Reflections on 2017
The new year always brings us to reflect on another year past. To consider the highs, the lows, triumphs, and struggles of the year that has come to an end, and to hope, plan, and prepare for a new year ahead. I think this is a good thing. There is definitely a danger of too much reflection, of dwelling on things that didn't go well, or becoming consumed with what has passed. But there is also something to be said for taking stock, being grateful for the beautiful things and the hard things that came our way this year. So a couple days late, here is my look back.
2017 started with a dream
I dipped my toe in the waters of wedding coordinating in 2016, serving three couples that were also friends while I tried to figure out if this was for me (spoiler alert: I loved it). These sweet friends were my first clients, and they gave me the courage to take a risk and start something new. So the beginning of 2017 was full of goal-setting, planning, researching, and preparing for risk taking. I got a business license, visited the zoning office, and paid for bookkeeping software. Some of these seemingly boring steps were insanely exciting to me because 1. I love the nerdy business side of things and 2. they made it so real! [See Kaitlin + Chris, Kathlyn + Andrew, and Sarah + Bryan]
Spring was a season of change
This dream I was building also meant leaving a place that I loved. I was so blessed to work at my alma mater for three years, and I attribute so much of my skill set to the things I learned there. Mercer will always have a special place in my heart, and saying goodbye was far from easy. I spend January-June preparing to leave well, to set the person who would come in after me up for as much success as I could, and to soak it all in. It was a bittersweet season. With my incredible team of student leaders, I executed some of the largest and most complex events of my career. Each "last" I walked through was a milestone and a precious memory.
During this season, I was absolutely floored to be able to coordinate one of the most beautiful weddings with some incredible vendors. I am still grateful for that Instagram message from a fellow wedding vendor and soon-to-be bride and the fun I had coordinating her elegant Dublin wedding!
Summer was a season for building
With the momentum from Mindy and Jake's wedding, and support from friends and fellow vendors, I launched into this full-time entrepreneurship thing! I launched a blog, kicked up my social media game, and learned as much as I could. I also fell into a surprising but awesome part-time position at New City, learning and growing into something else unexpected. (Lord, I still don't know what you're doing, but I'm enjoying it!) I grew in friendships, in leadership, and in time management (y'all, working from home can be a struggle).
I also made some amazing relationships with other wedding professionals that have been absolute game-changers in this business! I am so so grateful for our chapter of the Rising Tide Society's Tuesdays Together and all that the group has taught me!
Fall was a season of harvesting
Ok, the harvesting image is a little fuzzy for me, but fall was so FULL! I had two sweet couples that I was over the moon to work with (one of which is now in our small group and have become great friends!), and met some incredible vendors. [Blogs on these sweeties are to come]
Fall was full of learning, growing, and doing the work. I also got to help welcome two precious babies and see their new mamas absolutely shine. Fall was full to the brim. So much so that the blog took a backseat, and that's OK with me. Fall was also about learning to be OK with things that don't go exactly according to plan.
December brought two more weddings, one at New City and another in Tavares, FL, and my first partial planning client. Also, I had my first non-Georgia wedding, so I'm officially regional ;) A styled shoot with some new vendor friends, and plans for an exciting new project: a bridal show at the Grand Magnolia House!
What's ahead in 2018
I am immensely grateful for this past year. I took a risk, felt like I jumped off a cliff, and it has been so rewarding. But I am also thrilled for what is next!
I have several sweet couples on the calendar for 2018, and I've been blown away by the way this business has grown so far. I am solely focusing on coordinating this year and not taking any new partial planning clients, because our family is also expecting some changes...
Baby Perrin due June 2018! (No, we're not getting another dog. This one's human). Talk about adventures, huh?
Thank you all for going with me on this journey. It has been a blast, and I can't wait to see what is next! Let's go 2018!