It’s June. I’m not sure how that happened. We are almost halfway through another year which is frightening. This month has flown by because I’m literally living weekend to weekend, wedding to wedding. I had a really rocky start this year. One that shook me to my core and instilled copious amounts of doubt into things I had been so certain about. I began to seriously question what I was doing and if I was even any good at it. I felt as though I had been set up to fail.
And then I had my first wedding. And another one followed. And before I knew it, it was mid-June and I had successfully completed 15 weddings with 15 happy brides who reminded me I was doing exactly what was meant for me. We all need a little shake up every now and then. A reminder to not take what we’ve been blessed with for granted. To appreciate who we are, who we’re with and what we’re doing. To place emphasis on the positive and re-focus for the future.
I had a humbling moment this week. I reached 100 reviews on WeddingWire. That’s a lot of weddings. A lot of feedback. A lot of positive reinforcement from the past five years. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the pleasure to meet so many different families and to have been a part of such a pivotal life moment for so many couples. And since I’m already tooting my own horn, I might as well go ahead and mention that Orangerie Events was a finalist for the Best of the Triangle award in the Event/Wedding Planner category. Apparently the award is fan-voted and my chances at scoring the title would have probably increased slightly had I known I was even nominated. I guess you should be thankful I didn’t know and didn’t flood your social media with my desperate pleas for you to vote. Nonetheless, I do feel honored that someone out there took the initiative to put my name in the hat. I somehow managed to still squeeze out among the top despite me having zero clue it was happening.
I’ve once again procrastinated and have failed to post my monthly goals at the beginning of the month. I’m really hoping I can get my act together in July. Regardless, here’s a recap and current standing of my May goals and some predictions for the rest of June.
1. Catch up on emails. – This will be an ongoing and daily battle. But in comparison to where I was last year at this time, it’s a vast improvement.
2. Fix my slush machine. – The slush machine is presently undergoing surgery and is expected to make a full recovery within the next two weeks. 3. Finish strong. – I’ve had some of my most memorable and favorite weddings over the last few weeks. I can’t wait to share them with you. Especially the one where guests thought they were attending an engagement party. (Side note – We started planning this surprise wedding long before all the celebrities caught on and decided to make it a up and coming trend.)
1. Go camping. – Done. Read about it here. 2. Go fishing. – Finito.
3. Go have an eye exam. – I rewarded myself with Ray-Ban sunglasses before completing the eye exam. Oops. Planning on accomplishing this small task by the end of this month.
1. Clean up the van. – I have a really cool work van that looks like total sketch balls right now. It has a makeshift tag. It’s filthy and unmarked. And this past weekend, someone hit the driver’s side mirror and knocked it off. It’s time to get the thing cleaned up, properly labeled and in tip top shape. I would also like to note that as I was setting up a wedding with the florist on Saturday, I began telling him about the mirror falling off only to find out he was the culprit. Oh the irony.
2. Schedule a schedule. – It’s weird how this business goes in waves. How there are really busy seasons and then slower weeks. How some weeks you feel incredibly inspired and other weeks you feel as though you’re completely spent. I’m inspired right now. I’m fascinated by what I could become. And I know the next step to making those dreams juggling around in my head a reality is to implement a schedule and stick to it.
3. Order all needed promotional material. – I need some business card sleeves. I need to switch out some pictures online and I need to update my twitter page since they’ve changed the format. I feel confident I can take care of all of this by the end of the month.
4. Start contributing to Carolina Style Magazine. - I have the opportunity to become a contributing writer to Carolina Style and I am so excited. Stay tuned for my first official article next month!
1. Visit an amusement park I’ve never been to. – I’ll be checking this off the 30 before 30 next week in celebration of my brother’s 26th birthday!
2. Indulge in an unusual spa service. – Since the past two months have been so hectic and somewhat stressful, I intend on pampering myself while embracing a new Chinese form of healing. I’m looking forward to a very unusual spa service and blogging about my experience. And just in case that experience isn’t relaxing, which I don’t expect it to be, I have a facial booked to make up for it.
3. Go have an eye exam. – Since I failed to do so last month, we’ll go ahead and get this one taken care of next week.
4. Order a fabulous dress. – I have a fantastic birthday party coming up next month and I’m running out of time to purchase an unforgettable Great Gatsby dress.
There you have it. A little late but better late than never. I know, I know. Never late is better. Thanks Drake. Speaking of artists, if you aren’t alternating between the new Maroon 5 song “Maps” and the new Lana Del Rey album “Ultraviolence,” you’re silly. Here’s to a June full of river floatin’, back porch sittin’ and firefly watchin’.