Kick off in Raleigh, NC!
i am excited to report that the start of our North American Tour has been excellent! we kicked off the event in Raleigh, NC and the workshop was hosted by District 37 Toastmasters (who are all fantastic and always welcoming)!
we had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new people, all who are inspired to become better speakers and learn how to send their message from the heart. check out all the photos on the How to Be A Speaker’s Facebook page!
this is Naomi, their immediate past district governor and she’s fabulous. one of her goals is to have all the world champions roll around in her (surprising very spacious) mini-cooper! she gave us a mini tour in her mini cooper (see what i did there?) around downtown Raleigh! so fun!
after our cruise through downtown (and noting where andrew johnson was born, in a kitchen nonetheless) i was beyond happy to see a little farmer’s market right across the street from our hotel! i cannot express to you how happy this made my colorado/portland soul!
i started walking briskly towards the end of it with an almost magnetized force. i whisked past the pastries, farm fresh eggs, crisp vegetables and vibrant fruit until i got my hands on my little fingers on this: ginger molasses cookie from the cookie people! i am definitely a cookie people (or person).
they had about 15 different flavors, all of which looked delicious but since it’s finally starting to feel like fall i obviously had to go with the classic ginger flavor. after i devoured the whole cookie by 10:07am (hey…i went for a 2.3 mile run around downtown so i earned that sucker) i was able to enjoy the rest of the tables.
we picked out some delicious looking apples and the nice lady even threw in 3 small peaches-i love local community events!
example: my husband was super hungry after his workshop the night before so we stopped by a jimmy john’s sandwich place right at 10pm or more importantly…right as they closed their doors. there was a woman outside who saw the sadness in his eyes as he tried with all his might to pry that door open. she went to another door that someone was just locking and said “could you please let this last couple in, they had their heart set on eating here.”
he considered her a moment and then waved us in. ravery then proceeded to hug both of them (if you know him…you are not surprised. the guy however, was certainly surprised). kindness from strangers is something to be remembered.
the new wifestyle: kindness absolutely makes the world a better place, partake in it.
1) have you ever been in a mini-cooper?
2) favorite type of cookie?
3) do you have a farmers market near you?