This is probably the first time in my life that I have chosen to participate in a popularity contest. We all seek out what we’re good at and making large numbers of connections has never been something I’m good at or mattered much to me. It’s been a few days now since the euphoria of applying, and I’m thinking, this is really unlike me.

Reaching out to my network and approaching strangers to promote myself really takes me out of my comfort zone. Here are my first thoughts:

  • Support comes from unlikely places.
  • It’s been amazing to re-connect with friends whom I haven’t talked to in a while.
  • Many of my friends don’t use Facebook, but have sent me messages of support. Thank you for rooting for me!

I’m deeply touched by and am very grateful for all your votes. There’s a high chance I won’t win the popular vote with just my network alone so I have reached out to some local media outlets. I’ll see where that takes me! 

In the meantime, join me for this journey that I began when I decided to apply for this!