Friday, June 15, 2012
Never Surrender Blogfest
Oh heck yes! I'm totally a never surrender kind of girl for sure. You tell me I can't do something...just makes me want to do it more. That's why I know I am screwed with my daughters...Karma is a B-Word!
Anyway, in honor of Elana Johnson's release of her new book Surrender, (sequel novel to Posession), I am participating in the Never Surrender Blogfest. It is going to be epic.
All I have to do is blog about a time in my life when I didn't surrender. Easy peasy right?
Somewhere along the way in my youth, I developed a fascination with France. I took French in high school, I put a French flag sticker on my snowboard, I watched French movies, ate French food...you get the gist.
In college my obsession didn't falter. In fact, it got worse when my best friend was also equally determined to go there one day. We planned and we schemed, we saved money and looked at flights. We were both on the tennis team at our University, and so we decided we would go play some professional tennis tournaments in France. Not only would it help fund the trip, but it would take us all around the country. It was the best idea ever!
Then I told my dad about my plan. And guess what his response was?
"Over my dead body."
Needless to say, I didn't get to go. My best friend sent me postcards from every little town in France along the way. Instead I spent the summer teaching tennis to kids in 100 degree Las Vegas weather. I was pissed. But I never let go of my desire to go. It was still burning inside me (or melting from the Vegas heat).
Fast forward a few years later, I was still working on my dad to let me go. It was my biggest dream--and you don't let go of your biggest dreams.
Then I decided to go on a mission for my church. They could send me anywhere in the world, and I would blindly go. Siberia, South America, who knew?
Imagine the smug look on my face when I opened my mission call in front of my dad and it read France! He had to let me go now :)
I never surrendered! Vive La France! It was one of the best 18 months of my life!