Without the sadness, happiness would not be (hitting the road again @DesignBlogConf‎ #Atlanta)

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Above: Georgia P and Tracie P shared “butterfly kisses” at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Houston on Saturday. It was so hard to say goodbye to them this morning…

In the months that led up to Lila Jane’s birth last July, I took a long and much-needed break from travel.

Now that she’s seven months old and we’re settled into our new home in Houston, it’s time for me to hit the road again.

I’ll be visiting a different U.S. city every week for the next four weeks. And then I head to Italy for nearly two weeks for the wine trade fairs.

It’s one of the hazards of the job.

Today I’m on way to Atlanta to give a talk at the Design Bloggers Conference, my friend Adam Japko’s yearly social media gathering for interior designers (the fruit of his many years as a publisher of an interior design magazine).

I’ll be pouring some of my favorite wines and talking about how I turned my story in to a brand and a successful marketing and media consulting company (you can read about the wines here).

It’s not easy to leave my family but I’m comforted by the fact that my in-laws will be coming to Houston to visit for the next few days while I’m gone. That’s the main reason we moved to Houston: to be closer to them (they’re now two hours instead of five hours away) and to my Levy cousins who live there.

Maybe because it’s the first time in a long time that I’ll be away from them: the pang of longing is sharp this early morning as I sit in a crowded airport waiting to get on a sold-out flight.

But I know that without the sadness, the happiness would not be…

Thanks for being here and sharing a little bit of that pang with me. See you on the other side…

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