I am back from speaking in California…a TOUGH day!

Man…it was a tough day!

Because of snow on the ground, we got up at 3:30 AM;  I felt pretty good. We arrived at the airport, went thru my TSA approved line, and had a great breakfast at Capers Cafe. We boarded; no problem.

When we arrived at the airport, Uber picked us up and brought me the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.  What a fabulous place.

Eileen told me I was to go on at 11:00am and I would have 5 minutes to set up.  They had a couple of AV people so I felt confident I could do it in the time frame.  Usually, if everything works, it takes me 2 minutes.  When I hooked up my computer to the projector, I was told it was washed out.  I couldn’t see the presentation; I was just hearing from one of the AV guys.  That didn’t seem to bother them; they got different connectors, different connectors to plug into my computer and lots of other contraptions.  Nothing worked!

After 10 minutes, we told Eileen that we will have a little delay. That was a relief! One  of the AV guys said that he has a Mac.  If I could get my presentation to his machine, it would work. I closed out the presentation and started to transfer it.  Then, all of a sudden, it was fixed!

But now, I couldn’t find my presentation!  A third AV guy came in. He was a pro and a true Mac guy.    Luckily, I had a version of it on my hard drive.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember what slides I have added!   So I began my presentation with a little hesitance.  As I got though the slides, they all worked; talk about blessings!

The Blessings are appearing


My book, Painful Blessing, has now been available for a month–long enough for people to read it and respond with their reactions.  It is wonderful to hear from people who can relate to our experiences or who are inspired to face their challenges more boldly.

Now that our story is out there for anyone to read, we have the opportunity to listen to people who would otherwise NEVER speak about their own struggles.  I am reminded that everyone wants to be heard and understood.  By telling our story, others feel safe telling us their stories.  It is humbling and gratifying.

Jill Viggiano