Sunday, May 28, 2017

My intro to Montana

Like a tornado she swept into my life, turning it sideways and filling it with adventure. I had no idea that in such a short time someone could influence me and my life so much. Her name is Anne Danczyk. I met her on her first day at Amazon. She had just joined my Executive Assistant team; we were at Key Arena for the Amazon Seattle All-Hands, even in a stadium of 30,000 people Anne still stood out. She is a powerhouse of confidence, capturing her audience, not just by her beauty but her passion. She stormed in a few minutes late, literally running from campus due to a slight misunderstanding in the meeting location. Instead of stressing about it, she just laughed and was really happy about making it before the start of the presentations. That just who Anne is, bubbly, silly and carefree. 
Anne's life is that of fairy tales, to say that she is a go getter is an understatement of a lifetime. Anne's first job as a young girl was working with horses. She trained to be on the regional development team as a downhill ski racer, attended West Point as a Spanish major, after serving in the United States Army for 10 years (where she routinely fought forest fires) she left to pursue her dream of becoming a professional opera singer. She has been dutifully studying and practicing nonstop for the last year and is preparing for her auditions that are quickly coming up! 
I forgot to mention, while Anne was in High School and University she ran competitively on the cross country teams. This, is where Anne's love of Montana really shined through, it was so strong that I just had to see it for myself. 
She would tell me of these grand adventures of trail running in the mountains with her black lab. She would be out there for hours not realizing just how far they had run. Accidentally running 20 milers simply because she would get lost in the joy of running in her Montana mountains. Her story of a run-in with a friendly bear didn't deter her love one bit, if anything her face lit up even more while she told about it. 
Anne is how I ended up in Big Ski Country.