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In It for the Long Haul

In It for the Long Haul
As I am sure you all know, I LOVE this company. I live, eat, breath everything about it. It’s all I think about, often more than my own family. However there are days when I second guess my life and think that I should just give it all up and go back to the “easy” life working my government job and making great money. But when those days hit I have come to realize that I often just way over tired and burnt out. 
I am constantly being pulled in a million directions. Between my family, all of the individual events, my staff, my bookkeeper, my accountant…everyone needs something from me. Because of the line of work I am in I always have to make decisions, some for myself and often many for others. And there are lots of days I would really love to just tell everyone to go jump in a lake because I am tired of making decisions. 
Yesterday was one of those days. I woke up with a pain in my neck and feeling sick to my stomach. I couldn’t even bring myself to sit down at my computer to get caught up on work. Days like that scare me. Especially when this morning I wasn’t feeling much better. But by tonight I was starting to feel the excitement come back. 
I spent some time with my girls tonight, rode my spin bike for a half hour, and threw the ball around for my puppy. I had even shut off my phone. I didn’t sit back down to the computer until about 8:30. And when I did I worked really hard to focus on just one task at a time. Then I had the pleasure of speaking with a supplier and a community contact and I could feel the excitement start to rumble in my belly again. Thank goodness 🙂
This happens every now and then and I have learned to just listen to what my body is telling me. Still tonight my head feels a bit foggy and I know that I need to take some time to myself. It will have to wait because I have a lot of work to complete before then but at least I have set aside some time this weekend and I have promised myself I am shutting my phone off all weekend and will start fresh Monday morning. 
Don’t be afraid to take time to recharge your batteries. Especially when you work in a job that is creative. You can’t force  yourself to be creative. Your mind needs to be working at its optimal to be the best you can be. So glad I learned this lesson early otherwise I would have shut down my company about 10 times in the last two years. 
Off to bed to rest this creative mind. Good night everyone.
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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