the same thing. I tried to go on a 3 day juice cleanse before our big conference at work... I googled a plan, scribbled a shopping list, dropped $40 at Trader Joe's and came back ready to blend my way to feeling clean and fresh. Well, that was a false hope. Turns out I just blended really thick, gross, drinks. Not sure why a Vitmix doesn't work the same way as a juicer, except I've heard you get to keep the fiber (isn't that a good thing!?). If anyone has any instructions or input, I'm a willing listener!
3. It is possible to drink a Venti latte with an extra shot. Everyone's had that moment when your eyes bulge, overhearing the order of the person in front of you at Starbucks, thinking "Is all that sugar and caffeine really necessary???" Well, folks, after experiencing the professional side of Conference life, I can clearly say, Yes, four shots of espresso are necessary. Don't even get me started on the whipped cream - you don't want to mess with the sleep deprived like that.
4. I have a rare disease. It's called "The Curse of Vulnerability." It's totally made up, but that doesn't make it any less legit. I have this problem where I have to be brutally honest about heart issues all the time... And it's awkward and often socially inappropriate and sometimes a fun sucker. Instead of being light and laughing, I kill the moment by digging into the deep stuff... Example: a very important person asked me about my experience at She Speaks, and instead of just putting out the honest-but-edited-positive side, I felt my word-vomit take over, and I shared the roots of bitterness and envy that were very much present in the midst of my experience. Why did I say this? I don't know. I blame my disease.
5. I have a great home team. I was able to go home for the 4th of July, and it was one of the best visits home I've ever made. Often in college, roadtripping to my birthplace was under the weight of comparison or criticism... My house was too messy, the people too busy, the music too loud, the boundaries non-existent... I'm really learning to let my family just BE... Just be who they are and what they are and do it the way they do, without my analysis. Deciding to let go of my expectations and my life lessons was the most freeing thing I could have done to help my relationship with my family.
6. Restorative, Activator, Empathy.... We took a StrengthsFinder test in the Proverbs office, and it's been incredible to recognize these qualities in my life and catalog them as strengths instead of just weird quirks!
7. College reunions are pretty sweet. I assumed this was true, but my first one happened in July for a friend's birthday. So there you go. Lesson learned.
What about you? What fun things did you learn in July? :) Head over to Emily's blog to link up or post below!