Nickkie, Voxing and sponsoring, and being an all-round legend.

I’m robbing and reposting with presumed permission from the wonderful Nicole Pacheco – hero, legend, all-star. Ms. Pacheco secured sponsorship for us to go to Birmingham this year (THANK YOU!) and has been a phenomenal force to be reckoned with this year, on and off the pitch. Here are her words about what playing GAA has meant to her.

VoxParallels: A Year in the Life of a GAA and Voxbone Newbie


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IMG-20141011-WA0009The parallels one discovers in life are unmistakable.

I am an adventurer.
I am an explorer.
I believe in pushing the boundaries of the unknown.

Set me at a crossroads and every time, I will take the road less travelled.

Last year, at the dawn of my fourth decade I embarked on two adventures: joining Voxbone and joining the Belgium Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) to play two of their sports internationally: Gaelic Football and Camogie. Both of these decisions meant diving into the unknown.

As someone with zero experience in telecom, starting a job in this industry was daunting. The biggest draw came in the form of Voxbone’s company culture- a feeling of friendship and community in a highly diverse staff with a company-wide focus to plow through the year to meet lofty targets.

This vibe was echoed in my involvement with the GAA- a strong sense of unity and family, mingled with a burning desire to dominate the competition to become the Champions of Europe.

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When Voxbone agreed to sponsor our team this year, it not only inspired us, but also felt very fitting to me. The parallels in my life felt as though they had intertwined. It left me inspired not only with how Voxbone works to cultivate a great vibe within the company, but also strives to foster this in the lives of their employees outside of the company structure.

For someone who initially only joined for the admin experience, I am more than ever motivated to explore the industry I work in in order to gain more knowledge. Evidence of this may be found on my desk, where several copies of Telecom for Dummies lie. With one year down, I am ready to tackle the one to come. Voxbone has been an adventure so far and if the past year is anything to go by, there is another wild ride to come.

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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

-Robert Frost

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