Twas the eve before South by...

...And this gal is busy setting her schedule (tentatively- preparing for the impromptu run-ins and meeting new faces, anddd allowing for plenty of time here), packing her bag, and finishing A Storm of Swords (because... this!) 

I had originally planned to post about what I was expecting out of the next five days, since this is my first time at SXSW Interactive. But as I've been prepping, (re: counting down the days) I've taken a lesson from my yoga practice: Don't expect- just enjoy. That being said, I have my blueprint and will fill in or edit as necessary. 

This blueprint includes:

  • Seeing friends from across the country (and in Austin) that I normally don't get a chance to see
  • Meeting new people and forming some cool relationships
  • Riding my bike and soaking in the styles of fellow SXSWers
  • Learning so much I can barely keep track
  • Hearing, seeing, and visiting with speakers that inspire and challenge me
  • Coming away a stronger writer, blogger, and social connector so I can pass it on to you.

Any tips for this first timer? 

This is also my first selfie. I never thought I'd see the day!

This is also my first selfie. I never thought I'd see the day!