Hello from Tampa. We’ll play catchup tomorrow but I want to share a bit from my quick trip to Chicago for KIND.
I mentioned on Monday that I wasn’t flying directly home and Chicago was the mystery destination. New readers: during the school year I have the pleasure of working as a campus ambassador for KIND Healthy Snacks. Read this post for a little more info. If there are any long long time readers you might remember that I visited Chicago last summer to attend the 2014 KIND University Ambassador Summit. I was back again for my third year at the conference and, minus the myriad flight delays (thanks, American), it didn’t disappoint.
I arrived in Chicago in the late afternoon on Monday and once I got into the city (it took a while on the train from the airport) I immediately went to Whole Foods. Priorities. Traveling as a celiac isn’t a piece of gluten-free cake so I needed to stock up on some food. Side note: I might write an updated version of traveling with celiac, because, while it’s gotten better over the years, it’s still not easy.
Later that night I went to a welcome reception at The Plaza at Millennium Park. It was a beautiful evening and a great way to kickoff the conference. This was my fourth trip to Chicago but my FIRST time visiting The Bean. They need to clean that thing….
The next day started bright and early (for me) with a quick run along Lakeshore Drive. Bonus that I was on EST because I didn’t have to get up as early as normal. Running is the best way to see a city. I ran from the hotel to Navy Pier along the lake but ran back on some side streets. It was really buggy along the lake (not sure if that’s normal?). Lollapalooza is this weekend so a lot of the lake side parks were blocked off from pedestrians and cars. I had more time last year to explore the city, but I’m glad I got in at least some sightseeing.
Then it was time for the conference. I won’t sugarcoat it, it was a long day BUT it was filled with many amazing speakers and breakout sessions. I had the opportunity to listen to the founder and CEO of KIND, Daniel Lubetzky, speak for the second time. He seriously knows how to energize a crowd and I think everyone left on a high.
One of the best parts of the day was learning more about the KIND Movement. If you aren’t familiar, the basis of the KIND Movement is to spread kindness one small act at a time. Big or small, kindness should be celebrated and KIND makes it a priority to make a positive impact on the world. Check out these links for more information on KIND Causes and #kindawesome.
After quick goodbyes I rushed to the airport to find out my flight had been delayed for more than 2 hours. Oh the joys of flying. I was in town for literally 27 hours and spent 12 more traveling, so I was more than happy to step off the plane in Tampa and not have to leave town the next day.
Lastly, because I can’t talk about KIND without mentioning my current favorite bars….Caramel Almond & Sea Salt and Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt. Get on these, now.