Then came Click Away.
I was the first presenter to arrive at check in (no really, I was! I was so excited that I just could not STAND IT!) and I took the elevator downstairs and waited to see a familiar face in the sea of excited women in the hotel lobby. I waited, and then I heard "Mae Burke" and this tiny little woman, a full head shorter than my 5'4" self, came up to me and greeted be with a big, tight, nursing booby sandwiched, hug. And it was the best.
Over the next few days, the women I got to hang out with were ones that Courtney fearlessly introduced me to, other women who had fallen in love with her online and at last year's event. This woman is respected and adored, y'all. What was beautiful about hanging out with her, and the other women who I now call "friend") was that after spending an entire day being "on", being "Mae Burke," we had no choice but to be completely ourselves. To completely unwind and accept each other's weird, artistic, loud, eager ways. It was God sent.
I wrapped up my weekend bartering sessions with Courtney. That woman is INCREDIBLY talented, and I kinda feel like I got the better end of the deal outta this whole thing. There are few times in my life that I can say it was as fun to be in front of her lens as it was for me to have her in front of mine.