It has been almost a year since I’ve posted my last blog and it’s time to start again.
Here is a summary:
In the past year, I’ve been working on getting my leagues started and we have three; Seattle Roller Derby, Bellevue Roller Derby and Tacoma Roller Derby. We’re having our first ticketed event on January 29th 2012 at Bellevue Skate King and we’re busy putting those pieces together.
There have been times when I doubted I could pull it off and times when I thought I might not be able to do it. I’ve coached hours weekly and at one point I was coaching 15 hours weekly not including travel time. I’ve accumulated some wonderful team players along the way; both in admin support – volunteering as well as meeting some AWESOME skaters.
I’ve written coaches training manuals, fought like crazy to find and secure facilities, have created forms for tracking membership, figured out insurance options, figured out enough IT to have a somewhat of a website that is OK for now and gotten the word out on Facebook as much as possible. I finally Found a forum that works without crashing my system, tracked my expenses, membership and accounting, gotten sponsorship programs in place and again, have met some tremendous and awesome people along the way.
I was honored to lead some trainings at RollerCon and got a chance to skate with the OSDA Pro group in Philly which was a blast.
I’ve been asked to be the president for the Old School Derby Association and I am working hard to get the pieces in place to earn that title that I humbly accept.
I’ve been teaching a derby class through the North Seattle Community College, the Seattle Parks Department and have sent proposals out to other programs and colleges.
I’ve gotten our 501c3 non profit HeadHigh Program and Junior Derby hooked into the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County to begin in January and am VERY excited about that.
I am so grateful to be able to make a difference for people and now I need to pull the puzzle pieces together to devote my efforts full time in having this passion support my family and help to create jobs and opportunity for others.
I am one of the luckiest people in the world and still work to maintain perspective as I pull myself out of the muck of divorce and loss.
The journey is beautiful and horrific and getting through this pack of life is what it is; A gift that cannot be taken for granted even in the most difficult of times.
Sharing the Love from the bottom of my heart, and now I’m gonna go pick up my kid.