I realize that I'm a giant bowl of unappetizing stir fry doused in lame sauce, but if you knew how many blog posts (and Hallmark greeting cards) I have stored up in this brain of mine you may want to let me write them down before writing me off.
I 100% recognize I became that blog girl. The one who solicits your feedback and support and then leaves you hanging - in the dark no less - while she goes off to build on the inspiration and optimism that YOU gave her.
I suck, I get it.
You see I'm waiting for an 8th day to magically show up in the week so I can fill you in on my hip-hop-happenings. This is not me glorifying busy, this is me admitting that it takes me a really long time to do shit. What takes a normal person 30 minutes takes me 3 hours, always.
I guess my BIG news is that I'm pregnant!
pysch! and psycho if you actually believed me ;)
I may not have an actual bun in the oven (now or ever again), but I do have a new baby of sorts...
Now that I've officially signed the contract and have become a certified wedding coordinator/consultant, I can officially start shouting and littering TOP KNOT propaganda from Okanagan rooftops.
What was the BIG hold up? well there's a self-employment program here in Canada that supports small businesses by way of a weekly pay check. say whaaa?! I know, God Bless Canada right? The rationale behind providing new start-ups with a steady income has to do with the fact that most businesses fail within their first year of operating so the government helps out a little... okay a lot. Of course as soon as I heard about this amazingness I wanted in... easier said than done. I started the "process" back in August and only recently learned that my 10 page concept paper received the committee's stamp approval. What does this all mean? I get to collect $$ while moving onto the next phase - business plan development AND I finally get to register TOP KNOT Events as a legit wedding planning business here in the North Okanagan. I know it says "events" but it's really just weddings for now, with the possibility of maybe expanding down the road.
Going from a government employee to a small business owner has been a difficult transition for the Knol family. Trev and I have had our fair share of heated arguments these past few months as we now have two (very different) companies operating out of one (under construction) house. That coupled with the WPIC certification course, the writing of the concept paper, a reduced income and two kidlets who aren't in full-time daycare equals utter and total chaos. I sometimes think the timing of all this couldn't be more IMperfect but then the universe sends me a respected and retiring wedding planner to act as my mentor and I'm once again convinced this is all happening as it should and I just need to embrace and enjoy the here and now.
photo credit: caitlin harper photography
Take my logo for instance, have you ever laid eyes on anything more Sara? I stumbled across Elizabeth Mayville's work when I decided to name the business after my favourite messy bun hairstyle. She agreed to paint me a custom top knot, but in the end we just stayed with the original because everyone who saw it already thought it was inspired by me. I mean the girl's wearing a striped shirt for goodness sakes, does it get any more perfect or more me than that? Check out the braids Mayville's doing now... seriously adorbs right?
While myself and the rest of Pinterest are no strangers to Kal Barteski's work, a fellow industry colleague/friend (we're meeting for realz on Friday) introduced me to her temporary tattoos and I'm totally smitten, they're just the reminder I need to take a breath every once in awhile. I also picked up a smaller version of this quote... L.O.V.E.
when you love what you have, you have everything you need
- kal barteski -
Both of these artists are part of my November launch party #wootwoot and will be featured on my new business website topknot.ca (how I'll manage 2 blogs is beyond me). All my TOP KNOT Events Facebook friends have a chance to score these and many other ahhh-mazing prizes come November AND get to keep tabs on how business is doing (or not doing). I would love to see you over there... there I go soliciting more of your support. Can I make it up to you with a temporary tatt? seriously let me know, I'll hook ya up.
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P.S. thanks Britt for my shiny new signature. lurve it.