I first met Channa Morton last September.
She and her friend and colleague Tracie Delano at the Northeastern Tribal Health System in Miami (Miam-uh), OK, invited me to speak for a fun and festive annual event, the “My Life” conference for girls (read my fun Travelogue about that event HERE).
Channa and I bonded instantly.
It took all of five minutes for us to discover we share many of life’s main priorities – a passion for lattes, a fascination with that mid-western treasure “QuikTrip,” a love of pets, teenagers and of course fostering awareness of mental health issues.
But most importantly, we both cohabitate with parrots (parakeet and cockatiel, respectively).
We also seem to get sick in concert. When Channa showed up at the airport to pick me up for this event, she was on antibiotics for bronchitis. I was on antibiotics for a sinus infection. Happily, even our germs seem to like each other.
This particular event was a bit different from “My Life” but every bit as fun. For starters, the food was just as excellent (two words: “chocolate cobbler”). The night’s festivities also included a viewing of one of my favorite eating disorders awareness vids, “America the Beautiful.”
And of course, they wanted me to speak. Bonus!
Of course no one mentioned anything about a haunted historic theater with a giant descending chandelier and an even bigger stage (in breaking news, it appears I have a stage phobia. This is different than stage fright. Fright is about the people. Phobia is about the stage.)
A wonderful gentleman from McCallum Place eating disorders treatment center, Travis Stewart, also spoke. We met briefly last year in Iowa (you can read about that event HERE). He wasn’t intimidated by the stage at all.
Then we watched the film. Or they watched the film while Travis and I explored the theater and discussed my favorite non-feathery subject – MentorCONNECT.
It was also fantastic to reconnect with Tracie, Donna, Leslie and Ali and just hang out and have fun!
But best of all, I found another priceless treasure at a local shop.
I mean – who wouldn’t want this?
I plan to get started right away…..