So my Usborne Books Launch Party was last night. I think it went pretty well. A bit nerve-wracking, though, considering the party was in a format I was unfamiliar with and discussing a company and product I’m still learning about! Still, I think I put the tools and resources I had to good use and presented myself and the books well. Now I just have to wait for orders and bookings to (hopefully) come trickling in. The party doesn’t officially close until tonight, so there’s still time.
The party was the last step in a very hectic weekend. Saturday was Emily’s birthday, so we wanted to do some fun stuff with her, which we did. But Avery was so excited about Emily’s birthday that he was a bit off the wall, not behaving. They both fell asleep on the way home from New Haven (where we had gone to visit a farm and check out the animals), and Emily woke up later than I would have liked, which meant the last-minute trip to ShopRite happened later than I would have liked, which meant Emily went to bed later than I would have liked (Avery was sleeping over Nana and Vovo’s house). That meant I had less time to take care of the prep work for my launch party, and, of course, I was having issues uploading a couple of videos I had made to my computer. Then yesterday we had a party for Emily, which meant last minute preparations and gathering things together to bring over my parents’ house, then heading over to set up. A few hours later we’re heading home, with Emily falling asleep in the car, and a tired (and a little cranky) Avery just about ready for bed, though he needed dinner and some stories first. Just as he’s winding down, Emily wakes up. Ahh!! I’m finally able to settle at my computer about an hour before my launch party — with videos still to upload, thanks to difficulties uploading them that morning, too. Add a few butterflies and some last-minute anxiety, and it was a frantic evening.
In retrospect I probably shouldn’t have scheduled the launch party for the same day as Emily’s party. I knew it was going to be tricky. But if I hadn’t, I would have had to push it a week, and taking into consideration some incentives by the company, I wanted to get things going as soon as possible.
Now I get to spend the next week or two playing catch-up, taking care of the things I should have been working on over the last week, while I was trying to get ready for my launch party and learn enough to make it successful. Plus I know I’m going to have to do some work from home for my day job, thanks to Avery having 2 days off from school this week (Columbus Day and Yom Kippur). When it rains, it pours! But I can’t really complain, because I know it will all work out. And, despite the chaos, everything this weekend worked out pretty well, too. Emily had fun on Saturday, the birthday party was a success, the launch party went well.
With the crazy weekend over, now I can settle back into my routines and move forward with my goals. Let the daily grind begin!