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Saturday, August 24, 2013

I feel like such a horse's a$$ making you wait for this post. Your empty email threats were just the motivation I needed to put something in writing today. In truth I planned on 'revealing all' in the last post, but then the word count got away from me and it started to read like a mini-autobiography and... ain't nobody got time for that.

I did a lot of reading back in June. Book after book of everyday unfulfilled women/mothers turned inspirational goddesses when they crashed hard enough and stopped long enough to hear their souls crying for change. I read how these women found - and followed - their bliss and became so nauseatingly happy they wrote books about it. At first read I was annoyed (and jealous) of their joy, their success, their glossy book covers and pretty head shots, but as time passed and pages flipped I began gagging less and day dreaming a bit more and then one night an epiphany...

their story will become my story. 

Determined to join them in their happiness, I wrote out "my wish list" and started looking for clues to unlock my new no-holds-barred happiness.

In truth, I imagined this final post on my quarter life crisis to be an emotional one #storyofmysummer and I assumed I'd want document all the Oprah ah-ha moments I experienced along the way (there were MANY), but now that I'm sprinting down this new path, the forward momentum is keeping me from looking back. I'm sure I'll want to write about it one day, the "once upon a time" to my happily ever after, but for now I'll just let you know how the next chapter begins...




say whaaaaa?! yup, I'm 2 tests away from being a certified wedding coordinator and just 1 month away from my BIG business launch! (think giveaways). I literally used to stay awake at night thinking about how much fun it would be to own my own creative business; I'd come up with brand identities and brainstorm all the thoughtful thank you gifts I could send to clients. I'd fall asleep thinking "dang I wish stylized photo shoots and storyboard blog posts could be part of my day job". Fast forward to August 6th, 2013... now I'm lying awake ALL night jotting down ideas in my bedside notebook and drafting a mile long to-do list for MY business. OH MY GOD I FREAKING LOVE IT! every sleepless second of it. Had I known quitting my job was going to be this awesome I would have done it years ago (although I know wouldn't have been ready back then).


I'm thrilled that so many of you had guessed event planner; of course it's been on my 'list of dream jobs' since I was old enough to eat "cake", but I forever discounted it as being too risky a career choice for stability hungry me. It wasn't until a girlfriend of mine in the wedding industry called and said, "dude you need to plan people's weddings" that I actually started considering it and you know what? it doesn't feel risky at all. 


EVERYTHING in my life has prepared me for this role - even that university degree I started to regret is proving useful. I mean when you really break it down, social work is just professional problem solving and relationship building (and what emotionally charged day doesn't need those skills?). Plus my sense of humour, bossy take charge personality, undiagnosed OCD, photographer stalking, bargain hunting and love affair with baked goods and DIY projects lend themselves perfectly to my new venture and finally make sense. It was even brought to my attention during last weekend's event that my red hair (which has always prevented me from being a wallflower) helps me stand out in a wedding crowd, "go find Sara, the girl with the red hair".


So there you have it my friends, the conclusion AND beginning of my story for which you have all had a part in.

37 comments:

Vanessa said...

Love it! Good for you. I am so excited for you and this new venture. I must say that I am somewhat jealous that you are so courageous to take this leap. I dream daily about what I could do other than teaching, mainly what type of business I could start, but I don't have the guts to take the leap, yet. I know you will be AMAZING at it. If I were gettin' hitched, I would totally hire you!

Hugs,
Vanessa

Erika said...

YAY! What an awesome adventure! You are so perfect as a wedding planner...maybe I need to plan a vow renewal ceremony or something so that you can plan it and pull the whole thing off!! I'm assuming you've seen the movie The Wedding Planner (J.Lo and Matthew McCaughney)...that should pretty much tell you everything you need to know for a successful career, so no need finishing up those certification classes!! Yeah. YOU'RE WELCOME for that amazing tip. Anyways...so excited for you, you're going to be fabulous!!

Anne said...

Proud of you ;)

Megan Tenney said...

