Name: Allison Farrar
Company: As You Wish – Colorado
Professional Industry: Personal Concierge & Event Planning
Job Title: Principal
WIXII-ISM™ FROM ALLISON:
“If the realities of working, being with your family and/or aiming to have some personal time to work-out or be with friends or the like, are too much to fit in a day or week, I highly recommend outsourcing. Having an “occasional assistant” on your speed dial will allow you time to be with your family, friend or yourself. Around the holidays, an event, a household move/organize or just a weekly “keep your sanity” – we are there for you! Remember, having it all doesn’t mean doing it all!”
Meet our featured Wixii™, Allison Farrar. She is in her early thirties and so far childfree. She studied at Coastal Carolina University where she received her Bachelor’s in Marketing. She currently is the principal of As You Wish – Colorado, a personal concierge and event planning business. To keep her sanity, Allison loves yoga, walks around neighborhood parks with her friends & the occasional night out on the town.
ALLISON’S CAREER PATH:
After obtaining Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, I went back to school for a certification in Meeting & Event Planning at the University of North Carolina. I worked as the Marketing Manager & Event Coordinator for The Staubach Company, for seven years. Then, I moved to NYC to work for the accomplished interior decorator and philanthropist, Charlotte Moss, where I served as her personal assistant & event coordinator for two years. Four years ago, I moved to Denver and combined my background & passion to create a personal concierge & event planning firm, As You Wish. All of my previous roles have allowed me to pursue the dream of creating my own firm to cater to busy folks.
ALLISON’S MINDSET AND WORK-LIFE MIX:
I have always been a serial optimist! All of my life I have been taking chances and making leaps just to try things or new areas in the world. I don’t want to look back when I’m 80 years old and have regrets. I am a planner and a bit of a perfectionist as well. These traits go hand in hand with my firm.
I don’t have any children yet, but owning a new business, managing staff & maintaining a healthy personal life can be tough. My firm is between six counties around Colorado, so planning is very important. Being in the events industry – nights and weekends are often full. I try to visit with friends and family any moment I can. Going hiking or to a yoga class are also high on my list, and I have learned if they are in the calendar, they will happen!
Please share specific tips for effectively managing your time and schedule.
Every Sunday afternoon, I review my work schedule & confirm all meetings. I then add in times for workouts, personal errands (groceries, post office, dry-cleaning, gas, bank, etc) and time to meet with friends. Being a personal concierge for families and companies, I often forget that I have errands of my own. Simply adding these things into the calendar, assures that they will get done. You can have it all, even if it means hiring an extra set of hands to assist from time to time! Having it all – does not meaning doing it all! We have a lot of clients where both the husband and wife work; juggle a household and children. We fill the role of the traditional “wife in your life” – just call, e-mail or text us (without any sort of contracts) and voila! we can get the groceries, arrange travel for the family, take the vehicles to get washed or an oil change, mail the invitations for your son’s birthday, set-up vendors to have household projects completed. Truly, anything on your LONG “to-do” list can be completed in an instant with our services.
What do you currently find most challenging/concerning about your work-life mix? What areas do you most needs support?
We are each most challenged by the finite hours in each day. I tell my clients to write down what things NEED to get done and then look at their calendar realities to see if they have time to complete each item that week. If the realities of working, being with your family and/or aiming to have some personal time to work-out or be with friends or the like, are too much to fit in a day or week, I highly recommend outsourcing. Having an “occasional assistant” on your speed dial will allow you time to be with your family, friend or yourself. Around the holidays, an event, a household move/organize or just a weekly “keep your sanity” – we are there for you! Remember, having it all doesn’t mean doing it all!