Monday, December 31, 2007

Goodbye 2007

It's the last day of the year. The first thing that pops into my head on this day every year is "Happy Birthday Little Sister!" The second thing is usually, "I wish I didn't have to work holidays."

It's the end of another great wedding year for me. As I sit here looking at all of the folders for all of my clients over this year, I realize that I have once again, done more weddings this year than the previous. It's a good thing! But it's also something that I think I may be changing in 2008.

My only resolution this year is to slow down. To spend more time with family and friends rather than strangers. A lot of this will directly apply to weddings. My event planning business is a side business....I truly, truly do it because I love it. It has nothing to do with money (hence, my low rates). However, 2008 needs to be different. I've made a vow to myself to not take as many weddings, no matter how much I want to say yes. I'm not getting younger and before you know it, my 30's will be over. Supposedly these are some of the best years of my life. I'd rather enjoy them healthfully and not in an aftermath of sickness because I don't know how to slow down.

I also have to giggle myself because as one pile of client folders is rather large for 2007, the pile that is already neatly displayed on my desk in it's file for 2008 is growing rather large as well. 15 weddings already booked for 2008. That's half of what I normally do and most Day of Coordination requests come within 3-4 months of the wedding. That leaves a lot of time for 2008 inquiries to be booked. Slowing down also means planning more strategically around the weddings I do take. I've already put big black X's through holiday weekends....no more. Long holiday weekends are meant to be shared with family, laying on beaches, driving up to Door County to see mom, etc. Want to know how many times I went "home" in 2007? Three times. Want to know why? Because I had weddings.

As hard as this is going to be more for me, I'm determined to try. Trying gets me points right? Wish me luck!

Happy New Year to all of you. Feel free to share your resolutions here as well. Brides, what do you resolve to do for your 2008 planning? Vendors, any business-related resolutions for you as well?

Have a safe, happy and celebratory begining to 2008!

3 comments:

Erin Nevicosi said...

Happy New Year, Danica!

I think it's great you're resolving to slow down. You only live once, girl - you have to enjoy yourself!

Sierra said...

Happy New Year Danica!

Tasha said...

Happy New Year! I think that is a great resolution. I also think it's fabulous that you do this only because you love it and not for the money. That means you CAN take your time to yourself and enjoy life.

Boy oh boy am I glad I booked 4 years in advance, though! ;)

My bride-to-be resolution is to actually start planning. My new year is shaping up to be just as busy as my last. My goal is to look at all (or at least most) of my potential sites before March.