It's been great for loosening up on the ice, attempting more and more things I haven't done in years and rebuilding my confidence and balance on ice. My toes on the other hand, are less appreciative.
Community Day at the rink was Sunday and while I would have loved a better turnout, the idea came to life. Lessons were learned, we made the news and expanded our reach. People who had never heard of the rink came through our doors and people who were afraid to skate gave it a try. By the time it was over, I'd been in my skates for eight hours straight and was completely and utterly exhausted in every possible way.
To me, the day was a success and a great springboard for all kinds of new partnerships and events for next season.
The spring ice show is this weekend and I'll miss it since I'll be shuffling in Chicago with Alicia and Eileen, but we've had a jam packed practice schedule. The kids are excited and my group has been getting creative with ideas for their routine and working hard and I really love that about them.
So my feet may be cursing me and my muscles sore, but it's great to watch something come to life. There's still more to do, but happy with the forward progress.
A few takeaways from the last few weeks.
+ Have an idea? Go for it. Chances are, few things will stand in your way once you decide to follow it through.
+ Show up. I've long believed that the world is run by those who show up. Be one of those people. Plus, when you show that you're dedicated and reliable and back your words with action, people are more likely to support your idea, project, event, etc.
+ Have a passion? Fuel it. And use it for good. I may not be able to throw triple jumps on the ice, but I can certainly use all of my skills and love of skating to make something wonderful for more than just myself.
+ Don't give up. Community Day wasn't as epic as I'd originally hoped, but I knew that following through on the first event would be exactly what I needed to make it into an epic future program. If I had given up because certain people couldn't come or certain aspects weren't perfect, then I'd have even less chance of making it successful later.
+ People are watching, make sure they're seeing your best self. These events put me, and the rink, in touch with lots of new people. It may be their first time ever hearing about the rink. It doesn't matter how stressed, or how busy or how much chaos is happening, there's only one shot at making a first impression. Make it a good one.
What do you do when you feel like giving up on a project? Where do you find the determination to power through?