Serendipity – an aptitude for making desirable discovery by accident; good fortune.
After an extremely busy spring, I’m ready to jump into summer with both feet. I’ve taken the summer off from my studies, my son is obviously out of school, and we’re moving into a wonderful house on a half-acre.
While I’ve been planning this move for some time now (my father is moving in with me as he’s entered his twilight years), I’ve still had my radar scanning for opportunities that are food and wine related.
I’m attending this year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland after missing all prior years conference, the most recent in 2011 in Virginia. Earlier this year, I had begun blogging more earnestly and started looking at my financial situation and budget to see where I could save money for the costs associated with the trip. I’d also applied earlier this spring for the WBC Scholarship, and was confident I’d receive some much needed help.
On June 18, I received an email that I’d been granted funds to cover airfare, and would be reimbursed for registration, hooray!
While this doesn’t count as a serendipitous event since I’d applied for the Scholarship, it seemed like a good dose of “good fortune,” particularly since I’d already gone through the entire ordeal of qualifying for a loan and buying a home.
Today I was exchanging emails with a local writer who’d written an article I appreciated. We were both local to the East Bay Area and exchanged a couple emails regarding area landmarks, some of which are no longer in existence. He must have found my prior comments on articles that I am interested in food, because he then asked if I’d be interested in writing about food for his online magazine. I responded with a hearty ‘yes’ and sent him a link to my published article with edible East Bay. This truly would be serendipity if a simple email turned into another writing opportunity.
I’m excited for the long weekend in August in Portland for so many reasons, It will be a huge opportunity for me to learn more about wine and writing from other bloggers and guest speakers.