Monthly Archives: November 2009

San Diego Beer Week Part II

It’s late and I should be sleeping!  I had a long day flying to Phoenix early this morning for a day of job networking at the GreenBuild 2009 convention.  So glad I went.  I made some great contacts with a few companies I am interested in working for AND I learned about 3 exciting industries (somewhat related to my career) where my management skills will transfer.  I flew home feeling great about my prospects and best of all none of them put me in a position where I have to compete with my former company…I still think they are the best product in their category.

My little sister, The Beer Wench(@TheBeerWench) arrives mid-day tomorrow — Damn I should have gone to sleep earlier to prepare — and I am thrilled!  PJ (@hookedonwinter) arrives from Denver around 8PM.  Plans are forming to visit SouthBay Liquor with @MartinEmde, TheKewe, @jordanrounds @reneerounds in the afternoon then The Green Flash Progressive Supper in North Park at 5PM.  We have plans to go to The Lost Abbey event at JSix around 7ish then up to Hamilton’s for the infamous Liar’s Club Redux.  How will I possibly survive this much beer and hanging with a 26 yaer old? #Geritol

Friday the 13th is always a lucky day for me and we have an awesome plan in place to start up around 4:30 PM at Stone Brewing for the Firestone Walker 13 on the 13th venue.  So far we have about 15 Tweeps showing up and it is shaping up to be an amazing Tweet-Up.  After a few hour we will move the party down to the infamous 30th Street Beer Mecca.  @ToronadoSD & @RitualTavern have some kick ass offerings and are a cab ride away from home 🙂

Saturday we head to Green Flash for the amazing Anniversary Party.  If you haven’t done so, go online and buy a ticket.  Chuck Silva is a fabulous brewer and Green Flash always rolls out a red carpet.  It’s gonna be a memorable!  Saturday evening plans pending.  I may need a nap 🙂

If you are a San Diego Beer Geek – Hope to see you you at one of the many great events!

Cheers!

When One Door Closes Another One Opens…

Most of the people inclined to read this blog are interested in my love of craft beer and my genuine love for the people associated with it.  I have developed some amazing new friends over the past year related to my activity on Twitter and truthfully, it has changed my life.  No matter how stressed out I am about my job, my finances or my life in general, talking about beer makes it all better.  In some ways I think it has even made me feel young again.

This morning I had to face the fact that I am no longer employed and I would be lying if I said I am not devastated.  I love what I do and I am good at it but that is not always enough at the end of the day.  I will not bore anyone the details but the past year of work has been pretty difficult.  A bad economy often brings out the worst in an organization and that was certainly the case in my humble opinion.  Two people I loved and admired were casualties close to a year ago.  The writing was on the wall then.   My only regret is not looking for other opportunities during the past year.  I was being eternally optimistic and convincing myself that things would get better and I never stopped giving my job everything I had.  Lesson learned…

My mother always told me everything happens for a reason and remembering her words today is what is keeping me from falling apart.  It’s been years since my parents passed away but boy am I thankful to have the strong memories of their wisdom.  I have spent the past few hours thinking about all the things they would say to help me through difficult events.  Both parents told me countless times that when one door closes, another one opens.  Be it a boyfriend breaking up with me or having to give up a sport because of injury; my parents prompted me to buck up and move forward by uttering those words.

With every year of age, the closing doors seem to slam a little more harshly and recovering can sometimes take a while.  I am a person who always maps out worst case scenarios and while doing that today I realized that most of the “stuff” I have is nothing more than just that.  I don’t need stuff and maybe this is my wake-up call to adjust my priorities.  I have longed for something more meaningful in my life for a long time and maybe this is that time.

Suffice it to say I will be going through a tough period for a little while but hopefully that new door will open very soon.  Maybe it will even be an opportunity to do something in the craft beer industry.  Just writing that sentence brought a smile to my face.  I think I will write it one million times on paper so that I believe it to be true 🙂

To those that follow me on Twitter and have taken the time to read this post, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Please send good thoughts my way.

Peace…Taylor