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First Place! #yourbestday

Raina

 

Calendars.com Team Member Raina tells the story of her best day. Sounds like someone was on her way to stardom!

“When I was 12, my life revolved around music. It still does to some extent, but at 12 years old, I had my sights set on singing and playing piano every spare moment I had. My music teacher at that time encouraged me to enter my first ever public talent show. This was not just a school performance or recital; this was singing for people who would be watching of their own free will! The idea alone was both thrilling and terrifying.

My mom took me on a school night to perform at the Montgomery County Fair Talent Show. Disney’s The Little Mermaid had come out the year before, and the song “Part of your World” was one of my favorites. That was my pick, and even though I knew the song backwards and forwards, I was incredibly nervous.

I can’t even remember what number I was in the list of 20+ performers, but I remember it was kind of early in the show. My name was called; I walked up to the stage. My teacher was there to play the piano for my song, which was comforting. I honestly don’t even remember my performance, just that I was happy with it. I do remember looking into the audience at all the people. I finished, they clapped, and I rejoined my mom in the audience. She told me I was fantastic, and she was beaming!

We sat in the audience and watched as, one by one, performers came and went. I was completely surprised how many people were competing and by the variety and skill of the talents I saw. Of course there were other singers, but there was also a fiddle player, clog dancers, comedians, jugglers, guitarists, and other talents I’m sure I’ve forgotten. Most of the performers were adults who I thought were far more talented than me. I was ok with that, though. I didn’t really sign up for the competition; I signed up for the experience.

There are a lot of details I forget about that night, but I do remember that I was hungry. It was nearing 9 o’clock at night, and I had not had dinner. My mom gave me money to go grab a hot dog at a stand nearby. She ushered me to hurry up, as it seemed the show was drawing to a close. It was almost like she jinxed me, because I was still buying my hot dog when they began to announce 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place.

I could see the stage. My heart started pounding. I guess hunger outweighs patience when you’re 12, because I remember not stopping with my order despite my attention being fixed on the stage. Third place was announced as I was putting the ketchup on my hotdog. It wasn’t me. I was disappointed because I thought third place would be my best chance at a trophy, but a tiny part of me thought I might still have a chance at second place. I actually waited to take a bite of that hot dog despite the smell being right under my nose and my stomach growling. I was just hoping, waiting with anticipation, frozen in place at the back of the audience for the second place announcement, dinner in hand.

Someone else’s name was called. My heart sank. With my frozen state of anticipation broken, I rushed though the audience to rejoin my mom, and you’d better believe I shoved a good part of that hot dog in my mouth when I sat down. I might as well eat; first place was just not going to happen.

First place. I was barely paying attention and not even looking at the stage when they called my name. I was stunned, frozen in place again, and my mouth was full! I think my mom actually had to tell me to go up to the stage. I was still dazed as I gulped down the food in my mouth and took my place on the stage and received my trophy. First Place. I won first place!

I think the smile stuck on my face for weeks; I’m even smiling now thinking about it! It was truly one of my very best days.”

-Raina, Calendars.com, 2 years

 

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Make it count! #yourbestday

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“My best day was one I don’t even remember. It was March 10, 1972. I was a little early, but then again, I’m always early. On this particular day I was 11 weeks early.

I was a mere 2.5 pounds in a time when survival was slim to none. I was rushed from Conroe, TX to the children’s hospital in Houston. When my father saw me for the first time I was screaming at the top of my little lungs. He said to the nurse “She’s going to be just fine.” As it turns out, he was right.

I never take anyone or anything for granted. I work hard, play hard, love deeply and enjoy life. I intend to make it count!”

-Jessica M, Calendars.com, 16 years

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Finding #yourbestday, every day.

This month at Calendars.com we’ve committed to find inspiration every day. How do you find inspiration in your daily life? Calendars.com Team Member, Sarah, shares a story about her best day below.

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“If I gave the obvious answer I’d say January 25, 2000 and September 8, 2002. Those are the birthdays of my two sons. But, I like to be different so I’ll tell you about my most meaningful day.

The night before this I had received news that a very dear friend of mine had passed away. I was devastated and chose to spend the next day with my grief. As I sat on my back porch in solitude I watched nature go by. I was overwhelmed with sadness over the loss of my friend and unable to contemplate a world in which he didn’t exist. Nothing in life ever fully prepares you to deal with grief and there is nothing you can do but let it happen.

