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I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag: A Memoir of Life Through Events, the Ones You Plan and the Ones You Don't

By Jennifer Gilbert

I by no means Promised You a Goodie Bag is a hot, clever, and utterly unique memoir of survival, renewal, and transformation, through one in all manhattan City’s so much winning and revered unique occasions coordinators.

With her top-level occasions corporation, shop the Date, Jennifer Gilbert has labored with Fortune 500 businesses, broadcast media giants, overseas nonprofit enterprises, and celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to invoice Gates and past. but few of her consumers or colleagues have recognized, previously, that Jennifer not just a self-made good fortune: she’s additionally a survivor. After a random, near-fatal assault left her physique in severe situation on a crowded urban road, and left her with emotional wounds that may take years to heal, Jennifer embarked upon a trip to reclaim her life.

This is her tale, in her personal words: I by no means Promised You a Goodie Bag, an intimate, poignant, inspiring memoir of perseverance, rediscovery, and wish.

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No matter what. It was once all in a day’s paintings. whilst I awakened the morning of the tulle bride’s marriage ceremony, it was once one in all my undesirable days. i may suppose it even ahead of my eyes opened—it was once a well-known feel of dread, a actual soreness of tension and worry coupled with a suffocating heaviness that stuffed the spot the place my soul was once. On an afternoon like that, a runaway petticoat used to be simply the jolt i wished. As i used to be skittering down the streets of Miami after the limo, i used to be the nearest to satisfied that i may consider at that time in my lifestyles.

Jimmy smiled besides each one reward, however the fact was once that he had by no means snorkeled or dived—he didn’t even prefer to swim. nonetheless, he by no means enable on. as a substitute he spent days of his Cayman Islands holiday taking the resort’s scuba-diving path, simply to make my father happy—because he knew that may make me satisfied. Jimmy was once correct beside me on my dad’s sailboat whilst I first hatched my plan to begin my very own company. I’d had an entrepreneurial streak in view that i used to be 8 (the first time I’d charged admission to 1 of my yard circuses), so it used to be by no means going to be adequate for me to take a wage and earn a fee.

The relatively sizzling new golf equipment within the urban didn’t desire a bunch of bankers as their customers, irrespective of how much cash that they had. yet these bankers greatly desired to be within the scorching new golf equipment. in the meantime, it’s no longer as though i used to be born with a golden Rolodex of society contacts. I needed to make my very own. So I visited the recent areas whereas they have been nonetheless lower than development, and that i booked my consumers into them prior to they turned untouchable. by the point my consumers’ occasions rolled round, they have been having their vacation events at golf equipment so specific they by no means can have gotten into them on their lonesome.

They’d say such things as: i do know simply the way you suppose, simply because i used to be mugged. i do know simply the way you consider, simply because my good friend used to be robbed at gunpoint. i do know simply the way you consider, simply because my sister used to be in a vehicle twist of fate. Even in my fog of disbelief, I well-known that nobody really knew what I had undergone. I have been picked—targeted, undefined, and attacked with the specific purpose of homicide. It hadn’t been an coincidence. And whereas i used to be being almost-killed, I’d additionally been deserted. and that i hadn’t basically been battered bodily; I’d had my whole worldview altered.

She was once a pleasant lady, and that i overlooked her. yet undesirable issues occurred to that lady. This girl—the new me—stayed on safeguard, armored and prepared. somebody who has skilled a heartbreak or a devastating loss understands the sensation of channeling emotional ache into anything actual and tangible. I funneled all of my soreness into motion. i used to be continually at the circulation. It used to be the legislation of inertia. A physique in movement remains in movement. I labored always, by no means taking a holiday, and while I wasn’t operating then i used to be operating at taking part in.

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