paddleballThis might seem like my weirdest blog post ever. Not for me. These are two events in my life where my talents were on display and felt extreme passion and positive anticipation about. And I prepared for both the same way. I visualized a positive outcome. I prepared snacks, vitamins and any healthy method to maintain my energy and endurance. I always rested to make sure I was ready to give it my all. I exhibited at NSS from 1997 – 2012. When I exhibited with Encore Studios before moving on to Local Traffic Builder,  on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday there were days I did not leave the booth other than to go to the bathroom. I did not want to miss a retailer that might have come to the booth to see me. I loved the opportunity to connect and talk business with so many people and I want to be at the top of my game. And yes I had the same mantra when I played paddle ball competitively.

Those of you that know me, would probably not describe me as the athletic type. However, when I played paddle ball I was all in and physically stronger opponents always underestimated me. When I was NSS I was all in. That was my playing field and I loved it.

This year I will walk the show. I will look for so many of my industry friends that used to visit me for so many years. I am the type of person that moves on and looks forward. Although I have to admit, I miss those days. I loved working for Encore and believed in our industry. I am still a believer, but wow are there challenges.

I want to inspire. I want to make a difference and if you have a business in the stationery industry or wedding industry and have me consult with your business, you will see that and benefit from it. Where can I make the most ruckus? Is it with Is it with Or will an invitation brand let me go back into a competitive arena where I know I was a top performer. And while I may not play paddle ball as good as I used to. I love it and still have a strong game. And yes, I still have plenty of game left to make my mark in the wedding and stationery industry. I am excited about the next few days. And yes I did prepare.