A week ago, I was in Salt Lake City for my third Alt Summit. And this time, there was snow! This would have been a lot more magical if I hadn't had to make the trek to and from the conference. Luckily, I had company. My friend and roommate Ez and I laughed a lot as we walked through freezing rain to the train stop each morning. It reminded me of my adventures during my semester in Paris, so as much as we complained through chattering teeth I kind of also loved it.
When I first got the email asking me if I'd speak on Work/Life Balance, I actually laughed out loud. I was feeling everything but balanced—in fact, things felt downright topsy turvy—so I hadn't the faintest idea how I was qualified to speak on topic.
The truth is, I come from the "make it work" school of thought when it comes to life (especially since having kids). I know that some days I feel totally with it, and others I feel like I'm barely holding it together. It was such a relief and pleasure to speak with Michelle Hunt, Kirsten Grove, and Morgan Shanahan, three smart ladies who could relate and were willing to share stories and tips.
My particular segment of the panel was the life part of the balance, and I covered topics like recreation and sleep. I plan on delving a lot deeper into that subject in the future, but for now, feel free to sneak a peek at the slideshow I created.
I shook many hands and exchanged tons of business cards. I made a concerted effort not to hide behind my iPhone snapping instagrams all day long, and it paid off. I met some fantastic new friends and hung out with some wonderful old ones. I even ran into a work colleague from my former life as a magazine company web producer.
I'm sure you've seen the photos and tweets, and it's all true: There is pattern and color everywhere. You can't escape the beauty.
One of my favorite parts about Alt Summit is sitting in the Grand America lobby, digging into a plate of french fries. The french fries are pretty darned good, but the conversation that comes with it is usually even more delicious.
One of the highlights was hearing, and seeing, Stefan Sagmeister deliver the keynote. The Austrian born, New York based designer spoke about design, courage, and happiness. Among other things, he shared a 12-minute segment of his pet project, The Happy Film, which brought me to tears. I'm a sap.
While no proper naps were had, I was able to sleep in each morning and I did feel rejuvenated when I returned —if not physically, definitely creatively.