In my mind, I’m living a Jimmy Buffett kind of life. It’s a work hard, play hard kind of world. I put out of my mind that I’m not on a beach with a daiquiri in my hand and am, in reality, landlocked and clicking away on a keyboard.
I’ve been a self-proclaimed parrothead since my high school friend Erin Dabrawsky introduced me to a love song from a different point of view (and if you don’t know what that is, well either look it up or we can’t be friends). I love the thought of island “escapism” and thoroughly embrace the Buffett songs and music that take you to another space and time. Jimmy Buffett was on permanent shuffle in my room while in college (sorry Michele Rejonis) and for a while, before the twists and turns of life interrupted my streak, I saw Buffett live as a summer ritual, every year religiously, for 13 years. My early professional life included correcting the mis-sung song lyrics of Rob Vandine (it’s still sprung a few leaks Rob…no reference to leafs) and as an adult my parenting style included teaching my children the exact sequence of condiments to order on a cheeseburger. I like mine with lettuce and tomato…you know the rest.
My life certainly has been adorned with good times, riches and son of a bitches (thank you Mr. Buffett for those lyrics) and I have so much gratitude that these island sounds have been sort of a sound track of my adventures.
Tonight we add a page to the book.
Later this evening, the Wheelhouse team will converge on First Niagara Pavilion and as a team, eat a few Cheeseburgers in Paradise, enjoy a boat drink or two and waste away (just a little) in Margaritaville. Jimmy is playing his “Workin’ n playin’ tour” and it couldn’t be more perfect for a Wheelhouse team outing. I love this. I love the fact that our Wheelhouse crew enjoys each other in and out of the office. I appreciate the fact that when you are friends with the people that you work with that not only is going to work not a job at all, but you have fun while you’re there.
We work hard at Wheelhouse. We use the unique talents of all of our colleagues to create interesting, impactful and effective work for our clients…and all the while, we have a heck of a good time doing so. This. This is just one of the many things that sets us apart from other places I’ve worked. We are a family. We challenge each other. We occasionally get grumpy. We laugh. There’s a little bit of fruitcake in every one of us (another Buffett reference for those keeping score at home). We hold each other accountable and applaud our victories. We also keep each other humble and continue to set the bar higher for each and every one of our clients and this agency.
Thank you for a great first half of 2015. Tonight we will celebrate how far we’ve come, how far we have yet to go and the wonderful friends, colleagues and clients that helped set this creative ship a ‘sail. Fins up my friends, things are just starting to get good. Yesterdays are over my shoulder, so I can’t look backward too long, there’s just too much to see waiting in front of me…