Last week was the hardest work week I’ve ever had in my life – I am so glad that it is behind me.
I came into this position in April knowing that the annual leadership conference was going to be on my plate – I merely assisted last year. This year I got to run the show. I registered about 250 people for it, coordinated their travel, conferred with the hotel/casino almost daily, ordered awards, ordered swag, pestered management often and tried to get them all in meetings together, was often frustrated by other departments/speakers that wouldn’t get their information to me on time, and then thunderstruck at the multiple changes I had to make for the 2 weeks prior to the event… people asking if they could still come when the deadline was JULY FIRST to register, and my boss saying OK… after I’d sent final numbers to the hotel for lodging and food… Ai yi yi. I don’t know if I’m cut out for event planning. I think I am too easily annoyed.
To say I enjoyed doing this would be a stretch. However, now that it is behind me, I think I did a pretty good job. I managed to think on my feet and catch the curveballs that were thrown my way. Panic wasn’t an option, all though I came very close to succumbing a few times. I got a lot of compliments on how well it was organized this year and people seemed to enjoy themselves. And I got a dozen roses and some sweet gift cards as a thank you from our management team. That was pretty nice.
The next big project on the horizon – is giving my month’s notice next week at work. I’m a little apprehensive about it, but it has to be done if I want to live with my husband again! If things go as planned, I’ll be finishing up late October, and then days later I’ll fly for a week’s visit to see Siggy in Abu Dhabi. I’m excited about that – he is moving into his apartment next week after several weeks in the hotel. I’ll only have a week in Abu Dhabi, so I hope I can hit the ground running when I get there and we can score some furniture deals on Dubizzle or at least have a plan of what we need to look for.
When I get back from that trip, I’ve got 2 months to downsize, sell off, give away, and prioritize what we can live without and what we can’t. Siggy and I decided if we can replace it, we’ll get rid of it and hang on to irreplaceable items. 2 months seems like plenty of time to sort it all out, but I will really have to push it to get out of here. But I can do hard things. The last week has taught me that.