No Speak Week - Dana Chirps

The last time I felt like a Disney princess I was actually at a palace in Vienna, Austria.

The last time I felt like a Disney princess I was actually at a palace in Vienna, Austria.

On Thursday I'm having surgery. It's VERY minor, especially in comparison to other medical situations I've dealt with :::coughcough-cancer-coughcough:::, so I'm not the least bit phased. In fact, I'm quite excited.

About five years ago I had a job that required me to be on the phone a ton, and the short version is that I just overused and abused my voice both in and out of the office and I didn't have the time to grant myself any kind of voice rest. It resulted in a "new" voice that is a bit raspier than my God-given voice, as well as a dull ache in my throat. It honestly isn't that bad, and it essentially became my new norm.

But recently it's been driving me a little more crazy. I think my breaking point was when I was on the phone with a client and my voice cracked - something I have zero control over. That's when I knew I had to start keeping a pulse on when I could actually get this surgery done. Thankfully a little window of time to take care of it has finally presented itself.

It will be a grand farewell to my pesky rasp, perpetual ache, and voice cracking incidents! It is so crazy to think that people who have met me within the last five years or so have never heard my real voice. My own boyfriend hasn't heard MY voice! None of my friends I've met in Florida (I've lived here for about 3.5 years) have either. 

But here is the kicker...

After the surgery, I'm not allowed to talk for one week. Help me Jesus. Those of you who know me at all, know that this will be quite a feat. That being said, I'd love some ideas on three things:

  1. Creative (funnier the better) ways to communicate when I go out and about... keep in mind, it is likely that I'll be bumping into friends I haven't seen in a good while since I'll be home in RVA for the holidays. Whiteboard? Printed thought bubbles? 
  2. Movies/TV series that I should binge watch.
  3. Any fun silent activities recommendations.

No Speak Week will be most certainly be entertaining, and perhaps enlightening for this social butterfly. I keep having flashbacks of scenes featuring Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" when she lost her voice - dinglehopper, anyone? However, I really am quite optimistic. This is a surgery commonly performed on singers, so I have no doubt that I will wake up with Adele's voice (and accent). ;)



Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.