Where I’ve Been

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Guess where I am now?


But first – let me tell you where I’ve been.


Short answer… I feel like I’ve been everywhere!  On Tuesday morning, the Husband and Henry dropped me off at the Philadelphia airport.  I went from Philly –> Des Moines.  Iowa is so pretty this time of year.


I went by a Trader Joe’s for some snack, dinner, and breakfast essentials.


And then I drove to Iowa State University for my first Operation Beautiful presentation of the week.  There was an excellent turnout and my water didn’t break on stage, so – win-win!


Random side note:  I hate fluffy pillows – and hotel pillows are always super fluffy.  Sometimes I put two bath towels in a pillowcase and call it a pillow.  Hah.


On Wednesday morning, I went from Des Moines –> Baltimore.  My layover was actually in the Charlotte airport on both legs of the trip, which was kind of strange.


I had nachos for lunch.  Lunch occurred at 10:30 AM.  Hah.


I left Iowa at 7 AM and landed in Maryland at 1 PM, so I had a few hours to kill before my event at Towson U.  I ended up checking into a cheapo hotel for a few hours just so I could nap and shower… Best $60 I ever spent.


Got Thai food afterwards!  Not ideal public speaking food, but it sure was good.


Then it was time to speak at Towson – we had another awesome turnout of 300+ students.


And Wednesday night after the event, I drove from Maryland –> Virginia (3.5 hours in the dark) and ended up at…


Kath’s house! 


….Where I was reunited with Henry!  Kristien had him on Tuesday and Wednesday but dropped him off at Kath’s on his way to a football game in Blacksburg.  Henry has been thrilled to see his bestie Mazen and play with all his train tracks.  <3


My plan for today includes hanging out with Kath and (God willing) taking a nap.  Because tonight, I’m driving from Charlottesville –> Richmond for an event at University of Richmond!  It’s my third event of the week.  Tomorrow, I drive back home to Charlotte, and then I have a fourth event next Monday.  AND THEN I plan to lay on my pregnant butt for the next five weeks and prepare myself for this baby to arrive!


So, to sum it up, here’s where I’ve been:


Seven cities since Tuesday (Philadelphia, Des Moines, Ames, Baltimore, Towson, Charlottesville, and – later – Richmond), but I’ve been in nine since the start of our vacation (New Hope and Wilmington)

On four flights

In two rental cars

In five different beds since Thursday

With so many friends, new and old

Spreading the happy word of Operation Beautiful.  🙂


What have you been up to this week?



  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 23, 2014, 9:39 am

    Oh my! Sounds exhausting. I’m very particular about pillows as well. I love that you get to see so many different places all while spreading a great message 🙂

  • Momhtp October 23, 2014, 9:52 am

    So much energy….sooooo pregnant! What a gal. I’m impressed.

  • Rebecca October 23, 2014, 9:58 am

    welcome from Richmond!

  • char eats greens October 23, 2014, 10:34 am

    Very busy and so cool to see where you’ve been to in the last few days!! Good plan about resting once it’s all done!! I think I’m not a fluffy pillow lover either. I’m somewhere in between that and towels though! haha

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) October 23, 2014, 10:40 am

    Oh my gosh props to you! I hate traveling!

  • Aishah October 23, 2014, 11:40 am

    I love how although we didn’t get to meet up, you were still able to get some good Thai food for lunch 😉 xoxo

  • Katie@LifesNextBigStep October 23, 2014, 11:46 am

    Ah I wish I would have known you’d be in Richmond! You are always welcome to shack up at our place – not far from U of R either. Hope you have an awesome visit!! 🙂

  • Tammy Root October 23, 2014, 11:48 am

    You are crazy, girl!! 😉

  • Jen Clark October 23, 2014, 12:02 pm

    I want to take a nap just reading this post! I thought my week was busy!! I went to a work conference in Orlando for a couple days this week. I got to stay at the new Universal Cabana Bay resort…which I highly recommend! It is so retro from the 50s and 60s. I had a hard time going to work, there is so much to do. Their gym is tailored after Jack LaLanne, pretty cool!

  • Stacy October 23, 2014, 12:15 pm

    I feel like you…just returned from one trip (Austin) Tuesday night, leave this coming Wednesday for another (Orlando), return Sunday, leave the following Thursday for a last trip (Boston). I’m so tired.

