A Plastic Ocean Film

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A few days ago, I went to Gulfport’s library for a viewing of A Plastic Ocean. While I know pollution is growing since there are far more people on this planet, I had no idea it was this bad.

In the movie –

A whale died because it had swallowed such a large piece of plastic.

They opened up several small dead animals and what was inside their stomachs? Piece after piece after piece of plastic. The mother birds who feed their babies were trying to do what nature tells them, but yet, they fed them their fate.

Also, if you eat seafood, guess what? You’re eating what they eat too.

Guys, this is a serious issue, and it should be top priority especially for those who live by any body of water. Even if there’s trash near the coastline (on land by lakes, or beaches) if something catastrophic happened all of that trash will end up in those bodies of water, then it will end up in our sea animals and they will die. I don’t want to see sea critters to be on an endangered species list, especially if it is something like fish that people need to eat and it’s a sustainable business for a whole lot of people around the world.

The only good thing coming out of this being a topic is what some of the countries are now beginning to do with recycled plastics (and other things that can be recycled or trash being dealt with).

If you’ve watched any of the news by some of the eco people—straws, plastic bags and bottles seem to be the biggest problem. My town of Gulfport (FL) is testing out the ‘no plastic straws’ policy. They have paper straws (the other alternative) and of course now there’s metal or alum straws that you can purchase elsewhere. If you’re like me, and want to use a straw (because, ew, drinking straight from the cup while out), we’re going to have to go to the alternative because it’s kinder for the environment.

For someone who is a lover of animals, the ocean, an employee in this industry and a mom to a crab, I feel it is definitely in my duty (now that this movie has woken me up) to do everything I personally can to less contribute to the problem.

As BoatShowGirl—I pledge from here on out that I will become more eco friendly. I will recycle what I can, I will attend as many ‘pick up trash on the beaches’ as possible, and I will become an advocate to save our water…because without water, there is no life, and life must go on.

I truly believe that A Plastic Ocean should be watched by anyone in the marine industry, live by any large bodies of water (or if you vacation there), as well as shown in middle/high school science classes. It is something that needs to be taught to younger people as they will be the ones that’ll suffer from the past generations mistakes.

To find out more about the movie, find out here: A PLASTIC OCEAN

Some of the major advocates for the water: SAILORS FOR THE SEA

If you’re reading this and have any questions or if you’re a part of the advocacy and want to share your product or company you may comment below. I am looking to connect with those in my area of Florida (Tampa Bay). 

– Karen Maeby | BoatShowGirl

Boat Show Girl is making a comeback!! 

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Aloha Everyone!

I’m back! I’m back! (Sort of – but mostly – I’m back!) 

Everything has changed since my last post. I am so pleased to say—after about 2 months from middle of April to the middle of June—I am back in the industry working with a different company. It’s a smaller company, I get to do a variety of things, and they love boat shows. So I’m ecstatic about that last part. I’m only part time there, which allows me to do a plethora of different things. I’m way less stressed and a lot more happy than I’ve been in a while.

I have also decided that it is going to be a permanent part of my BoatShowGirl schedule to take a break around April/May to July/August. There might be a few times where I’ll give updates, but that’s about it, especially since all the main shows are in the spring and fall.

The reason for my break is that the other half of my life belongs to my love of performing arts (writing, theatre, music, art) and I am heavily into theatre right now. We just finished our summer show that happens every year and it took 99% of my free time, but it’s the funnest and it’s my favorite. Plus, it’s the only show out of our full season of plays that I get to work with at least 40 different people.

There’s also a positive spin in all of this. I have a business partner from another job I’m doing, and he loves the water as well, so I sort of have a boat show partner (finally). I think it’s his plan to keep me walking the straight line where I can hit my true potential with this brand.

The guys at World of Boating really wants me to do something with a uniform, and I do plan on doing that…finally….this year.

I’ve been catching up with Trade Only Today and Boating Industry after taking this break, and wow, the news I have been reading!!!

Yamaha buys Bennett Marine

Volvo buys Seven Marine

Malibu buys Cobalt

I mean. I really don’t know what to say. In one point, it’s worrying me that these buys are happening, and in another it’s like are they in trouble and these companies with more money are rescuing them? Essentially, we just lost 3 individual companies in this industry because each one is merging with another.

