Why all the travel, you ask? Well in the last 6 months I have taken on a couple event planning projects: a wedding for 200+ guests and a leadership conference for ~600 guests. Have I done event planning before? Yes, BUT this is my first wedding and the leadership event is the largest event I've done yet. I'm planner and coordinator for both; they are in two different states (Texas and MIssouri; I planned remotely from Colorado which has had it's challenges!); and they are 2 weeks apart. Needless to say, I'm in for a treat the next 30 days!!! (I could use some extra prayers and love to be sure!!!)
I have to remember the big perspective in all of this, which in my opinion makes a successful event planner/coordinator. They are able to see the trees, but also the bird's eye view of the forest. I have to see the details, but also have to see the big picture. This is a wedding -- a time of celebration. Regardless of how the food tastes or the band plays, they are going to get married! How exciting!
And then with the leadership event -- it's about training men and women to be better leaders. Equipping people to lead well. That's the goal. Sure there are a bunch of logistics to work out like the VIP breakfast event, parking and door prizes, but at the end of the day, people are going to walk away with a better understanding of their identity as a leader.
Know what matters. -- Don't let the details eat up the joy of the journey and the end goal. Plan, plan and plan, but remember to smile along the way, have fun and get some sleep.