A welcoming back sort of entry & my first marine industry association meeting.

Oh. My. Goodness. Hi Everyone! I’ve missed all of you while I’ve been away. So what’s up with me? Well, the reason I’ve been MIA is because in my personal life I have the theatre world and I have been insanely busy with that. In February, I was stage managing four different productions at one time while working full time, as well as creating this fabulous new writer’s group for my local theatre, and running a couple of other projects as well. My writer’s group performance is coming up Friday April 13th, and I am super excited to share with the public what talent we have. All 4 of the plays that I was stage managing are now over, and I am just focused on my writer’s group for a while, until the Summer One Acts start up in the middle of summer.

Because I have so much passion for this industry and the theatre, I am still fighting with how I’m going to manage both of them considering both take so much time, energy, dedication… and worst of all, most all of the dates coincide with one another usually during the international shows. I have not been able to travel for a while, and I really miss that. However, things are kind of falling into place…. so I guess what I really needed was to just let go and give it time and patience and… well… now it’s happening. So, we’ll see.

The last real boat show I attended was the St Pete Show back in December with the guys I work with (that was also my last entry on here), and then I just went for an hour or so to the Tampa Fairgrounds show back in March of this year. Not much to report there.

Also, this week, it has been exactly one year since I left Thunder. I can’t believe it. I miss my family like crazy but I’m in a completely different place now in life and work itself. I remember discussing my needs and wants with them as we said goodbye… and one year later, the universe has literally aligned to give me what I truly needed, which is what I have right now and moving forward. I’m crazy blessed and happy.

SO TODAY….. Marked a brand new milestone. I attended my first ever marine industry association. 

Before I go on, let me fill you in… a while back towards the end of last year, my guys at work and I were looking for an association for the Tampa Bay area by my own request. I couldn’t find anything, and it wasn’t until recently I was talking to Mike from The Mariner that I found out WE DO have an association for the area!!! OH MY. So I looked into it…. and found out that it’s hosted by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association.

My first marine industry association experience: it was surreal. 

Last year or the year before, I was only dreaming of joining… and now… I have, and it was really real… that I was sitting in a room full of industry professionals. Also, crazy, and amazing. Amazingly crazy.

They had a list of topics they were discussing and nearly every. single. one. of. them. were topics of things I wanted to help the industry become better at or fix!!!! I was like, ‘whoa… is this really happening?’ Yep. Totally meant for me to be there today, because IT WAS LITERALLY LIKE READING FROM MY VERY OWN LIST THAT I CREATED A YEAR AGO that I just kind of gave up in my old life, as things started changing for me. You know what they say… that butterfly theory – if you let it go and it comes back to you – it was meant to be yours after all. And so. We start there.

I signed my company up for a membership, and I am planning on getting involved in whatever realms I can for the time being. I have a lot of ideas on how I know can help (or want to help) and hopefully fill in some of their empty spots of needing someone to do that. Being there today completely meant everything to me because it has turned my world around… and I have felt more BSG than I have in a long time.

This is a new chapter for BSG, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Love you guys!
Until next time, Karen Maeby the Boat Show Girl

St Pete Boat Show 2017

Howdy everyone!

If there’s anything that I know, I know for a fact I am so glad that I waited for my first boat show set up to be with my TBYM guys. Yes, you read right. After all the boat shows I’ve gone to and the years I’ve been in this industry, I have never ever set up nor helped with tear down (which I’ll get to experience that part on Sunday).

Wednesday after our normal work day, we went over and started setting up. Tables, chairs, brochures, biz cards, cooler full of drinks, our credidentials, etc. Since we had two locations (outside&inside), we’d go back and fourth. This is our GMS boat where we demo the Seakeeper product.

Set up is literally just like when in my theatre world  we have to tear down the set at our rehearsal spot and put it back up at our normal theatre space. It’s exactly that. So, of course, I enjoy that enough that I’m ready for more!

THURSDAY–which is normally burrito day at Tijuana Flats (haha)–was the first day at the show. I was so happy (and still that way, although a little more tired).

