First a little bit of business. Kathleen O, YOU are the winner for Charlene Sands’ fabu blog about Fairytale Junkies. Squee! Please send your snail mail info to leannebbb @ aol.com (no spaces)
Now to our regularly scheduled blog.
I’m traveling a lot this month and find myself looking forward to August, a month full of days at home. Days without conference excitement or vacation travel, or worse, airline travel. When I was a little girl and I was invited to a PJ party or sleepover at a friend’s house, I would eagerly accept. Pleased to be included and anticipating the fun and exciting times with friends, I packed up my pillow, sleeping bag and toothbrush and headed over to my neighbor’s house. A couple hours later, I almost always wanted to go home. Even as a child, I guess I craved the feeling of safety and sameness. In my home, my mother was always ready to give a hug. What can I say? I was a little wuss. In some ways, I still am….
As an adult, I go through a similar sequence, slightly different order. I’m invited to speak at a conference or to attend an event. I’m honored and excited. I get ready for the event. Prepare my speech, practice my speech, make lists, paint toenails odd colors, pack (which is a huge organizational challenge for me). Guess what happens the night before I’m scheduled to leave? I change my mind. I don’t want to go. Why would I want to trade my cozy, comfy home with my nice husband and my 4.5 lb dog who adores me in exchange for hostile air travel and the unknown? Sometimes I seek solace in chips and Heluva Good! French Onion dip. Ultimately, I go anyway, because I AM a responsible adult, but I almost always feel that sense of “traveler’s remorse” before I leave. I’m –usually- glad I pushed myself out of my cozy nest for that little bit of time … afterward. But I’m so relieved to return.
What about you? How do you feel about travel? Ever get traveler’s remorse? How do you deal with it? I’ll draw a name from the responders next week after I return from RWA and I will send you my bag from the conference along with a free book. Talk to me. For those of you attending RWA in Orlando, Charlene Sands and I are giving a fabu workshop on BRAINSTORMING, Friday, at 4:30 in ASIA 1, and we have great drawings for books and stuff because we think workshops should be FUN!