Having proudly told you about my accountant client winning two major awards last week, this week I’m thrilled to say that my client Vision Property and Estate Management has picked up THREE national awards! The company manages apartment blocks around London and the south east, making sure landlords and tenants are well cared for, well serviced and well happy. (Bit of Essex speak there! I added that, not them – they’re a classy company and very highly recommended.)
The awards were presented at a glitzy ceremony at the Troxy in Stepney – a beautiful, hidden gem of a venue. Black tie dinner, 3D 60’s theme, slightly eccentric band who kept the dance floor full all night – it was a fabulous evening from start to finish.
Speaking of my accountants, it was such fun on Friday at their Christmas party. The theme was Frozen, with the golf and country club decorated in white, silver and turquoise. Bit like my front room. The Disney soundtrack played through dinner and I was the only one who didn’t know all the words. I secretly suspect they’ve been playing the music in the office, but either way, they knew it and I didn’t.
I felt culturally distressed and praying
for a quick blast of Madonna singing Santa Baby to put me back in my comfort zone. Gill suggested that I buy the DVD for my mum and watch it first….. it’s a viable idea. Aside from Disney princesses, the disco was brilliant with lots of drunken dancing following the delicious Christmas dinner.
Then, making it a hat trick of nights out involving dancing, red wine and rich chocolatey desserts, Saturday’s Celebrity Guild fundraising dinner was an opportunity to network, talk about social media and eat, eat, eat. Meeting Charlie from Eastenders was a highlight, even though I’m really a Corrie girl. He was charming, down-to-earth and funny – didn’t offer me a lift home in his cab though!
The excessive pre-holiday eating wasn’t restricted to evening events. An afternoon’s late lunch in a tiny French cheese restaurant in Spitalfields introduced me to Tartiflette – the creamiest, richest, most delicious lunch that doesn’t involve chocolate. And while running a social media training day for a self-storage facility in east London I was presented with the biggest glass bowl full of sweeties. It really was a yummy week!
Driving home from that training session a wonderful thing happened. And it was weird. Magic FM (yes, I listen to all the trendy radio stations) started playing Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s reggae version of Over the Rainbow; I’d never heard this before but loved it… As I looked up (always useful when driving along the A12) a huge rainbow appeared in front of me. It wasn’t raining or sunny, it was just there. Smiling down as if from a social media heaven. I always take that to be a sign that everything’s going to work out well.
So I’m tempted to end with “the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” But I won’t. Dragging myself into this modern music age with Idina Menzel: “It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through. No right, no wrong, no rules for me – I’m free!” When it comes to social media there aren’t exactly rules, but there is a certain etiquette to follow. It’s a great way to test your business limits and definitely break through into unchartered territory. If you’d like to know more, please ask… I’m here, as always: @WeekendWitch.