The last 2 weeks we have all watched in horror as the world literally screeched to a halt. We had to console clients, let employees go, and say good bye to co-workers that were like family. What we thought was invincible – the wedding industry – was now crumbling.
I, like most of you, just sat in a state of shock and felt like I was moving through molasses. I didn’t know where to start or who to help. Finding the right mix of empathy for clients but also maintaining a business that can stay open is not easy. Sleepless nights, and major hits on my liver seemed to be the only way to get through this. I felt paralyzed and just sad. I wanted to hug a friend. I wanted to go grab a coffee and commiserate. I wanted my people- right next to me holding my hand not social distancing from those I needed the most.
One night on my second glass of wine, a text comes through from a vendor friend: “Love you SO much- text if you need anything.” And It hit me - my people - they are right next to me. Maybe not literally, we may be separated by a screen – but their support is unwavering. Whether it is a Facebook group giving advice, a text of encouragement, a meme shared, or even a phone call to check in- my people are right next to me and holding my “hand.”
As a community we have banded together and come to realize that we are ALL in the same boat. We are ALL making the hard decisions. We are ALL heart broken. We are ALL finding ourselves wading in unknown waters. Stay strong and stay connected. If you are struggling, talk to someone, don’t bottle this up – We are not isolated or alone – we are ALL in this together. There is nothing that I am prouder of than to say that I am part of this community. There is no group of people I would rather suffer through a Pandemic than you all.
I do hope you are finding some joy and some gratitude in the midst of all this and that you can see a light at the end of this dark tunnel. In the words of my dear friend Lyn Graves: “Tomorrow will always come, and as the weeks and months progress we will see full sunlight so bright that we will have to wear shades 24/7.”
I hope to see you all really soon and can’t wait to hug each and every one of you!
Updates from NACE National
NACE National has rolled out some initiatives to help all of us during this time.
• Membership renewal grace period extended to 90 days
• Transfer policy for employer-paid memberships
• Up-to-date online resources and information
• Payment plans available
Visit: https://www.nace.net/ for more information or reach out to a board member and we can help answer any questions.
National has also released some great resources for everyone as well. I encourage you all to visit their site regularly as they are updating daily. Here are a few that I found very helpful:
Thank you to everyone that filled out the survey! Stay tuned as the new bill gets approved and how that helps our industry. National played a part by sending in letters and the data collected. You can read about it here.
What can you do to help our friendors?
Triangle Restaurant full list here:
Welcome New NACE Members!
We are all in this together! Join us for a virtual round table discussion to collaborate, commiserate, and encourage one another. You can sign up for a spot here:
Few things to note:
We have broken the tables up by different sectors in the industry. If your table happens to be full, we will add a second.
Your Moderator will be reaching out to you the week of to submit questions. You can ask to remain anonymous if you wish.
You will receive a Zoom link by Tuesday morning. Please come to the table as you are! PJ’s allowed and drinks encouraged! Video conferencing works best from a computer not from your phone.
The discussion will go on as long as the group wants it to go.