Thursday, May 25, 2006



It has been a while since I wrote, but I have been busy partying. My mother and father turned 50 within four days, my brother graduated from Adrian College and I did a beer tasting for fellow alumni at Cranberries (my parent’s restaurant/bar).

<----(mom was surprised!)

As I have commented before, when you earn noticeable success (you probably already have) people look to you more often. With the big birthdays of my mother and father, my family was all but telling me to plan the parties. It wasn’t too hard and I had no objections, but it was definitely time consuming. For about two weeks I was busy making picture collages, calling friends and family, sending invites, printing flyers, getting food and beverages, organizing the arrival of said parents…all while trying to keep it a secret.

I had help, but other responsibilities were neglected. Like my two jobs, four nights of softball and flag football and a beer tasting for U-M alumni. Luckily, the later was comprised of beers I have done before. I hate to admit, but they were put on the back burner for the better of my parents’ parties. I had to leave work early a few times, skipped sports and the beer tasting, well it went great, but you get my point…my comes family first.

My boss put it best when I asked her for the afternoon off, “Go ahead, family matters most. Plus you’ve earned it. I know you’ll get this stuff done.”

Until she said that, I was feeling guilty about neglecting work for an afternoon. But she’s right. As long as you are doing well and keeping up with responsibilities there should be no reason why you can’t put family over your occupation. Even if you are doing terrible at work and are about to be fired you should put what matters most first. Spend time with those who matter most, because when it comes down to it, most don’t matter.

Monday, May 08, 2006


Ups and downs

After experiencing very nice success in the last two months with some UM-Flint alumni events, I felt the pain of disappointed. I have been working on a leadership conference broadcast for my church. My pastor wanted me to get 100 people there. It was a great program, but I felt it was going to be a tough sell with everyone’s budgets so tight. My goal was 50.

After about six weeks of work, we ended up with only 20 attendees. Although these 20 people were very satisfied and felt the program was amazing, the program is seen as a failure because we did not sell all the tickets we bought.

I feel lousy about it, but am already preparing to make it better for next year. I created a debrief folder with documents and notes on this year’s program and what worked/didn’t work.

I just want ALL my projects to be a success and that is just not realistic. Keep on trucking I guess…On the other-hand, my Cinco de Mayo beertasting event was muy bueno.

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