Corporate and Special Event Planning

I’ve Been Doing Some Reading

I’ve Been Doing Some Reading
Let me start with a little story…I am blessed to have a pretty easy going marriage.  I have been in love with the same man for a very long time, almost twenty years to be exact.  We have been married for almost 14 years and in that time I can honestly say that we’ve only really raised our voices at each other a handful of times.  We get along great, we talk about everything and we’ve always seen eye to eye on pretty much everything…except In the Moment.  Trevor is not convinced about this passion of mine.  I am 110% devoted to my idea behind this company and spend just about every spare minute tweeking, researching, thinking, planning.  I love it! It’s not work, it can’t be work if it’s this much fun right?  Well the conversation came up again the other day, as it always does every few months.  During those conversations I get alot of “I want you to succeed but…” or “I’m glad you’re happy but…”.  Well the conversation ended just in the nick of time because I think I was about to come out with a “I love you but…”  Ok, it wasn’t quite that bad but…
The next day I spent a lot of time thinking about In the Moment and where it’s headed, where it’s been in a year’s time and to be honest the company has cost me a ton of money with only one or two actual profit making jobs…but…I am loving every minute of it and when I think about it, really think about it, I get butterflies.  I have butterflies right now telling you about it. I get excited about the prospect of what this company can be. I have a million ideas but not enough time, money and people to put them all in to play fast enough.
In the long run…dream with me here for a minute…I envision a huge store for all of you to shop the latest and greatest party items, the music is loud the store is bright and there are people wondering around with smiles on their faces, the staff around are pleasant and helpful and are just as excited about your daughter’s first birthday as you are.  Over to the side of the store is a large archway that leads to the offices, the offices of my event planners, each one with their own closed door office working away on their next event.  Although our boardroom is typically professional, our “thinking room” is a large room with a pool table, a basketball net, cool paintings on the wall, funky paper lanterns and things hanging from the ceiling, a couch, beanbag chairs…all that fun stuff that stimulates creativity.  When you head to the back of the store you reach a counter where you can talk to our friendly planners about booking the tent, chairs, table, and linens you need for your 250 person wedding, As you cross through the parking lot with the bags of goodies you got a great deal again today you notice our big party trailer pulling out of the bay, it is loaded to the brim with helium balloons for an event we are headed to downtown. OMG!!!
Ok, a little off track here..see I get all worked up and lose focus.  Ok, so as I was saying I did a lot of thinking about what Trevor was saying about him not seeing me being able to make any money at this and although I am happy doing this he doesn’t want me spending all my money on it for nothing.  Well, it got me thinking…when someone feels the way I do about the ideas I have what do they do about it, how do they make it all come together.  Most big business people started out with little to no money and doing it all on their own so what do I need to do be like them.
I walked by butt into Indigo books and bought Donald Trump’s Think Big.  OMG…Trevor is going to be so mad at himself for having that heated discussion with me the other day.  I have read the Forward and Chapter 1 and I am more excited about my company then I was before.  In the first chapter Donald makes you take a quiz to find out if you have what it takes to be on top…guess what…I do!  According to Donald Trump I have the drive, ambition and devotion to turn this company, or anything I believe in, into what I want it to be. So hold on to your hat Trevor because the ride has only begun.  Heehee…
Alright, so that leads me to what this means for you.  I am putting it out there, in writing, so that I am totally dedicated to it. My promise to you, all you In the Moment followers is that I am going to continue to work hard for you, I am going to allow In the Moment to grow to be what it is you want and need it to be. I will continue to do this as long as it gives me the same joy I am feeling at this exact moment.  I will learn, I will grow and I will prosper from this adventure.
At the end of chapter 1 the discussion revolves around one topic that caught my attention…learning. I must admit, I don’t have alot of time to sit around and read articles (not to mention, reading is all I do in my other job), books, etc. but I am well aware that my blog has drawn the most hits to my website.  So, in order to kill two birds with one stone I have decided that I am going to combine learning and blogging. I am committing to learning something new about party and event planning at least 5 days per week and I am going to share it with you on my blog. That way I am learning and I am getting you all to my website day after day.
But you also have to make a promise to me, you have to promise to let me know you’re reading my blog and that it is making a difference in your life. I want to hear that you love something I posted, you hate it, you have question…whatever. I don’t know much about blogging but from what I understand they are much more interesting when other people contribute to the discussion. So I really want to hear your thoughts on what I’m blogging about.
Deal?  Ok, so starting tomorrow (I was going to say Monday but why procrastinate) I will start learning something new at least 5 days a week and sharing what I’ve learned with you.  And, you will help me by sharing your thoughts on what I post.
Eeeeeee…..!!!!! I am so excited.  Look out world, here I come!!
Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.


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