A Splendidly Courageous 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I love my job. Most days I get to sit at home in my PJ's while raising my little one and write to all you lovebirds about planning weddings! What more could I ask for? But there's always something more, isn't there? Enamor's first blog post of 2012 could be about sharing more inspiration photos but since there will be many other opportunities for that, I wanted to start this new year off by taking a moment to pause and reflect on a few things. As important as it is to me about sharing thoughts on planning a quality wedding, it's just as important that you know more about the person behind the scenes. I must warn you, this may turn into a bit of a ramble and not just wedding related.

Many times, people in general can focus on the lack rather than what they already have. Telling themselves: I should have done it this way or I wish I had this. But we are already equipped! We just have to use what we have in our hands. Whatever you accomplished last year, please give yourself credit for. It may not have been your vision of perfection, but it certainly helped shape your year. 

Every turn of the year, my friends get together and share their own word for the new year. This is determined by a single word you choose to help focus, grow and develop your year. One year my word was submit. The following year it was trust. This year my word is COURAGEOUS; which brings me to my next point.

I must have watched the Brandy version of Cinderella at least 100 times with my daughter in the past few months. As great as the characters and costumes are, there's a stand-out line in the movie where the fairy Godmother tells Cinderella "You know what the problem is with most people? They sit around wishing for something to happen instead of doing something about it." I've heard this line over and over again but this morning it struck a nerve with me. What is it that I want and am I doing something about it?

Last year, aside from wedding planning I started doing styled shoots. Since wedding season is typically May through October, I wanted to keep myself creatively busy and create opportunities to work with my talented friends on fun projects that would help expand our businesses. I took on the role of not only coordinator and planner, but also location scout, stylist, casting director, budget specialist etc. It's been an exciting ride having the freedom to work on photo shoots where I can apply my own personal style and showcase fresh inspiration to brides and the wedding community. Seeing all the styled shoots on other wedding inspiration blogs, I wanted to share what I had been working on, but what I worked on didn't always necessarily fit the bill to get featured in other wedding blogs that I admired. I was quickly reminded that what I like isn't always what they (wedding blogger peers) will like, just the same as what they like isn't always what I would like. 

With that said, I had to ask myself, do I want to do things to fit the image of what my peers are into or do I want to do things the way I want to? Others got to where they are at because they created a niche for themselves, stuck it out and eventually successfully became known as that brand. Not everyone will like what Enamor Events does, but part of personal peace and satisfaction comes from living out your heart's song, not someone else's... remember that! As long as I am happy with my work and my clients are pleased, that's all that should matter.

I'm excited and hopeful for 2012 and I hope you are too! What can you expect from EE this year? Things may get a little messy as we experiment more with the format of the blog, take on more weddings, more styled shoots, more guest bloggers, more DIY, more venue/vendor spotlights and more courage to try out new things and not be afraid to fall on my face and keep going.

Are you engaged and planning a zillion details in your mind and worried you can't handle putting together the wedding you always dreamed of? You're not alone. Let's have the courage to do this together :)

Cheers to another remarkable year!

~E

ps- if you are interested in guest blogging, have a real wedding or wedding DIY project to share, feel free to email: eileen@enamorevents.com



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