I’m sat here on this rainy day, reminiscing when events could happen and people were allowed to be near each other. That feels like a lifetime ago, but we have to stay positive that things will get back to some sort of normality (let’s hope) and we can do face to face things again!
So back to reminiscing….
Throughout my career I have managed some pretty fun events, ranging from my first ever awards and conference at Celtic Manor (I was only 22 so was pretty exciting), to an intimate dinner for 10 at the Tower of London which I had the privilege to plan but also sit and enjoy, a launch evening at Westminster Abbey, where the event manager there took me on a quick tour of the Abbey at 9pm when it was empty. I can’t even being to describe how beautiful that was and the feeling of peace I felt when I was standing there, looking at the grave of the Unknown Warrior….just wow! I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about it now. Hosting my first international event in Dubai outside (learnt that January is a bit windy, so avoid outdoor events that month) where we had a reception with colleagues from all over, was very exciting. I was lucky enough to have my work placement at Blenheim Palace which is a FABULOUS venue and the weddings were so beautiful. They made really good soup which I ate everyday as they had a place full of food that staff could snack on (hope that wasn’t a secret…or actually for the staff?).
Also planning a Garden Party at BUCKINGHAM PALACE, yes THE Buckingham Palace (I feel this event needs its own paragraph). That was one of the most stressful 4 months of my life with all the pre-planning and logistics. We are only a small team and wow did we not plan a great day. Excuse the language but we kicked ass! We had over 3500 guests attend from all over the world and we were lucky enough to have the hottest day of the year (27 degrees end of May). I arrived at the palace around 9am, walked through the back entrance, walked round the corner and there it was. I couldn’t and still can’t believe it. It was so quiet and the gardens were absolutely breathtaking. I managed to have a tour round before all the mayhem started! I could go on and on about this day, go into all the details, the stresses, the successes but let’s focus on the positive at the moment.
We will soon be allowed to all get together again and enjoy these privileges, as let’s face it after everything that has happened, they are really privileges now. I, for one will not be taking anything for granted going forward and I encourage you to do the same. For example, yesterday I went on a hike with my mom, we sat and had lunch with the donkeys on the beach. Yes they stole my apple and kept trying to bite my hob nobs (chocolate of course and the best dunking biscuit) but I really appreciated that time.
Not a lot of people have had the privilege of the experiences I have had, so just take some time. After all this starts to cool down, what are you going to appreciate? Make a list! Share it with the world or keep it personal, but just have a think.