Just the other day I was longing to get back into wedding and event planning. I’m truly over the 9 to 5 job. Ok, so I work 7:00-4:00, but you get my meaning.
I responded to an ad looking for an unpaid intern for a wedding planner. While many people would balk at the term, “unpaid”, I don’t mind. It’s true, I’m a certified wedding planner. It’s true, I’ve planned and executed a few events. It’s true, I still have a lot I can learn.
The problem is, as I’ve been out of touch with the hospitality industry, I need a new “in’. I need to reconnect with vendors, venues and work events again. I am actually looking forward to seeing what this event planner is offering. I’m sure I can learn a lot from her. I like the fact she also used to work in the corporate world. She’s been the catering director for a prestigious San Francisco hotel and she’s now her own boss and running her own event company.
The position could eventually turn into a paid position as her assistant. As her business grows, so could the opportunities. I am also looking forward to her marketing concepts. It may seem small, but to stay in business, you need clients. Knowing how to get your name out and get people calling you is truly a skill. I’ve done so-so on my own, but I’d welcome assistance in this aspect as well.
Later this week, we will meet for coffee and discuss her vision for her company and how I may be of assistance to her. I can’t afford to leave my day job yet, however, who knows if this will be the door that opportunity is knocking on. All I know, is I am answering that door and looking forward to seeing what’s on the other side.
“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” (Lucille Ball)
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.” (Mark Twain)
Tonight was the opening of the farmer’s market season in our city. I decided class was going to be held at the farmer’s market instead of at the kitchen table. That may sound odd to you, but to this country-girl, it made perfect sense.
Red onions, eggs and dental packets.
Even though the farmer’s market is typically higher in price than my produce stand close to work, they do have some items I can’t get at my regular spot.
I think it’s important for kids to realize there are actual people associated with the food they eat. It’s not a nameless store with a produce neatly stacked. It’s the small farms and families that work hard at providing good, quality fruits, vegetables and herbs.
It gives my daughter the opportunity to see “imperfect” produce. Farmer’s markets often have organic vendors. They are not the large corporations where everything must be perfect before it’s sold.
The lil miss will see onions before they are “beautified” for the grocery store. She will see how they come out of the ground. The same goes for garlic and carrots. Carrots have green leaves? Yes, yes they do.
I personally prefer non-commercialized eggs. When I can buy from local farmers, I do. I definitely don’t mind spending a few extra coin on eggs. They taste so much better. Did you know, the breed of chicken determines the kind of egg it will lay? We used to get 3-4 different colored eggs when I bought from a local farm.
She learns to engage her community and support local businesses.
We meet other businesses in our community. Tonight, I think we found a possible new dentist. Not to mention, we received free dental samples.
I view teaching my daughter from a variety of sources.
While some people may not see a farmer’s market as a classroom, I can’t help but see all the educational opportunities within her community.