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A Leadership Dry Run

Sterling and I love to go to Hawaii, especially when it’s freezing here! We’ve enjoyed all our visits and find it’s one of the few places where we can get away and truly relax.

Most of our visits there, especially recently, have been purchased at charity events—it’s always a treat when we’re able to bid and win on a trip to Hawaii and support a worthy cause at the same time.

This is one of those trips, but after my accident, I didn’t think I’d be up to it, so we called to postpone and were told nope, use it or lose it. So almost from the beginning, my goal was to be well enough to make this trip.

And I did.

We just got back on Sunday from a wonderful week in Hawaii.

We weren’t really sure I’d be ready until the last moment; we didn’t make flight arrangements until the week before we left! And it was harder than I anticipated. . . I’ve become pretty comfortable with my arrangement here in my own home and car and office. But in different circumstances, there were some unanticipated challenges, and I considered it a great dry run for leadership (which I am SO looking forward to. I MISS our demonstrators!)

The flight was tiring, but when there’s nothing to do on the other end but read, relax on the beach and around the pool, eat great food (we discovered a wonderful gelato place so had to take turns—shaved ice one day, gelato the next), and enjoy fabulous company, you recover pretty fast! I did work a couple of hours every day to stay on top of things, but overall, it was another amazing Hawaii vacation!

Jon and Shalae went with us this time (most of the couples have had turns), and it was a fun surprise to discover that Vonna and Sean were there for a few days as well. I had no idea they had planned a trip until Vonna texted me one day and said, “Wanna do lunch?” It was great to spend a couple hours with them.

And now we’re back, missing the gorgeous weather but feeling refreshed and renewed. We landed Sunday , and I had a board meeting first thing Monday morning, so it was business as usual. I haven’t seen our board members for months though, so I enjoyed catching up with them. And with the holidays looming right around the corner, days will be pretty packed for the next little while. It was nice while it lasted. . .


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Reader Comments (11)

So happy for you that you were able to make the trip! Your progress continues to amaze me, and I so wish I could see you at Leadership. But it's too long a drive from San Diego, so I'll just have to wait for Convention, and hope that Leadership NEXT year will be closer. I should make Manager by then! Continued prayers and well-wishes for your recovery.
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Elam
Shelli I have to share with you an amazing project that I have been doing through Stampin Connection since Aug 26. My nephew Austin has been deployed to Afganistan, just 20 years old. I am a Labor & Delivery RN, so was there to see him born! Well I asked our fellow Demos if they could make a few extra cards at their workshops so I could send them to him in Afganistan. If you can think of the fact that there are no stores to buy cards over there, this project took on new meaning. I have received about 500+ cards from our wonderful Demonstrators! This is a HUGE Thank you to you and to all who have helped me with this. I will post again in Jan the need for Spring cards, but until then thank you for everything you do for this wonderful company!! Blessings to all!!
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Faris
So happy to hear you will be at Leadership because I will be there too!
Love you
Debi Pippin
December 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebi Pippin
Congratulations on the progress that you are making! Can't wait to see you at Leadership in January! It's amazing how you tackle each hurdle, I'm so glad that you are sharing your recovery journey with us too. I think it's another great example of strength, commitment and dedication all coming together with a lot of determination and perseverance to reach your goals. A lesson we all need in our daily lives, thanks for being the great role model and leader that you are! Many blessings for a safe and healthy holiday season, sending prayers over you and your all your loved ones.
December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda Morgan
So so happy to see you are making such good progress and were able to enjoy good weather and quality time off!

And very glad that you are planning to be at Leadership!!! WooHoo.... this will be my first Leadership and I want another photo with you, to go with the one I have from my first Convention this past Summer..... All the best to you and your family, near and far, for a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas! Hopefully I can wish you a Happy New Year in Houston, in person.
December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLouise Cyr (ON, Canada)
Thank you so much for sharing the pictures! I've never been to Hawaii probably never will… so much to explore right here in North America. I'm glad you had a chance to make a dry run. There are always unexpected challenges, but this way you'll have anticipated a few more of what those might be. Have a glorious Leadership meeting. I'm sorry to miss it! It will be the first time you've been in Texas that I haven't been there to greet you. Welcome back - Hope there will be many more chances to catch you. Stay warm and well.
December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDona Stallworth
I'm so glad to hear that you are doing so well. Continued prayers going out to you and your grandson. Miss you. God Bless, Kim Williams
December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Williams
Hi Shelli
So thrilled that you were both able to enjoy some lovely time away, and such a big stepping stone in your recovery which is exciting too. Best wishes to you and Sterling for a wonderful Christmas and may 2014 continue to bring blessings and strength your way. God is so good and truly an ever present help! Love Ngaire
December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNgaire Anderson
So glad you were able to get away to Paradise. It is such a beautiful and relaxing place - a perfect place for some special recovery time which you both very much deserve! Love your blog and that you share so much with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
So glad to hear you are planning to be at Leadership! And how awesome you were well enough to make it to Hawaii and have some precious time with Sterling. Merry Christmas to you and your family :)
December 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShauna Mikuliak
Wow! What an achievement. I have been feeling so guilty that I haven't jumped on here to see how your progress is going and to see that you got to Hawaii totally blew my mind Shelli. You are such an inspiration in more ways than I can count. My guilt has now gone and been replaced with happiness that you have come so far. Think of you often.
December 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKylie Bertucci

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