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

Miami International Boat Show 2017

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I pretty much lost Thursday as a day to be at the show, so I completely made up for it by having such a blast on Friday.

My friend, Graham, that owns a marine biz in Canada came and picked me up and we parked by Bayshore. I remembered that place from my very first boat show which was Miami five years ago. We stood in line for the water taxi to take us to the main place of action. THIS was our water taxi and the view. Un.Real. {Huge yacht}

  
  A very happy me!

I hit the accessories tent first to see one of the guys I work with. He was there with LiveWireTackle. They revealed their new product–lure corks.

Next I got to see my pal with OliverBoat. I had been talking to him for quite some time and finally met him. He is looking for dealers, so if you’re interested, contact him!

After quickly walking around and looking at what there was to see, I slowed down and took time to look. I have to explain that since all things creative such as: marketing, art, visual merchandising from my retail years, and literature are a big part of my life—looking at the creative stuff is something I’m always going to do. I looked at a lot of the company’s visual displays and here are a few of my favorites:

 SeaRay

 Striper

 GradyWhite

 Mercury w/ their new campaign ‘Go Boldly’

 Mako

 Kohler ‘Always present never noticed’ — that was just poetic.

But, I never noticed magic and love until I saw Seven Marine’s booth. They are my favorite by far.

There was a quote up on the screen that said, “The moment you want to slow down is the moment you want to accelerate.” Wow. I know they’re talking about engines and speed on a boat, but POETRY MOMENT with a lightbulb! It’s totally about LIFE too because… water IS life, and when you conclude that, the moment you want to give up…is the moment you should continue because you are that much closer to the dream.

Next: “If you can dream it, you can do it!” – quote as pictured.

I love Seven Marine simply for the poetic touch they add to their dreamy products.

Before I left work on Friday I came across ShipShapeTVs newest project and watched a few videos of it. I found the boat out front of the tents. It is called Fish Taco.

This is a pano shot of everything on the water:

I got to meet Rusty from World of Boating — finally — and we had a good chat! Then, as we headed back on a much smaller more intimate water taxi that night, it ended up Rusty was sitting right behind us so we got to chat more!

I saw our Monterey Rep and talked to him for a bit. I unfortunately didn’t get to see anyone else or go to the other site. I wish Thursday wasn’t such a bust. I really need more than just one day at this show. If I go next year–or prepare for Lauderdale–I’m going to have to do some things differently.

This is my write up so far. I’ve seen so much in the last few days that I wanted to at least recollect on what’s most important then go back and reflect on details, especially after I’ve looked through the boat lit that I brought back with me.

My experience this year was different than last year — best memory I’m taking home with me would be actually meeting several people at the show and then the water taxi ride. (Shameful–I haven’t been on a boat in ages and I work in the industry.) And this show is completely different than 5 years ago when I went to Miami for the first time. It’s unbelievable how much closer I am to getting BoatShowGirl really out there, and it all started with falling in love with boat shows. Who knew.

EDIT:

Oops. Forgot some important things. LOTS and LOTS of people were at the show. The line for busses and water taxis were NOT as bad as last year, so it seems they did improve that. Instead, all of the people were in line at the food stands and it took a while to get food. Bathrooms were not bad with lines–that seemed controlled. Overall, it seemed so much better organized than last year and truthfully I didn’t really have any complaints from last year.. even though I noticed a few things that could have been improved.

The Theatrical Art of Boat Shows

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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)