I walked around so many times trying to get leads for them, photos spread among 3 sources, and anything that’d spark my interest for BSG.

We are giving away a Yeti cooler and so is our neighboring booth and a few others. I should do some sort of article on popular items to give away. The only one will be a cooler… that’s how… COOL it is. Yeah.

Thursday was an interesting day. Friday just sparked the flame. I’ve officially talked to more people than I’ve ever talked to (well, actually, that’s kinda a lie) but I feel so… established and purposeful the last two days. So thank you my guys at TBYM for helping me gain traction once again, and for putting me back on the path of passion for this industry and boat shows. (Thank goodness I am working with a group of guys who enjoy the shows! It helps.)

I was so happy to see older family – IMG – who are the dealers for this beautiful Formula boat that you see there.

For a while I lost my touch (and passion) but I’ve got it back. Guess how? Because I start taking pictures of the names of the boat. If you’re going to be a hobo, just be the best kind. A salty one.

I found Jimmy Buffett. There isn’t anything better than finding Jimmy at a boat show. Ahhh. I just love that man and his lyrics. (Have any of you bought his latest cd?)

I found this gem. A crab tattoo. Amazing. Yeah, I’m pretty much 5 but I don’t really care what you say about me. This (and looking at crab jewelry) only made me miss Eisenhower so very much, so here’s his photo when he saw I was home for more than five seconds yesterday.

I’m really in love with that boat mostly because of its colors…and how royal purple it is. But seriously, I want to learn all about this boat on Sunday.

I have to mention – please go friend my friends at Great Lakes Boating Mag (especially their Instagram) because they are featuring my photos and probably some video come Sunday. I’m super excited to be working with them as their source from my land to theirs.

It’s been a long, weird and what I call a successful day… I must post this before I crash (I’m already there, I hope this blog entry makes sense) and have to wake up super early for theatre duties. I will have the rest of the boat show dirt on Sunday or Monday.

See some of my goods?!

That’s it for now! – KM the BSG

Boat Literature (poetry) and a speech about passion.

Boat Literature 
© 2013 Karen Maeby

Summer after summer,
I always anticipate this weekend class!
I have my pen and paper ready
for four full days of training for the marine life.

Boating, fishing, safety: all kinds of training and
endless chats about motors and the specs on boats.
Hours and hours of learning –
I wouldn’t have it any other way, though.

Any day of every day is a good day
for reading and acknowledging literature
that ties little philosophical signs
to life stories of old and new.

BOAT LITERATURE
it’s what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner
for an entire weekend of happiness
for this soul who loves the deep blue sea.

This is the poem that I wrote shortly after attending my first few boat shows. I was new to the game of going and so eager to learn about this new passion of mine. Four years later, as I find myself slipping away from this feeling, I’ve realized what I’ve lacked the last few ones. It’s passion. Where do I find it again? I need to dig deep into my soul and ignite that feeling once again.

I’ve become so caught up in the groove of life–work, the things I need to do to get by, starting new businesses in my spare time, reoccurring depression, living/having a personal life, getting involved in so many new activities, and the like–that my brain has not mentally rested or been revived the last couple of shows. It’s super disappointing for me, because this is my escape–I go in totally overwhelmed and feeling as if I’ve lost a battle, and come home feeling refreshed and ready to go.

But–not lately.

I keep forgetting to breathe. I keep forgetting that I’m not doing this just to be doing this. I’m doing it because I have a passion and a goal that I’m trying to work towards. I may not be at that goal–or not for a while–but I’m on the road. I have been given some really good opportunities because of my hard work and it is up to me to continue, not give up, and not screw this up for myself. I can’t let go of that fire that once held me.

I need to be an example for those younger than me. I need to share with them the joy of working hard and towards a goal (or otherwise, making their dream a huge success), having fun and making a difference in the meantime. I personally and professionally need to make a difference in this industry. I have a lot of ideas but nothing happens without action, and every single day, I am working on that. I want to get my hands dirty, solve problems, and help out. I want to carve paths for those younger than me. I want them to have a similar passion.

I want them to eventually have a story to share just like I do. 

-Karen Maeby the Boat Show Girl <3