“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
— Robert Frost
More than seven years in the making… Offbeat Occasions finally makes its debut!
I remember when the gem of an idea sparked in my mind. I was an organized, detail-oriented, anxious Senior at Geneva College. My spare time was spent planning every detail of my day from the moment I woke up until the moment I fell asleep. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to help others organize their lives in such an efficient manner??
Life moved on, I graduated, and began working a corporate job. It was nice. I gained a lot of experience with project management, working with vendors, budgeting, creating timelines, etc. Like I said, it was nice. Normal. Too normal. I found myself fighting an itch to do more. I wanted freedom… variety… a unique lifestyle. Without any prospects in sight, I quit my nice, normal job.
Fortunately, I had taken on a side-job of teaching fitness classes. Out of necessity, my side-job became my full-time job. I still look back in amazement at how many cardio classes I was able to teach in one week to make ends meet. I also look back in amazement at how many doors opened and closed along my path during this time.
Through hard work, networking, and the generosity of others, my career took another unexpected turn. I took on the role of Master Instructor for the Masala Bhangra Workout. With this position, I have been able to travel the country and meet wonderful people. My teaching skills were strengthened. My interpersonal skills grew. I loved the work I was doing.
Another twist in the path. I received an offer to become a Teaching Artist for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh. In all seriousness and with an open heart I say: this “job” changed my life. Teaching social and behavioral skills to 5th and 8th grade students through ballroom dancing became my joy. Each day in the classroom brings new trials and each day is a chance to make something better for these students. People talk about being a drop of water in a pond — you don’t always realize the ripples you make. This is a “drop of water” kind of job.
So what does this all have to do with the launch of Offbeat Occasions — an event planning agency? Well, my life has been an ongoing adventure. The twists and turns have all come together to make me who I am today. I’ve gained experience, knowledge, and passion. I’ve seen failure, felt stressed, and been broken. I put my heart and soul into my work. And I will put my heart and soul into every event.
From a gem of an idea, because I chose the road less traveled, Offbeat Occasions is here for you.