2013 Celiac Awareness Tour – Pittsburgh

This morning, I was the Brand Ambassador for Triumph Dining (San Francisco, CA) at the 2013 Celiac Disease Awareness Tour in Pittsburgh, PA. I arrived at the Monroeville Convention Center with a suitcase of product that weighed at least 100 lbs. and the remains of yesterday’s snow storm laying in treacherous strips all over the parkway. I left the Monroeville Convention Center with an empty suitcase, clear streets and picturesque fluffly snow flurries across a sunny sky.

I left exhilarated. I had a blast.

For five short hours today, I returned to my comfort zone of selling fabulous products that make people feel better about themselves. Of course, before, I was working at a makeup store with expensive wrinkle creams and lipstick. Today, I spoke with the coolest people. Each person that came to my booth had a story to share about their battle with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance or gluten insensitivity.

It’s amazing what people will share with a complete stranger—especially one they believe they’ll never see again.

I soaked it all up like a sponge. Not only was I selling, marketing and creating my own environment for “my store” today, but I was also talking to people. I love that. People are truly amazing. And each time I rest on this realization or revisit this revelation, I see it from a new perspective. Today, I saw amazing people that overcome food problems with each and every bite. It was a blend of joy, understanding and finding a place of belonging.

I had a ball. I think every person that left my booth did too. That is all I ever hope to achieve any time I’m with someone. To say the least, I was truly grateful for the opportunity that Triumph Dining gave me today. It was exactly what I needed.

With that being said, I’m going to go back to snuggling under the covers, watching movies from the 90’s on E! with a cup of peppermint tea.

Stay Warm!

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Have you ever just “spilled the beans” on a total stranger? Why do you think that is?

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Back To School—Already?

Sadly, yes. Last week was my first full week of my second year in grad school. And yes, I finished my first year already! I couldn’t believe it either when I first realized it. I apologize for my words being so scattered, I am still trying to gather myself to be ready for this semester. I spent the majority of my three weeks on holiday break recovering from last semester, but thankfully, some of it was spent surrounded by friends and family. I have to be honest—I still haven’t fully recovered from last semester, and I’m really having some issues getting back into the swing of things with this new semester.

My first assignment is due in Business Law on Wednesday night. It wasn’t too difficult of an assignment, in that it’s a paper, and I love papers. However, I took both days of this entire weekend to relax and sleep mostly. Writing that 1-2 page response and strategy to a case settlement scenario just wasn’t tickling my fancy. I finally sat down and wrote more than the title and heading of the paper this morning. I got it out of the way in the first two hours of being awake, yet I did little else today.

Yesterday was reserved for errands. My boyfriend made gourmet grilled cheeses with proscuitto and peppadew peppers with soup (BOGO soups at Whole Foods from Friday!), and I pretended to study my Business Law textbook while watching re-runs of Law & Order. Of course, it was for purposes of achieving a reference point. Yes?

At this moment, I can feel my words starting to spin in this blog, so I’m going to try and keep it brief. This week will bring me a lot of work and stress, at both work and school. I will also be at the Gluten Free Expo at the Monroeville Convention Center on Saturday, hosting a table as a brand ambassador for Triumph Dining. (I love their Dining Cards!) Not to mention, I’m still waiting on my blood test results for Celiac Disease. I also have about four loads of laundry to do, a bathroom, kitchen and all floors in the house to clean. Needless to say, I am overwhelmed. I thrive in this environment, or at least I have done so in the past. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this week!

I truly hope that this week goes smoother than my first week back to the classroom went. I also hope my Business Law class is as exciting as I think it will be. I enjoy law studies, and I am still watching re-runs of Law & Order as we speak. To marry my excitement for this semester with a recovered body from last semester would be ideal.

Let’s all hope I can pull this off again—I got straight A’s on my finals last semester, so it won’t be easy!