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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I really cannot believe it's been 2 years since we got married. This last year FLEW by, and while we're still "newlyweds," we're definitely experiencing growth and change in our marriage! We have done so much together, and I'm so proud of who we are. In honor of our 2 year wedding anniversary today, I want to share a little bit about our story and how we met and fell in love!
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.
Grief is like the sea. It ebbs and flows, lapping at your feet and sometimes washing over them. Sometimes it unexpectedly overwhelms you, other times it remains calm. Storms come, changing how it behaves. Consistently unpredictable. You never know from one day to the next, from one moment to the next, what it will do or how it will feel. And then, when you think you can walk away from it, it overwhelms you and starts all over again.
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'm getting close to wrapping up this series, and hope that you've been enjoying it! It's been fun to relive some of these moments and to share why they're so special to me. In keeping with my theme, today I'm going to share my 5 favorites from our wedding reception!
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!
In keeping with my new series about my own wedding, today I want to share with you my favorite non-photographed moments! They're special because they're the things that you don't predict or plan for, but still happen that make your day special. Our photographer, Ashley, did an AMAZING job capturing so many moments, but for some obvious reasons you'll see why these didn't get captured!
When I was a little girl, I would play make-believe with my best friend. We made up stories about living in the outdoors, being orphans and having to take care of ourselves, being animals, being princess, being - well, really anything we wanted to be at that moment. I remember when we picked what age we were going to "be" that I almost always picked 26. Why? I don't know. But it seemed like a good responsible age. Leave it to my independent self to know that when I was 8 years old, being able to take care of myself would be a huge source of pride.
"What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." This romantic quote springs to my mind anytime someone asks me why I named my business Chickadee Events. And while that might be true for flowers, for business names, I think picking the right name is incredibly important.
In continuing with our wedding moments series, today I bring to you my favorite photographed moments!! These are moments that mean something special to me and invoke the same feeling I had when it was taken everytime I look at them. They are more than just a photo, these have full stories behind 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.
I remember getting a lot of questions from people after my wedding, wanting to know how we managed to do everything so “affordably.” And while my mom was a great negotiator and pulled some strings, I think the biggest reason we kept the cost low was because we had a small wedding – not in the number of guests (though we kept it to 100), but in the number of people participating in the wedding.
Every New Year sparks the conversation of goals and resolutions. Usually we hear how resolutions have failed for the past year, and often the conversations I hear are discouraging. I think it's because it's easy to say you want to do something, but it's so much harder to plan to meet your goal. It feels good to say you're going to accomplish something, but it takes dedication and perserverance to actually reach your goal.
About a month or so ago, I asked Kevin what he thought about hosting a "New Year's Day Dinner." Last year (2014) we hosted a Christmas Eve dinner and had so much fun having everyone over, we wanted to do something like that again! With Janaury 1st falling on a Friday this year, moving our dinner party to New Year's Day made much more sense to us. So we started planning! Of course by we, I mean me.
I wrote this a year ago, shortly after I told my husband that one of my New Year's resolutions was to start my own event planning business. Since I haven't formally started a blog until now, it's been sitting in draft form until now!