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Jun 4

Trouvaille Workshop Day Two Morning

If you’re just joining us now be sure to check out the Trouvaille Workshop Day One recap over here first!

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Day Two at Trouvaille was the first full day of workshop material and one that was jam packed with back end and front end information from pricing strategies, business ownership tips and tricks, styling 101, rentals and pricing. Believe me, there was a ton of good stuff and a ton of awesome swag for every attendee to take home with them. From our strolling breakfast bright and early on Monday morning, a morning packed with valuable industry speakers, a Tuscan inspired lunch back up in The Pinnacle Room and an afternoon full of florals, table designs, surprise Starbucks breaks;

It was a really good day!

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My dear friend Ashley Brooke of Ashley Brooke Designs supplied each attendee with a mug of their choice. Each gal was ale to snag a mug, use it that morning with breakfast and morning sessions, and then bring it home with them for later use. I had a strolling breakfast that day to encourage mingling but also to let people have a little personal space if they felt a little shy or tired that morning; I normally feel a little sleepy in the am and also am a bit of an introvert at social gatherings so this seemed like a happy medium. It also gave everyone a little sleep in time if needed!

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Almost time for sessions to start!

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The bright purple session tables were in the middle of one of the Amway’s ballrooms, front and center to the speaker’s stage. As the attendees came down from breakfast they were able to choose a seat, each placesetting filled with goodies from businesses I love and admire. Some of the goodies are photographed below for you to check out, along with proper credit at the bottom of this post. As a small business owner myself, I get so much joy out of supporting and sharing the love of others and was thrilled to include so many inspiring and creative professionals at the workshop.

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There was a ton of instagram action happening that week too; check out #trouvailleworkshop for more goodies!

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Michelle Loretta was our first speaker on Monday and man was that a good way to kick start the day. Money, money and more money. Michelle knows what she’s talking about and there’s no fluff with her. I’ve heard Michelle speak on a number of occasions and have hired her personally for money management within my own business. I love her so much she’s coming back to Trouvaille this October to dish on hiring, paying employees, knowing the right time to hire and all of the in betweens. It’s going to be really eye opening to business owners in the planning, design and floral realm.

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After Michelle, Heather Anne from Sweet Heather Anne spoke to the group. Heather is an incredible business woman with a brick and mortar boutique bakery in Ann Arbor. I’ve worked with her for numerous events and she always delivers. Her ability to run her business, still offer an unparalleled product, stand true as a boss to her employees with kindness and integrity is very inspiring. I actually had to pop out and set up for lunch during her presentation but I heard it was full of inspiration take aways. And speaking of lunch, I was upstairs getting that ready in my tulle skirt…

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It was a Tuscan inspired lunch with those KILLER Nuage Designs linens and wicker chargers from The Rental Co.

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I’m an advocate for the ‘You Are Enough’ movement. I’m a big believer that we are all enough. Caroline over at Paloma’s Nest created custom medallions for each attendee which sat at their napkin for when they sat down to lunch.

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Coming up later, the afternoon sessions from Day Two at Trouvaille! All photos by Bradley James Photography.

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Rhi’s skirt: Bel and Beau / Rhi’s necklace: Francesca’s / Chargers/chair rentals: The Rental Company / Monogrammed coffee sleeves: Oatmeal Lace Design / Prayer journals: Val Marie Paper / Gold coasters and notepad: Emily Ley / Foil print: Lara Casey / Lips shirt: Cake for Breakfast / Notebook and pencils: B is for Bonnie / Headbands: Plum Pretty Sugar / Initial necklaces: Bip and Bop / Vase rentals: Events by I Candy / Linens: Nuage Designs / Macarons: Sweet Heather Anne / Trouvaille logo creation: Molly Jacques Calligraphy / Mugs: Ashley Brooke Designs / Lunch menus: Lemon and Lavender

Jun 3

Trouvaille Workshop Day One

Guys! Yay! I can’t believe I get to share these photos finally. Welcome to the first post in the Trouvaille recap series!

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The first ever Trouvaille Workshop started on the very top level of The Amway Grand Plaza in the Pinnacle Room; an amazing space that has nearly 360 degree views of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. After greeting each gal individually, all 25 of the amazing attendees were able to grab a drink and a few chocolate covered strawberries before sitting down to their opening session tables. I wanted the space to feel airy and bright; so the girls could be comfortable and welcomed to Trouvaille with open arms and open hearts. The workshop’s color palette was one with lots of purple, white, pink and peach so I tried to incorporate those hues into a lot of the details and swag (more on all of the remarkable vendors who were a part of this below!) I’m not a huge fan of overly ‘hotel’-ish spaces so I hoped to make the space feel more comfortable and unique with small special touches. Here are a few details:

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I kicked off opening session with a jam packed presentation on Five Things I Know For Sure. From outsourcing tasks I don’t love to do, being kind to others and having a strong, authentic brand regardless of your business experience, I shared as much knowledge as I could with the group in an effort to get their wheels turning. Sweaty palms were included yes. But I felt like personally introducing everyone and letting them know about the foundation behind the workshop would be the best way to start the three days of material. It was so great! The attendees asked insightful questions, were incredible listeners and best of all made me feel so comfortable and at ease.

