It's beautiful outside. Warm, breezy, feels like a late spring or early summer day. I woke up to a sun-filled room, and a quiet house. I got ready for the day, and picked out one of my favorite lightweight dresses.
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These two are such sweethearts. We met long before their wedding, and I immediately knew that they were a perfect Chickadee couple! Jennah's organized but laid back demeanor and Sam's caring and relaxed personality are an ideal match, and planning their wedding with them was such a joy. Their love for the family, friends, and God shone through on their wedding day, which was a gorgeous celebration of their marriage and commitment to each other! These are just a few of my favorites from their perfect day!
Starting a business is easy. Keeping it going is what tests you. Making it successful is what shows your character and resolve. Sometimes I think it'd be easier if I could just do one job or the other, or not blog and post on social media, or be able to read a book a week and sleep in until 10 every day. But that's not the solution.
Back in November, I started instagramming hints about an upcoming Chickadee announcement. Then I started posting regularly on Facebook, started encouraging my readers and audience to sign up for my newsletter, and then even launched my blog. All during that time, my goal was to launch my brand new website at the conclusion of my 20-week launch countdown! I figured that if I set a realistic goal with that much time to prepare, there was no way I could miss it. This was a strategic, smart, plan that would be hard to fail at.
I've never been one to rush things. When my friends were dating and serious with their significant others, I never felt the pressure to hurry up and settle down. When my friends had their jobs and careers and knew what they wanted to do I was only frustrated because I wanted to be doing something that I enjoyed, not because I felt like I was falling behind. So I suppose that it makes sense that my mentality with Chickadee is to grow slowly and purposefully.
I wrote this over a year ago, shortly after I had decided to start my own event planning business and we had decided that 2015 was the year we were going to run a half-marathon. I never planned to publish this post, but reading back over it, it's such a great reminder of how to perservere and to keep moving forward when God tells you to do something. Today, I hope this inspires you!
It's all over pinterest and probably in every wedding you've been to recently! A candle lighting, sand pouring, or knot tying ceremony as a symbolic part of the normal wedding ceremony. These are such great ways to personalize your wedding and show the uniting of two families, and I'm all for them!
I often catch myself saying, "I'll get there. I'll be ready when it's time for me to be ready." And my goodness, this is what gets me into trouble with procrastination! How easy is it for us to put things off because we're not ready for them? If we lived our lives like this, we would never accomplish anything.
It started when I was about 5 years old. I was dressed in an adorable little dress, standing in the front row of a small choir of children in my childhood church. My hands were shaking, my face was bright red, and before I could do anything to calm down, it was my time to sing. I sang my solo - my first solo - on that day. It was the beginning of me recognizing that I had a talent, something that made me unique.