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Launch Week

It’s Launch Week!!!

Oh, what a week it has been. So many faces, so many places. Thanks everyone for coming out and celebrating. Here’s a quick recap of all the fun. 

April 14, 2024 – Preview at Global Pointe

We packed the Sky Bar at Global Pointe, previewed the book with a few chapters read, and shared memories of dating. Two of my favorite moments from the conversation were 1) One woman recalled the first time she held hands with a boy and that the memory still gives her butterflies. In her day, you didn’t hold hands until at least the third date and if they had sweaty hands you didn’t go out again. 2) Another woman reminicised about how her and her sorority sister counted up the number of dates they went on – her total was 96. When she told her granddaughter the same story she thought grandma had slept with 96 men. She had to explain she hadn’t even held their hand. lol. 

April 15, 2024 – Maddie + Max is Live!

Maddie + Max officially launched and people started receiving their pre-ordered books. I loved getting notes from people saying they already started reading the book and couldn’t put it down. My favorite notes were the ones that said, it felt like they were right back in downtown Excelsior. 

April 16, 2024 – Virtual Launch Party

It was amazing to see so many faces show up from around the country. From my oldest friend I met when I was 6 years old in Panama to my dad’s cousin in Hawaii. I loved seeing so many friends and family come together to celebrate with me. It literally meant the world to me. One person told me they pulled out their yearbook from the 60’s afterwards because listening to the reading got them thinking about growing up. Another person told me it inspired them to get back to writing. My heart was beaming after the call ended. Sorry we didn’t get a chance to play 90’s Music Bingo. 

April 17, 2024 – Launch Party – 318 Cafe

They say to expect at least 20% not to show up for events. I did, and was blown away when literally everyone showed up. Wow. Just wow. My heart was full looking out into the room at so many wonderful friends and family. My best friends from junior high, high school, college, and even grad school all showed up. Family friends, neighbors, friends from all of my jobs. I only wish I had more time to connect with everyone. I have so many favorite moments from that night but a few that top my mind are 1) a friend flying in from AZ to suprise and celebrate with me 2) hearing my niece who is learning to read say, “is that Meggie reading on stage?” 3) my best friend telling me she found her daughter reading my book to her son after the party. 

April 18, 2024 – Happy Hour – namaSync Studio

The party continued with a final happy hour. It was so wonderful to see so many people from my professional network come out to celebrate. I truly appreciated everyone making the time as there were so many events taking place last night. Seeing old work friends was a blast from the past. But I think my absolute favorite moment was when someone opened the special made candle from Wild Rose Candle company and shouted, “this smells like 90’s. Is it Drakkar Noir?” Yep. it sure is. Nothing like getting all your senses working to transport you back in time. We had candy necklaces, candles that smelled like teenage boys, 90’s music, 90’s clothes, and of course some good imagery to transport us back to a simpler time in life. 

April 19, 2024 – Simply Grateful

I am astounded by the number of people who showed up to support me and are excited to read the book. I am truly blessed that I have the best friends and family. The absolute most fun part of this journey has been sharing the experience with everyone and hearing the vast memories it has sparked. The biggest surprise is how much it has resonated with all ages groups. Love truly is enduring! 

 

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