Less Stress, More Stress, De-Stress

There aren’t many people who don’t have some form of stress in their lives. Unfortunately stress has become a common part of the LIFE experience. People expect to experience stress and sometimes they subconsciously make choices that create more stress in their lives. Its a horrible pattern that people have a hard time breaking. Its one of the reasons that stress management has become such a huge priority in people’s lives.

Work is one of the biggest stressors. There is a lot of pressure on people to perform at their best and they do more, causing more stress to do better, achieve more and the cycle continues. Since this is the start of the year, it is a great idea to figure out some ways to have less stress in your life. Think of it as a New Year’s Resolution!

Here are some tips to get your started:

  • Focus on your breathing – keeping it calm and even
  • Visualize a calm relaxing place
  • Meditate
  • Smile! (Yes it really does help)
  • Compose a mantra or an affirmation
  • Exercise
  • Go Decaffeinated
  • Use essential oils
  • Just say NO (Yes you can do this!)
  • Try acupressure
  • High Carbohydrate snacks give you a release of endorphins
  • Boost your vitamin intake
  • Get a massage
  • Day dream
  • Listen to music
  • Goof off



Budget? Budget? Who knows the Budget?

One of the most challenging aspects of being an event planner is getting the budget from your clients. Over the years we have come to realize that our clients fall into two distinct categories: One who tells us their bottom line budget and really means it. Not a penny more and hopefully you can work a miracle and it will be less. Then there are those that will tell you a budget but actually give you a budget that is 10-15% less than what they really have to spend.

At Premier Event Connection we work really hard to stick within whatever budget our clients give us. So much so that we will spend hours trying to get things into budget, figuring out ways to cut things but keep the integrity of the event concept. We have almost made ourselves sick over budget numbers because we take it so seriously. Some of our long time clients, have learned this about us and trust us implicitly with their budgets and still there are some that play what we call the budget game.

You cannot even imagine what it is like to spend hours stressing over a budget, unable to lower it any more, present it to your client and have them say, “That’s great – and can we add (whatever they have thought of in the moment). Not even batting an eyelash at the numbers you have been agonizing over. You get this influx of relief that you have not disappointed them and they are happy with your proposal of costs but it’s mixed with this frustration that they couldn’t just tell you what they really have to spend and trust you aren’t going to gouge them.

Regardless, sticking within the budget that your clients’ give you is one of the most important aspects to being a project manager and you need to become a Budget Nazi, not matter which type of client you are dealing with.

Holiday Festivities….

Are you in charge of one or more of the holiday gatherings this year? Have no fear, with a combination of Pinterest and, creative planning, you might just survive. It’s easy to get caught up in the details, swallowed up by the stress and lose focus about what’s it’s all about! I am constantly reminded that it’s not about being perfect. Those cupcakes you spent an hour meticulously frosting may get dropped or barely noticed. Let go of the little things and focus on what’s important.

When thinking about the holidays it is important to remember what they are really about. They are about taking time to be thankful for what and who you have in your life. The trick is to keep it simple. If you are planning a dinner, prepare the main dish and ask your guests if they wouldn’t mind bringing a side such as a beverage, dessert, or appetizer.

Try going through Pinterest, or other cooking websites to find a new and exciting recipe to try, that will not only be easy to make but will WOW your guests. It may seem intimidating but you would really be surprised at how many step by step recipes are available.

For entertainment, try setting up an interactive game system, i.e. the Wii or Xbox Kinnect. It is fun to get the whole party engaged in some form of competitive game. If competition is not your thing, then old fashion sit down board games can be very entertaining as well. Maybe your guests are more into the music as a form of entertainment, try setting up a Karaoke machine (online Karaoke is available as well!), or make a playlist for everyone to enjoy.

No matter what you decide to do, just remember that despite what Martha may have you believing your guests are coming to be with you, not gaze upon your spectacular hand crafted fresh pine garlands, or eat your homemade meticulously frosted organic cupcakes.  If they are, I recommend a destination holiday. Happy Holidays!