For more items to take to a conference so that you have a Mary Poppins experience, practically perfect in every way, here’s a list of imaginary things to pack in your magical carpet bag:
GPS: Be sure to pack a reliable GPS to help you navigate successfully through the full range of emotions many people experience at a conference. You might feel giddy, depressed, thrilled, disappointed, excited, full of dread, confident or ill-equipped. These emotions are all natural. Navigate through them all each step of the way and treasure the good times instead of focusing on the difficult moments.
Lazyboy Recliner: Make time to sit each day in your imaginary chair. Find at least one moment each day to put up your feet and relax. Enjoy the journey. Rest when you need to. Don’t worry you’ll miss something. You’ll get where you need to be when you need to be there. Learn to pace yourself through the jam-packed schedule so that you’ll be healthy and happy.
Bouquet of Roses: You are a writer. Yes! You Are. This is your big week. No matter what you hear, what others might imply, or what others may do, YOU are a writer. Give yourself a bouquet of roses and celebrate the joy of being the writer that you are.
-contributed by Nancy I. Sanders