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Happy Holidays!

From the Hey Gorgeous Events’ office to your home, I wish you all nothing less than a holiday season filled with love and what matters most. I’m signing off until Thursday when I am back in for a couple days before Saturday’s departure to Cincinnati for a New Year’s Eve wedding. Until then stay safe and be merry. We all have so much to be thankful for.


Photo above taken by my good friends, Brad and Sam of Bradley James Photography.

Joy to the World!

Happiest of holidays to you, blogettes from the crew here at HGE! Like little kids, Andrew and  I were up nice and early this morning to exchange gifts with one another and open up the small stockings we gifted to Chenks and Zoe. I’m so happy that we have zero plans all day except to enjoy a homemade meal of mac and cheese later this evening between just the two of us; it’s becoming a tradition of sorts. I also can hardly wait to share my 2012 wrap up post soon because I’ve done so much reflecting over the past few weeks, but for now, Home Alone, Coke floats and my cozy couch are calling my name. Give your loved ones a big squeeze today and be merry and bright. It’s always a good time to be merry.

Photo by Studio 6.23. From the fun little power session we did for our holiday cards :) xoxo

Pep Talk Tuesday {Letting Go}

My parents have a Barbara Krueger painting (not an original) hanging in their home. My mom had an artist recreate the painting for her and all I remember is how badly she wanted that thing. To her it symbolizes an important part of living a fulfilling life that of which is letting go. I’ve always struggled with letting go myself. To a fault. It’s hard for me to forgive and forget and as an overly sensitive person I have a hard time accepting constructive criticisms. Earlier this year I hit a low point where I was refusing to filter out negativity in my life and as a result my work, my personal life and my sense of being was affected. I was so down, so angry and hurt and frazzled by it all that I was literally held back from being happy. I felt so weak.

See, a lot of your personal happiness has to do with making a choice. You can make a choice to be happy or make a choice to not be. It’s that simple. Last week when I was leaving the MTH intensive, Lara told me something that I’ve known all along but I think hearing it out loud from someone else who knows my story really had a monumental effect on me: “Rhi, you’re doing amazing things but just imagine what you’ll be able to do when you let go of that little bit of negativity.” Whoah. Just like that. Bam, knock me on my butt, it really hit me. Letting go doesn’t need to be fancy or overdone or broadcasted to the world. It can be as easy as it sounds. And as easy as making a choice. To just let go. Try it. Sit down and try and let go. Just a little bit. Just with 10% of your being start to just even think of letting go. Instantly better right? Lighter, happier and better.

Funny enough, I have a typography poster I made sitting on my bed side table that reads ‘Let Go’. I instagrammed it on Sunday and many of my followers commented on how much they love that print. I’ve been waking up every day, seeing that print, but not truly taking in what it means to let go. Until last week. I made a choice. To let go and just be. I feel happy. I feel blessed. I feel like a better version of me, ready for whatever comes my way. I feel refreshed and hopeful. I feel like letting go is something we can all do to live a better life and just be a better version of ourselves. So tell me, what can you let go of today?

Last week I spent some time in Chicago at the Making Things Happen intensive and I took a few personal days off in the city with Leah, Shay and Kris. I am so grateful for my time away and for the memories and friendships I made in such a short amount of time. I hope to blog more about my trip soon but for now the above photo should suffice. P.S. I’m totally on my tippy toes. Photo by Shalyn Nelson Photography. She’s awesome. Go see her here. Happy Tuesday, my bloggies xoxo

Pep Talk Tuesday {Just Keep on Swimming}

For all of you bloggers who continue to blog day after day even if you get just two comments on a post that took hours of work, for all of you designers who stay up until midnight, or 1:00 am or 5:00 am because you know you your clients are going to just love their table rendering/invite design/highlight reel, for all of you Moms and Dads that struggle to find the balance between parenthood and your professional career, for the professionals who go the extra mile, or the extra three miles even if it means spending your own money or putting in more time than others, for the 55 year olds going to college for the first time, for the high schoolers setting out to raise thousands for a good cause, for the wedding planners that pray every night to book just one more wedding so you can pay your bills and pump gas next without hesitation, to the bakers and pastry chefs who can’t lift their arms the next day thanks to the hundreds of fondant sugar roses they were lovingly creating the day before, to the business owners who hate twitter, dislike facebook and are confused with blogging but still try to figure it all out because they know it’s important, to the student balancing their graduate studies with two part time jobs, to the entrepreneurs who work on weekends, who work past 5:00 pm, who miss birthdays, trips and happy hour, because they have goals, dreams, aspirations, crazy crazy out there aspirations, who put rebrands, business cards and a new office desk chair before trips to Europe and fancy new cars, to everyone and anyone that has ever been told no, no thanks, try again, and not this time, to anyone who understands the value of hard work but may feel so totally frustrated and alone in the moment, this one’s for you.

Just keep on swimming. You can do it. And it’s WORTH it.

Photo via Kelly Braman.

When You’re Doin’ It

I have a younger brother. Growing up we were never that close. There’s an odd age gap between the two of us (seven years to be exact) so it always seemed we were going through different milestones in our lives at completely different times. When I was in highschool he was enjoying the carefree days of grade school. When I was off on my own at college he was just getting into the joys of highschool. My wedding day was probably a lame way to spend a Friday night in his world. It hasn’t been until very recently that we’ve took it upon ourselves to talk; you know just to talk or hang out and be more like friends than siblings. My parents always told us growing up when we’d get in the most awful of fights over the most silly of things, that one day it would just be us two. And we better learn to like one another. Josh, I like you. Wait, I love you. I do. Always have.

My brother was a cute kid, and still is a kid to me because he’ll always be my younger brother. Now as a 19 year old he rides BMX, a passion he’s had since he first sat on a bicycle. Our Dad has video after video of us growing up and there’s one in particular of my brother, long blonde ringlets blowing in the wind, as he zooms by on his bike sans training wheels. “See how I do it?” he excidetly says to my Dad as he quickly looks into the lens, and proudly zooms away peddling as fast as his little legs can carry him. And today I miss my brother. Because today when I took a little break and had my lunch of Cheese Its at 3:20, I thought of him and then thought to myself, “I’m doin’ it, too”. See how I do it? It’s a whirlwind over here, but I’m doin’ it. And I’m totally doing what I said I’d never do; put an Instagram pic in a post. Essentially, I’m double doin’ it, huh :)

I’m off again early Friday morning for another Traverse City wedding. Copious amounts of ribbon, a Claire Pettibone dress, and more than 800 roses are going into this celebration. And as always I’ll be sharing sneak peaks on Instagram if you’re looking to follow along. It’s going to be one gorgeous affair; I can’t wait. Catch you all on the flip side, bloggies xoxo