I have someone in my life that, you might say, is addicted to quotes. He doesn’t look like a “quote” guy – but he updates his Facebook status with quotes and rarely tweets anything BUT quotes.
I used to scroll right through them, or say, “Sure, that’s nice… ”
But by November 11, I had become a quote queen overnight.
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”
“What screws us up most in the life is the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be.”
I used to think I was only supposed to do TV. For life. Obviously not everyone agrees, but I think it’s a talent I was given and the job comes easy to me. After several days of “WHAT AM I DOING MY WITH LIFE AND HOW WILL I PAY MY BILLS?!?!?,” I saw this quote and opened my mind to taking on a new challenge.
“If it makes you happy, do it. If it doesn’t, then don’t.”
INDYCAR makes me happy. My racing friends make me happy. Interacting with people on social media makes me happy. Hmmm.
“Every setback is a set up for a comeback.”
Right after I got the news that I’d not been renewed, the few people that knew in my life told me, get ready, you’re about to see who your friends are. WOW, did that ever happen. The friends, coworkers, teams and drivers that reached out to me to offer help and support were often not the people I expected. And it made me love the sport and the people even more. I was ready for a comeback, and I was ready to come back with a different title.
“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”
The awesome opportunity with Fuzzy’s and Ed Carpenter Racing came my way and I felt the same sense of excitement that I felt when I landed my first TV job out of college. You’re telling me I get to interact with racing fans (@FuzzysVodka and @ECRIndy), travel to the races, work for a vodka company and it’s the vodka I actually have in my hoause, and work with Ed Carpenter Racing? Yes, please! (Ed’s wife also went to Purdue so they’ve always been winners in my book.)
“Real success comes when we rise after we fall.” - Muhammad Ali
In conclusion, I’d like to thank the Academy. I’d like to thank VERSUS for giving me 3 years in pit lane. I’d like to thank Fuzzy’s and Ed for giving me a chance. I’d like to thank Dan Wheldon for that day in the Toronto parking garage when he told me he’d “never met someone so hard on herself to do a good job and people will notice and it’ll pay off when you need it to.” I’d like to thank my agent for telling me to go for it. I’d like to thank WTHR in Indy for allowing me to moonlight as a reporter when time permits. I’d like to thank pdog for making me a Woman of pressdog®. I’d like to thank vodka for being so low in calories. And finally, I’d like to thank the Quote King.