Traveling Thanks

Thankful that after 9 hours of travel, I was 2,000 miles closer to The Presidents Cup. Unfortunately, I’m still 7,952 miles away before boarding the next flight!

I’m also thankful for good seat buddies, clean airport bathrooms and the sleeping aids that will help me pass the next 15 hours of flying.

Talk to you from down under!

PS, I will miss out on 11-11-11 (didn’t plan that very well), so Garrett may be chiming in with his thanks to help this keep going (we were thankful for quality time together this week, so the blog was neglected).

Traveling Thanks

Texas-sized Thanks

Hello from Lake Fork, Texas, where I’m spending the weekend with the Teague ladies, aka the in-laws, on the aptly named “Sisterhood of Shoppers” annual adventure. There are ten of us ladies taking part, and it’s my first time getting to join in. Also it is my first trip to Texas alone (without Garrett) and time to spend together with the matriarchs of my new family (no boys allowed!). One added benefit of flying for the trip is getting to see our nieces and nephews (five!) before and after the mini trip…little nieces give the greatest hugs!

I tell you all of this because it is my thankful theme for today. My own mom warned me to make sure I liked the family of the person I wanted to marry, because in her words, “you don’t just marry one person, you marry the whole family.” Thankfully, Garrett’s family IS wonderful and quickly made me feel like I belonged with them, even before I carried their last name. (Beating my future father-in-law on the golf course when I met him was, in hindsight, a smart (albeit unintentional) move!) I’ll be back in Texas in three weeks, en route from Australia, and will get to spend the day after Thanksgiving with the Teagues (another first!). I warned Garrett that I’ll probably be a zombie that first day back, but I know a few hugs from the little ones, and a rousing game of Mexican Train, will make me feel right at home!

BONUS
This was a text from me to Garrett, after the second flight of a three-legged cattle call Southwest Air flight about what I was thankful for yesterday…

Thankful that was just a 45 minute flight. Two drunk college kids next to me, cell phones on entire time, personal space invaders.

Texas-sized Thanks

One Day of Thanks

November is a really cool month. Fall is in full swing (as much as it does even here in Florida), the holidays are approaching (but not blaring Christmas music yet), and it’s a great time to reflect on the past year without much worry to new year resolutions or holiday stress. Also, it’s a month for community, as much as any other. Movember (mustaches for prostate cancer awareness) and NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) are two challenges that growing out of groundswell. Another one in the blogosphere is 30 days of thanks, which I am going to attempt throughout the month. I’ll have to enlist Garrett’s help to complete, but it should be a good exercise for us together.

Without further adieu, here is my first declaration of thanks…

I’m thankful for Jacksonville, they city that I didn’t know where it was exactly, until my first interview with the PGA TOUR happened (though I had some affinity for the Jaguars NFL team long before). On a recent Twitter thread themed “ilovejax” I posted, “#ilovejax I found my dream job and husband here, plus an NFL team to cheer for, beaches to lay on, races to run, @smcjax & great friends!”

On the blog I get more than 140 characters, but I don’t necessarily need them to share my appreciation for a city of my dreams (for what I thought it held) that has become my home and launched a life with my husband that I never dreamed would be a reality. Thank you, Jax.

If you choose to post your days of thanks, or just want to chime in with mine, post in the comments to share!

One Day of Thanks

Suitcase Plans, Take Two

Remember a few weeks ago, when I wrote about how my travel schedule went from zero to hero in a 10-day span?

No? Well then this might trigger a memory…

Why the passport?

There was one trip I didn’t put on that blog post, because I didn’t have the 100% non-refundable plane ticket in my hand yet. But I’m pretty sure they won’t take it away from me now.

Drumroll, please…

In two weeks from today, I’ll be landing in Melbourne, Australia for two weeks for The Presidents Cup. (WOOOO!)  

I’ll be running point on the social media coverage throughout the week, on both the Presidents Cup and PGA TOUR brands. I’m still pinching myself, because it’s an incredibly opportunity and I’m grateful to be added to the tournament team after so much planning has already gone into this event. It’s part of the reason my October has flown by so quickly — even though the PGA TOUR Playoffs completed last month, the strategy and preparation for Presidents Cup has overtaken any free time I may have gained in the (not-so) off-season.

I wouldn’t be doing my job, if I didn’t ask you to follow @PresidentsCup on Twitter and “like” the event on Facebook — but I’ll leave the rest of the work-related items off the blog at this point.

