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I read over my email for the 5th time in the last 2 days, corrected a word here, added a comma there, and attached my document.  Deep breath.  Ok, check one more time…recipient email? check. Subject line? check.  Should I read it one more ti…no, it’s fine.  Ok, ready, set…  I hold my breath…  Click.

Oh boy.  I did it.  I just applied for my first event-related job. 

Maybe it doesn’t sound like such a big deal to you, Reader, but I guess “firsts” are always the biggest deal to the people closest to them.  Yes, it’s the one I mentioned 2 weeks ago (see my blog post Wanted: More event experience!).  So I was a little nervous and had to rally myself (with some help, of course).  🙂  But I did it!  And whether or not it turns into a new job – or even an email reply – this will be my first career leap in this direction, which makes it worth the while.

So, I know that I really enjoy working events…I’ve helped out with several, and even co-coordinated a few.  But, as I check out my options for finding employment in my newly-desired field, I have to admit, I feel a little intimidated.  For example, I spoke with a friend of mine who works locally in the event/meeting planning industry, who referred me to a job opening.  I checked it out, and it would be a bit stretch, but it wouldn’t be the first time I applied for a job that was slightly out of my reach.  Last time I did that, I actually ended up the top four candidates!  But, as I poked around on the company website, I found that the other three people who currently work in the very same position that I would be applying for all have 9 to 26 years of experience in their field.  Anyone else in the staff with less is apparently just an assistant.  Woof!

In the meantime, I’m getting involved at my church – the women’s retreat is coming up in October, and I’ve been asked to lead the opening session! 🙂  We’re doing an “around-the-world theme”, and I’m going to do a short presentation on Australia and lead a devotional.  While talking to the pastor’s wife, who is the head of our church’s women’s ministry, I also was able to get my name in to help with future events.  I thought it was kind of funny when she was shocked that someone would actually enjoy making reservations and setting up decorations.  Apparently, not everyone is as in to that sort of thing as others. 😉  Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to working on more events!

Oh, and maybe I’ll apply for that job anyway, just for kicks. 🙂  I mean, it couldn’t hurt, right?

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved events.  Even if something wasn’t quite a formal or official event, I would still go all out.  I mean, if my parents had 2 guests over for Sunday dinner,  I would confirm how to spell their names, pull out my art supplies, and create both place cards and a seating arrangement!  And don’t get me started on the table setting – I dreamt of learning to fold fancy napkins!  If only I had Google back then…I would’ve been DANGEROUS! 🙂

But there was one “real” event that I did before I even got to high school: Dad & Mom’s Anniversary.  Every year, my younger brother and I would spend the entire day cleaning and converting our dining room into a “restaurant”, complete with a dinner menu.  We would take all the leaves out of the dining table, bringing it down to the smallest size and remove all the chairs except two.  I picked out a tablecloth, coordinating cloth napkins (the ones Mom would only use for fancy occasions), and set the table (also using the “fancy” dishes).  I would play around with the setting until it was just right – making sure that everything was spaced properly, there was room for the candles (including the Unity Candle from their wedding day), and the forks were in the right place.

My brother helped me hang a sheet across the opening to the kitchen, to give Mom and Dad some privacy.  We  would brainstorm and create the menu for the night – usually along the lines of Shake ‘n Bake pork chops and Macaroni & Cheese (c’mon, we were kids!).  My brother would act as the “waiter” and serve them while I cooked.  Looking back, I’m not sure who had more fun – us or my parents! 🙂 

I don’t remember how many years we carried on that tradition, but I was SO proud of that event – the concept, the planning, and the execution.  I loved spending the whole day working on that dinner, coordinating my team (albeit a team of two), and seeing my parents – my “guests” – satisfied at the event.  I don’t know why it took me so long to realize how much I loved – and still love – events, but now that I’ve put 2 and 2 together, I’m going to start feeding this passion!