I had the opportunity to go to Seattle for the 2013 National School Psychologist convention, one of my favorite conferences to attend . My travel buddy was my school psychologist soul sister, Theresa, and we had a great time exploring the city and learning together. In Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain wrote “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” After being with Theresa in this traveling experience which included being stranded in the airport and then in Minneapolis on the way home, I can say that I decided I like her and am appreciative to have her as a friend.
The convention was a great energizer that reminded me of why I became a school psychologist and that my work is valuable. It was also awesome to re-connect with my school psych friends from around the country. My two favorite sessions were about how to be an advocate for social justice in my practice and learning about mindfulness training, a meditation technique that you will hear more about on this blog.
While in Seattle, we were able to do some exploring - we went to the Space Needle, the EMP museum where Theresa taught me how to the play the piano in a recording studio, hung out at the Pike Place market where we discovered dried strawberries, and of course we went to the first Starbucks so I could get a photo op and a collectors mug for my city mug collection. My cousin who lives in Portland also drove up to Seattle to spend some time with us and it was great to have a girls night in the hotel and chat. I love the feel of Seattle- people walking with intention and spunk, the air felt clean and fresh, and everyone was holding fresh flowers from the market. It inspired me to keep fresh flowers in our house when I returned. Here are some highlights from the trip.