I Think I’m In Love
I spent a few years preparing for a career in the public sector. I was headed to law school and would find myself a child advocate lobbying in Washington, DC. My study habits were great. I loved children and stood up for what I believed in—people told me this career choice was perfect. But… was it??? Studying came easily to me, it would definitely pay the bills, and it was a very comfortable career path.
And yet, I simply didn’t love it.
Don’t get me wrong—public policy was okay. I was adequately prepared but couldn’t seem to get myself to press the go button on law school. I worked different jobs that were great but I envied those folks who were excited on the way to work—people who absolutely loved what they did. No matter my function – operations, management, support – I always seemed to have the other duties of creating the organization’s events. One day the light bulb went off…. if I always end up planning the events, then why are the events not my job?
I finally went for it. I left my regular job and jumped into a full-time events role. It’s been nearly 20 years, and while there have been learning curves along the way, I can now say with full confidence that I really love what I do.
As Confucius said, “choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” It’s great advice, but it’s not always that simple—it can be difficult to figure out what you love and how this translates into a career. So how did I do it…
- Rekindle those child-like instincts – What did I do as child? Planned parties and trips for friends. I was always on the “committee” to coordinate the next best thing. I recently found memorabilia from a fashion show I not only created at age 11 with a venue, models (friends/family that I trained), store sponsors, and tickets. This feat profited over $500. Not bad for a kid, huh?
- Forget about the dollars… at least for the moment – If money was not in the equation, what would I do with my time? I know that planning an event would be at the top of the list. I’m the fanatic that dissects magazine ads to find ways translate the “theme” into an event. Watching a movie for me is more about the scenery in the back and how I could submerge a guest into a moment in a frame rather than the actual plot or characters. This is “spare time” fun for me and would happen even if it never rendered a dime in my pocket.
- Consider how my peers lean on me – What strength consistently resurfaces when my friends needs a favor? I asked the people who knew me intimately when I appear the happiest and what I do most enthusiastically. Their answers didn’t surprise me.
In the end, I am living out my passion. Each day is exciting and is focused upon what comes to me naturally. I made the decision to leap towards my dream and I’m unconditionally committed to seeing it to fulfillment.
I am excited to introduce Jihan to our event blog family and I look forward the event tips she will share with us all. Please join me in welcoming Jihan, make her feel at home please. N