I was walking in Oakland one day, months ago, and happened to notice that one of the old historical buildings had a new sign. Actually, it was more like a banner, which was very intriguing. It said “Bigelow Conference and Reception Center.” Now I knew this was not there before, so of course I had to check it out. Well I have kept in touch via email with Nilda and had not ever gotten a chance to check out the space. I received an email from her saying that there were still a few tables available at the bridal show that would be taking place on Feb. 19th. As soon as I read it, I knew I should jump on this opportunity. I emailed her back asking to set up an appointment to look at the space and discuss the show. And that was that! For anyone who wants to purchase tickets, they are $10 and can be purchased online here. You’ll see me, smiling face, doing what I love to do. The bonus is that this show is not as large as the ones at the Marriott or Convention Center, so it is less likely that brides will get lost. I admit, I have gotten lost in one before. Oh and if you need tips on how to navigate one of these, see my previous post, All Under One Roof.
This is something I have been told my entire life. Never stop learning, whether it is personally, professionally, or just for fun. Since officially launching Nicki Ann Events, I have learned so much. Business tactics, financial matters, and just plain brainstorming have kept me extremely busy in the last few months. Not to mention the actual duties of my job.
As you might have read previously, I incorporated my business goals into my New Years’ resolutions. One of my resolutions is to attend some conferences and seminars to learn more about the profession and create a business that can hold its own in the world of weddings. Something I can be proud of. I had no idea where to even start. So I thought I would leave it up to the wonderful and knowledgable people on Twitter. And of course, the twitter-ites came through and the Wedding Merchants Business Academy Convention was suggested (Thanks Sharron Mabry!).
So let’s talk about this convention. It takes place in the middle of September at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Yes. You heard it right. VEGAS. I know. It was a twist my arm kind of thing, but I figured Vegas will do. I am even more excited because I have never been there. So clearly the location is a bonus.
But that is not the half of it. The sponsors for the convention are equally as impressive. The Knot. Martha Stewart Weddings. Wedding Wire. Brides.com. I mean, all of the big ones. The speakers themselves are CEOs and Presidents of these companies. Clearly, they know their stuff. I am just so excited to even be in the same room as them let alone have them bestow their knowledge on me. This is going to be AWESOME!
After reading about it, I was completely sold. There was never a question of whether I wanted to attend. It was only a question of how I was going to pay for the conference. Being a new business, there are costs everywhere and not always the income to support it. This was going to take some planning. But I made up my mind. I decided I am going to this convention.
And then I noticed that Wedding MBA had offered this little contest where you could tell why attending the conference was one of your New Year’s resolutions. If you are chosen, you will have registration covered for the convention. Well, as you can see from this post, it was not originally one of my resolutions since I knew nothing about the convention prior to writing them. However, it is the perfect tool for achieving my resolutions. I truly believe that all of my business goals for the year will be positively impacted by attending this conference. I am going to use all of my energy to better myself and my business by using the knowledge gained from this conference. I can’t wait to be one of the winners of this contest (positive thoughts!).
This year has been a whirlwind. It has been filled with good things, like getting engaged (!!!) and finally going for it and starting my business. But it has also been filled with many bad. I am hoping to make 2011 one of the best in my life. I have decided to make lots of resolutions in different areas of my life. I have decided to write about them here because it isn’t quite as easy to blow them off if other people know about them. Hehe…
I have some personal resolutions that I’d like to either start or continue. I started taking better care of myself last year by working out and eating right. I had no reason to put it off any longer seeing how I have an entire gym in my basement. I started by using the elliptical three times a week. In June, I took did fitness boot camp for a month. When that was over, I started running three miles three times a week. Though some time constraints have hindered my progress later this year, I still run as often as I can usually no less than twice a week. I have also really changed my diet and have become more conscious of what I eat. I have lost about 16 pounds, but more importantly I feel great about myself. I feel like I have really followed through with my 2010 resolutions. So my personal goals for this year are 1) to continue to eat healthy and work out; 2) run the Race for a Cure; and 3) run a 10k by the end of 2011.
I also want to make a few changes in my relationships with others. I have really made a conscious effort this year to be a better friend and future wife. It is sad to say that I need to make a conscious effort. But in all honesty, I just have so much going on that sometimes I need to stop and think about what type of person I have been. I take out stress on Joey and ignore phone calls from friends. In reality, the people who love you should still love you in spite of these things. My point is they shouldn’t have to put up with that. I love Joey and I love my friends and family. Therefore, my resolution in regards to my friends and family is to show them how much they mean to me – whether it be a random greeting card, a quick text saying hi or planning a weekend trip to visit those who are out-of-town. After all, these are the people who have made me who I am and are always there to support me. I should let them know how much that means to me.
Lastly, I need to make some goals for my business. I have finally made the push to get started and book my first clients. How dumb would I be to just let that slip through my fingers? I don’t really think you want to hear ALL of my goals. There are a ton. Really. A ton. I have a long way to go before I can afford to have a short goal list. So I’ll list some basics for you. For your reading pleasure, I will be making an honest effort to blog at least once a week. It is never a matter of not having something to talk about. It’s always just taking the time to do it. Which brings me to my next resolution – I will spend more time building my business. I will continue doing research, making contacts with vendors and learning more about the field. I also plan to organize my home office to allow me to have a space to focus. Ok, so that one might just be a ploy to get a new desk and paint the office, but it is still a good one I think those are a good overview of what my plan is for the year, but by no means is that an exhaustive list.
I apologize if this post wasn’t the most interesting or helpful that I’ve written. If you already know me, you’ll know about my love for making lists. If you don’t know me, you’ll soon know about this little issue. This is a new take on making a list. We’ll see how many of these things I can cross off before the beginning of 2012.
I hope your year is full of happiness and fun. But I’m curious… what are some of your resolutions for the upcoming year?