Are you packing yet?

This morning, one of my new co-workers was asking about The Hello Sessions and she said, "Do you know what you're going to wear?" 

And...I just stood there with my mouth open, wanting to explain that I wish I'd had the time to figure that out. But the truth is that Melissa and I--between my new job and her book project, my three hour commute and her four kids, and all the final details of the conference--still have no idea what we're going to show up wearing on the day of the conference. Probably not sweats. We haven't gone beyond that. 

Are you stressing out about packing for The Hello Sessions? I hope not. We've been in that position of buying new clothes to go to conferences, feeling like we needed to look a certain way--I once bought a dress with a tutu, to my great shame. (Some people can pull this off. I am not one of those people.)

Once, with first conference jitters, I signed up for a pre-conference workshop called, "What to wear to [name of conference]" and in it I learned the word twee as in, "Basically, if you're dressed like a fashionable kindergartener, you're all set. Big bows, polka dots--really, anything twee." 

This is not that conference. 

So what should you wear? Listen, we're not saying you shouldn't dress up--if you want to, please do. But if you want to show up in jeans and sneakers and your favorite sweater, do it! Because the point of all of this is to talk and eat and especially to learn (and eat).

As DJ Jazzy Jeff would tell you, "You go to school to learn, not for a fashion show." 

This isn't exactly school, but it kind of is. Like a fun, flower-filled school where you get to learn things you want to learn and there aren't any tests. And everyone thinks you're the bees knees. 

In other words, come as you are. We can't wait to see you. 

Love, Joy and Melissa