How are you feeling today? My husband has this poster in his school counseling office and I think I am running the gamut of feelings today: nervous, happy, overwhelmed, hopeful, but most of all ecstatic! Nervous that I won't be ready in time, which leads to feelings of being overwhelmed. Happy that I am going! Hopeful that I will learn a ton, meet lots of great people and have a great time. And of course, ecstatic that I will be in Springfield in 3 days! YE HA!
One of the ways I cope with the negative feelings is to get myself organized. The more organized I am the better I will feel. How organized am I?
Pretty organized, I think. I have a file folder for each day, Wednesday through Saturday. In each folder is the days schedule and syllabi for classes I plan on taking. Another folder is full of syllabi of classes that interest me (second choices) in case I need a back up plan. One folder has my master schedule for the week in it. Plus, a copy of all sessions, hotel info, a downtown Springfield map, and address labels. This is my low tech prep! I do have my calendar, notes, maps, syllabi and other information accessible on my lap top and/or smart phone.
I have charged the various electronics that I think I will need: phone, camera, computer and ishuffle. The chargers are all in one place. I have my ishuffle loaded and ready to go. My play list has everything from genealogy related podcasts to Coldplay to Bruno Mars to Broadway tunes. I figure this will be a good way to unwind after a long day of what I am imagining is going to be information overload.
One thing I am not concerned about is the drive to Springfield. I have been to Springfield before and am very comfortable with the drive. If you haven't been to Springfield before, you are in for a treat. It is rich in history and culture, a great place for a genealogy conference.
Oh, and I can't forget I have my i-pass ready so I can zoom through those pesky toll booths south of Chicago. I will be keeping within the speed limit, of course. I would hate to have to use my exhibit shopping money for a speeding ticket!
Now, the only thing I have to do is pack. I am feeling confident about that. How are you feeling today?