Note - I am writing about my India trip on my other blog, but this post really fit here.
This was a busy summer for me and every one in Desi Moms Network community. We all are getting ready to send our kids to school and ready to embrace the change. I was busy growing the moms network and raising awareness in our community and beyond. The Pandemic brought the need up front and center. This year I accepted another board position (After Federation for Children with Special needs and Mass familes) for HMEA.
They are one of the very prominent service providers and I am honored to support them with my experience, background and expertise. My term was to start in Sept. I did participate in last board meeting as a guest but this Thursday was the first official meeting.
Date was already in my calendar and I was looking forward to it with an idea to don on a beautiful saree. I made a promise to myself to wear sarees for board meetings to draw attention to desi community. Only problem was - I flew to India the week before. Can you believe all 3 organizations have their board meeting during the two weeks I am in India. My jet lag is getting worse every trip and this time it wasn’t any different. I missed the Federation’s meeting and Virtual Gala because of messy calendar and time difference and my jet lag. So was determined to make this one work. Only problem was I was flying that very morning back to Bangalore after visiting my mother in law in Durg.
Thursday night was packing night, many phone calls to make, catching up on messages and emails. I finally went to bed at midnight. Earlier I thought I would get up early, get ready and join the call. But the night before everything got delayed. The Meeting was at 3.30 AM so there wasn’t I could do much. I woke up and joined the call in my PJ’s . So much to the planning for first meeting :) The meeting was very informative and engaging. I totally forgot I was jet lagged or tired or was in the middle of the night. Was just proud and happy to be part of an amazing team of passionate people. After meeting I was rejuvenated so much so that I decided to repack everything with clarity in my mind about what is important.
Introducing myself in my PJ’s and sleepy voice was not something I would like to start my term with but this meeting sure has a place in my memory. I just hope the other board members will change their opinion about me by the next meeting. I hope my first impression in not the last impression :)
What is your meeting in PJ or time difference story?
This was me the night before, a long tiring but happy day. and the other pic was me next morning for the flight, I couldn't dare to take pic of my in between avatar