A New Journey

I’m baaaack! I apologize for the short hiatus, but there has been a LOT going on lately. In addition to all the regular December things, plus a few birthdays, I got a new job!

So far I LOVE it. Tomorrow will be the last day of my second week and for the first time in a long time I am excited to go to work every morning. Where is this magical place you ask? Well, as of last Monday, I am the new Communications Specialist at the Baraboo location.

The position is similar in a lot of ways to my old position, but also different. My audience has changed from a a vacationing consumer to my colleagues. I still run two social media platforms, Facebook and LinkedIn, but I also run a ton of internal communication channels.

I think it was time for me to so something new. I wasn’t adamantly searching for a new position but when this opportunity fell into my lap I couldn’t pass it up. I am still working part-time in my old position until a replacement is found but on significantly cut down hours.

Things are a bit crazy with the extra part-time hours, but from what I can tell so far 2018 is going to be a great year for my career. I’m so excited!



Fending Off Shadows

Starting today the first Thursday of every month is going to be dedicated to poetry. Here’s is my first poem. I hope you enjoy it!

Fending Off Shadows

Thorns of pain and pinpricks of terror
bombard me from both sides.
I stagger through the chaos,
tension filling my strides.

As I attempt to navigate the hotbed of confusion
and ride constant ups and downs
I feel every possible emotion and
toss handfuls of glares, smiles  and frowns.

I fiercely try to fend for myself
even as desperation fogs my mind
seeking fun and laughter
in every corner I can find.

Even on the darkest days
when I’ve been beaten to the ground
I fight for happiness and freedom
so that it can always be found.

Because as bad as it gets
there’s always a reason to smile.
The most precious moments
make everything worthwhile.

That One Time I Led Derby Practice

First, I would like to apologize for not posting last week. I had a standard cliche post half written and I never finished it. My mom moved into a rehabilitation center last Wednesday and I was focused on making her comfortable. Anyway! Last week I led the final roller derby practice of the year and I think it went okay.

Up until this practice the only things I coached were little dribblers and a few short running clinics. In both instances the participants were quite a few years younger than me and were amazed by everything I did. This was not the case for roller derby practice.

The skaters who made it to practice had been skating for a few years longer than me and were not amazed merely by my existence. I was so nervous for this practice I was up late planning it and could barely sleep thinking about it. I left my house terrified, but ready for my newbie-structured practice. However, when I showed up at the gym there were no newbies there. Sickness and the holidays left me with four veteran skaters to coach. So I had to wing it.

I adapted the games into skills courses, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Now, don’t get me wrong my derby sisters are super fantastic people and wouldn’t have said anything even if my practice had been a mess, but I did not want them to feel like they had wasted their time by showing up.

I think it went okay. Was it perfect? No. Would I do it again? I think so.

Lessons learned:

  • don’t panic; derby people are awesome
  • be prepared to go off book
  • work on giving adequate feedback
  • learn to recognize mistakes
  • sleep the night before
  • CHILL!

Well I did it. There was no need for all the drama I poured into it either. Not to mention, I think I will coach some day. Will it be derby? I don’t know. But I think I would enjoy coaching a sport, especially after I have experience under my belt.

Thank you to the skaters who put up with my cluelessness. You guys are the best!

Photo credit: Bob Good

Be A Good Host

You couldn’t say “Skat!” ‘ cause that wouldn’t be right.
You couldn’t shout “Scram!” ’cause that isn’t polite.
A host has to put up with all kinds of pests,
For a host, above all, must be nice to his guests.
So  you’d try hard to smile, and you’d try to look sweet
And you’d go right on looking for moose-moss to eat.
—Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose

Know How to Make an Entrance

What an Opening Night!
What a night!
What a sight!
I’ll hoist up the curtains! The crowds will crowd in!
And my Circus McGurkus will promptly begin
With a welcoming toot on my Welcoming Horn
By my horn-tooting apes from the Jungles of Jorn
Where the very best horn-tooting apes are all born
‘Cause the very fresh air there is fine for their lungs.
And some of those fellows have two or three tongues!
—If I Ran a Circus

To Buy or Not to Buy?

This time of year I tend to get a little out of control with my spending. I wish I could say it was simply because of all the millions of gifts I get for people. But, while that is somewhat true, I also spend a lot on myself. I think once I loosen the purse strings a little I loose control completely.

If you have the same problem I have some advice for you. I have a guideline I try to follow. A friend suggested it to me when I was studying abroad in Australia and I wanted to buy everything in site. I have been trying to follow it ever since. Maybe it will work for you too.

Now, there are those items that you HAVE to have. There is no question about it. I get that. Although try to cut back a little if you can. Then there are quite a few more items that you really like and you are pretty sure you want them but you don’t know if you want to spend the money.

This is what you do. Leave it on the rack or shelf and move on. If you are still thinking about it before you leave the store or mall then you should get it. However, if by the time you are ready to leave you have completely forgotten about it you probably don’t need it. You probably won’t use it if you get it.

So far this method has worked SUPER well for me. I highly recommend it. I hope it works just as well for you and maybe helps keep a few extra dollars in your wallet, especially this time of year.

Thanks for reading!