Thursday, October 18, 2012

Things That Make Me Want To Poop

So I have this eerie feeling that I have used that title for a blog post before.  Which, I suppose is wrong on some levels.


I registered for a 15k today.  Not like a $15,000 something or other, but a race.  Here in old Pensacola they have what is called the Double Bridge Run.  We have two big bridges that run from downtown Pensacola and end at Pensacola Beach...for a total of 9.3 miles.  People come from around the country to do this run.

A couple of reasons this brings on what some people like to refer to as "butterflies", and what I like to refer to as "shit cramps" (I am a lady).

First, there are like...REAL runners that will be doing this race.  You know the kind.  Real runner shoes, tiny little shorts, no shirts.

Second, there are thousands of people that do the race. 

Third.  I may die.  The last bridge you run over is short, but basically straight up to the sky.

I decided to sign up though because I am going to tell you a secret.

I hate running.

There.  I said it.  Now I will never be able to be a real runner.  Maybe if I subscribe to Runner's World or something I can earn some points back...

But it's hard to find the motivation to run.  So if I pay for a race, if I set a goal, I know I will do it.  Mainly because I dont want the slow people bus to come and pick me up.  Seriously, there is a bus that comes and picks up the slow people.  Mama ain't getting on that bus. 

It will be on February 2nd, so I have plenty of time to train.  I am actually confident that I can finish, but would like to do so in a good time and pace for my stubby little legs.  Heather is doing it as well, and I have recruited a few more people.  The Tough Mudder is in May, so this will be a good marker of progress.

Moving on to the next thing that makes me want to poop...

Well, I forgot what it was, but I have other things to share.

Did I tell you I blew up my car?  That one day, about 6 weeks ago, I was driving...doing about 40mph and then...nothing.  Car no workie anymore?  My coworker and a friend came and stood by me and protected me until the tow truck driver showed up.  Turns out...although the results aren't conclusive...the fact that I hadn't gotten an oil change in 18 months may have been bad for my vehicle.  The timing chain broke and bent some valvie thingies and thus my entire motor has to be replaced, and the car just aint worth that.  SO, now I am car shopping.  Which is exciting, minus the fact that I am poor.  I'll keep you posted.  Good thing is, Heather and I work together so carpooling is what we are doing.  Bad thing is, I like to drive Heather's truck to buy food and other things I can't live without from Target, like cardigans or toothbrushes....and Heather likes to yell at me for this.

Something big happened a few weeks ago.  I am a co-chair for the leadership development team for our hospital system.  We plan 3 yearly leadership conferences, where all the leaders...from our CEO to our managers about 450 people.  After years of wanting, I finally got the chance to emcee the event.  As most of you know, here are a couple of facts about Amy:

1.  I love being the center of attention
2.  I love making people laugh
3.  I love being awesome

And some of you may not know, because I don't talk about work a lot on the blog, that one of the things I get to do from time to time is speak on leadership.  Over the course of this past year I have been lucky enough to speak in Nashville, Orlando, and several places in between.

But this gig was going to be BIG.  BECAUSE, our hospital system is known around the nation for being one of the best, and we have our own speaker's bureau that travels around and consults and speaks.  And if I could be anything when I grow up, besides a mermaid or an owner of a farm where people can board there animals...I want to be a motivational/inspirational speaker.

So I was all sorts of nervous leading up to that Friday.  I wanted to make sure I didn't say anything too inappropriate, didnt get myself fired, and didnt bring shame to my facility.  But, I also wanted to make sure that when I was done that day...people would know who I am...AND...I was hoping that the people from the speaker's bureau would want me.

Let me tell you. 

It was the best I have ever been.  I was funny.  I relevant.  And I felt good.  My stories worked, people were laughing...

THEN...oh man it gets better. 

I was famous.  People were finding me throughout the day hugging me.  Thanking me.  Telling me how wonderful I was.

It was like Amy Heaven....except there wasn't any chocolate waterfalls.

But seriously, it was a good day for me and as soon as I stepped off the stage after my opening, the people I was wanting to offer me a job, approached me.  I am not sure where it will lead.  Hopefully I will get to stay doing what I do, but travel once in awhile and speak for different organizations.  Regardless, it was professionally one of the best days of my life and helped me believe in my specialness a little more...which I know...after pumping myself up just a second ago may not sound necessary...

but one of my weaknesses that most people don't see is selling myself short.

So that's about it dudes.

Hope all is well.



  1. That run sounds scary. But awesome. And scary. But mostly awesome. BOO on the car but YAY on your speech! You freakin' rock.

  2. Awesome on the 15k goal. I signed up for a 10k in March and have yet to run my first 5k. Haha. I am cray cray. :p

  3. After seeing you speak at both Allergan meetups, I just knew that you were meant for public speaking greatness. I'm so excited for you :)

  4. Yea, Amy! I am so happy for you! I know I'm not a part of your employee/r group, but I would have loved to have been there to hear you!!!

  5. I've got news for you - you're *already* a motivational speaker - you just "speak" on this blog!

    How exciting that you're being recognized (and hopefully well-rewarded soon!) for what is a rare talent! Fingers crossed for your continued success!

  6. Boo to the dead car, but super yay to the awesome emcee gig! Hope it leads to something excellent for you!

  7. That is so awesome, Amy!! I can see you doing this and being really fantastic at it!!

    BTW, I hate running. To the point that I just don't do it. Turns out there are enough other kinds of excercise out there that I can avoid running but still stay in shape! Still, I'm impressed as heck about the 15K. :)

  8. Good for you Amy! Keep us posted on your greatness!

  9. So awesome, Amy! I am in awe...public speaking is something I just can't do. And a 15K just to keep yourself motivated....way to go!

  10. Good work signing up for a race! :) I believe you are great at public speaking, you always make me smile with your writing. I can't imagine that you wouldn't be funny X10 in person!

  11. I could have written this post (about the running) myself! I did exactly all of this and Today I Ran the Army 10 Miler in Washington DC! HUGE Accomplishment for me and it felt great! I hurt like crazy now though! LOL

  12. Aw, I just love you to pieces. Way to go, you!!

  13. Wow! Exciting! I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

  14. How exciting about the job prospect!!
    And you know you can do this race... I have recently decided that I must sign up for some little race to motivate my running a bit more-- looking for a manageable one for little moi.
    Oh: have you noticed-- I am Dinnerland again.
    Yay-- my dumb ass finally figured out how to break back into my account. Whoo hoo!!

  15. Absolutely THRILLED about your success at work - but it's of no surprise to me because of the way you write on here. Sorry about the car, yay about the 15k :) And thanks as always for the fun, laughs and inspiration :)

    Lorna X

  16. Dude!! I HATE oil changes and anything related to car maintenance. Buying a new car is so much easier!

    PS- Awesome job with the work stuff!