Well, here I am. Shop Kitty Productions is an actual, tangible, really real thing now. A friend of mine told me I needed to do this a few years ago, but I totally thought it was an unnecessary, ridiculous idea. Funny how a few years of failure, paired with an insatiable desire for personal growth, will move you to do things you once thought to be ridiculous. Shop Kitty forever, eh?
My stress level over the last couple weeks has been at a critical level. I was on top of the world after I returned from Boston in February, and I thought things had finally aligned for success, but that thought was quickly put to rest. Call it bad timing, if you will. Whatever it was, it spun me back into the dark mindset of “Am I ever going to succeed?” I rode my ass off in March, and built a solid base for summer racing. I “retired” from road racing. I crushed mountain bikes. I got another part-time job to supplement my lack of income, and put my resume to rest for a while. I made lemonade as best as I could.
Fast forward to the end of May- a burst of motivation from left field. The 2016 Cyclocross National Championships were a distant 7 months away when I decided to put all my energy into the Asheville Foam Party. I wake up and work on sponsorship proposals, answer emails, and design promotional materials, all before I go to ACTUAL work. I come home and do the same until bedtime. Work, work, ride, work. It’s a busy lifestyle, but it has brought me a lot of joy and excitement for the future of this little town, and the cyclocross community. My lemonade recipe is getting better.
When the party idea expanded, and people began to donate to the cause, I realized I had something big lurking behind me. I had a chance to make my nickname into something bigger than a Twitter handle. Shop Kitty Productions was born- an event and project management company specializing in organizational fundraising efforts. I added tequila to my lemonade recipe, and it’s only gonna get better. Time for a new order.
Fundraiser planning is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of hard work. I can’t imagine what it was like for the Louisville Foam Party guys. I think they had a couple weeks to organize on a last minute wing and a prayer?! I created a sponsorship deck, and I’m working on getting both local and national organizations on board. I booked a venue, and I’m SO excited for the cx nats crew to throw down at New Mountain AVL. I’m juggling the promo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as running the GoFundMe site. Luckily, I have rad friends, and the support of Asheville Cyclocross, the co-promoters of the event.
We’ll have a website dedicated to the party as well, www.ashevillefoamparty.com, currently under construction.
As for the bike racing, it’s been put on hold. Money is an evil thing, and I don’t have much of it to go around. This means I can totally focus my efforts on the 2015/2016 Cyclocross season. I like training, especially when there is a goal involved, and this is a good time to put my head down and work hard. Work, work, ride, work. It’s what I like to do.
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2016 Asheville Foam Party, or you simply want to know what we are all about, please visit:
Of course, all proceeds from this party will benefit Trips for Kids WNC
I’ll be setting up my lemonade stand soon. This is just a small taste of what I can do. Work, work, ride, work. I can’t be stopped!