Saturday, February 1, 2014

Opening Night

...went well. I sold out my first pricing tier. When I looked at my PayPal balance, it didn't seem like a whole lot of money - but in checking last year's bank statement for February, it looks like I deposited the exact same amount on Feb 1. So I officially have enough money now to make it just past March 1st. If the money keeps coming in this month as it did last year, I should just scrape by until summer. If not - well, we'll just have to figure something out, won't we!

The most important thing is everything worked. After enduring years of weird glitches, having to rely on other people who don't do things on time, server crashes, coding issues, etc, it is such a frigging relief to hit the "save and close" button on my website and then just sit with my heart pounding, watching the notification emails pile in. It's quite an exciting night.

This also means my event is officially "on", which means I now have to answer my phone, respond to emails right away, spend a lot more time on my computer...aka, work. Right now when work is the last thing on my mind, and will be for several months. Oh well, that's why I plan things this way - opening night and tax work before the baby; event when the baby is six months old and in a good place (hopefully). 

I couldn't help but experience a little  schadenfreude watching the drama unfolding around one of my rival event's opening night on Facebook last night; first they accidentally opened an hour early and had to shut down out of fairness; then when they opened at the right time the server crashed and everyone freaked out; then people couldn't find the link and registered for another similar-titled event by mistake; then were overcharged $10 and all had to be issued refunds. What a nightmare! Been there, done that!

So, now to pay all of my lingering January bills and exhale a little.


  1. Glad it went well! I've been reading your blog for a bit.. and have not been able to figure out what it is you do! At first when you spoke of events I thought dance mom?! Just curious!

  2. Nice! Sounds like you're off to a great start.

  3. Congrats! Huge relief, I'm sure, to hit your numbers on opening night.

  4. So glad to hear you've had a good start to your event this year. That must be so relieving when you're about to have a baby! Keep up the good work!

  5. Congratulations! Hopefully the funds will keep rolling in smoothly.

  6. Hooray for something going smoothly for you!