About Last Week

Last week was one where I blogged less than I have in a really long time.

When I first started NTTC, I would blog a few times a week or month, depending upon what I had to say… but for the past year or so I’ve been sharing with you guys close to five days a week.

Usually if I don’t write one of a few things has happened:  1)  I’m sick. (Thankfully that rarely happens!)  2) I have that terrible blogger’s block where everything I write sounds awful or what happened last week 3) I was just too darn busy to do any writing.

The great part about #3 is that it usually gives me something great to write about upon my return.  So, you’re in for a doozy.

Last week, I was involved in a competition.  And in true NTTC fashion, I wasn’t at all prepared for this event and had procrastinated my prep time. Eeks!

Note:  I’ll be a little vague in the details for you guys so I can just get to the gist.  If not, this could be the world’s longest blog post EVER.

My company hosts an enormous employee sales pitch contest every year and all employees participate.  If you win amongst your team, you have a chance to compete at the regional level and then you have a chance to progress from there to the finals.

When I heard I was moving onto the regional level, I was SERIOUSLY surprised.  I’m not really a center stage kind of girl.  I really prefer quiet parties to loud flashy events, and a nice, quiet thank you usually has me just as happy as seeing my name in lights.  I think it may be a former fat girl thing, but center of attention is just not what I crave…

For last week’s competition, I had to just put that behind me.  I’d be standing on a stage with a mic and had to work it.  Oh, and here’s a fun twist… on Monday, they told us we were to dress up for the event.  Since it’s a music-themed event, we were asked to dress up as our favorite artist.

Now… we all know that this girl is my favorite.

We all know she has made some pretty *interesting* fashion choices over the years, but I decided to go with her jeans and rock t-shirt look.  Thank goodness, Kohl’s has their Rock n Republic line right now, because that’s where I went first!

I picked up a t-shirt and some two-toned jeans and planned to rock it out.  This is what I looked like for work on Thursday…

I’d say the look was half Kelly / half groupie, but it worked… and a good costume/outfit + big crazy, curly hair can help a girl’s confidence, you know?

While I had to be at the event at 8am, I didn’t have to compete until 2pm.  So… I had 6 hours to obsess think about it.  I’d like to say that I was fully prepared but I wasn’t… so I used a lot of the day to perfect my pitch.  Lots of time practicing… using my post-it “cheat” sheets I carried around in my pocket all day.

When it was finally time to go to the “green room,” I could have puked.  I was so nervous.  I took to singing OUT LOUD to the Stone Temple Pilots that were playing… Thank goodness Plush came on right before I went on.  Gave me something else to focus on.

Then, before I knew it, I was miked up and on the little mini stage about to perform.  Ever have one of those experiences you can’t really remember because you were that nervous?  Yep, this was mine.  I remember hearing my voice shake slightly, but that was about all I remember from the 5 minutes I performed, talking non-stop.  I remember hitting a few of the key points I’d practiced and just staring at the guy who was on stage with me.

What I do remember is my boss saying, “You crushed it” as I walked off the stage.  And crushed it, I did…

How about I won?  This girl!

So what the heck does that mean?  What in the world did I win?

Well…. This is where it gets good.  I won a little bit of cash and prizes.  Yay!  But, that’s not the real prize…

In July, I get to compete in the finals in San Francisco… which includes a private concert for the winners.

Meaning, I get to see these guys…

 and they will be performing here…


To make it even sweeter, I adore a lot of the other channel winners so I anticipate it’s going to be an amazing trip!

With my friend Jessica, who also won! Yay!

Also, I’ve never been to San Francisco!  While I’m a little nervous about facing the next round of competition, I couldn’t be more excited to see a little bit of the city during this trip!

And, I’ll try to share as much as I can with you guys along the way… I mean, there will be shopping, and prepping, and so much fun along the way… how could I not share!  xoxo

Have you ever been to Alcatraz?  Are you a Neon Trees fan?

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  1. Nancy Abbott says

    Congratulations!! You look AMAZING in that outfit! Can you imagine what it would have been like for you 2 years ago? You have come such a long way! Pat yourself on the back and when you find times when you are struggling, remember how it felt to look like a rock star in those jeans/t-shirt! I once had a WW instructor who had a sign that said, “Nothing tastes as good as being slim feels”. You personify that quote!!

    • nothankstocake says

      Oh boy… I guess I was a little too vague. This was totally a sales contest, not really a singing competition. I have NO singing abilities worthy of a microphone. Trust me! 🙂

  2. Kathy says

    That is awesome!! Congrats!!
    What did you sing? Was it a duet?
    You totally look fabulous!!!!

    • nothankstocake says

      Ok, it’s official. I need to go back and update my post… I definitely wasn’t singing except for those moments where I was singing out of pure nervousness. I had to perform my “best sales pitch”… 🙂

  3. says

    Wow – giving a sales pitch on stage?! I almost think singing would be easier and I can’t sing at all!!!
    Great job – so exciting about the finals in San Francisco!!

    • nothankstocake says

      Yes! A 5 minute monologue with no notes… eeks! I can’t wait to get to San Fran! 🙂

  4. Mely says

    Omg! Kelli congrats!!! I am so closed from San Francisco, what dates are you gonna be here? If you have time maybe we could meet for lunch or dinner. I know you will be very busy but let me know if it could be possible 🙂

    • nothankstocake says

      They haven’t shared any details on the schedule yet, and I don’t even know how long we’re there yet. I’ll keep you posted! Would love to meet you, lady!

  5. Jill says

    You look absolutely amazing! Congratulations on your win. San Fran is my all time favorite city!!!! Be sure to visit Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. Alcatraz was a neat place. The first time I went there, a former inmate (rapist) was there selling his book. Kinda creepy…but the place itself was fascinating. Bring your walking shoes. The hills provide a great workout!

  6. Steph says

    You look gorgeous.
    I’m so jealous – I’ve always wanted to be able to sing in front of people but get really nervous and just cant do it.

  7. Stacey Meadows says

    Way to go Kelly! I am so proud of you. San Fransisco is amazing-you’ll have a blast.

  8. Patty says

    Congratulations on your sales pitch/rock star look win!!!!? Keep up all your hard “rock” work in sales ..and I love your blog and recipes, too.

    • nothankstocake says

      Thanks, dear! It’s a sales pitch competition, and I’ll be going after it again this year… should be fun! xoxo

  9. Patty says

    Good luck. I apologize as recently discovered your site and responded without paying attention quite frankly to the dates of that entry and that it way past. LOL. Anyway, best wishes for upcoming competitions. I made the funfetti cookies yesterday with red, white and blue sprinkles for the holiday weekend. So yummy…they got gobbled up by my family and I (mostly me though). I’ll just have to make more.


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