Harder, faster, better, stronger?

I’m sitting here at my desk at home – it faces the front porch and though I live in the Arizona desert – I have views of trees and overgrown bougainvillea bushes with salmon-colored flowers. I have a coffee press with me, a dark red mug I love, and my dog is sitting at my feet.

This is a beautiful setting and I’m soaking up every minute I can. This week starts a 2-week rigorous travel schedule, a large project to oversee at work, and follows the week I packed up my youngest and took her to college.

These are the times that coffee at my desk, soaking in the view, and starting the day with a bath are near survival. More hugs, not less. Slow down, don’t hurry. Taking time to find the beauty in routine. Continue reading

Recapping VenueConnect 2011

It’s been over a week since the IAVM VenueConnect in Phoenix closed. This is the mother of all conferences for venue managers (think arenas, civic centers, large theaters) and for all those who service them (seating, architects, food/beverage, ticketing, publications). For my company, TicketForce, falling into the provider category, it was incredible to have this event take place in our hometown – giving many on our team the chance to attend and get a glimpse who don’t normally travel to conferences.

We loved seeing our bright orange TicketForce Welcomes You to Phoenix registration bags dot downtown – spotted by friends who were just driving through. I thought they made everyone’s outfits look super summery and will be a fashion statement long after everyone returns home…

We also added our client event, FaceTime to the beginning of the conference – hosted at Celebrity Theatre – so we started the week off at full speed, and ended it climbing through mazes at the Arizona Science Center.  Continue reading