I sat there alone with my grief and so very, very sad. As I wept into my hands I was sure that nothing would ever make this better. Surely nothing could eclipse this awful sadness. Then, I looked up and resting on the railing of my porch were two perfect, blue, dragonflies. I kept perfectly still and watched them for a minute. They were spectacular. They had the most breathtakingly beautiful, perfect, wings. Not a flaw that I could find. Their wings rose and fell with the breeze and it seemed like this moment was made for them.

Suddenly they rose to fly away and I had the opportunity to look around. Everything, as far as I could see, was filled with dragonflies. Hundreds, if not thousands, of dragonflies were flying around my yard, through the creek behind my home, and all around the porch where I was sitting. I was in awe.

Surrounded by my grief one minute and then by breathtaking beauty the next. The dragonfly has always been my thing, it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. So, I sat there on my back porch that day and smiled and then laughed. I stood up and spread my arms and felt them all around me and laughed some more. I thought of my friend, and our friendship, and laughed again.

They eventually left. My grief was still there but it felt a tad more manageable. I had found a bit of joy and in that I realized what would eclipse the sadness. There were many many times over the next few weeks and months that I thought of my friend and would lose my breath because I missed him so much. When I think of him now I still feel sad. I miss him all the time, that never goes away.

But, the beauty that was shown to me that day has always managed to shine through. I will never forget the joy I felt surrounded by those dragonflies. Even today as I type this and miss my friend so much – I still smile and feel the whisper of the dragonfly wings on my cheeks.”

-Sarah F, Calendars.com, 8 years

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Sarah’s Birthday

sarahHappy birthday to one of our amazing Calendars.com team members, Sarah!

Sarah has been a member of the Calendars.com team for 7 years. She is our Online Marketing Manager and Campaign Coordinator, so anytime you hear news about special discounts or contests we have, that is all Sarah’s doing! She also keeps us on schedule for all campaigns we run such as Halloween and Black Friday. In addition to that, she also builds and tests all of our social media apps. We would be lost without her!

Sarah has two very active boys and spends most of her free time taking them to their many extracurricular activities. She loves musical theater, movies, reading, baseball (Go Astros!), and has a special place in her heart for anything robot or fairy related!

Here are some of Sarah’s favorite things on Calendars.com. To see the rest of her staff picks, go here!

Pink Floyd Album Art 1000 Piece Puzzle

Pink Floyd Album Art 1000 Piece Puzzle

 

Dr. Who Special Edition 2014 Wall Calendar

Dr. Who Special Edition 2014 Wall Calendar

 

Robots 2014 Wall Calendar

Robots 2014 Wall Calendar

 

I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats

I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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Neil’s Staff Picks

Happy Father’s Day to a new dad on our team, Neil!

Neil is one o four Customer Service Representatives and helps out our customers on the phone and through email.
He loves watching movies, and maintains a movie blog. Neil also dabbles in movie-making and hopes to find the time to go back to writing. That may be difficult though since he is now a father to an adorable little boy!

Here are a few of his favorite products, but see Neil’s full selection on our Staff Picks Page!

Game of Thrones 2014 Wall Calendar

Vintage Classics Movie Posters 2014 Wall Calendar

Go Oriental Strategy Game

Sugar Skulls 2014 Wall Calendar

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Elizabeth’s Birthday

Happy birthday to an important member of the Calendars.com team, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth has been with Calendars.com for nearly six years and runs the Facebook page and blog for DogBreedStore.com, our sister site. She also manages the Calendars Ebay store and comparison shopping engines.

I love Calendars, canines, caffeine and my Mac – not necessarily in that order.  I balance work with volunteering, training dogs, gardening and cooking. My favorite travel destination is home, where I am surrounded by ten beautiful acres of wildflowers and two adorable and adoring (mainly at dinner time) Bulldogs who think I am an absurdly good cook.

Here are a few of her staff picks, but see Elizabeth’s complete selection on our Staff Picks Page!

