Monday, January 26, 2009

We're Off To See The Wizard

Happy Sunny Monday!

Well, the day has finally arrived and we're off to see the Wizard! We'll maybe not a real wizard, but someone who could be equally important. We're off to Las Vegas to meet Dan and his team from Saranac. They have our fourth round of prototypes and we have our fingers crossed that we won't have to go to round five.

My intentions for the show are to learn as much as I can about the snow sports industry, see what other smaller companies are out there and if I can learn how they make their businesses happen, even better, and finally, I hope to make contact with some of the bigger companies that we can utilize next year (bigger meaning the larger retail outlets like Big 5, Dicks, or Scheels).

I'm sure I'll have lots to share next week. the motivator today is what I'm most excited about today and that's that "we're really doing it." I spent this last year taking little actions that have lead us to this week. You all know because I've kept you in the loop all along the way, but just think about all the things we're still talking about doing and what...exactly, we're exactly where we were when we first uttered the thought or idea. It's the little things you do consistently that get you anywhere. In our case, it's a road trip, an initial meeting with our manufacturer, the launch of a really smart and needed idea, and certainly a life experience to be treasured! What are you still talking about? Start!

See you next week with much to share, I'm sure!

Monday, January 19, 2009

From Whoo-Hoo To Boo-Hoo

Today is statistically the bluest day of the year according to Dr. Cliff Arnall. Did you know that? His equation for unhappiness uses weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing New Year's resolutions, low motivation, and need to take action determine the unhappiest day of the year. But what Arnall didn't figure into his equation this year is that my job fell through, or the global economic slowdown that has compounded a collective depression.

Yes, the job that was created for the "much too valuable" me is apparently not where I'm suppose to be right now. I'm not going to detail the events, but suffice it to say, I was incredibly disappointed last week and even depressed for a few days. I really felt like this was the start of "my turn." Maybe it was, regardless of why I don't have a job with a coffee company, many people saw in me what I feel I have to offer. I do believe that my time is here, it's just not with them. I also believe that our spiritual guidance may take us in directions that are not necessarily included in our plans.

With that, I'm going to leave you with the chorus of a song that came to me just before all of this happened. I find comfort in music and connect with lyrics especially when they speak to me in such a profound way.

I hope you don't have as blue a Monday as I had last week and even better, that you can find many things to be grateful for, even if just for today!

It's All Good
by Bret Michaels

There'll be ups and downs and lots of in betweens,
When your right goes wrong you'll find something to believe in,
Life goes on, world keeps turn'n, a lesson you keep learn'n,
Sometimes things don't turn out like they should,
But it's all good.

Monday, January 12, 2009

I Got A Job!

Finally! On Friday, I received one of the highest compliments of my life. Please indulge me for just a minute while I share my day with you.

In early December I submitted my resume to a family owned coffee company that's moving their headquarters of thirty years from the bay area to the small town of Lincoln. I found the job on line and though I realize I'm overqualified be a receptionist, I'm certainly not too good to be one. I was called to interview on 12/30 and because of the many applicants, we interviewed in groups of six, an open forum style interview. Thank goodness for all those years of auditioning (many auditions are done in groups)! I felt good about the interview but also realized that with so many qualified applicants, there had to be someone qualified, not as over-qualified, who wanted less money than I required.

I was pleased to get a call on Tuesday evening asking if I could interview for round two in Lincoln on Friday. "Absolutely!" Let me make a sincere and public thank you to Ken for keeping Mason for me while I went to my meeting. This interview was just me, but the great energy was being dimmed by the elephant in the room that everyone knew was my strong sales and management experience. I did my best to address the concern, but like I do most everything, I acknowledged the validity of their concern, asked them to have faith in me to do a great job and we moved on. When the interview ended I was offered a tour of the new facility during which time the gentleman who interviewed me came running over to Warren and I and asked Warren to join him for a moment. This interruption turned into another interview and many compliments about me, my confidence, my candor, my upbeat attitude, and so on (Yes, they went on and on!). I left more than two hours later and felt great!

I no sooner got home than my phone was ringing asking me if I could come back. I packed Mason up and off we went. I met with Warren again to learn that they were offering the reception position to the other candidate but would like to offer me a position that they created for me between the time I left the interview and made the trip back to receive the offer! Talk about flattery!

Now you may all be thinking that this has me blowing my own horn a little more than is warranted. I say no way! I've earned this moment. I've worked extremely hard, kept my ethics in, and conceded when it was the right thing to do. I'm so pleased that someone else, more than one someone can see all the good that I know I have to offer. This all validates my belief that if you work hard and do the right thing, the right thing comes your way!

I'll share more about the position in the coming weeks. I start training on Monday the 19th and if you want, you can check out the Rogers Family Organic Coffee Company at http://www.rogersfamilyco.com/

Monday, January 5, 2009

New Year Fun!

There has been so much funny stuff over the last few weeks, but if I don't write it down I forget what it was. I called Dave to see if I could jog his memory but he's years older than I am so how is he suppose to remember? Sorry honey!

One of the funny stories came on New Years Eve. Mason being just five years old can't tell time. We had discussed whether we would let him stay up until midnight as we were trying to decide if any of us would make it. Greg and Heather were here with their Baby New Year, Josh! Josh was born on December 10th and it was just a joy to hold, cuddle, and smell him! Yes, you ladies know what I'm talking about, that new baby smell! I digress, as the night wore on, Mason was so excited that he could barely sit still. We tried to entertain him but at one point I'd had enough. I went to the kitchen and as I saw the clock approaching 9 PM I blurted out, "Mason! It's nearly midnight, come on, get ready!' Mason came running and said, "Now, mom, now?" I told him we had just about ten minutes to go so we needed to get a quick shower, get his pajamas on, and then we would start the countdown. He hurried into the bathroom with his footie pajamas in hand and took a bath at light speed! As soon as he was out of the bath, we gathered our poppers, noise makers, and filled our glasses with kid-champagne. We all went out onto the porch, counted back from ten and whoo-hoo, Happy New Year! As Greg, Dave, and I were popping our poppers and blowing horns, Mason couldn't get his poppers to pop. The string kept slipping through his fingers and he felt like we were leaving him behind. He started to cry when suddenly the string pulled and ka-pow! He went from near tears to yelling "Happy New Year!" When Mason was finished, he looked around at all of us and we were just looking right back at him. He asked, "Now what?" I replied, "It's after midnight, we can all go to bed now." Dave and Greg nodded and without even a peep, Mason said good-night and went right to bed. Easy as that, we all settled in to watch the ball drop for the west coast new year having already celebrated the with the east coast.

I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season and are looking forward to the new year. We are feeling more promise and hope than we ever have before. It''s an incredible feeling for me to move forward feeling like I am on the same page as Dave. I love it. I hope you are feeling as optimistic. Happy New Year!

Pictures

Baby Josh Garcia

Mason and Josh


Proud Daddy!

Happy New Year!

Life's about to change!

Finally, Mason's in bed! Happy New Year!