Happy Friday everyone!  I would like to dedicate Fridays to personally write to you all. To document my journey in hopes that it inspires just one person out there to be the best version of yourself and create the life you want. I have no idea where this journey will lead me, but I'm taking you all along for the ride.

Since bringing my creative dreams to life about a year ago, I never once thought I was on this path alone. I believe every person I've encountered has contributed in one way or another to my personal and professional growth. I thank you all for that.

As you may have noticed, the business is gradually evolving into a wedding planning boutique. I believe most of last year was preparing me for this change and growth opportunity. I really never thought much about wedding planning until I actually spent an entire day coordinating and witnessing the importance of each minute for brides and grooms. Forbes named event planners as the 5th most stressful job in the nation. Now why on earth would you want to do that for a living, is what others have asked. My question to them was, why would brides and grooms want to do that instead of enjoying their special day?

Let me share with you a bit of self discovery that happened recently. Others may have seen this coming, but I'm always a little slow to figure myself out. As I was planning with my bride and groom, it became clear to me that everything I learned in life and business is helping them be present in the moment. I am removing the barriers that causes stress (i.e. lack of time, research, experience, etc) and giving them peace of mind to stay focus on the true meaning of the day. Mindfulness (being present in the moment) is my purpose and planning is my platform. Because of this clarity, I will be phasing out photography and solely focusing on event and wedding planning moving forward. It is the type of clarity that wakes me up each morning on fire, ready to conquer the day.

I believe in maintaining a morning ritual to keep my mind, body, and soul healthy and strong. Honestly, I struggled for awhile to find motivation to work out in the mornings, but have since refocused on keeping my heart strong as the number one priority. Just 30 minutes every morning to break a sweat. The secret is to put on workout clothes and running shoes. As I am getting dressed, I listen to inspirational videos from Oprah, Elizabeth Gilbert, Marie Forleo, TED Talks, etc to fill myself up with ideas good for the soul. I then do a mind dump by writing morning pages (creative practice by Julia Cameron), which are 3 pages of hand written notes about anything that comes to mind. I love removing all the unnecessary thoughts in my head and starting the day with a clear mind. These are the daily disciplines I believe are essential to being a mindful wedding planner, proudly holding the most stressful job title and loving every minute of it!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 

With gratitude,
Samantha

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