25 Blurbs and Bits of Randomness

Going around on Facebook right now is the “25 things” note. Someone writes a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, goals, etc about themselves and tags 25 people to do the same. I’ve been tagged by at least 5 people and enjoyed reading all my friends’ notes so far. I wrote and posted this note on Facebook tonight, but thought it was also appropriate to post on my blog. I’m hoping it will set up a few of the things I want to write about in the near future and catch y’all up on my life these days. If you like it, leave a comment below. Without further ado…

 1. I started noticing my friends being tagged in these “25 things” notes and was wondering why no one was tagging me, since they know I’m on Facebook at work all day anyways. Maybe I’m not that interesting? Then Thursday hit and I’ve been tagged in five or more notes since. It was only then that I realized Holly tagged me first on January 4th and I should’ve done this a few weeks ago.

2. It will either take me two days to write these 25 things or twenty minutes. I am guilty of consistently over-estimating the effort I think it will take to write notes, blog posts and emails, so I tend to put them off until I feel so guilty about not blogging or responding or saying hello that the whole vicious cycle starts again. The exception to this is daily emails to Garrett when he’s underway on the ship. He will be the first to confirm that I can bang out a ridiculously long email without much effort.

3. In another broswer tab, I have NHL Gamecast showing the Dallas Stars (v. Columbus) game. [Stars are winning 6-3 btw] I have never made an effort to watch pro hockey, except maybe the Stanley Cup finals, until the 2008-09 season started and I had a reason to. Like most other things that I do or share with Garrett, following the Stars seems completely normal and comfortable, like I’ve been doing it forever.

4. My mantra keywords for 2009 are TIME, CONNECT and MOVE. The goals (resolutions) and things I want to focus on this year all tie into those three words. Chris Brogan, who is one of the smartest and most giving people I’ve never actually met, inspired me to do these keywords in a blog post on or before Jan 1, 2009. I plan to explain my personal keywords (and give Chris a trackback link, not like he needs it) in a long-overdue blog post, soon.

5. I never expected to achieve my dream job at age 23, but I definitely feel like I put in the work and effort to have achieved it. All of the steps I’ve taken in my life and the decisions I have made have led me to where I am now. I firmly believe that we all have a plan laid out for us by God and when one door closes, another will open. Sometimes it might just be a window, but I’ve always had faith enough to move through what’s next, even when I don’t fully understand why.

6. I am grateful that I can now look back at many different key moments in my life and see the lines that have been drawn from point to point. It helps me understand that I shouldn’t regret anything, just be thankful for an experience and learn from it, even the ones that end unpleasantly.

7. I have been in love three times. I’m so thankful that Dana explained to me in Ireland that you will never love anyone in the same way and that is okay. She was absolutely right.

8. I really love writing and don’t give myself enough time to do it. The same goes with reading. [And I think I’m pretty good at both.] Ironically, I get sick of the internet and that is where I waste all my time.

9. Some of the people I will tag in this note that I consider dear friends and amazing people, even if I haven’t spoken to them in months or years. I feel terrible about letting friendships go that long without real authentic connection. Facebook is a poor excuse for staying “caught up” with someone you really care about. Those who fall into this description probably can figure out who you are and I hope you are doing great in life, wherever it has taken you. Re-read #4 and know you are inspiration for “CONNECT”.

10. When I get married, I’ll skimp on spending for the the dress and splurge on the shoes. I have no plans to wear more than one wedding dress in my lifetime, but I’ll definitely wear a pair of Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks whenever I have an excuse!

11. My favorite number is 11. I’ve always liked it, probably something about the double 1’s that I think looks cool. It was my uniform number anytime I could choose. The only reason there is a 5 on my golf ball tattoo is because 11 wouldn’t fit, and 5 is symbolic to me too.

12. One of my first sports memories was watching the Trail Blazers in the 1990 Finals against the Pistons. After the final game of the series, I knew we had lost but I asked my parents why the teams didn’t line up and high five each other like I did in my own soccer games. I think I was onto something there…

13. If I wasn’t working in sports, I’d want to be in the music industry. Those two environments have the potential to be the most fun work settings ever. You get to meet cool people, attend great events, and see amazing things like John Mayer play the guitar, Dave Matthews do his chicken dance, Sergio Garcia make a double-breaking up-the-hill momentum-charging putt, and Martell Webster color with 3-year olds.

