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Nov 14

Trouvaille 3.0 Details Released!

Happy Friday, friends! Guess what? The details for next summer’s Trouvaille Workshop are now live over on Eventbrite for you to check out! I’m so thrilled about everything I’m hoping and planning for this workshop to be.  The past two workshops were such labors of love and definite successes, but this third round already feels a bit different. I feel very equipped to give something really special and intentional to some absolutely amazing women. A few things I wanted to share about set and intended plans in the works are below!

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 A more in depth itinerary The past two Trouvaille Workshops have started on a Sunday with education ending on Tuesday before dinner. This has felt too short for me to feel like I am fully providing the best experience for my attendees. It also makes the day sessions feel really jam packed and I want the experience to feel purposeful but appropriately paced. I also have a love of half days at workshops since they allow for purposeful travel schedules and free time before or after scheduled activities. With that being said, Trouvaille 3.0 will now be a four-day extensive with Welcome Sessions starting on Sunday August 9th, 2015 and our final educational session ending at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015. I hope this will encourage attendees to stay in the city longer to build on the relationships and connections they cultivate while at Trouvaille!

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A more unique location. Grand Rapids has been a great home for Trouvaille thus far (and is still home for me), but options that fit in with the workshop’s brand are slim. And keeping things fresh and unique is very important to me. Since this workshop was created to be an asset to the Midwest industry, I needed to expand outside of Grand Rapids but still stay within Midwest boundaries. With that, Chicago was a natural transition and serves as a really industry rich place to host the event next summer. Plus O’Hare airport is about a 20 minute Uber ride to the host accommodations! Our attendees and speakers will be resting their heads at the one of a kind Guesthouse Hotel in Andersonville during their stay. The hotel is a wonderful cross between a fully furnished vacation home and a boutique hotel with one, two and three bedroom suites. Andrew and I personally stayed the night a couple weeks ago to make sure we approved and my goodness our expectations were exceeded and then some. Even better, tickets now include accommodation costs so attendees won’t need to budget separately for this expense or deal with checkouts and splitting costs with roommates.

The location of the educational sessions and multiple dining experiences will be announced soon on the Trouvaille website and in detailed documents and itineraries sent to the registered attendees. The spaces I’ve selected are ones where I can utilize outdoor venues which is a big reason I selected August as the workshop date; summer in the city is a beautiful thing and will add a really special dynamic to the experience.

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A very exciting, diverse and TALENTED roster of speakers. When I say there are speakers coming in from all four corners of the country there’s some serious truth there! A couple of alumnae from past workshops will be returning with of course, fresh new content, but there’s also five new exciting speakers and presenters on board that I’m truly humbled to have as part of the Trouvaille family. And including Andrew and I, there will be four husband and wife teams in attendance. I can’t wait to be able to have these pairs share more on how big of a family effort it can be to run a multifaceted wedding planning business; and what’s better than hearing it straight from the source? More will be released on December 1st when tickets go on sale.

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Look out for the updated website and more coming the first week of December! If you have questions, supplier and sponsorship pitches, or anything else I can help you with please email hello@heygorg.com and I will be happy to help you! A huge thank you to the wonderful Brad and Sam Vanderson of Bradley James Photography for all of the beautiful photos (as always!) These two will be coming back again to Trouvaille next summer to capture all of the goodness and I couldn’t be more grateful for their help, talent and friendship.

Have an amazing weekend, friends! Xoxo

Nov 10

Stop the Scroll

If you’re reading this I suggest you block off the next ten minutes to soak it all in!

Last summer, inspired by my good friend Nancy Ray’s Contentment Challenge, I decide to give up something I believe we all spend way too much time with. Social media. After feeling a bit weighed down by the vortex of social media, I set out to avoid all social media channels for an undetermined amount of time. No facebook. No twitter. No instagram. At all. On my phone, laptop, during the day or at night. A couple days turned into a week. One week turn into 10 days and eventually those ten days turned into almost 3 weeks. Those three weeks?

Some of the best of this entire year.

In three weeks without my phone stuck in my hand, I was able to do things that I really never got around to doing when I was connected to my phone and my social media accounts at all hours of the day. Waking up in the morning and going to bed at night became times of (mostly) pure bliss and relaxation. My work day was made up of just that; a lot of work. Purposeful and focused work without a sprinkling of mindless scrolls and wasting my time staring at the same status updates minute after minute. I fell in love with my husband all over again. We went on dates. I saved money. I lost weight because I had time to cook healthy meals and use my gym membership. I felt a more simple pace and structure to my life. I feel peaceful and content. Whole.

