I feel like a different person during this week of preparation in Chicago. I feel refreshed with positive thoughts and comfortable with being out of my norm. I usually have this tendency to be timid around new things, but here is different. I have always been hard on myself and continuingly strive for perfection to be “the best” (whatever that means :)). Many of us live in a world of competition. For the first time, I feel no competition and in a way it’s very relaxing. It’s relaxing to know that you don’t have to feel like you need to judge yourself to the person next to you. As a young girl growing up, many of us judged our beauty. But when you get older and start building a career, you start unconsciously catching yourself judging your abilities and confidence within yourself. And believe me that can be exhausting! The journey has only just begun, but I have already learned so much about myself. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.