"I’ve been so remiss! OK, I said it."
This year, priorities shifted and there simply was not enough time to hold that diligent edge of keeping up to date on brand promotion. I started to feel the internal pressure as week after week and month after month passed and I did not return to writing my blog. The anxiety spiked further when Instagram posts and social screen time halted.
Somewhere during all of this, I allowed myself the space to just let go
of the expectations and rules I had set for myself.
I decided instead to abandon the cause and focus on clients and events at hand, new business inquiries, our family, my father’s failing health, my rest and taking time to enjoy our property and furry friends.
I realized that, float time at the pool (which occasionally presented itself on a sunny weekend when I was not working an event) was far more gratifying then focusing on any blog or post or letting followers know what I was up to. The ones in my inner circles, knew exactly what I was up to and were a source of constant support through another very challenging personal year. It took a lot of willpower to say “no” to getting up even earlier than I already was to see to these social and digital duties. But it became very apparent to me that it was time to reset priorities for my peace of mind. This mindful shift allowed me to relax and be present in each moment when the people in my orbit needed me most (be it at work or at home) and to create enough stillness to reset myself and get back to the work at hand each morning with all of our clients (both event and graphic) and many of you.
So, with all of this, comes an apology to all the wonderful vendors
that I love to follow and comment on.
I know you were out there doing it all and so very well,
but I simply could not cradle that phone to send you a heart emoji.
Another confession...email fatigue in the red zone, so overdone. You?
If you got mine and it lead you to this blog, well, I am beyond impressed and grateful that you clicked through. As we approached each event day and the emails finally settle and ceased, and we began interacting directly for set up...
THE BEST had arrived. I was at my happiest. I LOVE walking onto a property and just working it to a finish "together"
be it talking, laughing, working silently or even cursing at times.
It’s what I love most about this work, "the unity" of energy and talents and personalities. It’s the face-to-face time and I don’t mean Zoom.
It’s often the first time we’ve met in person or it’s a joyful reunion since our last event together.
For me, it always involves a good hug and the comfort of being together to do what we love to do.
So, thank you for this repeated gift! It's the icing on my cupcake. It's "so" what I need when we get to the finish line.
Cheers to more togetherness in 2023
(that is, once we rest up and get our share of peaceful morning rises!).
Now that that’s behind me, it’s time for sharing my personal gratitude
to those that worked alongside us this year.
Our year was truly successful and empowering, and it was so wonderful to feel like we were on a path to returning to the good ole days in the event world. But it did feel intense and highly driven and very demanding. You all stepped up as you always do with vigor, professionalism, positivity, and focus to make it the best if could be for our clients. I know it was not easy for you either, I felt your intensity on emails and calls and sometimes in person. Please grab hold of my truly heartfelt thanks for all you did to make our events tremendous success stories. I hold our relationships in the highest regard. I could not do what I do without you, nor would I want to even if I could. My team is equally grateful for the opportunities that we made together and look forward to many more.
I’m so proud to share "our" 2022 galleries!
Please take a peek at what “WE” did with our TOGETHERNESS”!
Do share with your teams along with my personal gratitude for their efforts and hard work.
KATE + CHRIS | THE SABLEWOOD
TANYA + ARIN | RED + GREEN AT TACONIC RIDGE FARM
RAN + JON | HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE
NOA + NOAH | FIELD OF DREAMS
BRITTANY + KYLE | BY THE LAKESIDE
MACKENZIE + WILL | FAIRFIELD FARM
NICOLE + KWAME | GATHER GREEN IN SPRING
ENGAGEMENT PARTY | Watergrasshill B+B
BAT MITZVAH INTO THE WILDERNESS
LUAU 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY
BOOK SIGNING COCKTAIL | Washington, CT
Please see vendor credits at the end of each gallery!
Happy 2023…make it a year that makes you feel good!
PHOTOS TAKEN FROM HOME + HILLTOPS WHEN I AM STILL.
Event Planner & Designer