Dear fellow event planner,

It’s time you took a day for yourself!

You spend all year taking care of everyone else. You’re the first on site and the last to leave. You look after everyone else’s needs and go the ten extra miles to make them happy. You’re the one up at 3am making sure the buses are on the move, and on your knees the next morning at 2am making sure all the décor disappears from the ballroom. You make sure Sarah gets her gluten-free pasta carbonara with daiya cheese and that the lighting technician has perfected the lighting the band demanded. You also didn’t forget the Butterscotch Schnapps for the MC either.

And now it’s the holidays. It’s time you took a day for you. So as counterintuitive as it might be, don’t check your email today. Turn your notifications off. Better yet, chuck your phone in the corner. Today is about you.

Here’s to unwinding. An event planners holiday survival guide.

Sleep in 

No alarms. Period. Stay snuggled under your covers until you feel like moving. You’ve got nowhere else to be today.

Pancakes with lots of chocolate chips

Pancakes. Big and fluffy pancakes. Chocolate chips. Mmm. Because nothing else says comfort food like cocoa goodness.

Morning in the spa

Candles and someone else rubbing your feet sound like a great way to go. It’s a nice change to have someone else bring you some bubbly. Get your nails painted. And maybe bring a trashy novel you wouldn’t be caught dead reading any other time of the year.

Grab a sushi lunch

Stroll along the Drive and stop in at Kishimoto. Have some sushi with handcrafted daikon flowers and fresh sashimi.

Catch a matinee

After a gourmet lunch, check out what’s playing at the Firehall Arts Centre. Watch the Nutcracker for some holiday spice or catch a showing of Mary Poppins at the Arts Club. Supercalifragelistic!

Grab a latte and stroll along the Seawall

If the rain holds off, bundle up with your favourite toque and scarf and breathe in the fresh air. Stretch out your arms, throw your head back, and feel the wind lift up your hair. Bask in the glow of a wonderful year!

Pull up at the bar with your bestie

Hop into the hottest bar in town with a person you adore. Grab the most festive drink on the menu and chat about nothing and everything.

And if you still have time in your otherwise very full and fun day, listen to Green Day and belt it out with Billie Joe Armstrong about the time of your life. Appreciate the beauty of the year!

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Kimberly Rohachuk

Kimberly Rohachuk

Over my career I've had the honor of working on some major events, including the World AIDS Conference in Vancouver, G8 Foreign Ministers meeting, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics bid delegation to Prague. I’ve also worked with a number of corporate clients all over the world delivering hundreds of events for groups ranging from 50 to 1,500 people.

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