I have officially been here a week and it's been a very interesting one for sure. I have a lot of adapting to do. First off what I've found is the scene is quite a bit smaller here. The courses are few, very different, and pretty spread out. Nothing quite compares to having Blue Lake and Milo McIver within a half hour drive. I'm having a slow time adjusting from the amazing Portland scene that I came from. However, I have big plans for this place and I really want the folks down here to have a similar experience to what Portland has.
Hopefully I can figure out the secret.
Something amazing to me, is the community that disc golf has to offer. Here I am in a new state for only a week, and I already feel at home with the people. They already feel like family. I've experienced that no matter where I go; Ohio, California, North Carolina....all across the states, I leave with a handful of my new favorite people after just 2 or 3 days together. Perhaps I just haven't been involved in enough sports to know if it's like this elsewhere, but disc golf is a really outstanding thing. I played the Shelly Sharp Memorial at Vista del Camino Park in Scottsdale, AZ this weekend against four advanced women who all kicked butt. I actually played pretty decent and took second by one stroke to Trina Letting. That's fun and all, but what really stands out to me is I went with only two friends and came out with a handful of new ones and a great sense of community already (also a spot on a podcast for a local, more on that to come)!
Still, I've certainly been craving the companionship that my Portland disc golf family offered. It's tough being in a place with few connections and very few people that I can sit and talk about disc golf with for hours on end. I'm pretty sure if I ever had a personal ad it would read: "willing to discuss frisbees for 5+ hours (required)." It'll come along though. There's a few leagues throughout the week and I'm meeting people every day. Also, a huge a thank you to those of you sending your thoughts and wishes and "good lucks" you guys hold me together!!
-Meet more ladies in the area.
-Meet more of Tucson's golfers.
-Get the ladies fall in love with disc golf.
I have a lot of work to do here but I'm very optimistic about the impact we can have here and elsewhere for women. Let's grow this sport!
Photos from this weekend - Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson.
The next leg of my adventure has officially begun. I'm currently sitting at a Starbucks in Oro Valley, AZ, very close to Tucson, composing my first blog post since April.
I'm finally free from the full-time employment life I had lived for many years. I guess this means I did it! I'm actually here, with a mountain behind me, in a new state, sitting outside in a dress in October...working. This is what "working" looks like now. I'm basically retired! And I'm 27.
I suppose retired is a strong word in my current situation as I still essentially have 3 jobs. 3 jobs that I LOVE! I work on my own schedule, I disc golf all the time, I live in an RV in Arizona, it sure feels like retirement.
Now for the business. What am I doing here? What now?
Now, I set out to gather women of all types in the area and get them to fall in love with disc golf. I've had a strong love for this sport since August of 2011 and it continues to grow as I find myself more deeply involved every day. All I want is to share just a little of that with as many people as possible. I want the rest of the world to understand what amazing things disc golf can bring to their lives.
I have a handful of people I have the privilege of working with here as part of the Women's Disc Golf Outreach Charity, most importantly Bill Richardson, my colleague and friend. He had the gusto to drive a truck all the way from Tucson to Portland, and back again the next day with my RV- Elizabeth Trailer and my hedgehog Herbie of course. I can't say thank you enough for his help!
Here are some photos from the 3-day trek down to Arizona, and our FIRST Monday ladies league at a ball golf course (18 temp baskets). I can't wait to meet more disc golfers here and reach out to the unsuspecting future disc golf women in Tucson!
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