Hooray! Can't wait to hear more! Follow your dreams, girl!

Offer KINDNESS. Choose GENEROSITY. Give LOVE! said...

FINALLY!
You big jerk! Teasing.
CONGRATS on making dreams come alive.
WELL done and good luck. You'll be amazing, I just know it!
HIGH FIVES!

grillfusion.me said...

Woooo Hooooo...Love it! (that has actually been a dream of mine too, but.........not quite there yet) Good for you for taking the leap. So excited to see what the future holds for you! ~heather

Barbara Matson said...

Freakin awesome! Way to go! Good luck in your new venture. You will be a smashing success :)

Hazy Shades of Me said...

It's so PB&J when a plan comes together. Good for you, Sara! This was obviously a phone that wasn't going to stop ringing until you picked it up. Hello happiness. :0)

Sian said...

I think that is a brilliant idea. I am a great believer in the things you enjoyed as a child are the things your were meant to do and will bring you the most joy. You wrote about enjoying preparing things with your mum and being creative. I cant wait to read about your journey i'm feeling inspired already x

Marisa B said...


Good Luck .... your happiness comes through loud and clear!!!! Can't wait to hear more!!!
Marisa

Randalin @ Harvesting Kale said...

I am so, so, so proud of you! If I ever get married, you can be my planner :) In fact, maybe this is an excuse for me to tie the knot....
Ok - now share your reading list. I need some gagging turned inspiration!

Erinn T said...

So So So Happy for you [and all those lucky brides out there!]
xoe

Casey said...

So fun! As a bonus, I bet it will seem so low-stress compared to social work.
If you can handle that, you can handle mother of the brides!

andrea hanki said...

hooray sara!! huge congrats my friend -- i can see this being hugely successful for you :) :)

Lindsaygee said...

go get 'em tiger! haha :) i was trying to think of something that hadn't already been said.

Nikki Miller said...

Love it! I would hire you in a nano second! Cannot wait to hear all about your next adventure!

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White Linen said...

so excited for you. inspiring to to see you following your dreams and sharing your story. love your posts as always. even more excited to work with beautiful you! cant wait to follow all your details as they come...

Julie said...

well this is pretty darn awesome! how cool are you? and I get to meet you in a few short weeks?! lucky me!! honestly, so awesome, congrats to you! I am inspired! congrats! ps we are gonna have fuuuuuunnnnnn at blogpodium!

Ruminating Mommy said...

So exciting! I used to decorate Weddings and I loved putting together the flowers and sewing the linens...but most of all I enjoyed planning the timing and details. It's such a creative outlet and you'll love every moment. Just ignore the sparing families/couples - weddings are stressful and sometimes people get a little snarky. It's nothing personal.

Heather said...

Congratulations Sara! It takes SO much work to even figure out what you want to do, never mind the actual work that goes into making it happen. I hope you'll keep sharing the process with us. Hope to meet you at BlogPodium!

Sara S said...

Okay, I am totally late on commenting on this post...I did read it when you first posted it but I was out and about so didn't have time to write a solid comment...

First off - this is SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just reading this made me so excited for you! Taking a risk is so difficult so I totally admire you for going for it. A friend once told me: "Without risk, there is no reward." I always think of that statement when I start doubting myself...If we don't take a chance then how will we find out the good that might come of it? I am actually in a similar place as you in terms of career change (hoping to share more on my blog soon)...I had a great job but it wasn't a calling so I decided it was time to start doing something that I love and man, is it ever good. :) Well, I mean, it's 90% fun and exciting and about 10% terrifying. :P I know you will do great as a wedding coordinator and I'm so happy to hear how much you are enjoying it - And think, this is just the beginning!!!!!! :)

dajana, all kinds of lovely said...

First of all, you're definitely not a horse's a$$ but you are going to make a KICK A$$ wedding planner. Congratulations, dude!!

Amy Walters said...

That's aweeeesome, Sara. Love the idea. You're going to be brilliant and I couldn't be more thrilled for you. Way to go, dear. Yay!

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