Friday, March 19, 2010

Coffee, Anyone?

A few weeks ago I sent an email to Albert at Coffees Of Hawaii... I told him that I didn't know if his company had a local rep on Oahu or if they were even looking for one? BUT if they were looking for one, I was their gal! I went on to explain why, gave him a brief history of my experience as a sales rep (my old life pre-baby!), and then threw out a couple of ideas about how I might help their company locally here on the island. And wouldn't you know it? We set up a meeting this morning with their plantation manager who flew over from Moloka'i. :)

But first things first... like a good little triathlete, I figured out a way to still get my morning swim in... gathered a few girlfriends as headed to the ocean at sunrise. It was barely light when we got in, and very cold. These girls braved it without a wetsuit. (That's Heather from Stay At The Beach Mom on the left!)

We swam out to this island... can you guess why it's called 'Flat Island'?

Then we did intervals along the buoy line and then practiced running into and out of the water for beach start races. Super fun! (Except for the man who got in as we were getting out.... wearing a banana hammock style G-string speedo... not kidding... unfortunately the image is burned on my brain and I am forever scarred. What is wrong with people???)

Anyway, I had to rush off to my interview so my only option was beach park shower... with 20 mph sustained winds this morning, that water was blowing sideways in my face. Perfect start to the day.

And yes, I kept my wetsuit on through the whole shower. That wind was coooooold!

Um, minor problem when I went to get dressed...

What?? This beach park bathroom has never been locked before? Ugh. Laughing at myself and this crazy situation, I went and hid in my car to get dressed and finished getting ready. Seriously, who gets ready for their first interview in years in their car at a beach park? Apparently, I do.

Anyway, SuperWoman style change complete, I headed off to meet Maria to talk about the possibility of me becoming their local rep. And where else would we meet? Lol.

Keep in mind, Coffees of Hawaii is the company that sponsors the Floating Espresso Bar in Kona at Ironman, so I figured that Albert (a long time and very fast Ironman) would get a kick out of my interview prep if I eventually become a part of their company...

The meeting went superbly well, and I've been invited to go to Moloka'i to tour their plantation facility and get a better feel for their operation. Turns out, my timing in contacting them was perfect and they are in need of someone to service and grow the local accounts here on Oahu! It's just perfect, really. And Maria promised me that I would be on their Floating Espresso Boat in October! This will be me in a few months. Love it!

Anyway, it's not quite a done-deal yet, but it's looking good and I'm excited. I'm envisioning a part-time gig with them so I can still be a mom to Moana much of the time, and coach, and train myself... I'm going to be one busy mama... but I think it's possible to do it all.

19 comments:

cherelli said...

Wow, what an amazing opportunity; sounds like it was meant to be and I hope it works out for you....Mmmm...imagine the coffee savings if you become a rep. that will be so cool to get on the Floating espresso boat...fun!

Running and living said...

That's awesome, and I think you are ready. Some women really like to devote all their time to their babies, but for me, I found that working outside of the home made me a better, more patient mom. Good luck!
And thanks much for the coaching offer. I think I want to wait a bit and see if I will stick with running or move into triathlong.

elizabeth said...

AWESOME! Hope it all works out perfectly :) YIPPEE!!!!

The Chapples said...

Holy cow, Michelle! What a great opportunity!

Kelly said...

Congrats! It sounds like a little bit of heaven...great hours, a company you love, and, yeah, coffee.

Angela and David Kidd said...

Sounds fantastic. Nice jobe being being proactive and finding the perfect opportunity. If I worked selling coffee I don't think I'd ever sleep.

Angela said...

Good for you Michelle! I hope it continues to go well.

Clare said...

i was wondering what kind of interview it was, and this is such a perfect story!!! good luck, hope it works out!!!!!!

Stacy said...

What can you do about getting a floating coffee boat for Hawaii 70.3 this year?
Congrats on the great opportunity!

Kiersten said...

Way to go after this and make it happen. What a great opportunity!

X-Country2 said...

How cool! Good luck!

Katie A. said...

I worked for a coffee company, Peet's, while in college and to this day it ranks as one of my favorites. Coffee people are a lot like runners and tri's...just so nice! Good luck!

Rebecca DeWire said...

This sounds just perfect for you! Congrats on being proactive and landing this awesome gig. That espresso bar is beyond cool.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Hooray! That sounds like a great opportunity! I hope it works out for you! :)

H said...

Wuhoo!! Great news x

DC Running Mama said...

I love that you got ready for the interview in the car! I hope it works out for you!

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Beth said...

Congrats Michelle!!! :) Exciting news. And if I ever make it to Kona I'll know where to find you. :)

Trisaratops said...

That is so exciting! Congrats!!