Friday, January 13, 2017

Ski Race


Tyler Olson: Senior Sales Executive
 
We have reached the glorious time of year, for those folks who participate in winter sports, here in MN.  For a few of us here at City Wide of Minnesota, the cross country ski season is a big deal. 

The Director of Operations, Mitch, and Senior Sales Executive, Tyler (me) participate heavily in this sport.  The racing season has started recently, and both of us participated in an event on Christmas Eve, up in Maple Grove.  This was Mitch’s first race outside of the Korte Loppet.  As for me, this is a regular event.  I love the adrenaline rush of lining up for a race with a bunch of other crazy people on skinny skis.

The biggest, and final, race of the year is the Birkebeiner.  This is the largest ski race in North America, and boasts over 12,000 participants.  The race travels 50 kilometers from Cable-Hayward through the woods of Northern Wisconsin.  It also pulls people from countries all over the world, with abilities from beginner to top professionals.

This is the event that convinced Mitch to get into skiing.  He ventured up to Northern Wisconsin in 2014, to watch and cheer me on, and he caught the skiing fever.  This year, will be my 6th Brikie, and I have aspirations to finish in the Top 75 skiers.  My best finish, to date, has been 100th overall.  On the other side, this is Mitch’s first year doing the Birkie.  We are both pumped for the festivities and the event in February.

There may be some updates on the season, throughout the winter!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy New Year!

Ryan Sauser: Facility Services Manager

Happy New Year from the Southeast Metro!

Well, it’s that time of year again, the time of year usually filled will New Year’s Resolutions that will soon be forgotten by many. 

Many of us do not know the true difference between a resolution and a goal.  A resolution, by definition, is the decision to do or not to do something.  A goal, on the other hand, is measurable and  attainable.  It is very cut and dry whether you have attained the end goal or not.  Determination, grit, and lots of will-power are all vital in achieving a stretch goal. 

I challenge you to develop a goal, not a resolution, and stick to it in 2017!

I, by nature, am a very competitive person.  This year, one of my goals is to obtain the top sales performance within City Wide Maintenance of Minnesota.  Another goal I have set for myself, is to lose an additional 15lbs, on top of the 10 that I have already lost.  These two goals are going to take work and persistence, but with my competitive nature and perhaps a hint of OCD, 2017 is sure to be rewarding year for me!

Life is what we make of it.  Change happens to those whom make it happen, not wish it would happen.  If you want something, you have to go out and get it, as good things don’t happen to those who sit back and wait.

Let’s make 2017 a memorable one!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Maghan Aschoff: Facility Services Manager

This time of year is always exciting in my house.  I have 11 year old twins, who are ridiculously excited for Christmas.  The energy and excitement of a child on Christmas morning, makes a lot of the challenges throughout the year worth it!

Traditions are such a huge part of the holiday season.  My grandparents were from Czechoslovakia, and when I was a kid I thought our holiday traditions were over the top. Every year we would throw nuts in every corner of the room for "health, happiness, love and wealth", literally, we would throw food in corners, and we couldn't touch them for days otherwise our wishes wouldn't come true. We would put honey on our foreheads and say prayers for a healthy new year...do you know what that did to a teenaged forehead?!  We would open one gift on Christmas Eve, only one; that was tortuous as a kid.  There are so many more traditions that we did, and as a kid, I thought they were lame. 

Well now I have kids, and I realize how important these traditions were.  Every year my family decorates our tree while listening to The Beach Boys Christmas, then we have an appetizer party while we watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.  Every Christmas Eve, we open one present, which is always Christmas pajamas that the kids wear that night.  When they were little they thought it was awesome to get xmas pj's, now they're old enough to know I pick out their "one gift" and yes, it's so we can have festive Christmas morning pictures.  :)

My kids are growing up fast, and I revel in the fact that they still want to spend this much time on our traditions.  And who knows, they may think they're lame; but one day they'll appreciate it! 

Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season!