14. I have wanted to get a second tattoo since before I left for Ireland in 2005. I still want it – a simple celtic cross, with a rose in the center symbolizing St. Therese the Little Flower (my patron saint). I still need someone to draw it out for me. When I have that, I’ll have to face the fear of getting it put on my ribs and the disapproval from a certain someone (or someones, but I think my parents would be ok with it). Maybe someday I’ll get it, but probably not before I get back to Ireland.

15. French fries, or Irish “chips” dipped in mayonnaise are one of the most delicious things ever. Especially when you wash it down with a true pint of Guinness. Anything my mom cooks also goes on the list of most delicious things. Especially our Christmas Eve ’08 meal that we killed on [prime rib, homemade ravioli, roasted vegetables, great wine] even though the only electricity we had that week was routed to our Traeger BBQ.

16. Oregonians are foodies. That’s the easy way to say our tastebuds (for most of us) appreciate interesting, complex and flat out good flavors. This isn’t just limited to food…also extends to wine, beer and anything else that can be grown, raised, crafted, brewed or created locally. I’m so lucky to have grown up in a family full of foodies.

17. There are a few more than 25 people tagged on this note. I apologize if anyone’s keeping track. While I do want to read 25 things about all of you, I mostly just want to say hello 🙂

18. I have this habit of picking up my life and moving myself into a place where I know no one. Luckily, I also have a habit of succeeding when I do that. This started in high school, when I chose to go to La Salle (a private school) rather than my local school, Molalla High. Even though I moved back to MHS during my sophomore year, I’m glad I left. At Northern Arizona University, I remember sitting in my dorm room the first week thinking “I know absolutely no one here.” Ireland and Jacksonville were the same. I’m not sure why I do this and hope it is not something negative in my unconscious. (Dana, you may have to help me with this one!)

19. Both Molalla High School and NAU had awesome cross country and track teams, yet I never had any interest in running. I actually despised running for most of my life. In September, I decided to give it a try as a totally new way to challenge myself (and it seemed like a good distraction). I have since completed two races (Race for the Cure 5K + Outback 6K) and am working towards the Gate River Run 15K in March and Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville in April.

20. Part of my drive to push myself stems from wanting to be an example for my siblings, cousins and people who come after me. Then, over Christmas, I realized that my younger cousins don’t really know who I am or even what my name is. This made me sad until I learned that telling them I work for Tiger Woods and other golfers at the PGA TOUR now makes me the coolest relative they don’t know.

21. I really am logged onto Facebook 95% of the time I’m at work, but the difference between me and many of you is that I’m usually doing work on Facebook. You think the PGA TOUR pages and photo galleries build themselves? 🙂

22. Tall girls in tall shoes sometimes really annoys me ( even if it’s you Laura, Ashley and Raechel). My height is probably the only physical thing I’d change about myself. My ideal height would be 5’5″ or 5’6″…I don’t want to be tall, just not short.

23. I was named after my aunt Therese, who I never met. I think she is my guardian angel who protects me from all the stupid things I do. She died, along with my Dad’s parents, in 1977. Had I been a boy, I would’ve been named Neil after my grandpa, which makes me wonder what my cousin Neil (next in line after me) would’ve been named?

24. Brandon Roy might really be one of my heroes. But he’s nothing compared to my favorite Roy, my dad, who is the best father, protector, example and hero a girl could have. 

25. Things I miss: Dance parties, turtles, high school golf, NAU Live!, Kilmurry Village, watching the sunrises and sunsets at the house I grew up in, not having a car payment or student loans, Cloud 9 and Crowbar, winter beach trips with the girls, living with my sibs, the smell of Flagstaff, the feeling of being home. And probably you, a little bit!

25 Blurbs and Bits of Randomness

Theme Song, please

Kudos to Sarah for posting this where she knew I’d find (and enjoy) it. I first saw it about a month ago, but keep going back for another listen. Substitute *Florida for Vegas in the lyrics and you have my  perfect theme song to describe my recent adventures.


