I couldn't make it this year. I laid out my priorities and it wasn't at the top; as much as I wanted to see some really dear friends and a city I've never seen before (I have wanderlust to the nth degree) I wanted to stay home this year, save my vacation time and dollars for some fun family events.
I hadn't even had the conference on my radar this year though some friends were speaking and helping and going to the event; I had other things in my life and I honestly didn't even realizing it was this weekend until gals started posting airport selfies on instagram. So I started off by taking my own pretend airport selfie just as a bit of fun (I was having breakfast in a lobby at my job) and then decided to roll with it.
Just because I wasn't there didn't mean I couldn't have a bit of fun too. So I ran with the #insteadofedel tag on twitter and instagram; originally I just wanted to keep things light and fun for those of us wishing we were there, but then I realized.... why not have fun?
So when I got off work on Friday I took the long way home. I took myself to buy some wine, and some chocolate and some books. I took advantage of visiting family and had a sushi/comic book store date night with my husband. Then we picked up the boy, got ice cream and ran around the park. Then we took the long way home and let him fall asleep in the car. Then there was a relaxing bath and reading.
I even made my own gift bag.
Saturday there was sleeping in, and breakfast and remembering to pick flowers straight from the garden. There was a trip to the library, and a delivery of my new mandolin (a reward for selling some of my baby items on Ebay), and trips to the thrift store to scout out cheap fabric and sewing. There was Mass and delivery pizza and Netflix.
#insteadofedel Day2 Step1: Wake up and call your hubs, or as he will now be known... the frontdesk... and order roomservice.— Molly (@MollyMakesDo) July 11, 2015
#insteadofedel Day2 Step1 Refer to all my meals by fancy, gourmet terms.....— Molly (@MollyMakesDo) July 11, 2015
... because "sweet, gourmet, foraged wheat spheres" sounds alot better than "couch cheerios" #insteadofedel— Molly (@MollyMakesDo) July 11, 2015
Honestly, I had the best weekend I've had in a while all while staying at home just because the Edel Conference I couldn't attended still reminded me that I'm doing good work and deserve a little rest, relaxation and enjoyment to my days.
I'm really hoping I can come to the next Edel in 2017 (honestly I'm starting a savings account), though I'm excited about a couple potential conferences to fill the void in 2016 that I can't say anything about yet; but I'm so glad I decided to have fun this weekend no matter what and I hope you did too.
You can see more of the fun on my Instagram or Twitter. And don't forget to search the hashtags #edel15, #kellyknows, #insteadofedel and #edelwidowers for all the fun!