Sarah + Tim

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Miracles March 21, 2009

americas-next-top-model1As you may know, I recently applied for America’s Next Top Model – nope, haven’t heard back yet!  Applying alone was quite the feat.  Let me tell you, there were some miracles along the way.

Part of the application was to make a 3-min. intro video in lieu of an open call.  Luckily I have a friend, Alex, who is a pro behind the camera and he and his friend, Darin were able to help make the video on Saturday, giving just enough time to edit and get the video back on Monday.

Miracle #1 – By sending in a video application, I avoided the NYC America’s Next Top Model riots & subsequent open call cancellation

The submission deadline was Tuesday at midnight, so it was absolutely essential the package leave from UPS Monday in order to arrive on time.  The plan was I was going to meet with Alex at noon, get the DVD and take it straight to UPS to send it off.

Things didn’t go quite as planned.

The play by play of the stressful day…

  • Waiting for Alex at noon who is running behind
  • Realized I left some important things for my app back at the office that I need to go back for before going to UPS
  • Alex gets a speeding ticket.  We finally connect, I get the DVD and I rush back to the office for the missing docs
  • I review the application details and realize the swimsuit picture has to be FULL LENGTH… something my swimsuit photo is not
  • On the phone with Jessica from Molto Bella, frantically trying to choose a new photo.  She uploads another pic to her website to be downloaded & printed
  • I’m out of time on my lunch so call Chantelle from Zoom Concierge to delegate the picture printing to her
  • Watch the video and realize that it runs 3:30 — anything over 3 minutes is instantly disqualified
  • Get on the phone with Alex to make video editing arrangements.  He says I can pick up the newly edited vid from Darin’s after 4
  • (Meanwhile, the last pick-up for UPS in Utah county is in Highland at 5:30pm.  That’s a small window of time to pick up the video from the south part of the county, the new picture and hightail it up to Highland in the north part of the county.  At least there is a Plan B – UPS drop offs pick up at 6:30pm)
  • Leave work after 4 – it’s SNOWING. Praying as I drive through blizzard conditions that I won’t crash
  • Get to Darin’s at 4:30.  He’s still editing the new vid.  In second revision, he’s changing it to better catwalk footage – yay!  The image is a little wobbly, but it’s too late to fix that
  • Get on the phone with Chantelle to see if someone can pick up the new swimsuit photo for me – they can’t swing it, so I’ll have to pick it up myself
  • She calls Macey’s to follow up – they miscropped and have cut my head off in the picture.  Thankfully, they’ll have a new one ready in time for me to come by
  • Leave Provo with the new DVD at 5.  Hit bumper to bumper traffic outside Orem that practically persists until Pleasant Grove.  There goes the Highland UPS pick up…
  • Cursing myself for requesting the Macey’s in Pleasant Grove when I’d driven right past another Macey’s in Orem… should have just gone there…
  • Arrive at Macey’s in PG at 5:30.  The pic is printing.  Thankfully the gal behind the counter, Colette, is a delight and we are able to laugh about everything going wrong.  We agree, “You’re either really not supposed to do this, or really supposed to do this!”
  • Get the photo and leave at 5:45 to go to the UPS drop off in American Fork
  • I remember there is a UPS store right around the corner and decide to stop by and make sure I filled out the paperwork properly.  As I round the corner, there are two UPS trucks outside loading up!!! Phew!  So glad I picked the Macey’s in PG!  I leave the package with them.  It is out of my hands – at last!

Albert Einstein said, There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

In the thick of it, everything went wrong.  Once it was all over and I had a chance to step back, I realized it was all an absolute miracle.

Miracle #2 – Alex was running late.  Had he not, I would have sent the DVD right away without watching it as planned.  Without watching it, I would have never realized it was too long = instant disqualification.

Miracle #3 – I forgot the labels at the office.  If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have realized I was about to submit the wrong photo.

Miracle #4 – Since the video was too long and needed to be revised, we got the better catwalk footage.

Miracle #5 – UPS picked up from by the Macey’s in PG!!!  Able to get in my application on time!

The package arrived the next morning in Santa Monica, in time for the deadline.

I’m really grateful things went the way that they did, or else I would have automatically been disqualified.  I really had someone watching out for me upstairs.  Thank you!!!  Keep your fingers crossed…


already I forgot how to say no February 20, 2008

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After a full day, I attended a workshop this evening on how to de-stress and better balance my life. It was great! We were given permission to say no, throw everything out the window and only add what we felt we could handle. When I asked about the guilt I feel when thinking of things I could be doing, he said that it’s in our human nature to want to wriggle away from these negative emotions and that I should try it anyways and allow myself to feel the guilt because this will pass and I will soon become more comfortable with it. When I had a chance to shake the professor’s hand at the end of the night and tell him how I had made alternate arrangements to be there since I’d felt strongly about doing so, he applauded my willingness to say no. I walked away feeling empowered and decided to throw away the to-do list for a night and make time for me, for what I wanted to do. How quickly I forgot.

Upon walking through the door after 9, Tim reminded me that we were going to go grocery shopping (this after I’d spent an hour of my time grocery shopping earlier this afternoon) and take back the movie we’d rented. With the idea of a night to myself still fresh in my mind, I obliged. Regrettably. I kept my shoes on at home (as I despise doing since I never quite settle in) ran our ridiculous errands that certainly didn’t require two people and suddenly the evening is over. How did I forget so soon?