Someecards 2014 Desk Calendar

Extraordinary Chickens 2014 Wall Calendar

Yoga Dogs 2014 Wall Calendar

Cowboy Boots 2014 Wall Calendar

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Ashton’s Birthday

Happy birthday to an awesome employee here at Calendars.com, Ashton!

Ashton manages the Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as The Daily Grid. She also does a little graphic design work and moderates the customer reviews.

Ashton loves to be outside hiking, camping, rock climbing, or walking her three rescued pitbulls. Is she has to be stuck inside, Ashton prefers to be watching sports. She loves the Houston Astros and the Dallas Cowboys, and enjoys cooking and bowling. Ashton also just recently got married!

Here are a few of her staff picks, but see Ashton’s complete selection on our Staff Picks Page!

Goats in Trees 2013 Wall Calendar

Magic Places 2013 Wall Calendar

Crossing Bridges 2013 Wall Calendar

Sea Turtles 2013 Deluxe Wall Calendar































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Jessica’s Birthday

Happy birthday to an amazing member of the Calendars.com team, Jessica M.!

Jessica makes sure that all of our products show up where they make sense on the site, and decides what is featured in each email we send.
She loves to read, watch suspenseful thrillers, go camping, or hang out at the beach. Jessica has two bulldogs and adores muscle cars and motorcycles. In case you weren’t jealous already, she is also the proud owner of a beautiful 2013 Mustang GT.

Here are a few of her staff picks, but see Jessica’s full selection on our Staff Picks Page!

Mustang 2013 Desk Calendar

Movie Posters 2013 Wall Calendar

Painted Hands 2013 Wall Calendar

Where Love Grows 2013 Mini Wall Calendar

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Raul’s Birthday

 

October 10 is Raul’s Birthday!

Raul is one of our very own here in the office, and to celebrate his birthday he wanted to share his top 5 products with you!

 

Monster Bucks 2013 Wall Calendar

 

 

This calendar is full of giant bucks with unbelievable racks. It may not always be deer season, but you can appreciate these Monster Bucks all year long.

 

 

 

Dave Ramsey 2013 Desk Calendar

 

 

Dave Ramsey injects encouragement, insight, and common sense into every day of 2013 in this desk calendar. Tear off a page each day with advice on how to find financial peace.

 

 

 

Soar to Success 2013 Mini Wall Calendar

 

 

These stunning photographs and inspirational quotes will help you keep a positive attitude through all of 2013. Enjoy these simple reminders that will create extraordinary results.

 

 

 

LCR Dice Game

 

 

 

Enjoy this simple to play fast-paced game that is easy to learn and impossible to put down!

 

 

 

Monster Bucks 2013 Wall Calendar

 

 

Every man needs to have certain skills. This book shows you all the skills you may not have picked up along the way and helps you never have to ask for help (since we know you hate that)! Simple illustrations and advice will help you Man Up!

 

 

 

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Team Spotlight: Kevin Clark

What do you do at Calendars.com? DSC_0079
As the Manager of Contact Center Operations, I am responsible for Daily Reports, Backend Processing, Troubleshooting Computer Issues and Training.

What got you to this position?
I’ve had a variety of Training jobs in a variety of industries: Travel Agency, Semi-Conductor Test Equipment, and Hardware Store Computer Systems.

What are some important things you will be training the seasonal employees this year?
That the “E” in Ecomm stands for: Excellence, Exceptions made here, and Wow that was Easy customer service.

What is the single most important thing you are improving in the company this year?
The Quality of Customer Service through training, feedback and encouragement.

What is your involvement with the Boy Scouts?
Currently I am Scoutmaster to Troop 185. For 14 years I’ve been working with young men ages 8-18 to become men of character.

What is the best thing you have done in the last 5 years?
Took my family on a cruise from Galveston to Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

How many calendars are hanging in your house?
6 – Cows Cows Cows x 2, Tropical Beaches, Mormon Muffins, Whitetail Deer and Inspirations

Your cubicle?
11 – Cats, Cows, Italy, Lighthouses, San Diego, Inspiration, Gourmet, Islands, Simpsons, Dilbert, and How to Cook

Favorite Calendar? Dilbert Desk Calendar

Biggest Pet Peeve? When one of the dogs marks the trash can in the kitchen.

Ninjas or Pirates? Pirates, no question about it.

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