As I listened again, I realized if your name is Sarah insert *San Fran and you’re good to go. Same if your name is Laura (*Portland), Holly (*Seattle), Raechel (*law school), Alia (*Prineville?) and my many other (girl)friends who are celebrating their twentysomethingness by seeking out new places and new adventures. Cheers and love to you all.

Theme Song, please

A Permanent Address

Big things happened this week here in Jacksonville. I found a place to live and the countdown to THE PLAYERS Championship fell under 100 hours. These are the two pieces of information that are taking up nearly every waking moment of my life this week and next.

First, the living situation: After many many Craigslist searches, I finally found a place that was affordable, within 15 minutes of Ponte Vedra Beach, and (most importantly) was available to move in ASAP. I actually moved in tonight, because doing so next week would’ve be too crazy to deal with. The house is owned by a girl who works up at the TPC Clubhouse who I had met on Monday, before I randomly found her Craigslist ad and emailed her. Small world! She has another (girl) roommate in the 3 bed/2 bath cute little house that she owns. She has renovated the house over the last couple years, which is something that I’d also like to do in the future. The only thing that’s missing is that its not on the beach…but ocean is only about 5-7 minutes driving and I’ll be there enough anyways.

I can tell I made a good choice with the new car (still nameless), because everything I own (until massive Target/IKEA sprees) fits into my car, which was surprising. Granted the golf clubs had to ride in the passenger seat, but it did all fit into one load. I packed it and loaded it all up tonight after work and brought it to the new place. I usually hate moving, but I don’t mind the moves that are about 5 miles away and most/all of your stuff is boxed up anyways. Goes much easier that way. I’ve hardly unpacked, but did enough to get out my quilt and a couple pictures and now it feels more like my space.

The PLAYERS Championship golf tournament hits Ponte Vedra Beach and TPC Sawgrass next week. We’re working on lots of different content for the website and pinpointing ways to reach out to fans online who want to feel like they’re here. The PLAYERS is one of the top PGA TOUR tournaments, sometimes called the “5th major” because it’s the one the TOUR puts on and it has the best field in golf (minus Tiger this year, unfortunately). I’ll be doing lots of behind-the-scenes things as part of some experiments on new ways to cover the event and for me to learn what we can do in the future. I’m super-excited and hope to have lots of stories to tell after next week is over.

That’s all from here because I need to get some sleep before the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation walk I’m doing tomorrow with some girls from work. It’s a six-mile walk in the morning, which should be interesting. Don’t think it will be as much elevation change as Portland to Coast, so I should be fine. I just have to remember that if I was golfing, I’d be walking that much anyways plus carrying a 25 pound bag on my back! (PS, I shot a 41 my first time out, Wednesday) If you’d like to make a donation for CFF in support of our team, you can do so at http://www.cff.org/Great_Strides/LaurenBeyer or you can send me a check.

Leave love below, talk to you soon!

A Permanent Address

Molalla Farewell Fri-Sat

From the Momma’s Vino Maria’s email:

Well I think Spring might finally be in the air (at least for the rest of this week). So let’s celebrate that along with a couple of other things this weekend.

For those of you who know our family and in particular our oldest daughter Lauren, we are taking this weekend to say goodbye to her. She is embarking on a new adventure that will take her across the US. She just recently accepted a job offer from PGA Tour.com and will be re-locating to Florida.

She will be at the bar later Friday night and the early part of Saturday night for those who would like to wish her well and find out what she will actually be doing (since her mom still isn’t quite sure). Stop by if you can and say goodbye, she would love to see you all. (Yes, I would!)

Mary is also celebrating her birthday this weekend. Saturday night, 7:00pm, Hank Hirsh & Son will be here to play. They are a Sax & keyboard duo who are absolutely amazing. Since the Sax is one of her favorites, she thought it would be appropriate to have them this weekend.

So, if you’re around Molalla this weekend, please stop by and say hello and goodbye. If you can’t make it to the wine bar, give me a call — I’ll probably stop in at Arrowhead GC, downtown Molalla and other old stomping grounds one last time.

