i lived my dream job and it was an amazing experience. i was the full time sports nutritionist for the nba dallas mavericks (a professional basketball team here in america). and it was even more than i could ever have hoped for in a job.
i worked with some genuinely wonderful people. i had an office right in the american airlines center where the team played. i traveled around the country with the team on their private airplane. i attended all of the games for the three seasons that i worked with the team. i visited every single nba team's home court. i even got to put my master's degree in sports nutrition to good use. and i still have some lasting friendships from those fun days with the team.
i took photos when i worked with the mavericks. they are not the best photos because this was before i learned about photography so I used my handy little point and shoot camera. i always had a love for taking photos and i just knew that someday this would all be over and i'd wish i had photos to document it all. so the photos i took are not the greatest, but they still tell my story. and this is a story i want to share with my boys. but that is hard to do when your photos are all on random external hard drives.
i wanted to honor this time in my life - this time when lots of hard work finally met with the right opportunity. so i printed these photos and documented my story in an album.
i had my dream job over 10 years ago and life since then has taken me beyond this experience. today i'm exactly where i want to be. at the same time i'm so grateful for the amazing time i spent at my dream job. it was time to print out my photos and document that part of my life.
i used becky higgins' mini album in midnight. i added some journaling cards from the project life midnight edition core kit and printed some quote cards from elise. putting together the album was so simple and fast. i printed out my photos and slipped them in the pages along with the journaling cards. that was it. i was done. this entire project only took me a few hours total.
and i'm so happy to have this mini album to add to our collection of family photo books and memories.
so, here is the album...
i found some of my old business cards and slipped one in the cover and put one on the first page. i also printed out a card with a little about my story along with a few photos for the first page.
i took photos of the things that i saw and the place where i worked everyday, like the practice court, me at my desk and the food area in the locker room that i was in charge of for the players.
the team airplane. i logged many miles on this plane and must admit that it was a fantastic way to travel - especially when you were the person in charge of ordering the food for the entire airplane. you never had to worry about eating terrible airplane food.
on the road practice before the games. clearly not my best photography work, but still some great memories.
doing my job and taking care of the players.
love + basketball. i met my husband during the 2003 play-offs and these are some photos from that time. (the stamp is from ali edwards' hello life stamps.)
some photos i took in the many cities i visited with the team. scaramanto, houston, chicago, new york city, salt lake city...
one unforgettable experience for me was my very first visit to new york city. i went with the team in january of 2002, just four months after the attacks on 9/11. i went with a few of the players and coaches to visit the site where the world trade center towers had fallen. i had never seen these massive buildings, so i could not fully comprehend the emptiness that was left behind. but i will never forget standing on the special platform for the families and seeing the twisted metal, the cranes, the american flag and the wall of dedications to the loved ones that were lost that day. it was an experience that i will never forget.
there are pages in my album filled with photos from games and with friends. all memories i will remember for a lifetime.