I am celebrating many things right now. I have started my own business. Called MergeThis Media, my goal is to help organizations and businesses merge their media needs.
As well, the HUMIRA is working well, and the pain in my body has abated significantly. I am still having problems with my ankles, especially after a week of climbing cracks and hiking in Southern Utah. However, I am thankful that I can now sleep through the night, without pain!
I'm also moving back to Lyons this August, which is exciting. I will be teaching a full load of Communications classes at Metro State College next fall, which I'm looking forward to. I enjoy teaching my Beginning Editing in the Age of Convergence class, and I am looking forward to teaching some general intro classes and my Women's Voice in the Media class. I worked with the Women's Studies Department at Metro to develop the WVM class and will be fine tuning the curriculum over two semesters in hopes to be able to bring the class abroad. More details to come.
Madaleine and I are doing well. She is such a wonderful woman. I feel so lucky to have her in my life. We just spent a week in Southern Utah climbing and hanging out with my family. The whole trip was great. I'm so in love with my cousins' kids. Maya, Azia, Luca and Enzo. They are such wonderful, snuggle bunnies. I have never had a kid fall asleep in my lap before. It was a wonderful, sweet feeling.
Let's see... what else. Oh yeah, my last official day at the Office of Institutional Advancement at Metro State was yesterday. Despite the bumps, it was really an incredible experience for me. I so appreciate all that I learned and so many of the people I worked with. I also am proud of my accomplishments--helping the Annual Fund raise $30K with their first e-mail ask campaign over Christmas; establishing some pretty awesome e-newsletters for Women's Studies, Alumni Relations and the Center for Visual Arts; developing an organized and efficient e-mail program that is now being used by seven departments; establishing analytics for all communications with alumni (to gauge what they are reading, where they are clicking through to, etc); developing and implementing a social media program that got more than 3,700 alumni engaged via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs; and just making so many neat connections with alumni, faculty and staff.
There's something else good happening... What was it? Oh yeah, I'm going climbing today with my friends Steve Murchie, now a board director for Girls Ed. and Keven Garvey, who is on the Advisory Board (along with me) for Girls Ed. And it's sunny and gorgeous out.
I have no illusions that everything is going to stay hunky-dory for me. But I am thankful for the respite from pain and exhaustion.