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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Renewed, Revitalized, and Ready to Rock and Roll

Lake Lawn Resort - what a wonderful introduction to Walworth County and Wisconsin!

Ah yes – looking back at my last post date, it is apparent that I abandoned the ship for a while. In all honesty, I was giving serious thought to just calling it quits.  Just call it a midlife crisis, and identity crisis, or a huge period of self-doubt.

I began to feel that my words and my images just weren’t all that I hoped they would be. When discussing this with fellow outdoor communicators and blogging mentors Jody Narrantic of The Hunter’s Wife, and Carrie Zylka of The Wild World of Carrie Z , both counseled me not to make any decisions until after I returned from the AGLOW (Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers) conference.

I am so glad that I listened to them.

I started my “Week in Wisconsin” courtesy of the Walworth County CVB, exploring the wonderful outdoor, historic, and just plain fun things that Walworth County has to offer. I was joined by several other AGLOW members for the weekend of fun.  The other AGLOW members that weekend filled my head with tales of other AGLOW conferences, opportunities, and most of all support, friendship, and fun.

Kathleen Seeburg, Executive Director of Walworth County CVB made sure that my first experiences in Wisconsin were indeed wonderful!

From the moment I walked into the lobby of the hotel in Fond du Lac, WI I felt welcomed, valuable and accepted.  This was my first AGLOW conference and I was nervous as a cat in room full of rockers. I was going to be meeting other writers and photographers that were in my mind, the rock stars of our industry. Folks that I follow, admire and respect. The entire drive north from Southern Illinois I had that country mouse going to the city anxiety.

I can't imagine a better location for outdoor communicators to gather than Lakeside Park in  Fond du Lac, WI

The fine folks from AGLOW instantly put that anxiety to rest.  The days were packed with so many activities, seminars, as well as time to make new friends and catch up with old friends.

I discovered that gee whiz – I wasn’t the only one struggling with how to proceed in the world of outdoor communicators, I discovered that with the AGLOW members there is genuine desire to help each other succeed and thrive.

I discovered I still had it in me to write, to photograph, to communicate.  I can never thank AGLOW and it’s wonderful members enough for renewing, revitalizing, and bringing  back the passion I have for communicating the great things the outdoors has to offer all of us.

I was especially tickled to get to see my friends Marjorie Beenders and Steve Walker from The Beenders-Walker Group. TBWG knows all there is to know and then some about great outdoor destinations in Missouri and the Gulf Shore!

Stay tuned, I have plenty of photos and stories to share from my “Week in Wisconsin”!


  1. Thanks for the shout out about the AGLOW conference in Fond du Lac Gretchen! Looking forward to having you back!

  2. Yay Gretchen! And Congratulations on all of your awards!

  3. Glad you decided to stick it out, as you can tell from meeting all the people and sweeping the Award in Craft Photography division you are a talented women and it would be a shame to give it all up.
    I'm honored to have you as a friend and a co-worker.
    Keep it up girl!