As I work double time on my new book, juggling marketing plans, new artwork and lists, so many lists of little things — I am ever so thankful for my team.
My team? You may ask, and rightly so seeing as this really is an independent, low income generating venture. But by team I mean my friends and family, of course.
Before the buzz phrase and marketing tactic 'street teams' was identified, I already had one. Inherently built into growing up in a small town is a street team of all of my friends, my friends families, immediate family, extended family, in-law family (my husband and I grew up in the same small town) and Happy the Hodag's fans, of course. Not to mention all of the other wonderful friends and families I became a part of as I branched out and lived in other places. That's a big crew.
Today I just want to give a big thank you to my vast and loyal street team, but most specifically to my parents who are faster than Amazon at pick-ups, drop-offs and overall support of every independent venture I have ever endeavored to take on. They know it's hard work, time-consuming and above and beyond my career obligations and so help me whenever they can. Honestly, it gets me a little emotional knowing I have that level of support, it's an anchor in a sometimes turbulent sea.
Small Town Life: The Good & The Bad, But Mostly The Good
The other thing that comes with living in and growing up in a small town is that everyone knows you and your car. Which means that as soon as I roll into town I start getting texts; my parents tell me I've been spotted by the theater, invitations to dinner because so-and-so just told so-and-so they saw my husband at the grocery store and we should get together.
I will be totally honest when I say the thing I most enjoy about living in a bigger city is the ability to be invisible. Being able to get a parking ticket while I'm stuffing my face at a McDonalds without it trickling down and out that I'm an irresponsible slouch heading toward a size 14. That's a truth everyone lives with in a small town.
However, knowing you are surrounded by friends and family is incomprehensively wonderful, outweighing any negatives by far. Running into friends and family all over town is a true heart warming joy and sharing our lives as we grow older regardless of where we are currently living, a true community.
Now for some random memes, these are up on Happy the Hodag's Facebook page, head over and like him if you haven't already. Come on, join my team!