the last 4 months have culminated into this weekend. prepping for the new team world vision website launch and driving down to portland to check out our partnership with the revolve tour.
being a part of so many projects where i can lend myself to digital marketing and tech efforts is awesome. but my role is typically behind the scenes. always has been. and i love it that way. wouldn’t change it for the world. but, every so often it’s encouraging to see the processes and hard work come to life. this is what revolve is all about.
i’ll admit my focus, energy and thoughts were torn between having an all access badge to revolve and prepping for a huge website launch. long hours are a must during times like this and for a ‘doer’ like me, being relational and networking is the last thing on my mind. and let’s be honest, the talent doesn’t really care about visitors with all access badges for a tour stop especially since they’ll never see us again and vice versa. and trust me, the last thing i wanted to become was a groupie.
amidst my ‘focus’ on color-coded spreadsheets in the catering room, a family decided to join us for lunch. i glanced up, half paying attention, half not. i decided that i should make a concerted effort to close the laptop for a few minutes and make some friends. i look up and there is a hawaiian guy sitting across from me with 2 gorgeous women. one of them obviously looks like she is with revolve. glitter nail polish, awesome clothes, and rockstar vibe. i ask how they’re related to the tour and what they do…..
it turns out the rockstar is the lead worship singer for the tour and her family is visiting. but you’ll never guess from where? KAILUA. i found out they are born and raised in my hometown, her sister when to my rival highschool, and she graduated from my family’s alma mater! and we’re 1-2 years apart. oh, and she is cousins with a girl i went to junior high with who my cousins are 3rd cousins with! if i’m related is beyond me but that’s beside the point. ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME. it really is a small world. their family was amazingly friendly and warm. we ended up giving goodbye hugs. what can i say? it’s a local thing.
i since have googled (i can’t believe googled is really a word, but i digress) this rockstar, who does have a name….tiffany thurston. she is awesome and has an amazing voice. it was quite unexpected but at the same time, so encouraging and inspiring to meet someone from back home who is doing amazing things around the world and influencing thousands of people.
it was a good reminder to not be so focused on tasks. but that relationships and people are far more important. besides, you never really know who you may bump into. literally. it really is a small world after all.