To boldly go where no one has gone before…

by Mrs. Smith on February 28, 2018

So, here’s a fun plot twist.

Clear back in October, I applied to be a “round table presenter” at this year’s Foot Zone Conference in Utah. I’ve added this wonderful little pressure point to my foot zoning, unique to me, that I humbly think is freaking amazing and I think everyone should know.

As a “round table presenter,” you basically deliver the same 15 minute shpeal to the folks rotating through the tables that seat 8-10 people. Great. Fun. Perfect for sharing this fabulous little pressure point with lots of foot zoners so they can all play with it too and everyone can live happily ever after.

On that presenter application I mentioned that I did have enough content to fill a full 45-minute slot… but it was a side-note. I don’t even know why I threw it out there.

They didn’t get back to me, so I figured I must not have been selected.


2 weeks ago, I’m walking through Ace Hardware with my 3 youngest kiddoes, looking for doggy toys (which they did actually have, how about that!) and someone from Utah calls me.

“Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you about presenting at the Foot Zoner Conference in April…”

The round table thing wasn’t happening because they’re expecting 500 people this time and couldn’t logistically make it work. They would, however, love for me to do a full 45 minute class on that topic.


Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh boy, oh wow, when I said I could do a class like that, I was thinking I’d have 6 months to prepare it. Not 6 weeks. Ummmmmm…

On the one hand,

I love being behind a mic. Love it. It’s the best thing ever.

On the other hand,

I would love it more with 6 months to prep for it, and even more if I’d known about it just the week before when flights were $300 instead of $600.

Insert frowny eyebrows.

I told her I’d get back to her.

Then, less than a week later, I got the email that went out to all the presenters: thank you for presenting at this conference, we’re excited to hear from you, instructions, links to the site with our bio/course descriptions, etc. Wait, what? There I was! On that website! Lucky me, the presenters are in alphabetical order – and given that my name starts with A, there I am. Right there at the top with my picture immediately after the key note speakers —


So, I guess I’m going. LOL!

I could have told them no, of course, but when I thought about it… 500 people interested in foot zoning, are you kidding me? An opportunity to share some cool stuff with them? This is my kinda party.

It was just a little surprising to see all of that published without my having given them the go-ahead. It didn’t help that what I put on the application was most definitely not what I would have sent them to publish on their site. No polish. No finesse. It was a hurried, off-the-cuff, spontaneous thing, and I was in “casual” mode, just very sincerely letting that committee know who I am and where I’m coming from… but apparently somebody there very much appreciated how open and straightforward I was. Ha.

This is what’s there on my bio:

“I’ve been foot zoning for 5 years now, and 4 of them have been spent with a definite focus on foot zoning for mental health benefits. In my own struggles to recover from PTSD and the difficulties that came with it, I searched for as many healing helps as I could find, and greatly enjoy incorporating them into my foot zoning.”

It’s totally going to be great.
I just need to, you know, book flights (noooooooooooo, not again!),
talk about it with the hubby,
find a babysitter,
and do just a tiny little bit of prep work for the first presentation of this kind that I’ve ever done in my entire life.


Now. What even IS powerpoint and how do you use it anyway?


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