I realize its been awhile since my last update here. I will try to update you with everything I can but just know that basically my life is Chaotic at best right now and life can sometimes hand you a curve ball…
In February, my office went through a big change. We hired a new Executive Director and while he is great, he has changed a lot about the way our office works. We also had a couple of key folks leave, thus creating a shortage in workforce, so a complete restructure had to happen. In that, I actually came out very well, my job as Events Manager stayed pretty much the same, just a much more intensified schedule. Where I would have had some downtime, I now have other duties, so work is pretty packed.
On top of that, I am also the Captain of the USA Womens Team for Battle of the Nations 2017 and that, combined with my personal training schedule and work is consuming most of my day. What little free time I have I spend trying to clean my house, get my gear ready, spend time with my husband & fur kids and yes even play a little World of Warcraft.
While I do tend to thrive on Chaos…I do prefer to have ups and downs in that craziness. It keeps me a bit more grounded and usually its only the last month before Worlds that I get a bit lost…this year, it happened a few months early. So I do apologize for not getting an update out there sooner. Just know everything is running much smoother than I could have imagined at first and after a minor breakdown or two, I am back on track. Mostly. I still have 6 weeks before Worlds, so who knows what will happen lol.
I did manage to add a few things to my “50 Firsts before my 51st” list and I did an updated video on my drive home from the Sonora Celtic Faire Tournament this past weekend. So I can at least update you with that!
My 50 Firsts before my 51st Updated List!
- Climbed the Teotihuacan Pyramids, Mexico City
- Ate Crickets & Ant Larva, Mexico City
- Fought professional MMA Fighter, Josh Tyler
- Did my first Facebook Live Feed, in conjunction with Readyman.com
- Started Crossfit @Brickwall Crossfit
- Did my first official Crossfit WoD Competiton
- Drove thru Donner Pass
- Camped out in my new car
- A 17 Year promise finally fulfilled
So the list is growing and I am sure over the next 9 months it will grow exponentially and I am looking forward to sharing those moments with you when I can. As I said, there will be some firsts that are a little too personal to share but I will at least denote them in some way 😛
Otherwise, I am currently deep into my training for the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. The competition runs from April 29 to May 1, but I will be doing some traveling before that and many of my firsts will come into play then.
On a side note, I did manage to read (listen) to Neil Gaiman’s new book “Norse Mythology” and I must say, it is extremely well done. If you have ever had interest in the Sagas or the Poetic Eddas you should give this great book a chance. I have gone through it twice now and I love it. It’s very well written, it follows the most logical paths to the stories that I have heard and he bases his versions partially on Snorri Sturluson’s writings, which I have enjoyed.
Hopefully sometime within this year I can break away from my chaotic schedule and get to Iceland, it is on my list of places to see and right now tickets to Reykjavik have never been cheaper. So, here’s hoping.
The USA Broad Swords are doing great, the USA Team as a whole will be announced soon and we are all preparing for our jaunt overseas. After that I have DragonCon and ITOC to look forward to as well as a few other tournaments, in country and out. So while the World Championships are first and foremost on my mind right now, there’s a lot of things coming up after that as well.
Hopefully you enjoy my little video as I am driving through the beautiful Donner Pass on my way home yesterday. It was a glorious day and I couldn’t help but be filled with happiness and joy simply for being alive.
I think the full moon the night before set everything right again…
The Bad Ass Valkyrie