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Not the Big Name at BlogHer ’12

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 in blogging, social media | 4 comments

I have attended a few blogging events and the number one question is “What is your blog about?”  I usually answer, “Me.”  I then have to explain that my blog is seriously under loved and I use it to play with plug-ins and test things out.

 

I don’t mind writing but for the last 10 years I have felt the need to protect myself.  We were constantly in court with Mike’s ex and as much as I liked being online I needed to protect myself.  Over the years this need was replaced by the need to learn and network. When Mike lost his job one month before Little Dude was born we freaked out.  I had never been so far away from the job market.  Until I had kids I always had a  job – since I was 14 years old.

But with  the new baby we now had 5 kids and a 6th we pay serious child support for with no break even when Mike made less.  How the eff was I going to make money?

I turned to the things I do best a) learning and b) the computer and started learning as much as I could.  I used social media to network and connect with people outside my SAHM world.

That was 4 yrs ago last month.  In that time I have worked with Kate Hall at Richmondmom.com, started a small consulting business and am now starting a FT position at Aquent as an agent recruiting.

None of this happened because I posted everyday to my blog or became a household name.  Instead, my little personal blog helped me build the skills I needed to get back into the workforce when my family was ready.

BlogHer ’12

was huge and that was  ok by me as I like my anonymity. I got to meet some ‘old’ friends IRL and make some new ones. But most importantly I was able to hear some incredible stories of how individuals leveraged their sites/blogs to take them new places.  Blogging, like anything in life, is what you make it.

Richmond Needs a Full-Service Children’s Hospital

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 in Health Care | 0 comments

Taken directly from my email…

You know I am passionate about health care. I’m also passionate about kids. I have been an advocate for a full care children’s hospital in Richmond for years. As I have had to call on more specialists over the years for a variety of reasons I have found myself all over town trying to track down the best pediatric ENT, the best pediatric Ortho/Sports Medicine, pediatric Endocrinologist specializing in growth and etc. In each place I start all over again with new paperwork, new introductions, new staff and new relationships. Each time I have I to take my kids to a new facility they worry about what kind of doctor they are going to get. Do they like kids? Will they be patient with me?

Kids are not little adults. There are many facets of dealing with kids beyond their physical size that makes caring for them unique. Although I trained to be an EMT in thinking of one day becoming a PA this was never more clear to me until I became a parent.

This story even hit closer to home when Little Dude was in a situation that required more extensive follow up. He sat in a waiting room full of adults. The crash cart ‘had pediatric equipment available’. And my 3 year went to recovery in an area he was the only pediatric patient. He was brave. I was upset. The environment was not set up for him. He was a token of all the patients being seen.

Richmond needs complete care Children’s Hospital where we bring the best pediatric providers in each speciality together. Where we create an environment that helps them communicate. And a place that kids feel they come first.

We have a team working towards this goals who are meeting this week. Let’s show them our support. We want them to know that we appreciate their commitment and hard work to providing the best health care experience for all metro Richmond area children.

If you could please take some time out of your day to go to The Jefferson Hotel and just stroll around. I want them to see our children’s faces and remember who they are working for and that they have our support. As a parent, when our kids are sick or hurt we are scared and we want a place that puts them first just as we do.

I have also attached a flyer with some information.

Join us Thursday, March 29 at The Jefferson Hotel.

More information can be found at ikidshealth.org and check out our Facebook page.

Oh, I have a another request. Would you please share this message and flyer?

Busch Gardens Williamsburg New Ride Verbolten

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 in social media | 2 comments

I have been a huge fan of rollercoasters my whole life so it was a given when I attended William & Mary in Williamsburg I would go to Busch Gardens regularly; the beer tour wasn’t bad either.

Since I have lived in Richmond we have continued to go to BGW regularly. Although many people like to remind me KD is closer we love Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.

My kids measure their growth based on what color they are in and which rides they are FINALLY eligible to ride. Instead of birthday parties my kids ask to go to BGW. For M2′s 5th birthday we took our family and extended family to Christmastown. My dad still talks about how much fun he had. And this year B asked for Quik Queue passes.

My love for BGW and social media collided a couple years back when I was invited to a SM Howl-O-Scream event. It was a great chance to learn about the behind-the-scenes of what it takes to prep the whole park for their annual spooktacular event. And, then they have to do it all over again for Christmastown.

Recently I was invited back to be a part of the Hard Hat Tour of Verbolten. One of the main reasons I’m excited about this ride opening is it’s one my kids can ride. Like the Mach Tower it has a 48″ height requirement.

Verbolten is a multi-launch ride through the Black Forest set to open ‘late spring’. Below are images from the tour.

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