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My daughter requested I speak at her school's career day this week. With her help, I learned how to stop using fancy words and just simplify my communication. Here is a quick recap of what I presented and was approved by my 4th grader boss/daughter. I had so much fun and learned a lot.

Why

I am an event planner because I love to help others make memories. To create fun experiences in life that is memorable.

I plan events that brings people together to celebrate something special like weddings, birthdays, parties, etc.

How

I use both my left and right brain to create and imagine (design/theme), plan out (preparation), and make things happen (execution). My right brain is the creative, passionate, and purpose driven side. My left brain is the plan things out and get it done side.

Here's a great source I referenced during my presentation: http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/planning-right-side-brain

At a young age, I gathered people together for a good purpose. It could be organizing a car wash to raise money for charity or starting up a organization to help bring cultural awareness. 

I graduated from the University of Houston with a business administration degree and went to work for corporate doing project management and marketing for about 10 years. Project management is about planning out an idea and making it happen...similar to event planning except it is business related. Marketing is knowing who the company is and what they stand for and making sure everyone recognizes and supports them.

Corporate no longer needed me and that's what adults call getting "laid off". I knew this was my chance to create the life I wanted for myself and family. I started my own business and called it "aprettybox" because for every new idea/event it starts out with a collection of inspirational things collected in a pretty box. I started out doing social events and quickly moved into managing weddings.

At the same time, I continued to run marathons and eventually crossed the finish line at Ironman Texas in 2014, where I swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles, and ran 26.2 miles in 14:31. I did not know how to swim or bike but was determined to learn. I also learned that anything was possible.

Keep doing what you love and believe in yourself. If you work hard, opportunities will come and that is what we call luck. I was recently approached with a possible endurance job opportunity that would combine my event planning, marketing, and endurance background for a greater purpose. Nothing is guaranteed but you just have to believe and be open to growth opportunities. Best of luck to each and every one of you. May you continue to discover yourself and use your talents to make a difference in the world.


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