Sep 19, 2016

Double threes

This past Saturday, I turned another year older. I spent time with my boys in the morning and then headed up to Maryland to see one of my favorite authors - Glennon Doyle Melton.
I'm not exaggerating when I say Carry On, Warrior changed my life - Glennon's style of writing is real, and raw, and like a balm on my heart. So when I saw earlier this year she had another memoir coming out, you better believe I pre-ordered a signed copy!

Love Warrior is her most recent book and it's incredible. I read it in less than a weekend, and I flagged so many pages I almost went through a whole pack of post-its. I laughed, I cried, and just...I love it. I've always thought the sign of a talented writer is someone who can tell their story and have people who have nothing in common with them still be able to relate to it; Glennon does that in full force.

I got an email awhile ago with book tour dates for her, and when I realized she would be within a few hours of me ON my birthday? Sign me up. No really, it was good I signed up when I did because while the event was free you had to register and less than 24 hours after advertised the event was full and had over 300 people on the waiting list!

Honestly, I wasn't sure I'd make it. Parks didn't sleep well the night before, I'd had a fun yet chaotic morning where everything took more time than we expected, and I was rushing rushing rushing to get out the door. It was a drive (I spent four and a half hours in the car round trip), I was tired, and I felt a little guilty about leaving Parks with Ben for most of the day.
I was so excited I blurted out something about how I was tired because P is going through a sleep regression but I was so excited to be there and thanked her for coming. She was so gracious!
But when I got there I settled into my seat (second row, say whaaat?), Glennon came out, and it was like my whole body sighed in relief as she started to speak. I needed this. I needed to do something for me, to listen to someone speak to my heart, and to feel like I was getting back to myself. I showed up.

The first time I met Glennon I was in a completely different place - it was only a few months after my miscarriage and I was still grieving so much. If you look closely at pictures from that time, you can see physical differences (thank you infertility hormones), but emotional ones as well.

So while there are different challenges that lay ahead of me now, in a way, seeing Glennon again felt like I'd come full circle.

I bought another copy of Love Warrior while I was there. I gave away a signed copy of Carry On, Warrior last time I saw Glennon, and I thought it would be great to give away an autographed copy of Love Warrior as well! However, because of limited time, Glennon wasn't signing books that day - whomp whomp! 

But I have a copy of this phenomenal book, and it's been near Glennon herself which is almost as good, right?
To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post - tell me about a memorable birthday, or a time you showed up to something you didn't want to but were glad you did.

I'll randomly select a winner by 5 PM (EST) this Friday, September 23rd, and announce it next week. You MUST have an email address associated with your comment. (If I can't email you, I can't contact you to let you know you won!)

So cheers - to a giveaway,  to showing up, to coming full circle, and to another year. I can't wait to see what it brings.


Anita | Fearless Captivations said...
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Anita | Fearless Captivations said...

Thanks for the giveaway! There are so many times where I have the feeling of being glad I showed up. Once I was feeling drained from work but was supposed to meet a friend. We ended up talking for hours, catching up and giving each other advice. It was so refreshing!

Kate @ said...

The last time I showed up to something I didn't want to go to was TONIGHT! I'd made dinner plans with two girls from college who I don't know very well but who both live near me in Cleveland, & it just seemed like so much work to go out & be "on." I went anyway, & it was an awesome time - plus, we found ourselves sitting next to Evangeline Lilly from "Lost"! Nothing fosters bonding like a surprise celebrity encounter. It was a really great night with a really fun memory, & I'm looking forward to hanging out with them again (Evangeline is invited, too, if she wants to crash our party again...) I'm trying to push my boundaries, live bigger, be happier. I think I'd love this book.

Glad to see you looking so happy. <3

Amber said...

I have heard so much about this author and these two books. I've added them to my wish list (because I'm sure they're better to own).

A memorable birthday for me was 34 - this past January. Elise was due on January 30th and my birthday is the 23rd, however, Elise was early. ;)
She made her big debut on the 9th and instead of spending my birthday huge and pregnant (and possibly at work!) I spent it snuggling a newborn and Bill surprised me with a sushi dinner with a bunch of our friends. She was the best birthday gift ever. ­čśŹ

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

You are the person that introduced me to Glennon. I bought her book when I came to visit you in 2013 when I was living in Charlotte. It was such an amazing book so I am looking forward to checking out her new book!

A memorable birthday for me was my 30th birthday. I had come through a rough year before that of changing jobs due to an opportunity (at the place I called "the psych experiment") not working out, and then I went through a break-up the week of Christmas, and I had started studying for the CFA so was super stressed. But I had the best 30th birthday as my college girlfriends threw me a French-themed birthday party and then I went to Paris for a week by myself and had an amazing getaway that made me feel like I was finding myself again.

I'm really glad that you took the time to go to see Glennon, even though it was super tough to get there on that day. You definitely deserved to do something like that!

a/k/a Nadine said...

OK, I just added Carry On, Warrior to my wishlist, but this one looks great too. My husband left me several months ago, so I still have a lot of healing to do when it comes to love and marriage. I can't remember what birthday (23 maybe?), but my boyfriend at the time took me snorkeling (first and only time) in calm little river in Florida. We got to see turtles and fish and it was pretty awesome.

Katelin said...

Love this! I really need to check out her books, I've only heard amazing things.

As for something I'm glad I did - went to a Josh Kelley concert by myself. A friend canceled on me & I was thinking about not going but I ended up going instead and it was one of the best concerts ever. I also got to meet him after the show which made it all worth it. xo

Patricia Venkatesh said...

Amber said...

I missed your giveaway but I still plan on reading this book!! It sounds so so good. Glad you did something that made your heart feel SO full on your birthday :)

K├ęk├ę said...

What an amazing moment! I followed your blog :)



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