Do you ever go where opportunity leads you?
Sometimes it’s easy to wait for what may seem like the right time. I can tell you that other times call for action right now. Well my dream took me to the Motor City: Detroit, Michigan. I had the opportunity to interview MaryAnn Beebe safety engineer for General Motors on their Teen Driver Technology. If you’d like to read my article it is at http://hopeforwomenmag.com/lifestyle/extra-comfort-with-teen-driver-technology.
Where did I stay?
At the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center that overlooked the Detroit River. From my room I could see Canada across the river. This hotel had quite a bit to offer an overnighter like me.
The General Motors Renaissance Center was a hub of activity with business people daily and tourists too. In my haste with packing I had forgotten to pack my flat iron and curling iron. No worries though because there was a complete CVS store within the center. Saved me from having a bad hair day.
How did I get around while I was there?
General Motors was very generous in blessing me with a 2016 Malibu Hybrid. I was able to see firsthand how this Teen Driver Technology worked. It was my first time starting a car without a key. Go figure!
When opportunity knocks will you answer the door?
I hope so because it is so worth it! Even though I was running on 3 hours of sleep I made sure I was non-stop while I was there. I was able to tweet live after the interview and share with the Hope for Women magazine readers how my interview had turned out.
As soon as I arrived to the Marriott I stopped and ate at their restaurant called Volt. I had a delicious Zesty Glaze Seared Salmon Salad. It was awesome! Everyone was so nice too and that made the start of my trip more exciting.
Do you like to explore new places?
I had the pleasure of checking this place out. I can’t even tell you how happy I was to see that they had a CVS store. It was like being in a mall. To get to it I had an experience.
I felt like I was in a labyrinth but I found a path that led me to it. The interesting part was that the floor was made of frosted glass. I have a confession to make. I don’t like walking on a floor that I can kind of see through.
Have you ever panicked?
Well that was me. For a moment I considered grabbing someone’s hand, but that would have been awkward right? So I did the next best thing and walked very fast with confidence. I know it’s funny.
Can any of you relate to this?
All joking aside I had a wonderful time at my interview and I really had it in my heart to do a great job for Hope for Women magazine. That is what made my trip so much fun! I was following what I love to do: write!
Have you ever been somewhere magical?
Being in Detroit at the Marriott was my magical moment for sure. I had this awesome room with a bed that made you want to stay there forever. By the way they all have it available to purchase. I have to look into that. So here I was doing work, but it didn’t feel like it.
Do you know why?
When you are living in that moment where your dream has become your reality well that’s fulfilling. Stepping out of your comfort zone takes you places. Recognizing an opportunity for what it is and what it could be is a great feeling.
Do you have an opportunity waiting for you?
I enjoyed keeping readers in the loop with being able to tweet live via Periscope. For the record it’s live so you get what you see, no editing options. I love doing that though because it allows you to be yourself.
Staying at a place like the Marriott at the Renaissance Center you have to have an awesome dining experience. Mine ended at Coach Insignia that was on the 71st and 72nd floor. One caveat to getting there: I had to ride the glass elevator.
Not a big deal right?
I’ve been in a helicopter and been on rollercoasters, but the glass elevator was almost a deal breaker for me. Luckily on social media my friends encouraged me to ride it and go for it. I waited for a nice couple to ride with.
I held on tight to the railing and recorded with my other hand while taking sneak peeks at the view. Once I got to the top I relaxed because the view was absolutely breathtaking. They had my favorite San Pellegrino mineral water.
Ever have a waiter come scrape away the bread crumbs?
I had the best waiter and he recommended an awesome dish. I had the Miso Soy Glazed Sea Bass that came with Orange Rice pudding, Grilled Baby Bok Choy and carrots. The Crème Brûlée with berries was what dreams are made of.
In my opinion this meal was a celebration so to speak. I was celebrating that I was following my dream. It’s not every day that people decide to do that. When it was all said and done along with me being back in my own bed; I slept with a big smile on my face as if I was still on that big comfy bed.
Are you going the extra mile for your dream?