“I just can’t wait to get on the road again”
Maisie and I are hitting the road on Wednesday. We are driving from Chicago to Kansas City, MO for a blogging conference. I’ve never been to Kansas City and I’m looking forward to exploring a new place.
Initially, I was super excited about going to a conference to learn some tips to become a better blogger, I even included it in my year-end wrap up as one of my goals in the New Year. Then I got nervous about doing something like this entirely on my own, not knowing anyone there except Maisie (she will be my partner and companion).
I bought my ticket in December, before Annie left us, but since she has been gone I’ve had such a hard time writing and figuring out what the future of the blog should be. Even though she was not always featured in a blog post, she inspired me and was always nearby when I was writing. I miss her presence in so many ways and have begun to have doubts that I will continue to write.
So….after several discussions with family and friends, I started to look at the experience with two different outcomes: either I will come home energized and motivated with new ideas or it will help me make the decision that it’s time to let it go.
Once I reached the conclusion that I still really wanted to go, no matter how I felt by the end of the conference, I started paying attention to the daily countdown notifications and blog posts about the conference and pet friendly things to do in Kansas City. My excitement is building again. The support and information that continues to flow, especially focusing on conference newbies like me has boosted my confidence. Combine that with my recent mood lift from my vacation and I already feel like I still have things to share about my life with my big, sweet girls!
After deciding on and testing a restraint system for the car with Winn on our road trip to Ohio, I’ve been focusing on what else I need to do to get ready. After a lot of procrastination, I designed some business cards and starting making a packing list. I discovered years ago when traveling with the kids, if I started a packing list a week before we left, I would be able to jot things down and start making piles as I thought of them rather than trying to remember everything as I was rushing around the night before, throwing everything into the suitcases.
- Bowls-collapsable and full size
- Food and supplements (7 meals)
- cooler/ice for fresh food
- clean up supplies: paper towels, wipes, poop bags
- wheelie cart and bungies
- bed and toys
- leash and traffic lead
- immunization records
- car first aid kit
- business cards/holder
- notebook, folder and pens
- charging cords
- picture of Annie for memorial project
- car snacks
- water bottle
- clothes/cosmetics/meds for 3 days
Similar to when I traveled with toddlers, Maisie’s list is longer than mine proving that I’m most comfortable when I am well prepared for the “kids” needs.
I’m using this image for the background of my business cards, my information will be printed in a contrast color on the upper left corner.
Please wish us luck, I plan to share our experience on the blog when I return but if you want to keep track of us while we are there, our instagram will be filled with lots of shots Thursday and Friday!