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Bess began working with Microsoft SharePoint in 2003 and has worked with every version since, including 2016 and Office 365.  She enjoys leveraging her business analyst skills to assist organizations in getting the most out of their Microsoft investment.

During her Information Technology journey, Bess discovered the joys of improvisation.  She has traveled the country to study improv, including the top three schools in Chicago – The Second City, iO, and The Annoyance.  She performs locally with Dinner Detective and is the director of Indy Improv Collaborative, an improv troupe nominated for Nuvo’s Best of Indy in 2017.

Bess combines her improv skills with her 20 years of corporate experience in Information Technology, allowing her to specialize in collaborative solutions.  She is the owner of Collaborative Ventures, LLC.

Bess lives in Indianapolis, IN where she is raising her three children.

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Indoor Snowball Fight

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One thing I've discovered over the years is that gross motor activity strategically placed before a work period has greatly enhanced my children's willingness and ability to focus on work.  20 minutes of running around outside can be enough to turn any day around.  One of the challenges of winter is that this isn't always an option.  While I'm comfortable letting my children go out in some winter weather, my youngest struggles in colder temperatures and has developed fairly impressive hives on several occasions.  Not only that, but sometimes we only have 15-20 minutes at the given moment.

A number of years ago, our local Children's museum had an indoor snowball fight setup for a winter display.  It consisted of soft, white, stitched balls.  I loved the idea.  We had a blast.  As excited as I was to hear that they sold them in the gift shop, I was shocked at the price tag for a set of six.

I began searching craft stores for options.  I stumbled upon a 3 inch pom pom by Darice that was the perfect size and weight.  To my delight, they were far more economical as well.  Here is a pack of 24 that you can purchase on Amazon.



For the five of us, I purchased a grand total 72 and placed them in a large bin.  You can certainly get by on far fewer but that gives everyone a chance to grab a good sized handful.



I'm amazed at how fun this activity is for all of us.  The pom poms have enough weight to travel but not enough to hurt anyone or break anything.  It makes it perfect for indoor fun.  We've played together even when we had an infant in the picture.  Now that my children are older, they still adore it and are excited when I pull the basked out for the season.  And yes, you can throw the snowballs in the washing machine if they get dirty and dingy.



This has been one of my favorite spontaneous activities in our household by far.  The basket can sit on a table, ready for anyone to initiate at any moment.  It doesn't make a mess.  We always end up laughing.  And most of all, we can all burn off some much needed energy while strengthening coordination.  Even adult guests that visits have a hard time resisting.


Bess
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