A NOTE FROM AUDREY…
Now that the holidays are upon us, I have spent time, as many of us have, thinking about things I am thankful for. I am thankful for my sweet family. I am thankful to still have both of my parents and for them to be in good health. I am thankful that they are hands-on grandparents and that my daughter is surrounded by so many people who love her. I am thankful for my husband who supports me as a working mother, aspiring fitness fanatic, and neurotic house manager. I am thankful for his mother who travels from Philadelphia frequently so she can spend time with her granddaughter and helps us whenever possible. I am BEYOND thankful for my healthy, happy, and exuberant child.
And I am thankful for this job. Yes, I am thankful that it provides a pay check that helps me pay my bills and feed my family (and sometimes buys cute shoes!) But that does not even begin to scratch the surface. I am thankful that I managed to wind up at a company that encourages me to always DO WHAT I NEED TO DO for my family and for myself. If that means leaving early to pick up a sick child, or bring her to work with me on occasion and have her run circles around the conference room during a meeting, or go to the gym in the middle of the day to clear my head and re-focus. The list goes on. I cannot begin to explain the kind of comfort that provides. To know that at the end of the day, they trust the work that I am doing, and care about me so much, that they always encourage me to do what I need to do. This is something that is said often around here. And not in a snarky, side eyed way that really means, “I guess if you have to, then go ahead”. It is not followed by a “BUT!” or discussed behind my back when I leave. It is said as a statement of empowerment: “These other things can wait. Do what matters. Do what you need to do.”As a mother, there are lots of opportunities to feel guilty in this life. It is amazing that my work-life balance is not one. This sentiment has allowed my office to not just be the space where I do my work, but also my sanctuary. I am truly comfortable here and that enables me to be my best self; my most effective, creative and powerful self.
After reflecting on what an amazing gift this job is, I realized I want to create this same experience for everyone we come into contact with. Everyone who works here should know that we value their personal lives as much as the work they do, if not more. And I want our clients to know that we are here to love, support and encourage them, as well as provide a stellar service. I want clients to know, they won’t ever hurt my feelings. I know one day a client may decide to use another provider, for whatever reason and I will say: YOU DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!; for your business, for your client, and for yourself. Just know, we are always here with open arms, a cup of coffee and a spot on the sofa. Be comfortable here, and know that the Music City Tents and Events family cares about you. We want to see you thrive and grow and create beautiful moments for your clients. And we mean it- truly from the bottom of our hearts, we are thankful for you. We are thankful you choose us again and again to help you in creating the best experiences. We are thankful for your encouragement, your advice, and your trust in us.
Most of all, we are thankful for YOU, just as you are.
Lots of love,