The first week of 2012 has turned out to be a big one for me. I kind of thought it would be but didn’t want to jump the gun, so I kept my mouth shut for a while. A couple of weeks ago, I applied online/sent pictures to SCW Models representing The All American Bowl. The All American Bowl is like the Superbowl for high schoolers, and this Superbowl for high schoolers all over the country happens in San Antonio. Army sponsors the whole thing, and the promotional models for this gig run Army’s booths. It’s a pretty huge event that receives a lot of hype and support. I’ve expressed lately how I want to follow through on more things. How I stumble upon or seek out a lot of great opportunities, but sometimes don’t attempt finishing them. When I got a call back, a phone interview and then the job offer from SCW, I knew this was my perfect chance. So I took the job. Why wouldn’t I? The pay was great, the experience sounded amazing (and is awesome to put on a resume or portfolio) and I had a place to stay with family nearby. The only small issue was that I was slightly nervous as hell. But that’s a really silly reason not to live life, now isn’t it?
So I forced my brother to be my driver/mini road-trip buddy to San Antonio (He’s a good boy.)
Booked it to a hair institute to dye my hair a golden brown. (I’m too pale for blonde now and it makes the green in my eyes show better. I’ve only been able to show a few loved ones, but comments are super sweet so far. My best friend said she wants me to keep it forever and my husband is excited I’m a brunette again.)
Spent some much needed family time with my cousins, aunt and uncle.
And made my way to the Great American Bowl.
I worked 21 hours in two days. It was exhaustingly fantastic. Gaining this kind of experience was definitely a plus, but still just a part of the wonderful time I had.
The bonds I made in two long days were the best part. Michael and I hit it off right off the bat. As noted and respected by one boss dude, we traveled to other booths as a pair. A few asked how we knew each other. Our answer was always a tickled, “We don’t. We met a few hours ago.” We constantly giggled and would occasionally sneak off to ride the plane-life simulator, or to go find food, or to get pictures from the photo booth. Near the end of the first day we were placed in our permanent booth, which registered people for Army info and gave away free water bottles. This is where we met Mandi and Morgan, and once again, we all hit it off immediately. Despite working our booties off, we still made plenty of time to bond by dancing,singing, laughing, wandering, playing, eating and chatting about nothing and everything.
I wish I could describe in words how incredible and once-in-a-lifetime this whole experience was for me, but I really can’t. I made so many memories and met so many people that I’ll never forget. I’m still glowing from the past couple of days. I am thankful and happy to have started this promotional modeling gig and especially to have met the lovely people that I did. As completely tired as I was by the end of last night, I was still sad to leave. Luckily, my friends are all from Texas and love traveling from their respective homes to downtown Austin, so hopefully it won’t be too long before we all meet again.
As of right now, I’m feeling ready to go out there and conquer more goals. I’m feeling confident. I’m feeling like the whole world is at my fingertips. I’m feeling like the possibilities in my life are endless and awesome. I couldn’t possibly think of a better way to knock off about a handful of my newly made resolutions or to spend the first week of my 2012. And I’m feeling ready for so much more.