Who has tips, suggestions and friends in/around Melbourne that will come in handy over the two weeks that I’m down under? I extended my trip for a few days after the tournament finishes (runs Nov 15-20) and am hoping to drink wine, hold a koala, take a tour, and get some good runs in while I’m there. I’ll fly back Nov25, the day after Thanksgiving with a stop over in DFW (save me leftovers, Maria!) on my way back to Jax.

I really hope I can keep blogging before I leave, and even a note or two while I’m there (at least pictures!). But in case I don’t, leave a comment here or get in touch to share any tips or stories you have about Australia.

Suitcase Plans, Take Two

Have Dinner With Us!

Seriously, where did October go?

That may have been the fastest month in the fastest year of my life, so far. I thought time moved quickly when we planned the wedding last year, but this summer/fall has gone into warp speed. Now I’m left spending a Friday night cradling a glass of pinot and trying to recharge for the onslaught that is next week.

But enough about me…how are you??

I made it home to Oregon earlier this month (by home, I usually mean Oregon, sometimes mean Jacksonville and now always mean wherever Garrett is) . It was a bonus weekend trip that I tacked onto a totally unexpected travel week to the Frys.com Open in San Jose, California. It’s wonderful to go home again, even for ~48 hours at a time and I squeezed a lot of hugs and quality time in those two days.

While sitting around the dinner table with my Ferrarin family (in that comatose time between a delicious dinner and breaking out the dessert) , we grabbed the laptop and Skype-d my husband back in Jax so he could “join us” at the table. It took one spin of the laptop around the table to prompt a search for the lazy susan, which made Garrett dizzy and my Grandpa to ask “Is this video live?” (G’s response: “No, I pre-recorded this earlier.”)  The next night, I taught a friend about Facetime with the iPhone 4 (and 4s!) and though we have yet to set a facetime girls night, because the opportunity exists I’m increasingly thankful for how small the world has become.

Moral of the story: Though we live long distances from our families and lots of friends, there is always room at the dinner table for one more (and we won’t cut into the leftovers!).

So here’s how to get us on video, next time you’re curling up with a glass of pinot, sitting down to dinner or just missing either one of us:

SKYPE: @ltbeyer and @g.teague84  (download from Skype.com or a Skype app on your smart phone)
FACETIME: Place a video Facetime call to my cell (iPhone 4 users only) from a wifi connection

Give it a try this weekend — we’d love to hear from you!

Have Dinner With Us!

Thank You, Steve Jobs

We lost one of the best today.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid falling in the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

Steve Jobs’ legacy will live on in our world, far beyond every iPhone sold and iTunes music track downloaded. The typefaces on your computer. Pixar movies. The old Macs sitting in the back of my middle school classrooms with the old floppy disc games. Every magazine, flier and book created with InDesign and the photos edited with Photo Shop. Hell, Steve Jobs was even responsible for making the computer mouse an essential part of the personal computing setup AND his NeXT technology was the starting ground for the WORLD WIDE WEB.

Do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle.

I stripped my iPhone out of its case tonight and touched the clean lines of glass and metal, traced the “designed by Apple” insignia on the back, gripped it the way Steve told us not to and let myself be sad. In my entire lifetime, Steve Jobs has been innovating technology. Tomorrow, he won’t be. But along with our iStuff, we can keep with us with some really great lessons.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it by living someone else’s life. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking forward. So you have to trust that somehow the dots will connect in your future. Believing the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the difference. 

Thank you, Steve Jobs.

Thank You, Steve Jobs

September, so far…

Apologies for the delay in posts…which I just realized have lasted through the month of September so far (and here we are halfway through!) The easiest thing to do would be to blame it on an uptick of JU soccer and PGA TOUR Playoffs (for the FedExCup!), which have rearranged our lives like all commitments are prone to doing. I won’t, however, apologize for the uptick in girls night activities with my core group of Jax ladies in the past few weeks…as those just serve to help keep me (and each of us) sane.

It’s funny that the first place I check is my iPhone photo album, to see what I’ve been up to lately. Second place is probably Twitter and/or our foursquare checkin history. Thank goodness for little technology records to help us track where we’ve been and maybe where we’re going…

Lately:

– Learned I can make a pan of Rice Krispie Treats in 12 minutes or less. Also learned that Rice Krispie Treats don’t ‘cool’ so well in the back of a car on a 90+ degree day, but that soccer players don’t care.

