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Mittens & Medals

Posted on 02 March 2010 by Stefanie

Ok so this is my final Olympic Blog post as the closing ceremonies was on Sunday.  I live 2 blocks away so I could hear it outside and on TV, it was wild. 

Thank you by the way for all your responsive posts and emails back to me – 98% of you were so happy to share the experience, and 1 or 2 were annoyed and thought it was a waste of time.  Hey – I can’t please everyone but it would be impossible for me to live here, go through this and not share it with you, my readers.

It’s just my nature to share my experiences – I do it every day with you in business & marketing and giving you behind the scenes info, so is it so out of place to share this experience too – especially when the whole world is also watching?  So once in a while I will share my personal thoughts on my blog as well as my business ones, and I’ll try not to offend too many people.

Well, I promised I would write about my Medals experience.  It was really cool.  We were lucky enough to have a company provide us with VIP tickets to the Mint to see the medals.  What this meant was that we could by-pass the line and get in free.  Listen, I’m not a “showy” person who goes after these kinds of things but when it fell into my lap – I’d be an idiot not to go.

People were lining up in the rain at 4:30am to go inside and we basically just showed up and walked in at our set time, which was 8am on a Saturday – but hey we didn’t have to get up at 4am.

I felt bad getting this ticket as I saw the line and wished I could sneak every single person under my jacket.  If I could have I would have!!!  I went inside swiftly and quietly and tried not to make eye contact with anyone in line.  Once inside I was thrilled.  The building is set up with 3 main areas – the kid area (downstairs) where you do kid stuff and send live video tweets.  Then the top floor on the left held the medal room and the right held the coin collection room.

Obviously I went to the medals first.  It was a fairly large room with only 20 people at a time, so you were given tons of chances to take photos and touch all the medals – Gold , Silver & Bronze.  Plus it included how the medals were made as well as display of Paralympics medals.

Here are the pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stefaniehartman

People asked me what it felt like.  Well literally it was heavy, and I love the fact they are not round, they have some style.  The back has the Olympic symbol plus Braille text.  That was a neat surprise.

Emotionally I felt grateful to get this chance to hold one.  Then I thought about the athletes getting one and tried to imagine the pride they’d feel at simply achieving a huge dream.  Then I thought  – damn I want to be recognized for something.  I want an award!  Ha Ha!

But what really hit me was how great it must feel to achieve your ultimate dream.  I have achieved goals but never had that overwhelming feeling of pride or an Ultimate Dream, so that was a weird realization.  Maybe my big dream hasn’t happened yet.  Food for thought.  I typically have a huge goal, but when its reached, there are new goals.  How do you know what you’re ultimate dream is?  How can u measure that?  Do you have an Ultimate Dream?  If so, please post a reply and let me know what it is.  I’d love to hear about it.

Later I saw a $4 million dollar coin and held a gold bar.  I walked out with some gold Canadian Olympic coins – don’t worry I bought them, only cost me $5 bucks.

Anyways, on another note, I had a contest to give away FREE Olympic mittens.  And I wanted to surprise everyone who entered by buying them a pair- but the store was sold out – AHHHH – so I have 2 to give away and I will choose those people shortly.  I so wanted to be your HERO!  Hopefully I can be in other ways.

So check back to see if you won!

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Kat Altine Says:

    My Ultimate Dream would be to be able to make a positive difference in people’s lives on a huge scale. Speaking, training, creating achievable goals and visionary insight! Thank you for all you do for us, Stefanie!

  2. Vickie Says:

    Hello Stefanie

    This was a great post, truly one of my favorites that I have read because the experience of going to the Olympics is rare. Most people watch it on TV and do not get to actually attend. So hearing about your account was very cool and well written I might add.

    The pictures were fabulous and seeing the medals was also inspiring because the medals are awarded to people who have commited 110% their lives to achieving something very few people reach, “their ultimate dream.” It is proof that you can achieve the ultimate dream if you know what your ultimate dream is.

    As I was reading your post about how you would have felt if this olympic experience was your ultimate dream, I also heard how close you were to everything in your current dreams. I saw this as metaphorical as well. Two blocks from the stadium, hearing the cheering, in the medal room. What a cool experience.

    Then the ultimate question being “what would be my ultimate dreams?” Such an important question to ask yourself. I asked myself that question about 2 years ago as I am working on that project right now.

    My ultimate dream is to take a passagemaking yacht “Nordhavn” and circumnavigate the world and see it all before I die. I want to be without a schedule and just experience the world without any ties to time. Completely in the moment on a floating home.

    I am pursuing this ultimate dream right now while I have my health, strength and mind so that I can really enjoy it. Thank you for allowing us to share our ultimate dreams. It is important to say them to someone as I believe it empowers the universal forces and me to make them real.

    fabulous post

    Vickie

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