Loving Life & Work

Anyone that really knows me knows I LOVE my job.

Not just saying it because it’s a fad, but I love really living each day showing others why I’m so passionate about this industry, and how lucky I feel to be a part of this dynamic hospitality, meetings and creative industry.

I truly believe that if you’re passionate about what you do, you don’t look at it as a “job.” You leap out of bed even when you know a client halfway across the country has sent you at least 10 new emails (and you only went to bed at midnight) requesting a new proposal and some more creative ideas.

I founded Red Velvet Events more than 12 years ago, and to this day, I count my lucky stars that this career path found me. Those that went to college with me know that I had set my goals on obtaining a pretty typical business career path, which means work in consulting a few years; go get my MBA; and then come back and become partner at that same firm. Oh yeah, and get married and have a family, all under the age of 30.

Well, don’t let me ruin the ending of this story BUT I didn’t do any of that and definitely not in that order. I did eventually get married and have kids and that’s another story I’ll have to share later, as I feel that I got lucky in life too in finding a partner that respects what I do and pushes me to be better every day.

Any regrets?

NOPE. And I can only say that now confidently because I have found a place in the workforce where I genuinely love what I am doing and feel like I’m giving back, too, just as much as I’m taking.

Was it always easy?

Heck, no and it’s not even easy now – the biggest difference is that our team at RVE makes it look easy, for which I’m forever grateful.

A lot of people ask me if I want to ever turn it off; to just get away from the demands and stress of the job. Maybe once in a while; if I have a really difficult client that I know I can’t please, but that’s really the only time.

I love what I do so much I don’t think of it as work.

Seeing our team succeed, that makes me happy.

Seeing our clients succeed, that makes me happy.

Seeing our beloved city grow over the past decade, that makes me happy.

If you’ve been in the workforce for at least five years, and you’re not happy where you are right now, I challenge you to take a step back and jot down what’s missing. And, realistically, make sure if you were to do your dream job, you can make a living off of it. ☺

This Valentine’s Day, figure out how you can spend your time doing what you love.

Here are some quotes you might find inspiring while reflecting on what your true passion is:

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

“It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” —Mae Jemison