A new adventure!

IMG_0548Far from a legend, but thanks, Chris aka “Pants,” it was great for a photo opp!

Wow… I’m embarrassed at how long it’s been since I have posted! But, I’m hoping that today’s post will make up for it…at least a little!

The last few weeks been had their ups and downs which is the explanation for my absence. Two big things happened that are life-changing. One is the loss of a friend who impacted my little corner of the world so so much. She’ll be missed so much by so many and I know her grace, kindness and compassion is something that will continue to be in my thoughts every day. So many times during the five years I’ve known her have I referenced how she’d handle a situation in my own life and I know that’s not changing anytime soon. Since we received the news of her passing, I have lacked a lot of inspiration until, really, the last couple of days. It’s just been hard to process and know that she’s no longer a phone call away, but that doesn’t mean she and her family who mean so much to me aren’t in my thoughts every day.

The other life-changing news … I’m starting a new job….TODAY!  (I told you … ups and downs!)

I am now the campaign manager in the sports and entertainment division for the American Diabetes Association. (!!!)

As I sit on a plane en route to D.C. for my first day, it’s hard to articulate how special the last eight-plus years have been with the Pelicans/Hornets and Saints.

IMG_0556Jimbote & Lindseybote

Working in PR for an NBA team was my dream job in college. After working in sports information for a couple years and landing an summer internship with the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets), I knew the NBA was where I wanted to be. The game of basketball has been so influential on my life for about a million reasons – and it’s also been IN my life since I was born.

FullSizeRender (1)The best around – Kory & Big Shot, Pelicans equipment

Here’s a short history: I moved to New Orleans in August of 2007 and took the role of basketball communications coordinator. It was SO. COOL. Being at practice today and working every home game and facilitating interviews with players – I mean, I was loving my job. The following year – being able to travel with the team and take in games around the country – I thought it couldn’t get better. In the spring of 2011, the team’s corporate communications manager left and my boss asked if it was something I would be interested in. I was, but, I mean, how am I going to leave this super fun job that I’m in love with?! When I was told it was the best way to continue to grow and move up within the organization, it was a decision I knew I needed to make, but I was really terrified to do it. At that point, the team was owned by the league and, sometime in the near future, someone new would buy the team, and change was imminent. I took the leap and it ended up being the perspective, growth, opportunity for creativity and chance to take ownership of a role that I really need to grow personally and professionally. When the team was bought by the Benson family, I had the chance to do the job for both teams, work with ownership, including its philanthropic efforts, and my job was literally one of a kind in the world. So darn lucky.

Around the time that the team was bought, I was reading an article (and wish like crazy I had the link) that included the quote:

“…Take a deep breath. Be confident in your abilities. Be open to new ideas. Find comfort in knowing that it’s okay for dreams to change.”

I LOVED it and it’s been taped to my monitor ever since – and made an appearance in my ‘See you later’ email to my co-workers.

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That’s where my luck gets even better (if I could ever imagine). After a few years working for both teams and learning SO much, I wondered what was next. I loved my job (despite the stressors and minutia that sometimes drags you down that EVERYONE deals with) and so many of the people I worked with, but it was hard being a one-person show and, not to mention, having my husband in the building. We loved seeing each other, but the pace and hours we were both putting in were starting to be tough and we spent a lot of time at home talking about work, which is fine, but also can get old. I hadn’t applied for any other jobs, but family comes first and I wanted to be a better wife, daughter, cousin, niece and friend, too, so I wasn’t ruling out a change.

After volunteering with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and seeing the organization’s culture, I really loved the non-profit sector. In the last few years, there have been so many negative events and happenings, and also some negative cultural patterns that really have pushed me to want to do something to make the world a little better and help people when I go to the office every day.

On Monday, Feb. 10 (I remember because the Pels played that day, of course! Ha!), a former co-worker and friend of mine called to tell me about a few opportunities across a couple of non-profits, including one with the American Diabetes Association in its sports and entertainment division (where she had recently taken a job).

Talking to Morgan made me so excited about having the chance to unite two of my passions at the same time. How was that a thing?! I couldn’t believe it and immediately wanted to know more. After talking with her and the department head, Suzanne (who I knew through her husband and through a committee for a charity gala), I was in.

So, here I am, flying to D.C. to start another dream job – feeling incredibly lucky and, despite literally finishing my last day of work with the Saints and Pelicans earlier in the day, energized and excited for a new chapter. The department is relatively new at ADA and the organization has gone through a lot of changes and has a ton of new faces. The opportunity to be a part of building something special is really exciting.

For all of my Pelicans/Saints co-workers, colleagues and anyone who’s path intersected mine during my time in New Orleans and along the way that are reading this: THANK YOU!  Each of you has had a profound impact on molding me into the person and professional I am today. I’ve learned so much from so many and that makes me feel pretty darn lucky – and so many friendships have come from work and those relationships mean so much to me. It made it a lot easier to walk out of the building and not be a mess knowing that those friendships aren’t going anywhere.

It’s a new chapter. The chance to have more balance in life and take better care of my loved ones and myself and also, hopefully, make a difference in people’s lives every day at work.

Can’t wait to see how it all works out…but, forever, GO PELICANS & SAINTS!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

-Lindsey

Five Things for Friday

Happy Friday!

We saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 last night! Oh. Em. Gee. LOVED it! Hopefully, I’ll get to see it again…and again…and again. I was so happy for finally see the last film in the series, but sad it’s over. Jason really enjoyed it, too, as it had it all: laughter, tears, suspense. Anyone else see it and love it?

Here are your Five Six Things for Friday!

IMG_2746A beautiful morning in NOLA along the river.

CarnivalSpent a little time on the Carnival Cruise Line’s Elation yesterday morning. The Saints and Carnival are teaming up to fight hunger with Second Harvest.

IMG_2763Loved The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2…and its SnapChat filter (SN: lindsey_mitch)

IMG_2761Lobs are not best for Katniss braids [insert sad face]…still tried to rock it!

IMG_2738Stopped by Monkey Monkey Coffee & Tea this week after dropping the pups off for a spa day at All-Star Animal Clinic. The chocolate pear muffin and chai tea latte were delish.

IMG_2767Bonus pic! Jo showing off his new haircut…and sneaking in some snuggles.

Have a great weekend!

-Lindsey

Five Things for Friday

Happy Friday!

It’s been a busy week and we have a busy weekend ahead, but I’m hoping it will be a 3-win-in-1 weekend as the Pelicans play tonight and tomorrow and the Saints play at home on Sunday.

IMG_2196Class photo with mass comm students at Loyola University after a panel discussion about the importance of relationships between media/PR.

IMG_2007Happy [belated] Halloween! A picture of some work pals celebrating the holiday a day early and Ashley’s birthday a few days late.

IMG_2080LOVED walking into Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies and seeing these colorful, decorated tiles. A bright way to start the day for students and staff for sure!

IMG_2137The sweet Jersey girl made her own pillow one morning this week.

IMG_2543Special shoutout to my JoJo Bear! This week was his 4th (!!!) adoptiversary. I can’t believe he’s been a Mitchell for four years. Time. Flies.

Have a great weekend!

-Lindsey