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19 Jan 2011
An introduction!

Hey everyone!  My name is Sophie.  I'm a kid's party planner and it goes without saying that I have possibly one of the best jobs in the world.  Or maybe it does need to be said -- so I'll tell you all about it!

The job fits me perfectly because I'm basically a "jack of all trades, master of none"... which some folks might find depressing, but in my line of work, it makes me a goddess.  (And I don't say that lightly!)

Being a kid's party planner means you have to be able to design and create decor, load a truck, schlep boxes, decorate a space, face paint, sing, entertain, dance, play games, make crafts, clean up, schlep more boxes, reload the truck, and drive off to your next event -- all in about 5 hours.  It's pretty exciting... but did I mention there's a lot of schlepping?  Not one single day is the same as the other, which is what I like.  I admit, I think I'd go crazy if I had to do the same thing day after day -- or even had to do the same party over and over.  (I might have a touch of ADD... just a touch!)

I think if I didn't do this, I'd work for some fun magazine like Family Fun or American Girl -- two of my favorite inspirational guides.  I literally get giddy when they arrive in the mailbox.  Or maybe I'd be a librarian.  I don't think I'd be a very good teacher, because I don't seem to do well with folks forcing their curriculum on me!  I'm fine working within the parameters of what a child and parent wants, but the notion of having to stick to a particular plan day in and day out doesn't thrill me.  I'm a bit more free-form, if you couldn't already tell!

That being said, I have the utmost respect for teachers, and parents too!  Not being a parent myself, I get to have all the fun, without the pitfalls... and I truly appreciate the fact that people let me come into their homes and hang out with their kids.  It's awesome.  I still have to pinch myself after 15 years of doing this.  I mean seriously: I get paid to do this, I have a staff -- a staff who likes their jobs...  Honestly, you have to admit... it's pretty cool!