here are a few photos from my time in north carolina:
me with donna. she's much funnier in person. and tearful, too (but in the best of ways - tears of joy)
this is a horrible shot, but i wanted to share it. i stood up from my seat and snapped this shot just before i went up to do the keynote. i was nervous, but once i started speaking (and after i took my shoes off), i was totally calm and felt like i was exactly where i needed to be. these dear people (about 300 total) stood up for me at the end. they must have known i needed a good cry. and they must have known i had just done something i never thought i could do, too - what an honor.
here's another blurry shot (my camera and i had issues on this trip), but i had to share. meet paolo. photographer, dear heart, funny guy. how fun it was to spend time with him and i can't wait to meet his girl and hang out (they live here in seattle - yay me!).
in addition to lounging, cocktails, and new friends, i had the opportunity to get henna'd. it was my first time with henna and i loved it.
i have arrived home inspired, full of ideas, full of enthusiasm, and ready to keep going. thank you to everyone i met, for all of the encouragement and kind words about Taking Flight and my artwork. i loved hearing your hopeful stories, your triumphs, your determination, and your laughter streaming all over the hallways of that hotel. i will never forget it.