Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Knowing Your Limits

We all have limits. Each one of us. Sometimes we 'push our limits' to better ourselves and our craft. Other times we 'hit our limits' only realize that we can do no more. And, then it's too late.

It took me quite a while to learn how to push my limits without hitting my limits. There's definitely an art to this science. And I've hardly perfected it. But, I do like to think of myself as a recovering 'limit hitter.' It's taken a lot to get here. But, it's feeling really comfortable and good now. And I don't want to ever go back to that place I was 2 years ago when work had no boundaries and the 'extraneous' took my life over only to prove, in the end, to be harmful and hurtful.

Here is an example as to how I'm implementing this today. This year we have four wonderful weddings and one social party on the books. These clients all deserve the very best from me. And by accepting any additional business, I would be taking away from what they deserve which is my very best at all times. That's why I have decided to close the books on 2012. I will not take on any additional work this year. By doing so, I would only be taxing myself, my staff, and my family. And this is not something I'm willing to do any more.

Think about your limits. Set them. Then, stick to them. As a recovering 'limit pusher' I can tell you that it feels pretty wonderful to be on the other side!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A New Year...A New Begining

It's been so long since my last post that I literally had to stop and think about who the host of my blog is and what my password was! You know it's been too long between posts when that happens!

I can't hardly believe it's 2012 already. In fact, in just a few short days In Any Event will celebrate 5 years in business! That doesn't seem possible. What a whirlwind these past 5 years have been. I remember that first event under the In Any Event umbrella like it was yesterday. To think that was almost 5 years ago....wow.

I've learned a whole lot in the past 5 years. I'm a much smarter business woman then I was in 2007. So many of the things I learned was through trial and error (or baptism by fire, if you will). Sometimes, that's the best way to learn. I wouldn't trade those 'trial and error' learning experiences for anything. They sharpened my skills and have made this company what it is today.

As with any small business, the first several years are spent building the business and developing an identity. They're spent 'figuring out' who you are in the industry and what you want to do. I'm quite sure my jaw would fall to the ground if I could calculate the hours that have been spent in my office over the past 5 years making this company a 'go.' But, it's all been worth it! Every bead of sweat. Every tear that's been shed. Every gleeful smile. And excited shrill. I would do it all over again to realize this dream!

I've always loved the saying, 'Work smarter not harder.' And in 2012, that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to work smarter then I ever have before. Because, truth be told, I need to reclaim my personal life. Sure, those hours needed to be spent these past 5 years to get to the point we're at now, but those hours weren't spent without sacrifice. My personal life has really suffered and I'm ready to make it mine once again. I'm ready to do all the things I once did and found such enjoyment in.

Here's just a small list of what I want to do in 2012: read more Karen Kingsbury books, re-design our master bedroom and bathroom so I have a true 'sanctuary' (I've even started to create a Keynote presentation for the room remodel just like the ones I create for our clients! Since I have no one to present this to other than my husband, who really doesn't care much about decorating, please let me know if you're interested in seeing it because I'd be happy to share!), pull out my sewing machine and teach myself how to make ruffles and piping and then create some throw pillows for every room in the house, stop at the thrift store once every couple of weeks to look for great vintage pieces I never knew I needed (this one will thrill my husband), plan a wonderful 40th birthday party for said man in my life, and make it to my yoga and zumba class every week!

I've got a lot of work ahead of me in the quest to work smarter and not harder. But I have complete faith in myself and I just know I'll be able to accomplish this in 2012.

Happy New Year!