Brian and I recently hit a milestone in our lives, our 20th class reunion from high school! I learned some interesting things at our reunion gathering, both personally and professionally. I take a Strawesome straw with me everywhere I go (mostly because Brian gets on my case if I forget one!) and when you have one you can learn new benefits from using glass straws.
Top photo circa 1995 at Brian’s graduation party (we started dating 2 years later, married 4 years after that). Bottom photo circa 2014, better hair, better clothes and two kids later….
Going to a reunion can be quite stressful for some and therefore many people avoid them like the plague. I was actually looking forward to our reunion and reconnecting with so many people. I had no idea I would come out of it with more confidence because in all honesty high school wasn’t a confident time for me!
Like I said, I brought a straw with me for my drinks, mostly because I love to use them not because I want to promote them until I’m blue in the face. I don’t like to toot my own horn too much, ok, maybe just a little bit! I don’t feel like I inundate my personal social media pages with Strawesome information but the things I do share made great conversation starters about what I do.
I was asked about Strawesome, not just as a way to talk about what we do, but how we do/did it. I was asked my professional opinion about how I’ve made it this far and been so successful because other people want to do it, too! It was really an eye opener that my peers are asking ME for advice and even more amazing that I had an answer for them. I walked away from conversations with confidence that I am on the right track professionally.
I was also told that the guys were amazed to see a determined young girl in junior high drafting class, and the fact that I was the only girl was more impressive. I knew what I wanted to do and just because the other girls weren’t doing it didn’t mean I had to change who I was. I guess I didn’t even realize the confidence I had at the time to keep doing what I love! It’s interesting to notice how that determination has come through in me right now. Thankfully as we moved into high school drafting class a few other females joined in so I wasn’t a complete outsider.
On my first drink at our reunion the bartender looked right at my straw (it was pretty noticeable and fancy) and said “Hey, cool straw!” So I told him about it a bit. The next time I went to the bar both bartenders remembered me and I didn’t even have to tell them what to make for me! What a great reason to use a glass straw – everyone remembers you because of it! I laughed to myself a little bit.
I tucked a second cocktail straw in my purse and told myself I’d give it to someone that night, not sure who at the time. Then I decided that the first person to notice the one I was drinking out of would get my purse freebie. That was fun and I hope I made her drinks better that night.
In summary, go to your high school reunions. They’re a lot better than high school was, even with the same people!
~ Daedra Watt (Surowiec) voted most likely to_________ fill in the blank with your comment below and I’ll pick my favorite to win a $20 Strawesome gift certificate to use online on anything you want! Winner will be chosen on 8.31.15, one comment per person please.
(PS – I wasn’t voted anything in high school so this should be fun!)