I own a trophy store. It might seem unbelievable...but I've never received an award before.
Now, I shouldn't discount the honor I received while working in corporate America when I was recognized for my good work and joined the ranks of other corporate, like-minded individuals. I was honored and I appreciated the career boost! This time was different though…
This time I was physically handed a beautiful glass award. It was shiny and sparkly and had my name on it! Someone took the time to come up with the name of my award. Thought was put into the style of the award. Someone made sure my name was spelled correctly and an engraver carefully created "my" award. The best part is the recipient of this award was determined by a committee of my peers....and they chose me!
It's taken me a while to write this blog for several reasons, but mostly because I wanted to reflect on the true impact of receiving my FIRST ever physical award! It really was a big deal to me. I was genuinely surprised. Somehow this award was ordered FROM MY STORE without me knowing a thing about it which is simply amazing in and of itself! Kudos to my sneaky staff for that one. Even bigger than that...I was just surprised I was chosen. I was humbled. I’m used to other people winning awards...not me!
I was so grateful to be recognized for my efforts...happy and tearful at the same time. I was proud of myself and the group of professionals this award came from....The Wedding Network, a group of 50+ wedding professionals who are almost all entrepreneurs. There is no corporate budget, selection committee or boss to fight for you. These are my peers...my equals...all working unbelievably hard to make a living. They are doing the grunt work and trying to live the dream. That dream often requires long hours, hard work and stress. It's so worth it though!
So yes this award means more than just the title on the award, it means I did a damn good....no GREAT job and this is no participation ribbon.