On October 10th, I was feeling sorry for myself.
It was raining —again – a not uncommon experience in Colorado during the fall of 2013.
My husband was in Aspen partying with friends from college, many of them my friends too, but since it was a “guy thing,” I was at home.
My kids were in Moab, Utah with my parents waiting for the rain to break and the trails to dry so that they could have a fun weekend mountain biking.
I was mending a moth hole in a favorite cashmere sweater (really).
My phone rang.
I let it go to voicemail.
Then I listened.
Guess What? You Won!
It was Kim Kircher, an author, creator of an amazing adventure radio show and an online friend. She’s also the Vice President of Awards for NASJA, the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.
As I listened to her message, my ears started ringing. Bells were pealing in my brain and I couldn’t stop smiling.
I had won the Harold S. Hirsch Award for the Best Snowsports Blog of 2013 for my work here, at the Brave Ski Mom. (You can see a video prepared for the awards by clicking on this link.)
Toot! Toot! Here Goes My Horn!
For the past 3 ½ years, I’ve put a lot of work into my blog. It’s taken me places I would never have imagined (most recently Quebec and Vermont) and introduced me to people who have become dear friends.
It has opened doors within the ski industry that I didn’t even know existed and it gave this rather bored stay-at-home mom of teens an invaluable creative outlet.
And yet, many of friends didn’t get it. “Why do you do this?” they’d ask. “Do you make any money? Isn’t it a lot of work?”
The last question was easy to answer. Yes, it is a lot of work, but it’s fulfilling.
The middle question was also easy to answer. No, I make very little money, although the blog has opened doors to paying writing gigs.
But the first question, that’s the kicker.
Why Do I Do This?
And the answer is, because I love it. Even on days when I’m tired and blue, I love it. When there’s a hole in my favorite cashmere sweater and no one is signing up for a giveaway, I still love the process of writing.
I love it. It energizes me. And to be able to write about skiing, and parenting, and family is a double bonus.
The Brave Ski Mom blog combines all of my loves into one. I am truly blessed.
Plus, it feels super good to have my work recognized by my peers and experts from the field of journalism.
I wrote this post about one hour after finding out that I’d won the 2013 Harold Hirsch Best Blog Award from NASJA. Per NASJA tradition, we’re supposed to keep things quiet and not share the good news. With no family at home, I turned to typing and writing and smiling…and smiling…and smiling.
Thank you so much for reading and helping me to make this adventure what it is!
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