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The Old and the New

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The Old and the New

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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3 Ways to Handle Distractions

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3 Ways to Handle Distractions

Do you ever have a day that goes by perfectly as planned? Everything flows smoothly and you don't have to rearrange your day or schedule for something unexpected? No? You're not alone. I don't think many people do have days like this, no matter how successful or productive they are. 

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Our Anniversary: 2 Years Stronger

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Our Anniversary: 2 Years Stronger

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! 

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Summer Reflections

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Summer Reflections

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.

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Inside the Industry Series: Tipping

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Inside the Industry Series: Tipping

One of the least popular topics to talk about with weddings are who to tip and how much. It's usually something I'm asked the week of the wedding or by a parent on the day of the wedding when they realize it's something they need to think about! It's really not a big secret, but here's what I tell my clients for tipping! 

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Heart to Heart Series: Every Wedding is Job Interview

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Heart to Heart Series: Every Wedding is Job Interview

As an entrepreneur requiring new clients, new projects, and new agreements on a consistent basis, being on top of my game is critical. Every meeting, every email, every phone call is a job interview. And the wedding itself is what will either gain you a great new fan base or result in "bad press."

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A Certified Wedding Planner

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A Certified Wedding Planner

The last 2 days have been a total whirlwind... I've barely had a chance to catch my breath! I've been networking, learning, and thinking constantly about this business and my goals for it. Saturday evening I left for DC to attend a 2 day crash course all about weddings - The Bridal Society's Certification Course. What is this?

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Grief is like the sea

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Grief is like the sea

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. 

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When the World Goes Dark (Where I've Been)

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When the World Goes Dark (Where I've Been)

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.

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