I certainly wasn't on the blog and haven't been for days.
The past week was a whirlwind of this and that.
In September I finally succumbed and listened to those who said I'd be good at events planning/management. I'd had a few stints here and there that revealed to me I had some interest and aptitude for such. So.. I decided that rather than wing it I'd get some actual training. I then searched and found myself a good school in Nairobi (where I'd planned to vacation this month anyways) and set out.
Under the advisement of the owner of the school, I also decided to take a course in flowers, decor and draping. It wasn't my initial plan but I saw how that could create another source, an independent stream of income. Moreover I've been planning to learn more skills in like forever so I decided to go for it.
During my Orientation, the Business & Entreprenuership trainer walked in so say hi to us and three minutes after hearing Paddy speak, I knew I had to take his class. You don't meet someone who sits on the board of seven large organizations (including the University of Nairobi), created and owns five successful companies and is a consultant of some of the biggest businesses in Kenya and England and not want to learn business from him. If I'd had any doubt, googling him cleared it all up. It also didn't hurt that he's young and cute and quite sexy ☺️☺️☺️. And that's how I signed up for that program.
Last week was a whirlwind of events that had me doing things I hadn't done in a minute. I had not expected the Events Management class to be so technical, vast and tasking and I'd certainly not prepared myself for the amount of work I'd be doing. Between carrying out online and field researches, studying late into the night, planning an event, drawing up several budgets and cashflow sheets (I've always hated excel but I've had to make it my besto), PowerPoint presentations, drawing up business plans and proposals for fundraising and sponsorships, I barely had the time to catch my breath.
And then I had exams on Friday. I must say I'm so proud of myself. I didn't know I still had it in me to study, assimilate and remember like this, even the flower course too. Yeah, I'd thought that that would be purely practical but apparently there's some theoretical aspect that requires a lot of reading and sometimes cramming. In any case I studied like my life depended on it and wrote my papers, they got marked immediately after the exams and I'm proud to say I made myself and my trainers proud!
The next day I was asked to come pick up my certificates. Mine were rushed because they knew I had to leave the country, the Entrepreneurship cert unfortunately wasn't read when I left, but that's ok, I didn't go there for the certificates...
I got into Lagos on Sunday and I hit the ground with my feet running, as I intended. Although I'm presently looking to work with a notable events company, I already got myself some clients for flowers. This morning I went to drop three arrangements off at two offices and one hospital and I couldn't be happier.
I'd love to work weddings; brides, bridesmaids, groomsmen et al, but I'm also looking to supply at offices, homes, churches and even funerals.
I'm sorry I've been off the blog but it's only because I've been overwhelmed with activities. I also had other things waiting on my "desk" which I had/have to tend to.