This weekend I attended the Black & White International Ball. It is always a great time & an awesome fundraiser supporting the Fort Wayne Urban League. In fact, I participate in the planning of the event so it was extra special to see our community come out in support of a great cause. As you can imagine it was a lot of planning & set up that morning before the big night. Then of course the afternoon was spent with lots of prepping...nails, hair (that I worried mocked Ivana Trump), makeup (redone twice because I couldn't get it right), careful shaved legs, borrowing a great bracelet from a girl friend, and the perfect dress that I felt great in.
I was ready and out the door by 5:30 but admit to being a little nervous. My dress (see the pic of me cuttin' a rug) was unlike anything I normally wear. It was a fitted & a burgendy jewel tone that was a bit bold for a black & white ball (I was the only one in color that night). My incredible friend Steve often doubles as my personal stylist & as usual he was dead on about the dress. It was a huge hit! Everyone kept asking me what I was doing because I seemed to be "glowing" and looked great. What an amazing feeling to know that I didn't just look like I dropped a few pounds but that what I was doing for myself in training for the 3 day is showing on the outside. Talk about great validation!
Steve & I danced all night as well. At the Gala in November I couldn't keep up with everyone on the dance floor because I was simply too tired. That wasn't the case this time! We danced & laughed & felt great. Trust me the next morning I realized the muscles used for dancing are different than the ones used for walking. I felt it a little bit Sunday morning but still had the energy to head to Indy for a little birthday celebration with my family where the Cheesecake Factory is a tradition for my sister Bernadette & I who share a birthday month. Yes, I did have their amazing cheesecake but this year we shared the FANTASTIC red velvet cheesecake instead of eating one by ourselves. With B's wedding & the 3Day this year we were willing to splurge but stay in check. It was perfect! I love sharing my birthday with family especially when they haven't seen me in a while & can't stop commenting on how much I glow. Selfish perhaps, but it felt great! Almost as great as I imagine we'll feel crossing the finish line in October. I can feel it! It's gonna be great!