  • Caitlin @ Happy 'n' Hungry October 23, 2014, 12:23 pm

    My week hasn’t been nearly as eventful! Just work and trying to soak up some of the perfect fall weather that’s made its way into Kentucky. 🙂

    That Thai looks delicious!

  • Lindsey @ SimplyLindsey October 23, 2014, 12:29 pm

    I’m with you about the hotel pillows, they never feel quite right!

  • Anne October 23, 2014, 12:37 pm

    DAMN! I’m exhausted reading it.

    My only comment is . . . GO HOKIES!!! 😛

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 23, 2014, 12:44 pm

    I have been such a long-time follower of your blog and I truly love being able to see the progression of your success over the years. It inspires me and I am sure plenty more individuals as well. Congrats on such an amazing week, even though you must be exhausted!

    • Caitlin October 24, 2014, 5:53 pm

      Thanks for reading for so long 🙂

  • Adrienne October 23, 2014, 12:57 pm

    Wait! Is the event open to the public here in Richmond? I’ve been a reader for far too long to not attempt to come. Plus meeting someone who loves one of my paintings would be a bonus! 🙂

    • Caitlin October 24, 2014, 5:53 pm

      Ah I just saw this – so sorry Adrienne.

  • Coco October 23, 2014, 1:24 pm

    I didn’t know you were in Baltimore! I totally would have attended the TU event. Hope it went well 🙂

  • Catalina @ Shades of Pink October 23, 2014, 2:03 pm

    You are a hero, or have some supernatural powers for being able to go thru all that travelling!

  • ChristineB October 23, 2014, 2:03 pm

    i love the towel in the pillowcase trick! I also hate fluffy hotel pillows. I’m totally doing his next time I travel!

  • Teresa W. October 23, 2014, 2:29 pm

    Sounds like your husband is going to the very exciting Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Tech Hokies game. My family (in-laws) are MAJOR Virginia Tech fans, and what is odd about that is that they live in Charlotte (born and raised in Virginia though, and to be specific, in Chester, VA – 20 minutes south of Richmond). Hope you all return home safe and sound! 😀

  • Julie October 23, 2014, 2:30 pm

    Oh bummer! Wish I had known you were coming to UofR! I went there and still live in town. The campus is beautiful. Enjoy your time in RVA!

  • ErikaMC October 23, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Ames is only a half hour away from me – I didn’t know you were going to be at ISU. Iowa really is pretty right now.

    I’m tired just thinking about all that travel 🙂

  • Chase October 23, 2014, 4:30 pm

    Aww you were at my alma mater! Go Towson! Glad they gave you such a good turnout 🙂

  • Sagan October 23, 2014, 5:04 pm

    Congratulations! You’ve been busy (and extremely productive!) 🙂

    My week has included, um, my usual working from home 😉 It’s a good thing I have theatre tonight – it’s amazing sometimes how difficult it is to just get out of the house when you’re freelancing.

  • Stephanie October 23, 2014, 8:32 pm

    I am amazed at your ability to do this much at 34 (almost 35 weeks) pregnant! You need a reward for this and might I suggest cake? 🙂

    • Caitlin October 24, 2014, 5:52 pm

      Cake sounds awesome.

  • Anna October 23, 2014, 11:21 pm

    I absolutely loved this post! I’m so glad you’re inspiring people with Operation Beautiful. (I, on the other hand, have not left the island of Manhattan since September 3rd. I’m going nutty!)

  • Amanda @ Fit and the Fork October 24, 2014, 1:19 am

    Ahh, I love this! I graduated from ISU a couple years ago, and my sister still goes to school there. Wish I had known about your event, I would have encouraged her to go!

    Hope you have a relaxing weekend of recovery. 🙂

  • Lindsay October 24, 2014, 9:22 am

    Well, actually 8 cities, since Iowa State is in Ames, not Des Moines.

    • Caitlin October 24, 2014, 5:52 pm

      Ames is on my list of 7 🙂 haha I was so confused for a second.

  • Jessica November 3, 2014, 1:43 pm

    Oh! I work for Towson and I know that blue walled Thai place! Too bad I was on vacay last weekend and missed you 🙁

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