As I start to prepare myself for BarkWorld Expo I realize how long it has been since I’ve left the country. Four years? Five? Except for that one trip to Prince Edward Island I haven’t even left the province in that same amount of time. A world traveller, I am not. At least, not any more. The dog kind of put an end to any thoughts of international trips.
That’s right, it’s all Shiva’s fault.
Thus, I am out of practice. It just occurred to me that my passport needs to be updated before I’d be allowed on a plane to the United States. Also, I realized I am going to need to figure out the currency situation. I am used to paying for everything with my debit card. Can I do that in the U.S.? I have no idea, but I need to find out.
It may be a country very similar to my own but it is still a different country. And a part to where I have never ventured. While I have been to all of the States along the border, I’ve never been further south than Idaho. I imagine Georgia is as different from Montana as New Brunswick is from Saskatchewan. It’s exciting, but it’s also intimidating.
Instead of getting all freaked out, I am trying to concentrate on the conference itself. Every time I check, the schedule has something new that I am dying to check out. Obviously Amy and Kim’s cooking demonstrations are a huge highlight, though I am also curious about the information to be presented on supplements and vitamins during Saturday’s breakfast meeting. I refuse to start mentally coming up with reasons why I shouldn’t go and why I have no place at an event of this scale.
Which is how I usually roll.
Nope, this time I have signed up for every opportunity and session I can. This includes the utterly terrifying brand networking session. It’s true, I have no clue what I am doing. This is beside the point. I am going to get the most out of BarkWorld even if my hands shake and my voice stutters the entire time. Year of Zoomery, right? I fully xpect to be nervous. I know there are many points at which I am going to be standing awkwardly in a room, wondering what the heck I am doing there. However, I am not going to give in to those feelings. This is a chance of a lifetime, to be atrociously cliché.
There is no way I am going to kick myself later for passing it up. I mean, just check out everything I’d be missing!
Do you have any advice for dealing with overwhelming social situations? Are you attending BarkWorld? Knowing there are a few friends in the crowd might make me a whole lot more comfortable. Even if I am too shy to say hello in person.
I guess before I do anything else, I’d better fill out that passport application, eh?