A friend posted this vintage pic of me to Facebook last year.
There are more recent days that I can’t remember, but this moment is pretty clear. This was during my junior year of college. My sorority was hosting a fundraiser, and my BFF and I were co-chairs. The tuxedo shirt was the evening’s uniform. A Soror snapped this pic while we were setting up.
That event (DST King of Hearts Pageant) was the first event I’d ever planned. There were so many moving parts, and I was a bundle of nerves. One of the contestants was driving me batty, and I remember screaming at him at some point. There were a few other hiccups, but overall, the evening went well.
I didn’t appreciate this photo until I ran across it a couple of weeks ago. I make my living as a project manager and event planner, so this pic is a glimpse of how I started.
One thing I wish I had known then is that the unexpected will always happen, no matter how well you plan. What makes the difference is how you navigate the bumps along the way. Keep a cool head, a calm demeanor, and treat your team with respect.
Oh, and wear comfortable shoes. I had on heels that night. My feet were killing me by the time I got home.