So last weekend I was minding my own business when I decided to pop in and check my email here at Creative Kitchen. I get my fair share of interesting tidbits and offers here and there, but I must admit I was a bit surprised to see the words “Kenmore Blogger Summit” in the subject of an email addressed to me! And as I began reading what appeared to be an invitation from Kenmore, I sat in stunned silence when I got to the following paragraph:
In addition to the hands-on activities and competitions we want you to experience our products, engage with our very exciting speakers, and ultimately walk away with great content to share. We’re also planning on some fun surprises during the day! We hope you’ll join us, and of course, we will cover your travel and lodging expenses, lay out the red carpets, and welcome you to the second annual Kenmore
Hold the dates:
January 20th and 21st
Where: Kenmore Live
Studio in Chicago, IL
Please let me know if you are interested in attending. We’d love you have you join us!
Wow!!! Me? Kenmore? Chicago? What?? Now if you know me well….then you can imagine my next reaction was a feeling of being hit by a brick in my stomach….a literal tug of war of emotions! The war raged within….”of course I have to go…I can’t believe they selected me….what a great opportunity….I love Kenmore!” to “Chicago? You mean I have to get on a plane? That’s a long way from South Florida and in the middle of winter!”
To clarify my hesitation, I love traveling!! LOVE seeing the world. I’ve flown all over…..3 roundtrips to Hawaii when I was in the Navy and stationed in Pearl Harbor, a month long backpacking trip with hubby across Europe when we were in college…trips to DC, Chicago and Orlando. I really don’t think flying is the issue. But herein lies the issue….I haven’t flown in 16 years, and the true heart of that issue is….
I haven’t flown since I’ve been a MOM!! I haven’t flown since I became a parent….since I’ve had 3 lives depending on me, looking up to me, and needing me to always be here.
I know all moms feel this way to some extent when traveling. I know I’m not the only one. I knew I’d be jumping on a plane again sometime in my life, and I knew I wanted to. After all I love to travel! And I even figured we’d fly as a family someday. But the longer time passed without flying (due to finances and lack of opportunity…as your family grows it gets more expensive…and I’m sure 9/11 played a part is swaying my mind a certain way about air travel), the bigger it loomed in the back of my mind as a negative thing.
But here’s the thing….in the last week as this issue has come to my mind, as I was finalizing my travel arrangements and itinerary with Kenmore, I realized……it’s not so much the flying at issue (though I’m sure it will be nerve wracking at first). I’ve never had an issue with flying in the past! It’s the “being thousands of miles away from my kids and what if something happens? to either one of us? how helpless I would feel.” I remember once realizing I wasn’t jealous of other mom’s travels and destinations, I was jealous of their ability to get up and go just as they had in their pre-children days…without fear or anxiety.
But if you remember this post, then you know I’m all about taking on new challenges and pushing myself out of my comfort zone! I’ve made a commitment to strech myself….you know life is too short!
SO…..Chicago, here I come!! My hubby is thrilled for me, and my 3 girls were VERY excited to hear the news. My almost 13 year old wishes she could come with me. They all want me to go, and I guess I didn’t doubt for a moment that I would go. I just had to wrap my mind around it…..settle in, and get used to the idea.
And other than the FRIGID cold of the windy city, I’m really looking forward to returning to O’Hare and Chicago. The last time I flew through O’Hare I was in the throes of my dramatic love story…leaving my honey for Hawaii. And the last time I was in Chicago…..was when we fell IN LOVE!! Wow….that was 22 years ago! That city has always held a special place in my heart!! And now to go back as HIS wife, and mom to our beautiful daughters….wow, how cool is that?
So a BIG thank you to Kenmore!! I’m looking forward to all the great activities you have in store for us, and learning about all the latest in your home appliances. I’ve had my Kenmore washer & dryer for over 13 years now, and as much as I’ve loved it….I know much has changed since then. There’s much to learn, and I’m excited to start my research and to share it with my readers! I’m also excited to meet the other 43 bloggers that have been invited to the Summit. It’s always fun when bloggers get together! See you soon!
Stay tuned later today….my very next post will be a GIVEWAY for you from the nice folks at Kenmore!!