People have been asking me since I got home from Vegas how my trip was. I can sum it up in two simple words.
I'll admit... I was a wee bit nervous when I first signed up. I kept saying to myself "Am I crazy? Am I really going to Vegas with a bunch of people I only know through the internet?". The night before I left I even had an anxiety outburst and thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest. It eventually went away... obviously.
But as soon as I landed in Vegas the magic took over.
It felt like a giant family reunion, like finally meeting that long lost cousin that your Aunt always said you would get along great with and you heard a million stories about but never met. Just like that.
I instantly felt welcomed and part of the family. And Nicole (who is AMAZING beyond words to have arranged all this) radiated with excitement which got everyone else even more excited.
Meet & Greet night was insanely fun. It was even better then I could have imagined. The part best was when you started talking to someone and a few seconds into the conversation you both recognize each others twitter names written on your arms (the @ tats) and say "OMG!!!!!! Its YOU!!!!" and the hugging and instant friendships began.
Through out the weekend I was blown away by the love. The "Vegas" part of it was ridiculously fun (acrobats, unicorns, Diamond Bob, fondue buffets, mojito's the size of my arm, dancing until my legs literally gave out on me, flashing lights and money-money everywhere), but to me it was the connections and friendships that were made which made this trip one of my favorite. Ever.
Every single person I met holds a special place in my heart. And I know for a fact that some of those people I will be friends with for years to come and I would, with out a doubt, travel for hours to visit them. And in turn would open my home to them if they came to visit me.
I want to thank all of you. You ALL made my trip so wonderful and special in your own way and I cant wait until next year!