I love this room shot Bradley James Photography snagged for me. What a beautiful experience!

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Jodi Bos with Gwyneth Paige Letterpress was our amazing second guest speaker. She spoke to the group about women relationships in our industry and did an incredible job getting to the core of what’s important when working with others and sharing kindness and respect with your peers. Jodi has become a dear friend of mine and I look forward to having her back in October to share more on this same topic in addition to a breakout session on paper etiquette and pricing.

After opening sessions, it was time for our black and white themed welcome dinner celebration at San Chez Bistro.

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From passed sangria (the bistro’s signature drink) and a fixed menu featured seven of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, us gals (and one guy! Hi Brad!) dined, shared stories and laughed until late into the evening together. I’m not the biggest fan of the color orange but I loved how this meal’s design and theme came together so nicely in the bistro’s space. I’ll remember that dinner for a long time, guys. To look around the room and see everyone in their adorable outfits, involved in meaningful conversations, comfortable in their surroundings was exactly what I was looking to promote and foster at Trouvaille. Oh and those are caramel jar favors from The Caramel Jar at each attendee’s placesetting. Yum!

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Oh and can I tell you something incredible?

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At the end of the evening as everyone was leaving I started to tear down the small centerpieces and what not from dinner. Alicia, Carrie, Brad and Sam started to help too. Then one by one a good chunk of the attendees came back upstairs to the private room and started to help gather dirty napkins, throw away trash and wrap up decor with us. It was amazing to see these dolled up ladies pitching in to clean up with me (despite my begging to just go back to the hotel and rest). Truly, these women are changing the wedding industry one by one; they are hard working, down to earth and simply full of goodness.

Next up is Day Two of the Trouvaille Workshop! Sit tight, my friends xoxo
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Photography: Bradley James Photography / Florals, host, design: Hey Gorgeous Events / Linens: Nuage Designs / Chair rentals: The Rental Company / Vase Rental: Events by I Candy / Paper: Lemon and Lavender / Calligraphy: Laura Hooper / Clipboards: Idieh Design / Notebooks: B is for Bonnie / Caramel sauce favors: The Caramel Jar / Side table: Fancy Fray / Trouvaille logo: Molly Jacques Calligraphy

May 27

Pep Talk Tuesday {Today’s Potential for Happiness}

Do you ever dream so big your head – or heart – could burst? Or better yet, do you ever feel heavy with overwhelm?

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I’ve been on the verge of bursting lately. And today I woke up feeling a bit tired, not physically, but mentally because the hopes and the dreams inside this head of mine feel too big some days. It’s not a bad thing per say but it’s a little bit overwhelming when you have a hard time turning the brain off and being ok with just being in the now. I read something the other day about our purpose in life and how our purpose is really to just be in the moment, living the now, doing what’s in front of us. In theory this is simple and doable if you break the now (whatever that is for you) down into tangible steps. Think about that for a second; it’s simple!) But here we are (and I generalize when I say ‘we’) rushing around, panicked, stressed, sad even, trying to get to the next best thing, trying to out do ourselves, and trying not to feel like a disaster when the next best thing or the next level really, falls short of our grasp and worse our expectations. Raise your hand if this cycle feels real. I’m over here with both hands high up in the air mind you.

I took this past weekend off. Three days off. No work. No emails. No phone calls. No ‘let me sneak upstairs for an hour of work!’ or ‘let’s swing by Hobby Lobby for a few work related items.’ This hasn’t happened since probably last year. That was a hard pillow to swallow when I was able to realize how badly I needed a break. That the gift of time for myself isn’t something I’m able to give to myself. Those three days were full of the things my heart needed. Plain and simple rest and relaxation doing this things I love most with the people I love most. I’m fairly certain that in 10 or 20 or even 50 years, I’ll love back on these things, these days of rest filled with joy, and feel like it was worth my time to indulge instead of scurrying to achieve anything beyond myself and my capabilities. So today:

Be easy on yourself. You’re doing the best you can. That’s all you can do.

Take five minutes. Really. Go take 5 minutes. And do something for you.

Write down two things that you’ve done well recently. Write them here.

And remember tomorrow will come; but today is full of potential for happiness.

Go seize the day, friends! Xoxo

P.S. Trouvaille tickets are on sale at the early bird rate for four more days! Eeeek!

May 19

Trouvaille Workshop 2.0

Guys! It’s here. Registration for Trouvaille 2.0 is now open! Happy Birthday to me indeed.

