Smile Because it Happened- Last Day of A Chapter

Today, my post is not fitness related. It’s about the previous chapter in life which is closing today. I hope you don’t mind. I figure it’s Chocolate Covered Crunches, there’s some stuff in between right?

I feel it important to post today about my last day at Stoneacre because of what is has done for me as a person.

Stoneacre has been a blessing. It all started when I was 18 years old. Yep…18. I was determined to spend the summer in Charlotte and was looking for an internship. I found the ONMC, thought I had lost the job because I didn’t know any of the NASCAR Drivers and yet they still called me and said I got the internship.

Well..the internship turned into my infamous move..where I kind of take over 🙂 and I helped run the National Convention and have been for the past 6 years. I’ll never forget my first one and this beauty I created at the Convention Center.

I was involved in almost everything at Stoneacre from Event Planning, Logistics, Campaign Management, Member Services, Sales, Agency, Account Management, reporting, billing, operations…you name it. And I wouldn’t take it any other way.

There are a few things that I just can’t get out of my head today-

The Crazy Lessons and Stories- We were out celebrating at a going away party for me and there was a few of us left. It was definitely a wonderful reflection on what Stoneacre meant to me. I loved every minute (even the tears and the frustration) of this company and the projects I was assigned. From setting off the alarm to the office at 4AM and having our office manager come save me to getting lost in Las Vegas where members were waiting for us, to the countless Members who called and left voicemails at my desk (some even sang to me)….every moment was a lesson learned, a laugh made or a time tried- all worth it.

The Members (our Customers)- I learned that everyone is special and unique and amazing. I’ve had my fair share of members that I have met and each have been amazing people with a story. I will never forget these members.

The team and leadership- Furthermore, it was the leadership and the teamwork that made me who I am today. They have taught me so much (junior and senior) through sarcasm or learning experiences. This team atmosphere created a second family for me here in Charlotte. They were what kept me coming in. Who didn’t want to work for one of the most supportive groups around? This company truly understood and were compassionate which made it extremely successful. I was even able to take a month off to go study in Costa Rica because they knew it would be an experience of a lifetime!

Today is a good day because it is a day of reflection but also a good perspective on how hard work pays off.

To all those affiliated with Stoneacre, work with Stoneacre, know Stoneacre…I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It has been an amazing journey and I can’t wait to see what’s to come for you all!

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Safe travels to everyone who is traveling today. Be well.


2 thoughts on “Smile Because it Happened- Last Day of A Chapter

  1. Congratulations (again) on the risk, the move, the chance. You are an amazing young lady, and one I am very proud to have known and worked with. That first National Convention was .. unbelievable!

    I read your post this morning and got a little teary eyed. I agree 100% with the statements about lessons learned from junior and senior management there. I learned a lot at Stoneacre … and most of what I learned I didn’t realize until I left. You will look back and say, “Dave was an amazing motivator and leader.” “I’m glad Pat spoke about spirals and movements.” And to all in between.

    Congratulations — and go win that Turkey Cornhole Tournament! 😉

    PS — thanks for including some pics from the Convention and ONMC … took a trip down memory lane! 😉


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