Cashin Family Christmas

This Christmas was especially exciting for the Cashin Family!  Val  (the youngest Cashin sister) came home from her very first semester as a college student and I celebrated my last Christmas at home [ just kidding mom, you know I’ll be back].  After celebrating with a  Traditional English Christmas we loaded up the car and headed for Tennessee to celebrate “Christmas 2” with Jes (the oldest Cashin sister) and her family.

Our Family Christmas was filled with so much laughter and fun..lots of memories to take with me on the road!  Monday:: We were able to visit with family friends and share the exciting news of my new job and enjoy a meal at Tomato Head.  Play wii- Jeopardy until ridiculous hours of the morning.  Tuesday:: We braved the cold rain in our custom-knit ear warmers to shop at the outlets…ALL DAY! Don’t we have an awesome dad?

I am so blessed to be surrounded and supported by my family.  I hope your holiday was filled with as much love as ours.

This week will kick off more frequent posts…  Lots of travel updates, my 2o12 goals, and my first post from Phoenix! Whoop-Whoop!  Thank you all for reading and keeping the tour in your prayers, I can’t wait to share more about life on the road.

(click here to purchase an ear-warmer of your own)

This week’s prayer requests:
Sanity as I try to pack my bags
Safe travel on January 3

P.S. The Tour Postcards are complete! If you want to receive a postcard from a specific city please email me your request and address.  You can see a list of cities I’ll be visiting here.

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10 to go

I’ve always taken comfort in planning, making list, and having a routine.  But the past few weeks have challenged me to grow and redefine my normal…

This has been a big week for change and I finally have time to update and share everything that has happened beginning: with I “announced” on Facebook the “officialness” of me accepting a job with Grand Canyon University.

On Tuesday, I received a phone call that was both exciting and heavy. Exciting because it brought official timelines of travel (I am wanted in Phoenix January 3rd) and heavy because the enormity of a cross country move began to set in.  The adventure became even more real when I received a package in the mail Thursday morning….luggage!!! Real Grand Canyon University official traveling luggage!  But, I must admit, I’m not convinced my life for the next 4 months is going to fit.  I’ll be sure to post pictures of my attempts though…

Wednesday, Spencer called me with a list of things I need to bring with me on tour.  I feel extremely lucky to have a co-coordinator on this tour with me! He has already provided such great insight into tour life and answered more hypothetical questions than I care to admit asking.

I cannot explain in words how ready I am to begin this chapter of my life! I am anxious to see the Lord work in every situation as I’m literally moving to a city where I know no one to begin a job where I will live on a bus for 3 months!  The assurance that I feel about this decision is unlike any other confidence I have ever felt.  The decision and journey to this opportunity have been so bathed in prayer that I have complete peace and joy in allowing God to take control.

In the same breath, there is an enormity to this adventure that reminds me daily that I can’t do this alone.  I have been reminded daily that this opportunity is something that is so much bigger than my dreams and I pray that I am able to glorify Christ through daily interactions with the people I meet and work with.   As I struggle to work through the emotions of change and transition and excitement and adventure please pray for peace that surpasses understanding.

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The Beginning…A very good place to start

Unfortunately I’m not even sure where the beginning of this story is… I should note however that “tour coordinator for a major christian concert series” never once entered my mind as a career choice as a child.  I was never musically talented enough to dream of touring the country, so I can’t even really say to people “I’ve landed my dream job.” Simply because, my dreams weren’t big enough.

This journey vaguely begins this summer when I volunteered for my mom’s radio station.  They needed a volunteer to represent a sponsor who couldn’t send someone out to two local shows.  My mom gave my name to Grand Canyon University, or GCU, and they contacted me a few days before the first show to give me the 411 on their college.  I literally received my “training” in a 45-minute telephone call.  After that, I was expected to represent (and essentially sell) this university that I had never even seen to hundreds of concert goers.  The concerts went well and it was a lot of fun meeting all of the prospective students and hearing their stories of why they wanted to go to/ go back to school.  I jokingly mentioned to Bret (my GCU contact) that if they ever thought about hiring someone for the position to please contact me, I even sent him my resume.  Honestly though, I never expected to hear from him again.

Fast forward three months.  I had been living at home, working four jobs, saving as much money as possible, and praying…a lot.  I received advice to wait upon the Lord for guidance about the next step in life (Acts 1:4).  There were days and weeks where heartbreak and doors closed seemed to seek me out.  In panic, I applied to an internship in Sacramento CA…anything that had the illusion of moving on or doing something with my life was appealing.   I even mentioned to my parents going back to grad school…which I’m sure they loved.  (I can just hear the conversation now, “She’s unemployed and in debt as it is, why would she go back to school?”)  But I know school, it’s familiar and predictable…I can do school.  Dave Ramsey would be proud though, as a Financial Peace Graduate I knew that going even further into debt was not the way to move forward in life.

31 October.  Halloween night I sent an email to Bret.  It was a complete shot in the dark… After searching on the GCU employment webpage I requested more information about an enrollment adviser position.  Bret wrote back the very next day to set up a phone call.   The phone call was one that I will never forget…

Bret agreed to speak with me about the enrollment adviser position but he asked that I ‘hear him out’ on another position that he would like to recommend me for.  GCU was looking to hire a second Tour Coordinator for an upcoming music tour;  since I had volunteered for them in the past, Bret had already printed off my resume and sent it to his boss.  Bret and I spoke for about 30 minutes and I was literally dancing around as he explained that the position would require me (uhm…more like allow me) to travel for three months on the Rock and Worship Road Show.  I would serve as an ambassador for the University and recruit students.  We set up a phone interview with Scott, Bret’s boss, for the following day…

After an initial 30minute phone interview and a follow up interview the next day I was invited to a final interview in Phoenix AZ.  GCU flew me out the Monday before Thanksgiving to meet me in person and tour the school.  Although I was only in Phoenix for about 20 hours, I knew that it was someplace that could eventually be home.  The interview itself was both relaxed and daunting.  Relaxed because I felt comfortable, daunting because essentially my every move (chewing at dinner, getting in and out of the car, being able to walk and talk at the same time during the campus tour) was part of the interview.

More Waiting… my favorite! I didn’t hear, except for an email thanking me for my visit, until the following Wednesday from Scott.  Those seven days felt like seven years and honestly deserve a blog post of their own.  The call came on Wednesday at 2:30, I know because I was sitting in the car line to pick up the children I babysit every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Scott called to more than congratulate me, he actually offered me a full-time position with their team as a marketing analyst.  I was absolutely shocked…I don’t think I even used real words in my responses. He offered me some time to think and pray and seek council on his offer and we followed up a week later.

So now what?
I have accepted a 90-day position as a Tour Coordinator with Grand Canyon University.  I will be on the Rock and Worship Roadshow from January- March visiting cities and meeting with potential college applicants.  I am praying about what will come next, there is potential for me to relocate to Phoenix, AZ and work full time as a marketing analyst for GCU but those details haven’t been finalized yet.  I’m excited to see how God uses the next 3months to stretch and teach me.

Prayer Requests

  • That God will prepare the hearts of those I will be speaking with in each city
  • Safety in all of our travels
  • Discernment for after the tour

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