Molalla Farewell Fri-Sat

Front Page and Send-Offs

front page hit

 

Yay! My post, Dream Big Live Big, about the new job with the PGA TOUR and moving cross-country to Florida, has made the WordPress “Travel News” list for the day. Imagine my surprise when I logged into WordPress this morning and saw my face on the front page!

So welcome, everyone, who clicked on from the WordPress site. I hope you like what you see and come back again.

Also, an update for my “Farewell Tour” that starts this weekend and continues on until I actually get on the plane —

My friends in Corvallis are throwing a party tonight at Cloud 9, starting at 9 pm. You can RSVP on Facebook or just plain show up if you’re in the area. If 9 is too late for ya, join me for my last (tear) Crowbar happy hour after work, 5:30 or 6-ish. Last week Obama showed up, so you know it’s a happening crowd!

We’ll be cheering on the Blazers tomorrow night (Sat) at the Rose Garden, and then hitting downtown Portland afterward. If you’re Portland based, get at me and come out for some dancing and fun.

Lastly, the Momma is planning something, probably Vino Maria’s related, for next Friday night (the 4th). Family, friends, wine-lovers and everyone else are welcome. When I know more, I’ll make sure to post it here. I just want to make sure I say goodbye to everyone — my favorite and least-favorite part about leaving town is getting to see lots of friends, but also having to say goodbyes.

Thanks for all the great email notes and well-wishes. Someday I will figure out how to get you to post them here, in the comments, but know that your love and support is much appreciated and reciprocated!
Ciao!

Front Page and Send-Offs

Moving – Everything Must Go!

UPDATE:  I moved to Florida in April 2008. Clearly, everything that was for sale has either been sold or left behind and forgotten about. Enjoy the pics of my former Altima, Nigel, if that’s what you’re here for.

I’m still in pre-packing mode, knowing that I have less than two weeks to move across the country. Don’t ask why. I have to get rid of most of my physical possessions, which is good news for someone needing a bed, kitchen stuff, electronics, etc. See the list below, with links to pictures and reviews for the electronics. You can reply via comments or email me if you see anything you want. (I don’t want to ship anything though.)

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Moving – Everything Must Go!

Dream Big, Live Big

Last month, when putting together my Life List, I didn’t include a few more personal, big-dream items. The purpose of the life list was to include things I can work towards or try to make happen. I have other dreams that depend on a lot more than just me to fulfill. One of these, I’m very happy to announce, is coming true.

I’M GOING TO WORK FOR THE PGA TOUR!!!

Wow. It’s cool enough that it deserves it’s own line. The PGA Tour is an organization I’ve always admired and loved, and one that I’ve always kept an eye on for a chance to become a part of. An opportunity came across their job postings that fit me well and I threw in my application, because you never know unless you try. Fast forward a couple months through lots of emails, phone calls and a great trip across the country to see the HQ and Jacksonville, Florida, and now I’m moving in two weeks. Wow.

The position is Social Media and Fan Outreach Coordinator in the PGATOUR.COM (“dot-com”) department. Someday I’ll come up with an easy-to-understand one-sentence explanation of what that means. Basically, it’s going to incorporate my skills in PR and Communications, my knowledge of online tools and user experience, and my love of golf all at once. (For more about what social media is all about, follow along on my other blog.)

Yes, it was quick. Yes, I’m sad to leave behind home, family, friends, a great job, a terrific network in Corvallis, my Blazers and the Beavs, no sales tax and lots of good memories. (No, I won’t miss the rain.) But yes, this is my dream and I am lucky enough to get to live it, now.

This blog will probably continue to evolve into all about my life, my travels and new experiences. What’s great about that is this can be a place my family, friends (and other people who care) can come, read about what I’m up to, see pictures and video and have conversations with me. It’s like the weekly emails from college, except they’ll all be in one spot (and not cluttering your inbox!). So make sure to bookmark this site (http://teaguefc.wordpress.com) and/or subscribe to the RSS feed to get my updates.

More to come soon, but I wanted to make sure this announcement wasn’t more overdue than it already is. Talk to you all soon. Leave love in the comments if you’d like!

Dream Big, Live Big