Catching upWednesday, June 05, 2013
Posted by: Katie Sullivan

I’m sitting in my parent’s office right now babysitting my nephew. He is usually sprinting around at a full throttle pace, but he decided it was okay to take a nap. I thought I could use this time to update everyone on what has been going on!

Last time I blogged I wasn’t sure what races we were going to be attending next. I am still working really hard trying to find a marketing partner, but my dad and I still live by the philosophy if it is to be it is up to me. We have been working hard so we can make it to Denver and Sonoma. I believe if everything goes according to plan we will be able to race all the West Coast races.

I have still been spending a lot of time at the race track. Recently my dad and I went out to Sacramento to help Nick Bastiao shake down his new drag bike. Since Nick’s new leathers were not finished in time, my dad Charlie rode the bike. Helping Nick has been really fun because he is actually a Top Alcohol Funny Car racer. It’s really neat watching his excitement as he sets out on a new racing adventure. I think he will do really well.
We also have been working on my dad’s turbo charged alcohol injected bike. Sometimes I think both my dad and I get a frustrated because we have been working on this bike for so long, due to always putting our attention on the Pro Stock Suzuki. I am very excited to say though I think we are almost there! Just a couple more minor things and I think we will fly.

I have also been working really hard on my business, Tough Girl Designs. I recently made the decision to move to Sacramento. I have had my shop in Orland for the last couple of years. Orland is great, I like being close to my parents and our garage where we keep the bikes. I just think Sacramento is a better fit all around for the things I want to pursue in my life. Plus it is only about an hour in a half from my parents; plenty close enough to work on the bikes on the weekends.

This move takes me a little bit out of my comfort zone. It is really a big step for my business. I could not be more excited though. I think it’s important in life to push yourself to do better. That takes stepping out of what is comfortable to you.  I just know in my heart how well I can do in business, and I can’t wait to spread my wings and really go for it!

I already found a new shop. In fact it’s the coolest shop ever! They gave me screaming deal on it, and it will really help me keep my overhead low. I will be able to move in on July 1. I have been so happy and so excited to be pushing forward with my business. Now time to work on finding a sponsor and I will be all set!
The last thing I want to say is thank you to everyone who reads my blog and keeps up with what we are doing. I’m constantly receiving emails, and people are always coming up to me at the track talking about the blog. You all really can’t imagine what that means to me and the support you show just absolutely drives me to push even harder. You all are amazing! Thank you!