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!


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


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