Wow, it is almost 11pm and I have yet to acknowledge that today is the 3rd Anniversary of creating Stand-Up Librarian and StandUpLibrarian.com!
I would say that time flies but it really doesn't in this case as I am completely aware of how long and challenging the past three years have been. Of course, I am also absolutely astounded and amazed at all of the fun I have had and the dreams that have been realized - especially in just the last year! So many of the things I have accomplished I never once imagined when I first decided to mash up the words "stand-up comic" with "librarian" to create Stand-Up Librarian after graduating with my Masters degree in Library & Information Sciences in 2010. Initially, I thought I would write some funny essays online about my adventures in librarianship and maybe if I got the nerve, try performing stand-up comedy again but this time not curse or put people down. And maybe if I was lucky, someone out there would come to my blog after receiving my resume and see just how passionate I was about libraries and hire me as a librarian!
So, two out of the three happened. Mostly because writing and performing were within my control if I just faced my fears. While I have yet to be hired as a "librarian," I have instead been hired for shows & programs as the Stand-Up Librarian, so in a way, that is just as cool! Plus I look at how much I have learned over the last three years just by simply trying things that scared me to death or thought I could never do again. I will save most of those adventures for the book I am writing, but thanks to creating Stand-Up Librarian, I have finally become the person I always wanted to be: a person that can keep a job! Seriously, this is the longest job I have ever had and it continues to make me happy, while challenging me to not only be a better Stand-Up Librarian but a better person. Two years ago I also made the decision to quit drinking, which as a result has made me much stronger and less stupid. Regardless of where I go from here, I will always be proudest of that.
Thanks to each and every person I have encountered on this journey. Some were mean, most were supportive, but ALL have inspired me in one way or another.
Growing up is awesome.
|The launch of Stand-Up Librarian on June, 1, 2010 looked like this.|
A card catalog & one of my stand-up comedy pics from 2007. Too dark!
|Stand-Up Librarian in 2011 - which is probably my favorite picture. |
Notice the book fabric tied around my waist?
It would later become my very first book skirt!
|With my move back to FL in 2012, everything changed...for the better.|
I got a new hairstyle & started Stand-Up Librarian Designs!
|While I have yet to update my Stand-Up Librarian image for 2013 |
(not sure if I will), this is me today. I make all of my own costumes,
perform regularly, and finally get to pose next to my very own card catalog!