Fall is upon us. It means more to those of you that have actual seasons/winter, but even here in Northern CA there's a change in the air.
For me it's a mixed bag - always one of the busiest times of the year for me at work, it's my favorite season. The weather is just right, I love fall foods, the holidays....all ties back to childhood I'm sure. The flipside is that it's historically been a real stressful time. In my younger days when we were just starting out it seemed like financial crises always seemed to hit in the fall. There was always back to school and the stress of a new schedule (and drama) around the kid.
Now, it's a little more straightforward for me. San Francisco Fleet Week is coming up in two very short weeks and we play a huge role in that...between a seminar on civilian/military disaster work for senior officials (Admirals, Generals, Mayors, Senators...even former Sec Schultz comes every year) and the fact that we have 500K extra people to watch the Blue Angels along the waterfront makes for a lot of planning and a very busy week. Literally th0usands of details have to be coordinated, and lots of work arounds developed when that fails, in order to make this a fun, safe, successful event.
This year it's even more complicated -there's a 49er game, a Giants playoff game likely, the Columbus day parade, a huge music festival and America's Cup racing at the same time.
Following that is Halloween, a rather important state wide public earthquake drill, a huge SWAT exercise (50+ teams and 50+ hours of continuous action), all capped off with hosting a meeting for emergency management executives from biggest cities in the US. For that one I much prefer to be an attendee rather than the host...just sayin,
So the short explanation of that long list is simple: I'm scared of losing my momentum.
I'm looking at a couple of months of really long hours, heavy stress load (I have a great crew, but I still have to answer to the boss, the Mayor, partners....), a bunch of media.....and that's if everything goes RIGHT. If something goes wrong....well...it's gets ugly(er).
Food choices, willpower, and exercising are all going to be tested. There are dinners, drinks, receptions to tempt me. In the op center candy and pizza are mainstays. IT'S BAKING SEASON around my house.
I've done really, really good in the last few months. Historically Fall has been my fall. I'm not gonna lie to you...I'm scared I'll screw up and fall again.