Let's look at some remarkable parts of running the tour in detail that I cherished and will miss:
RESOURCES: One of the cool benefits were the contacts I gained. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, having access to so many different types of people allows one to find trusted resources of expertise we may need. Like I now have a roofer, a friend who works on cars, a friend who helps me with house improvements, people who will lend a hand if needed when friends are sick, etc.
GAME IMPROVED: The other thing that of course happened was my game skyrocketed because I watched so many talented players compete for 2 full days at a time for 8 to 12 times a year. That's A LOT of learning that not many people get to witness! I admit completely that part of my winning run for a few years was because I was able to watch patterns of the top players and also see how well they stay down with smooth strokes. You watch great pool like that so often and so much, you gain such incredible knowledge that helps propel your game. And I was lucky to be on the receiving end of that.
LEADERSHIP: And another thing I truly loved was all the leadership I gained. Talking at times to all the sponsors allowed me to learn a lot of the ins and outs of a business and why decisions were better than others. Further, a lot of leadership opportunities also arose by running the tour when I interacted with the players. There's a lot more to just running a tournament and going through the motions, it's also about personalities, and how to handle conflict, and dealing with issues professionally. Huge opportunity and experience for leadership.
FRIENDSHIP: The thing I'll miss most is talking with friends and getting to know them. Even a few friends would come to visit me at the tournaments on Sundays, and we spent hours chatting and catching up. We have decided to continue that in other arenas (away from smoke and pool rooms). Further, all the players who helped me run the tour became really good friends and I will miss them. Heather, Ginger, Jeff Georges, Dana, Duane, and Kara. Even my bestie Amanda and I only really saw each other at the tourneys. But I gained valuable friendships in all these people and I will miss hearing their advice, learning more about them, and enjoying conversations. It's not to say I'll never see or talk to them, but the Omega was the Perfect Storm for all that conversing to take place. And of course hosting birthday celebrations for friends who I normally wouldn't see was a pretty cool side benefit of running the Tour.
And no... none of this changes my mind about my decision to get away from the pool room. But, many have asked me what I'll miss from not running the Omega Tour anymore, so wanted to share.
But, the distance wont stop me from still having great connections with friends!