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A funny thing happened. April’s Trouvaille Workshop (which was the first) surpassed all of my expectations and then some. I remember feeling so nervous and overwhelmed with emotion just an hour before opening sessions while I prepped in my hotel room, thinking, “What am I doing? I can’t run a workshop like this!” I prayed real quick, slipped into my nude heels and figured if I was called to create an experience like Trouvaille then I surely was going to deliver. And then some. The three days of workshop material just flew by. I met some amazing and inspiring women. There were 5:00 am to 1:00 am days that were packed with happiness, hugs, wisdom, friendship, LEARNING (my goodness the stuff shared those three days blew me away) and so much more. As I drove home from the airport on Wednesday after dropping Alicia off for her flight home, I thought, ‘Well, that has to happen again.’ And in that exact moment I received a text from Jodi saying I’d be crazy not to get on planning the next Trouvaille Workshop. So here we are.

Trouvaille Workshop 2.0 is going to be equally as amazing as the first but of course with some improvements here and there because I learned a lot the first time around. While some of the speakers, the timeline and the material shared will be similar, there will be many new speakers, new topics and new surprised for the next class of inspiring Trouvaille attendees. This Trouvaille brand has meant so much to me in the short span of time it’s been around and being able to share this journey with such an incredible community is beyond fulfilling and rewarding. I feel so lucky, guys.

You can head over here to Eventbrite to grab an Early Bird ticket before they go to regular pricing on June 1st.

Photos and a video from April’s workshop are coming soon. Believe me, it’s going to be worth the wait.

Xoxo

Apr 29

Making Things Happen Recap Spring 2014

Last month I had the pleasure of travelling to North Carolina to be a part of my third Making Things Happen intensive (and my second as a guest speaker). Being a part of this amazing community for over a year and a half now, and having the chance to experience it all in different capacities has been life changing and good for my soul. Like really good for my heart. So often I’m asked what the intensive is really all about and what to expect. While it’s hard to fully comprehend the magic that happens in the group, I’m going to give it a go and simplify my thoughts below for you.

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Making Things Happen is about community. Community is defined as, ‘a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.’ How incredible and fitting is that for an endeavor like Making Things Happen? Considering the amount of ways we connect with one another in our digital age, and how easy it is to confuse acquaintances with friends, I know I’ve really struggled with identifying my true fiends from just those I ‘know’ over the years of my adulthood. And this isn’t meant to sound negative or mean. It’s a hard thing to just type out here to you. It’s an even harder thing to wrap my head around because most days thanks in part to social media it feels like I have friends by the thousands. By the tens of thousands! But a sense of community (and within that realm some even deeper and more remarkable friendships) is truly what I’ve been most grateful to get out of the intensive experience.

Making Things Happen is about perspective. And clarity. Clarity is the best word I can possibly come up with based on my latest trip to Chapel Hill. The previous two times I attended were no doubt amazing and wonderful and better than the last, but this most recent intensive silenced a lot of the noise I had happening around me. I was able to get shockingly honest with myself and go places within me that I had been avoiding. On the other side of fear is success. There’s also balance and joy. And facing some of my fears and the things I knew to be true those couple days I sat with close to 100 sweet souls, ultimately helped me realize how I was running myself into the ground, focused on more of this and more of _____ (followers, perfection, late nights, a better portfolio, insert whatever materialistic or trivial thing you’re chasing here). Having the ability to see everything in front of me and knowing in my soul what I can afford to remove or purge and what I can afford and want to actually pursue (like a family) was so incredibly freeing for me.

Making Things Happen is about the work. The hardest work you’ll ever do to make your best life happen. It amazes me how when you’re sitting in that room going through the intensive’s content, you’re absolutely digging into the first chunk of hard work you’re about to face. Being honest, getting to your core, writing our your fears, learning to say no to things and processing this all into actionable steps IS hard work. I leave Making Things Happen often feeling an odd sense of being hopefully exhausted. But as Gina always says, when you leave that room life will hit you right in the face. It’s inevitable. It’ll knock you on your ass too. Life is going to pick right back up where it left off and it’s up to you to put in the hard work to cultivate change and get whatever it is done, to reroute your habits, routine, life, whatever. Did you know 40% of our daily routine is done out of pure habit? (I’m reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg right now; brilliant!) If a good chunk of your habits could stand to change a little that’s a lot of hard work. But it’s encouraging, and I speak from experience here, to know how possible that hard work is when you leave such a powerful workshop, and how fulfilling it is to life a life with purpose when you have a community genuinely cheering you on.

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To everyone at all three intensives I’ve been to, thank you for sharing, encouraging, teaching, listening and loving on not just myself but the rest of the brave souls sitting in those three diferent spaces, yearning to change and be their best selves. To those of you who have wondered and thought about coming one of these days but have yet to purchase a seat, give yourself the gift of this experience. The gift of time. The gift of grace, discovery and enlightenment.

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You can purchase your seat here. Scroll down on that page to read more about the intensive and FAQs.

Have a beautiful Tuesday, friends and thank you to Robyn Van Dyke for the gorgeous photos. Xoxo