A Plastic Ocean Film

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

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

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 

The Theatrical Art of Boat Shows

For my BoatShowGirl readers, there’s one thing that you should know: my life is split into two–the marine industry and all of the arts. Tonight I helped out at the front desk with auditions for our next upcoming play, and upon leaving those auditions, something donned on me. Boat Shows are purely an art form set up in theatre mode. It’s not that I didn’t already know, but I just didn’t know how to put it into words until tonight. Then, it all made sense.

I mean seriously though, think about it.

What do you need in a play?
{writing} Time. Location. Character Description. Plot.
{acting} Talent. Practice. Stage design. Props.
{performances} Audience.

The time and location is when the boat show event is going on.

The web presence online or in paper form explains your character description prior to the boat show.

The plot is selling boats or our merchandise, making new connections, and having new experiences.

We–the industry employees–are the talent.

Doing your job every day at your normal job site is the practice you need to prepare for the show.

The stage design is how you set up your booth visually.

The props are what you’d bring to sell (boats/merch), marketing material and freebies.

And, your customers are what would be the audience.

When a customer walks into your booth they are instantly reading your story. When you interact with that customer you will learn their story. It is pure dialogue–an exchange of words–and the entire experience can be written into an art form of some sorts. And, when it’s all over, there’s the last celebratory dinner before going home (the cast party) not to mention to mentally prepare for the next boat show (when you go to auditions once again)

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

Two Year Anniversary

Today is the actual date of my two year anniversary at Thunder Marine. Yay! What a crazy and fun ride it’s been so far. Like I’ve told everyone, every day is like The Office, and I am more than blessed to be there. I’ve accomplished so much since having started working there, and I’m looking forward to many more years. Cheers!

We celebrated Friday with blackened shrimp tacos – super duper delicious.

shrimp tacos

&& Late Friday night I went to the mall and bought 2 Betsey Johnson jewelry pieces in celebration. Queen Pirate earrings and skull necklace. Both beautiful and perfect for me.

betseyj

I also talked about Thunder on World of Boating podcast. 14:30ish is where my segment starts.

If you’ve come here for new blog entries and there’s nothing new, I apologize. I’ve been wrapped up in the season of the boating world, and some new projects in my life that will keep me busy the rest of the summer. I’ve still been appearing on at least every other World of Boating podcast episode, so you can hear from me now. I’ll get back to writing here as soon as I can.