New Year’s blessings

Whew!  I hope you all had a joyous holiday season, and a safe start to the New Year.

My wife and I are still recuperating from a short post-Christmas driving trip to Florida, primarily to watch our older son referee a huge soccer tournament in Orlando, at the DisneyWorld ESPN sports complex, and also to visit a high school friend and his wife. 

The hectic pace started on Christmas Day in the early evening, as we drove our son to Dayton to meet with a carpool of other referees heading to the Orlando tournament, and we followed suit the following evening as made the 15-hour drive, arriving just in time on the morning of December 27 to watch our son’s first two games.  We struggled to not look as frazzled as we felt, with little sleep, and wilting in the 83-degree heat and humidity – quite a change from Columbus OH weather – because we still had to drive to our condo in New Smyrna Beach on the Atlantic coast, another 90 minutes away.

With another trip back to Orlando to see our son in action, and two visits with my classmate and his wife who also live near Orlando, Kathy and I didn’t have much time to appreciate the view of the ocean from our condo, but we made the best of it.  We saved the best for last on the drive back home, stopping at Paula Deen’s restaurant in Savannah GA, enduring a 45-minute wait, and sitting down to a fantastic lunch of Southern cuisine and hospitality.  It meant we wouldn’t get home until 4:30 AM the next day, but it was worth it and a memorable experience.

We gave thanks that our son and his fellow officials arrived back safely in Dayton at 4 AM this morning.  We’re also thankful that our other son assumed the responsibility of caring for our dog and watching our house while we were gone.  Kathy and I are blessed to have these two boys as our sons.

For me, this was the first vacation I’ve taken since becoming a voice actor with a business.  It took a few minutes, but I finally figured out how to put my difference voiceover gig accounts on a temporary hold before we left, so that I wouldn’t get any urgent requests for jobs while I was away.  At some point I’ll make an investment in a laptop with a USB mic to take with me on the road, but I’ll use that option judiciously.   Until I’m at the point where I have regular business coming in, I’ll treat my vacation as a vacation, and then figure out where the happy medium is down the road.

My weather forecasting gig with RFN is going well.  I made arrangements for another gentleman to cover my stations for me last week, and when I resumed yesterday, I seemed to have gained some more confidence, speed, and a better sense of timing. 

So for now, I’m looking forward to success in 2017, and I wish the same for all of you.  How about you readers?  How is your year going so far, and what great things are you looking for in the next 12 months?  I’d love to hear from you.  Feel free to leave your reply by clicking “Leave A Comment” near the top of this post (please, no spam or advertisements, those will be deleted).

Until next time, take care, and keep your best voice forward.  Happy New Year!


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