Last week I felt called to take another scroll-free week away from my phone because it’s TOO easy to grab my phone in moments of stillness. Too tempting to check my facebook at a red light. Too natural to grab my phone during a date with a friend just to ‘check one thing’. Too comfortable to just scroll, scroll, scroll and fill my mind with things that don’t really need to be there. I needed a break and it wasn’t enough to just put my phone in the next room over. It wasn’t going to do the trick to take a day off. I needed something more. So I set a time parameter of a week, asked some incredible Making Things Happen alumni from the most recent conference to join me and with that, a team of 9 women and I held each other accountable throughout the process. Again I was reminded of how truly special the gift of time is. How time is our one resource that’s not renewable. I never want to take my time for granted. I think my accountability group would wholeheartedly agree.

Andrew and I recently decided to tackle Nancy’s Contentment Challenge together (we’ve been doing so for the past week and a half and so far, feel great!). I did the challenge last summer for eight weeks solo and loved what it taught me about my possessions and how I spend my money. I highly recommend trying the challenge yourself. And if you feel AT all panicked about the thought of going without your phone and social media for more than a few days, I also recommend you try a social media break so you too, can Stop the Scroll. If you want to create an accountability group, I urge you to do so with friends online, friends in your community, colleagues or even your family or spouse. There is power in numbers and having a support system you can turn to in moments of weakness is so encouraging and uplifting. Find a tribe! Support one another!

Oh and just like Nancy outlines in her post, this isn’t about rigid rules and regulations. It’s about living your life with purpose and finding joy in things that have nothing to do with friend request, likes, followers and filters. Be honest with yourself. Be kind to yourself if you find your thumbs reaching for your instagram icon minutes into starting the challenge! Share your efforts with those closest to you so you can feel lifted up and supported. Try not to get frustrated or even annoyed when you see your friends, family and colleagues mindlessly scrolling through their own accounts and feeds (this was honestly the harest part for me). Commit yourself and you’ll see the results! Actually, you will feel them more than anything.

#stopthescrollchallenge (yes, it’s ironic to have a social media break hashtag but just roll with me here :)

Also, later this week? More on the beautiful and very peachy Southern Weddings Magazine cover shoot I was lucky to be a part of! From the stunning images shot by Tec Petaja to the gorgeous behind the scene images shot by Nancy Ray, it was a couple of summer days I will never ever forget. I love this shot from when I was setting up the lovely peach branch garland for our ceremony (in bare feet of course) while Emily Thomas was such a peach, pun intended, and held my ladder steady. Teamwork makes the dream work, right?

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Happy Monday, friends!

Xoxo

Team Scroll-Free Posts:

You can read Amanda’s post here.
You can read Laura’s post here.

Nov 4

Pep Talk Tuesday {Failure Is An Option}

Dear Beautiful Girl,

Failure is an option. It’s a must, actually. Before you learn to fly, you must first learn to walk, remembering to pick yourself back up every time you fall flat on your face. Willing to face each new step again with courage. Bouncing back from defeat is necessary not only in business, or in love, but in living a purposeful and intentional life. Bouncing back builds character. Bouncing back makes you want it more; whatever ‘it’ may be. To be talented, to be hard working, to be creative, funny or smart. More than often, none of these attributes matter as much as it matters to be resilient against getting knocked down and recovering from your own mistakes. Today, go be brave! Go fall down and get back up. Go make mistakes and do something wrong.

You’ll come out better on the other side.

Love, Rhi (who more than often learns the most from her own failures)

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Photos by Bradley James Photography, my dear friends and colleagues xoxo

Nov 3

Making Things Happen Recap Fall 2014

This. This. This.

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A week ago today, I had the privilege and absolute honor of attending the Making Things Happen intensive as a speaker for the third time. Two years ago this month I sat in a small conference room in a Chicago area hotel where I first did some serious soul searching into what I wanted my life to look and more importantly, feel like. In early 2012 I was urged by a friend to purchase my ticket to that fall’s event and I’m so glad she did. My world was rocked by the then single-day conference and since then throughout my three speaking roles at the now two-day workshop, I’ve continued to grow, learn, challenge myself and best of all, change. For the better.

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I wrote a bit back in the spring about what Making Things Happen is all about. You can read that here.

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But I want to talk a little about what I learned this time around because six months in between conferences can feel like a long time but it can also feel like the blink of an eye. And when I look back at the photos from the spring conference and see myself, I feel like I’m looking at a different person. It’s not that I like the person I was then any less but life has so beautifully evolved and I feel like I owe so much of that to the work that’s behind Making Things Happen. I feel like I need to shout it from the rooftops and share it with you here too.

