Last weekend I went to New York City for a conference for women entrepreneurs striving to create not just a business we love, but a life we love as well. My goal was to get inspired and map out the trajectory for a few new ideas I have brewing for Stash. I also wanted to meet some fellow biz ladies and play in the city. I got to do all of those things and so much more; I ate my way through the West Village, discussed ideas with incredible women (and a couple of men), danced my buns off, and even did some yarn shopping. I also had some major personal revelations and got inspired to hit the ground running as soon as I got home.
And then on Sunday afternoon, reality hit as news of Hurricane Sandy’s imminent arrival infiltrated the bubble that was my experience so far. Flights were cancelled, airports were closed, and hotels were evacuated. Many of us were stranded, challenged to create an opportunity out of an uncertain situation.
When I woke up on Monday morning, I saw the above view out my hotel window and decided the water was just a bit too close for comfort. The storm hadn’t even started yet and the Hudson was already level with the West Side Highway! Through Facebook and Twitter, some fellow conference goers and I were able to stay in touch and I ended up with a fantastic new friend to wait out the storm with. We promptly moved to a hotel in Midtown and were fortunate to have power throughout the storm.
Huddling inside a hotel room with a near-stranger waiting for a hurricane to strike is an interesting experience, indeed. We were both anxious, scared, uncertain, and grateful to not be alone. My heart was aching to be so far away from my wife and daughter; I was literally trapped on an island, and couldn’t get home. This moment threw my priorities into stark relief, and I couldn’t wait to get home to hug them.
Through it all, I knit on this cowl. Huge size 35 needles and some extreme thick and thin yarn from Loopy Mango made for good hurricane knitting. Each stitch was a meditation as I absorbed all I had learned over the weekend, changes I wanted to make in my personal life, and new ideas for my business. And when the knitting was finished, the hurricane was over and I was wrapped in the warmth of wool and new friendships.
Thank you to my hurricane sisters Catherine, Sarah, Sara, Amy, Ellie, Mari, Ceclia, and Claudia. I’m so thankful we met!
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