How’s this going to effect the market now? How will the brand be able to continue being the brand? Will everything be restructured? Will these brands that’s being acquired just disappear?

There’s so many questions! What do you guys think about this news?

Say goodbye to Boat Show Girl until the end of summer.

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Hi everyone,

I woke up with a pang in my side only for me to turn over and pull that thorn out. I realized what I have to do in order to become more successful in life, and that’s hitting pause on some dreams, so that I can make way to finish up what needs to be done in order to come back to it and make it something spectacular. When you are like me–have one million dreams and goals already with 150,000 things going on–and you’re the ONLY one that’s taking care of everything including all the financial responsibilities for every day life+fun+future (since Sir Eisenhower still isn’t making money yet like Mr Crabs!), it just gets difficult with not having all the TIME in the world to do everything that needs/wants to be done. Add in exhaustion of doing this for two years plus a massive sneak of depression that has certainly landed me short of the looney bin…..

I hate hate hate doing this, and–to be quite honest–a comment that someone dear to me once told me almost a year ago reminded me that it is much better to do something the right way the first time and not half assed. Sadly, my efforts into BSG have become a habit of the latter. None of that is intentional of course, it just happens when you have so much going on that all one is doing could be under the face of “too busy” or “trying to catch up” and then it doesn’t become fun anymore… like chores…. I woke up this morning with that on my mind and it was one of those things I just don’t like like dealing with… I don’t want to be seen in the marine industry as a failure, because I want to be a part of the success that turns the industry around for the millennials and its future.

So, with having said that, this decision comes as an extremely tough one. Last year, I went to the Suncoast Boat Show and divvied up the Bradenton show in June as my last show for the summer. This year, unfortunately, I’m starting early and will not be attending one of my most favorite shows, Suncoast.

The guys at World of Boating have been so patient with me and giving me career advice out the wazoo. Last weekend it was presented that “now is the time to go traveling” — it is, but it isn’t, but it is what I want to do. In order to make BSG a success, I am going to have to travel, which means I need to get all of my ducks in a row on figuring out my process. I can’t be all up in the air with unfinished business as I do right now. I have to have a multitude of will-be-successes behind me before I go out, travel and preach BSG. I need more than one purpose to go places and I need to share those experiences, but what? That’s what I  need to figure out.

Right now, I’ve been doing a whole lot of reading and writing and most of it has to do with my poetry stuff especially since it’s poetry month. While I have some of that time and the creative motives to do writing, I need to continue that until that ball also drops. I am–after all–mostly a writer and if I don’t write and experience to write, what’s the point of my main focus in life?

This summer (besides making it to one year of helping out at the theatre for the summer one acts), I will be secretly working on stuff for BSG, still participating in the World of Boating show, and my process of visiting boat shows this upcoming fall starting with either IBEX or Tampa…whichever comes first. Which means, yeah, you probably won’t see me on social media as BSG during the summer. There’s a book that I will be working on called Who Is Boat Show Girl? and I’m not sure when I’ll be publishing it, but it’s certainly one of those things that’s been on my to-do list for so long. I think this is a good time to introduce the world to BSG and make the future all about becoming something.

I want to come back with a lot of my other projects finished and caught up in certain aspects of my life so that I can solely focus on BSG and everything that I can make it.

It was also said by one of the WoB guys that boat shows isn’t where I need to be. More likely it is because it’s the one thing that has shown constant happiness for me, but it hasn’t been lately since I’ve lost a little bit of passion through being so overwhelmed with everything else. Like I said, I’m hitting pause on something so important to me, but it is an evil necessary to become successful and that is something I want to be.

I can’t seem to find the picture(s) right now, but a few years ago I took some where I was straight looking out above the helm of a rather large boat. It showed everything. It was magical and I could see my future. But now, I can’t see the future anymore, the glass has become a serious shade of hazy and I think that’s a good time to stop and regroup before I ruin something really great. What do you think?

As the Silicon Valley folks say, it’s time to pivot. And pivot I will do.

Thank you so much for following me along the way and I hope that you will continue to follow my path as BSG after I come back from my rather large “out of the blue” hiatus. If you ever have any suggestions on how to make my dreams come true sooner or if you want to offer me something when I come back from hiatus, please let me know. 

