Three years ago this week (May 18th, 2011 to be exact) I published my very first blog post. I still remember my feeling of fear and trepidation as I pondered that Turquoise Publish button for over a week. When I finally did hit the button I thought I was going to be sick. The thought of expressing an opinion…to the public no less….was almost paralyzing. You see, by nature I am (was) extremely shy. Growing up I always sat in the back of the class room and prayed I wouldn’t be called on. I was always sure to be absent on days where standing up in front of the class and giving an oral report was expected. Once in junior high school when asked to stand up and speak, I promptly fainted. After that embarrassing episode, my mother actually got a doctor’s note excusing me from ever having to speak in front of the class again. (Hey, no judging… it was back in the day).
Fast forward to today and I can honestly say blogging has changed my life. Blogging forced me out of my comfort zone of hanging in the background as an observer, and pushed me into being an active participant. Blogging and attending events with other bloggers has also allowed me entrance into the design world in a way I never imagined possible. I have made so many new friends, both real and virtual and because of blogging, I was able to finally crawled out of my shell (at age 50+) and find my voice.
So three years ago when I timidly published that first post, I could never have imagined that on this Thursday, I will be traveling to New York with eleven other bloggers, courtesy of Veronica Miller and Modenus. For me, it’s a once in a life time experience. As a group, we will be going to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, touring the Kips Bay Show House, visiting show rooms and seeing fabulous new products for the home, plus dinners, cocktail parties and design events.
I am simply beside myself with excitement. Of course I will be blogging, tweeting and posting on Instagram, Pinterest and FB all week. I truly hope you will follow along on my exciting New York adventure.
Oh By the way, public speaking??? I’m still working on that one 🙂