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Contentment sometimes requires a different perspective. At the spring Making Things Happen I was a very overwhelmed, emotional mess. I cried. A lot. I felt broken and fragile. I felt confused. Ashamed of the confusion. I felt tired and I had yet to officially start what would be the busiest year of my life yet. Lara was filming some video for her book launch and a bunch of us had volunteered to be interviewed with various conference-like prompts. I sat in front of the camera that day and like a faucet, hot tears rolled down cheeks. I needed love, clarity and a new perspective that day. And I got that last week. I DO have contentment in my life. I was just searching all the wrong places for it. This fact alone has rocked my world since I landed back in Michigan last week. It’s also inspired me to try the Contentment Challenge again (this time with Andrew by my side) after a successful two month go at it last summer. More on that in another post though.

Hard work is the secret sauce. It’s funny because as soon as I leave MTH to head back home, I always feel this odd mix of rockstar motivation and total exhaustion. Part of me feels extremely eager to jump in and literally make my ideal life happen; I’ve got lists to do! Things to accomplish! Timelines to stick to! People to meet! But there’s another part of me that wants to chuck my phone into the toilet, close up my business and move into a cabin in the woods. Ha! Part of Making Things Happen is finding your why, your core, your purpose. You may find out things about yourself that have been so buried within, you shock even yourself when they’re uncovered. You may leave feeling more confused than you came in. BUT an ever bigger part of MTH is doing the work. The daunting, ugly, non-instagram worthy work. ‘There’s no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.’ This applies to motherhood, travelling the world, starting a business, deciding to leave a toxic relationship, marriage, forgiveness, etc. One thing reaffirmed for me last week is that if all else fails, work hard. And pray.

Gratitude changes everything. This part brings tears to my eyes. Lara always says that gratitude changes everything. I use to just nod my head at this part because yup, gratitude is very important. I know this. Sure, I’m grateful. But it wasn’t until the afternoon of day two last week that it nearly knocked me off of my chair; gratitude has to be openly welcomed into your heart fully for it to really change you. You have to really and selflessly be completely grateful to experience true change. You have to surrender to gratitude for mountains to move. As I went back to my room Tuesday night after our amazing fireside chat led by the incredible K. Winchester (my sweet roomie!) and was trying to pinpoint my biggest takeaway from the event, I realized, ‘Whoa. I’m just so truly grateful for this life. The messy house at times, chaotic schedule, the marriage without kids, the potential to one day have a baby, the loving husband, the friendships I’ve worked hard to cultivate, the failures and mistakes, the lack of sunshine in the winter, the scary decisions I have to make so often with my business’; I mean I could go on and on. But regardless of the here and now, I felt abundantly grateful to just be in this season of life. With the good and bad. And that’s a really powerful feeling that ironically circles back up to my point about contentment. When you’re grateful, you’re content. Can I get an amen?

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I am Rhiannon. And I am excited. About so much! If you too want to get excited and make an investment with bettering your life (remember this conference will give you so many tools to help you truly make what matters most happen, but it will not fix your problems; you have to do the hard work to get results!) then you can sign up for next spring’s workshop. The community that stands behind the Making Things Happen movement is so encouraging, special, and full of love. We would so love to have you and you can sign up here where you’ll also find a ton more detail about your investment, location, schedule and more.

Have a beautiful Monday, friends! Let me know below how I can encourage you today :) Xoxo

Photos by Emily March Payne and Glessner Photography, our amazing conference photographers!

Oct 31

Published {Southern Weddings}

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Goodness me, my friends! I can hardly believe I am typing these words but I am absolutely honored and thrilled to have my florals on the newest cover of Southern Weddings Magazine. The Southern Weddings brand and mission is such a special one and one that no doubt is paving (and really, has already paved!) the way for something much more meaningful and bigger than all of us here in the wedding industry. Flying to Chapel Hill earlier this year to be a part of this editorial was so incredible and working with the group of talented vendors who made it all possible was even better. I truly cannot wait to share more about this issue and the love that was poured into our project. The cover was just released today but next week the issue hits new stands and you can bet it’s going to fly off those shelves pretty fast! You can pre order your copy (or copies like I did so my Ma can get her hands on one!) over here before then.

And before I forget the most important part of this fun announcement, I have to credit the amazing Tec Petaja for his beautiful photography, Kate Bryan of The Small Things blog for her hair styling skills, Makeup for Your Day for the gorgeous make up and Anne Barge for that beauty of a gown seen on our lovely ‘bride’ – all shot on location at Fearrington Village of course, one of the charming locations in North Carolina that those sweet Southern Weddings ladies sure love! More soon on the whole group of artists who made this possible.

Have the happiest of weekends, blogettes! Xoxo