I hope you all had a splendiferous holiday weekend!
Mine began bright and early Saturday morning when I flew my way down and over to Georgia. Technically, I rode while the pilot flew, but you get the idea. My mom came and picked me up from the airport and we booked ourselves (pun intended) to the Decatur Book Festival.
And then this happened.
Oh my goodness gracious, this happened.
I attended the book talk/signing of Emily Giffin’s newest book, The One and Only and it was all of the awesome. Not only did she talk about her book and those previous, but she talked about what it really is like to be a writer, to become a writer. At moments, it felt like she was speaking directly to me, offering sage advice on how to not give up, to keep trying, writing and creating. One of the biggest reasons why I love Emily Giffin so much, besides her writing prowess, is because she is so honest, so humble, and so funny!
And then this happened.
I had a total fangirl moment (I seriously thought I was going to start hyperventilating right then and there) when I got to meet her!!!! We got to chat a bit (we’re, like, total BFF’s now); I told her that I recently published my first book and how much of an inspiration she was for me before, during and after that long and sometimes frustrating (but very rewarding and amazing) process. She even plugged my book to the audience and told me how much I should be proud of myself. And then we hugged.
I hugged Emily Giffin!
And she smelled like daisies and freshly-baked chocolate-chip cookies and a Hawaiian sunrise.
I’m telling you.
Total fangirled out.
If that wasn’t enough to brag about this weekend, the next day the fam and I took a three-hour tour canoe trip on Lake Alatoona. I can’t remember the last time I was in a canoe (I’m more of a kayak fan (atic)) so I was bit rusty to say the least, especially when it came to steering the darn thing. But after a while, I got into a kind of groove and by the end of the trip, I was the master of disaster.
Which, thankfully we didn’t have any of (except for the fact that we didn’t pack nearly enough potato chips for the ride).
Monday I drove up to Layfeyette, GA to meet up with one of my best friends from college to do some epic rock climbing and adventuring. My friend Alex is part monkey so he naturally took to the rocks like stink on poo, but I surprised myself with how much monkeydom I had in me as well. It was an absolute blast and even though my arms are still feeling the effects of the past couple of days, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Great friends, great conversation, and great laughs. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
So I’ve got some potentially big news.
Or at least I am hoping it will be potentially big news.
Yesterday I had a second interview for a library position at a private school here in the Denver area and it went really, really well. So well in fact, that they called me not an hour after I was done to invite me in for a final, four-hour in-person interview on the campus.
I get to tour the campus, meet with the rest of the library staff, speak with the school principal and they are even treating me to lunch.
I’m super nervous but super excited at the same time.
It sounds like such an incredible opportunity, something I have been dreaming about since, well, since I can remember actually. To be able to work with kids, to inspire them to become readers and life-long learners, doers and thinkers? To be surrounded by books everday? To be a part of something bigger than myself, to make a difference and to positively impact the lives of these students?
Well that, my dear friends, is what I call a dream come true.
And I am hoping that that dream starts tomorrow.
Wish me luck!!