On the road with the bling

Posted on October 20, 2008. Filed under: reality | Tags: |

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I’m on my first business trip since being engaged, and I LOVE IT.  Love.  It.  I find it hard to believe that anyone thinks that they might score by talking to a random woman on a plane or in an airport, but it doesn’t stop them from trying.  While I’m still having conversations with my seatmates and fellow travelers, I don’t feel like I have to manage the conversation to keep it respectful.  All I have to do is casually flash the bling!

Soon (like, in 30 minutes) I’ll be heading for a staff meeting to meet my coworkers*, many for the first time, and I’m surprised by how confident I feel wearing my e-ring.  I wondered if I’d be a bit embarrassed (I hate bringing my private life into my professional one), but I’m not!  In fact, I think I might enjoy it if someone notices and asks me about it.

The ring feels like my honey is with me.  I can hear him telling me that I’ll be fine, do a great job, shouldn’t worry about whether I impress my new peers.

Anyone else feel like this?  Like your ring gave you super powers (or, at the very least, a shot of confidence) at work?  Do you find your travel experience a bit different now?

*I took a new job in January that, while not resulting in more dough, is technically a promotion.  My new peers used to be a couple of organizational levels above me, so I’m nervous.  Also, I have two (TWO!) presentations to give, and I’m moderating the staff meeting.  Much stress.  See?  My heart’s racing just typing that.


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    I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt (and divorce papers) to prove it. Here I am again, pledging my life to my (new) love with eyes wide open (and heart racing) knowing full well how emotionally traumatic this can end… and doing it anyway.


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