– My buddy Jason was featured on the Today Show for his company, iwearyourshirt.com.  I met Jason at the first Social Media Club interest meeting, just before he launched IWYS, and its been very cool to see him grow his idea into this 24/7, 365 business. It’s not just as easy as wearing a shirt everyday. Click here to watch the Today Show segment

– Our Labor Day plans were pretty non-descript, until I saw a Facebook post from my college friend Erin of her view from her Orlando hotel. A few text messages later, I was en route to O-Town for dinner with Erin and Heath, two of my former NAU Live! colleagues. We enjoyed a great night out with several “where is [this person]” tangents, that ultimately led to the idea of a NAU Live reunion (an actual planned one, with invites and everything!) and re-discovering our former advisor, Dr. Gloria Horning (thank you, Google!).

NAU Live! mini-reunion with Lauren, Erin & Heath

– Labor Day continued the college theme on Saturday with the second soccer team dinner, for midfielders and forwards this time. These guys are predominantly more European, so of course I unleashed my Southern cooking talents for a dinner featuring pulled pork, coleslaw, potato salad and corn on the cob. Despite the cultural differences, I was crowned with two new nicknames: “Mom” and “Best cook in the world.” Needless to say, I prefer the latter…

– College theme continued Sunday, with another JU soccer game (2-0 victory!) followed by after-parties since Monday was a day off. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen 2:30 AM on the clock before bed, especially twice in one weekend (see, Friday night) but it was fun to pretend I belonged back in the college scene again.

– Social Media Club Jax has resumed from its (unplanned) summer hiatus. To kick off fall, we had a happy hour event at TPC Sawgrass where our members unlocked the FedExCup Playoff badge and I answered some questions on how brands like mine work with foursquare to create badge campaigns. I usually shy away from presenting about my work, but it was good for me to stand up and share my experiences with our group.

– What was supposed to be easy and unstructured this past weekend was flipped upside-down when Garrett got the call that his new teammate was en route from Ireland and he needed a place to crash. Enter, Gavin the Irish goal keeper. The poor guy arrived at 11:30 pm after traveling for 21 hours. Add, it was just 75 degrees when we picked him up and the second thing he said to us was “Wow, it’s really hot here.” By the end of the weekend we had spent hours in the sun, taking him to the beach and the Jacksonville Jaguars season opener, and I think he used an entire bottle of SPF 50 sun cream in two days.

Neptune Beach, Florida
September 11th tribute at Jacksonville Jaguars' season opener

– Post-game we had a lovely Irish meal at Culhane’s, where Gavin and one of the owners (one of four sisters from Limerick) had a nice chat. Always good to make connections in town, especially ones that pour the pints!

Gavin gets a taste of home!

– Finally, I have totally broken my Starbucks kick thanks to my awesome espresso machine Garrett gifted me for my birthday. I’ve discovered the best way to start a morning…and it looks something like this:

Breakfast of Champions!

Here’s hoping our anniversary presents to each other are so beloved! (more on that soon)

September, so far…

Come on, Irene

You know you live in Florida…

…when you awake to see hurricane-related items on Facebook like:

(Monday AM)
Tuesday AM

Needless to say, I now “Like” the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center on Facebook too. (It adds a splash of color to my news feed.)

In four summers of living in North Florida, I’ve avoided hurricane or storm warnings for the most part. There was Tropical Storm Fay in August of ’08, but I learned it wasn’t much worse than a good ol’ Oregon winter wind storm — just in summer with a bit more rain. (Never thought I’d say that in comparison to Oregon!)

Historical note: Hurricane Dora (1964) was the last, and only, storm to hit Jacksonville with hurricane-force strength. And even then, 20,000 people turned out the next day for a Beatles concert…so it couldn’t have been too bad. This Wikipedia note is awesome: The winds were blowing so hard that Ringo Starr’s drumset had to be nailed down to the stage.

Despite yesterday’s assurance that Hurricane Irene was headed straight for us, it looks like she’s going to stay mostly in the Atlantic as she travels up the Florida coastline. Good for us, as we’ll likely get a tropical storm-like beating of rain and wind (think 40-60 mph winds) instead of category two damage. But keep the people of Haiti, Dominican Republic and the Bahamas in your prayers today, and start sending good thoughts for those in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia who will likely take the brunt of Irene.

Irene's projected path, as of Tuesday noon

Pretty sure I’ll need a kayak to watch the JU mens soccer game vs. UCF that’s scheduled for Friday night, though.

Come on, Irene