-Karen Maeby the Boat Show Girl 

Seatrial poem by Karen Maeby

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Hi Everyone! So since it’s poetry month, I wanted to share a poem that I wrote about going out on my first seatrial with the guys at work on 4/4/17. This is only the rough draft….

 

SEATRIAL 4.4.17 by Karen Maeby

PREFACE

I stepped onto the rocking dock
caused by wind gusts. I carefully watched
as they backed the boat into the water.

I’m on board now–it’s time to go.

I

Riding against the wind
with my eyes closed.
Going so fast that I cannot see
where we’re going, where I’m going.
A rush–fear enters–but exits within
As the wind blew my hair,
And I took in what I was supposed to.
Fear suppressed, bravery fed me as I hold on.
This is what my life will become
The day after tomorrow.

II

The smell of fish overbearing in my nostrils–
I am happy to have smelt it,
It’s been too long.

We’re close to my favorite place,
and in the middle of nowhere
where thoughts purely just do not exist.

Nothing but poetry remains
in my soul, there are words…and so many..
It felt like a cleansing that needed to happen.

III

Before the solitude existed any longer,
we turned around to go back to life.
And in the instant, we fired up the engine,
Getting high on plane–40,000RPM–
The wind was on our side and we were gliding.

A thought entered my mind:
How does having the wind on your side
Make you a great Captain?
Don’t you need to have all kinds of challenges
To make you the experienced one
To be able to tough it out, fight,
And come out better in the end?

CONCLUSION

Life is where the compass takes you.
Spin the ole schoolhouse globe, point,
and head there. See what happens.

Education by experience is well worth it.  

 

 

NOTE: If you are interested in reading more of my poetry, I have just recently put together a poetry collection of 200+ poems from two of my earlier books that I published a while ago. CLICK HERE to go to Amazon to purchase! It’s an eBook right now but will eventually be a paperback once I figure out how to do that… another day… Thank you! 

What is Boat Show Girl’s future?

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I’m at a serious crossroads with life, with Boat Show Girl, with my many many interests, my love for this industry, my desire to help this industry become successful and an inch away from some serious burn out.

In another month or two, depending on what happens, I will be leaving my job in this industry. The initial plan is to really bring Boat Show Girl to fruition, but I am at a loss of what to do as far as that goes. Do I fear that I won’t succeed in this, because I am doing this without a back up plan — or do I stick it out? Or, do I back away and just get another job while I try to muddle through making something of myself while working for others… once again.

First and foremost, I want to be a writer of every kind. I want to make money at it. 

Secondly, if I’m going to be in the marine industry, BOAT SHOW GIRL really wants to help push the education part and getting future employees in the door. The THIRD thing that Boat Show Girl wants to do is help DIVERSITY bring everything together for more sales as it should be… and helping make everything come full circle when the times are changing.

FOURTH: I have such a DIVERSE resume. I have been management, worked in retail, do visual merchandising, do computer work, admin assistant, marketing/design, writing, eBay sales, worked with parts and service, and have various other skills. I have helped businesses by contract work, I’ve also helped set up a business.

FIFTH: I have a desire to do so many different things. There are things on my dreams list such as getting more technical where I can talk about it at shows, being out on the water, eventually get my captain’s license, maybe teach some classes, have my own booth, help at boat shows or local events as BSG, talk to companies and be something for them, and so on. But I also have dreams I haven’t even thought about yet. I want to do a lot. I want to experience as much as I can. And ultimately, have a sincere purpose for BSG at the boat shows.

SIXTH: In my spare time, the other half of my heart belongs to the ARTS. I do theatre work, part of the film society, and I write all kinds of things. I also do photography, sketching/painting, arts and crafts. I love reading, history, animals, traveling and so much more.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN. 

Boat Show Girl is looking for CONTRACT work that fits mostly in the marine industry but if you have anything else for me, please let me know. Just pass it around. I am in Gulfport FL – but will travel around Tampa Bay and would love to telecommunicate as far south Florida as possible. I’m not opposed to dreaming it up in Key West, either.

All I want is enough work to keep me busy and money coming in. I would love any opportunity and I appreciate anything or any advice you can give me.

Thank you,

Karen Maeby the Boat Show Girl