Corporate and Special Event Planning

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
In the Moment is now 1 year old and I am so excited about where we are at with it.  It has not been easy, in fact it’s been so scary.  This time last year I remember sitting around the table with my book club friends and we were talking about In the Moment and how unsure I was of whether I was making a huge mistake or not. I have the most amazing friends in the world. They sat and listened to me whine and complain and talk myself in and out of this idea.  When I’d finished Lisa turned to me and said “Why are you are so scared?  What are you afraid of?” To which I had no answer, which is unusual for me.  She continued “That feeling in the pit of your stomach, it’s passion. Everything you’ve done in your government job has come so easily for you. This is the first time you’ve actually had to work for something. And you’re scared because you believe so passionately in it.” She was so right. 
A year later I still have that exact same feeling in the pit of my stomach. Every day I wake up with it and it stays there until bed time. I am still as passionate about it as I was one year ago, in fact maybe even more so.
Over the last month my company has taken on a life of it’s own and it’s all because I have taken another chance and stepped outside my comfort zone. Trevor, my husband has always found it so funny that I can stand up in front of a room of 100 people and deliver training material or give a speech yet I dread the thought of having a one on one conversation with someone at a party.  I know that shaking hands and making small talk is one of the things I need to work on so that’s what I have been doing and by George it’s working!  I have stepped outside my comfort zone and shaken hands, introduced myself and handed out my business card in situations that I normally would have just kept to myself and hoped that they’d approach me. Not exactly sure why I thought anyone would want to just approach me for no apparent reason but it made me feel better. 🙂  Well, because I have made that effort I have got myself into a situation where I have work potentially lining up as far as one year away from now.  It is amazing, it blows my mind!
You know what has made all the difference? My confidence in what I am capable of and my passion for what I have to talk about. I know I’m good at what I do. I’m organized, creative, detail oriented and most importantly I want your special moment to be as perfect as you picture it to be, all qualities required to be good at event planning. And, I love to talk about parties, events and the ideas I have. If you’ve spoken to me about a party, an event or even Halloween costumes I can guarantee you can see what I’m talking about in my face because I can feel it. When someone asks me about an event idea I feel my face light up, my shoulders straighten, and my mind starts racing a mile a minute.
I wake up every day with butterflies in my stomach and it’s all because I stepped outside my comfort zone to create this company and I continue to do so everyday.  I am encouraging all of you out there to do the same thing. It is possible. Anything is possible and when you are passionate about what it is you want to do, it will happen if you let it.  So whatever it is that is holding you back, kick it to the curb and step outside your comfort zone.  You have nothing to lose.  I did it, you can to!

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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