There are several things that are worth celebrating with a blog post.
Your dog learned how to sit on command, for example.
You decided to go vegan, raw, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and/or diet-free.
You found a new lipstick shade you really like.
You know...all the major highlights we have in this life.
So, although I’m not sure I can top the most recent viral blog post put out into the internet world, I sure as hell have something worth celebrating (and blogging about).
And that my dears, is my bad ass team. Or as I like to call them, the #SQUAD.
Let me begin with my most recent hire…
MONICA - CAMP COUNSELOR
Monica is an artist, entrepreneur, number crusher, flower-farmer, alpaca-herder, baby human mom, dog mom, and a PhD in Statistics and Research Methods. (I’m straight up not kidding about any of those, btw). She came to us, as luck would have it, through our recent job posting. However, I have reason to believe she was sent to us from above, because this one is a straight up Blessing (with a capital B for #BadAss).
Monica has taken over all things logistics at the Wild Way frontier, and has a job description that stretches from inventory management, to event planner, to bookkeeper. Because her list of jobs don’t really fit on a business card, we just call her “Camp Counselor”. And we are all better scouts because of it.
Christopher - Coffee CoAch
Christopher is both the tallest human we've ever fit in the camper and the smartest. He can get you amped up and excited about a coffee as much as he can keep you in stitches with his witty humor. Top it all off with his overall sense of encouragement and dedication to his craft and we are all striving for better because of what he brings to the team.
Jon and I enjoyed our first conversations with him so much we decided to create a job specifically for him to fill because we simply needed him on The Wild Way team.
ENTER: The Coffee Coach Position. Christopher will be working on fresh blog content and a fun and science-y (yes, those can coexist because of him) new experiential coffee class that will launch mid-January. Stay tuned for more details from our new Coffee Coach and Espresso-Aficionado, Christopher Melton.
Megan - Camper CREW LEAD
Sweet Megan, woman of many talents and wearer of many hats! (Literally, she has lots of good hats). I was lucky enough to hire her back in April before I knew exactly what I’d be getting her into. This girl has been through it all with us the past few months and has kept me sane and smiling the whole time.
Meg’s got it all. She has grit. She has stamina. She has the smarts.
Ask her to hitch up a trailer and she can do so in 2.5 seconds. Ask her to lift five gallon water jugs over her head and watch her flex. Ask her to pull you the best shot of espresso in your life while carrying an in-depth conversation and be amazed. I’m one #proud bosslady over here because of this one.
WHITNEY - CAMPER CREW
Whitney floated into my life right when I needed her. I was in desperate need of someone who could stand in front of a line for hours on end, taking drink orders, hustlin’ granola bowls, and pouring out drinks without skipping a beat.
If “Marathon Register-er” was a thin, she’d win the freaking gold. Her natural 7 enneagram keeps us all grinning and goofing’ throughout those busy days and we are a stronger team because of it!
Jon and myself - trailer drivers
And then there is us. Y’all probably know us PRETTY well by now. So here are a few facts about The Cluttons that you pry don’t know.
1) Jon is my personal chef and literally I forget to eat if he doesn’t feed me. I blame it on being busy but in actuality, if you’ve had his food - you’d know why I don’t eat anything else.
Bonus fact: Yes, he does cook with his tongue out constantly.
2) I definitely stood Jon up the first time he asked to hang out with me (at a coffee shop...naturally). We didn’t see each other for nine months after that because I studied abroad in Italy that next semester and then went straight to Kenya for the summer. (Also, why does my life as a college student sound so cool?)
Womp Womp Womp.....
3) Years later, while I was dating Jon, I went back to Italy with a dear friend and while I was there, Jon made a 24 hour driving trip to Kansas and back to ask my parents for my hand in marriage. When he picked me up from the airport the next day he was wearing a suit and had flowers in hand and I DEFINITELY thought he was going to propose right then and there...he did not and I had PTSD for the next month. Anytime we went on a date I would start getting nervous that he’d pop the question. Finally, on HIS birthday-date (that he planned...not sure how that worked out) I was so nervous I just looked at him and said “If you’re going to propose you might as well do it now.”
And he did.
Bet y’all didn’t know those stories, did yah?!?
when can i meet this new #SQUAD
I know y'all are all thinking it. WHEN CAN I MEET THESE HUMANS THEY SOUND AWESOME!?! Well for the next three weeks, Jon and I are going rogue and heading to Italy (finally making it up to him for standing him up on that first date) and leaving our crew in charge of Warehouse days which are happening every Wednesday AND Saturday now!
8am - 2pm each Wed & Sat you can find them serving up spro and good vibes at our little converted warehouse space in the East Crossroads. Go say hi, hand out a high-five, give them some encouragement, tell them how good their drinks are, etc etc. They are looking forward to serving you. And I am looking forward to a few dates in my favorite country.
Ciao Kansas City.