Not really sure where to begin. Last week I had the opportunity to fly across the country to Park City, Utah and spend time with some of the most wonderful people. I’m not just saying that either. I met some seriously good people, and if you know me, I really appreciate good people. Who doesn’t? Good people make me happy.
(One of my most favorite people in the world, Maria)
(Had fun finally meeting Marla in real life…we had one of those “I know you!” moments in the hotel hallway on the first day… …love this photo, thanks for sharing it with me girl!)
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you probably got glimpses of what was going on. I wanted to share so much, but didn’t want to come off too annoying if you know what I mean. There was a lot going on at The Canyons…a little overwhelming at times, but all in the best way possible. Evo 11 is short for The Evolution of Women in Social Media. It’s a conference put on by Jyl and Rachel and when I tell you that these girls have it going on I’m totally not exaggerating. What I love the most about Jyl and Rachel is that as busy as I know they were, whenever you saw them they had genuine smiles on their faces and would stop and say hello. There was so much involved in this conference that I have no idea how they kept it together, but I think that is the beauty of doing what you love to do which is clearly what makes these two ladies click. The conference brings together such a fantastically diverse group of people and I love it even more for that.
So to sum up my experience…I just want to share a few things that I took away with me…
First things first. I love Nature. I always have (I’m infatuated with the ocean – I am a FL girl) but the mountains really opened my eyes to a whole other part of this beautiful world we live in. I had incredible hikes up winding trails with friends and am really missing the crisp (non-humid) air that made those hikes even more enjoyable. Aaaand…have to say I loved what those hikes did for my glutes! I was pretty sore!!
Something else…I’m still afraid of heights. Not much to say about that one. But I did try!
(not sure how this is considered normal…but the only way to get to the restaurant for our Food Workshop was on one of these…look at these happy ladies…no fear in that little pod is there?)
Most importantly I really learned that:
It’s ok to not be perfect. Be true to who you really are and do what makes you happy. Be you!
Absence makes the heart grow fonder – I really really missed my family!!
Life is an adventure – after listening to Me Ra Koh, I told myself I would create an adventure in my daily life, no matter how big, how small…so don’t forget to ask yourself “what will your adventure be today?”
Creativity has saved my sanity. Seek creativity around you. Embrace it.
It’s really okay…actually more like necessary…to unplug every now and then. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones. Welcome the break from it all and just let go. (Thank you Rachel)
Accept other’s styles and personalities…no matter how different than yours, we all have a lot to learn from each other.
And most importantly….
Pay It Forward. Share what you learn and know. Always. (Thank you Diane & Todd)
Thank you to my Bush’s Beans family for sending me out to The Canyons in Park City…and many heartfelt thanks to Jeffrey, Helene, Diane & Todd and the Chefs at The Canyon restaurants for sharing your passion and talent with all of us!
Please take the time to visit all the bloggers in this post and say hello, I’m sure you will enjoy them as much as I do…so happy to have them in my life!
Glad to be home! And back in the kitchen…stayed tuned for more food!
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