Happy Friday all of you beautiful people!
I woke up this morning and there was a sweet text on my phone from a friend and colleague that read “Yay for taking risks! Have fun with your intern today!” And instantly I felt like as scary as risks are they are often so worth taking. I’m currently sitting here on my front porch with my new intern Kendra (give her a warm welcome below guys!) and can’t even tell you I’m so excited about having a new person to work with here in the office even if it’s just a couple days a week. Kendra is a senior at a local university here in Grand Rapids, studying hospitality and tourism and I’m only hoping she’s more than thrilled to tackle some unicorn-inspired garlands today (look out for those guys in action on June 2nd!)
In other news, my adorable parents and my Grandpa are visiting Andrew and I for the weekend. I can hardly stand the suspense waiting for them to get here. Hurry up 5:00 pm! It’s been a year since they were here last and they’ve yet to meet Zoe. Is it lame to call Zoe their grand dog? No? OK cool. We’ll be having a small grill out tonight, enjoying this beautiful spring time weather and hitting up some favorite stops around town over the next couple days! Hopefully you’ll have a marvellous weekend too and if you’re up for it, give a social media free few days a shot. xoxo
Yay for May! It is finally here.
I love May. May just might be my most favorite month of the entire year, guys. For a multitude of reasons. Not only do I celebrate my birthday each year on the 19th but May in the Midwest is truly the changing of seasons. For example, this morning I woke up and boom. The loveliest of natural light was streaming through our windows and the birds were chirping outside in the tress. I think I may have even heard a lawnmower from down the street. And this was all around 7:00 am! Talk about motivation to get out of your bed and start your day! For as nasty as our winters can get and unpredictable as the climate may be here we really do have the loveliest of springs and summers. I could hug a stranger or two today because it’s May and I’m not just saying that because I’m typing this from a patio overlooking the water with a delicious and fruity martini by my side :) Shall we move on to this month’s goals now? Yes please.
Healthier Living This was one of the goals I made back in January (like most of the world I am sure) and I actually did really well with making healthy choices in my life up until I returned home from our vacation to Jamaica last month. I’d like to get back on track with my work outs, eating balanced meals (again, someone please convince me Starbucks isn’t a balanced meal) and just getting up and out there especially now that the weather is nice. Zoe loves going on walks so I’d like to take her on more and I enjoy working on some landscaping so I’m game for kicking it up a notch this month.
Smarter Living With the possibility of signing for this studio space soon, I need to continue to keep on track of my finances and where my money goes. Last month I made it a goal (thanks to the sweet Nancy Ray here) not to spend any money on things I do not need, and with the exception of some Starbucks at meetings, I succeeded. I purchased items from Home Goods for a client without walking through the remainder of the store, I walked by the decorative accent section at Target and left only with some cotton balls and Q-tips, and while it was painful not to buy myself or our home nice new things it was refreshing to stick to my guns. Less stuff equals more money in the bank. For rent. Right?
Happier living I’ve been feeling really good lately just about with everything in my life. Things aren’t perfect but wonderful. I made it a general goal for 2013 to just be purposeful in all I do whether it be with my marriage, my business or my personal life and I finally feel like four months into this year, things are where they should be. I’ve been trying to really live in the present and be content with things as they are and I feel like those efforts are paying off. So in May I’d like to continue feeling that way and continue to build off of this wonderful momentum. Feeling happy and content.
So let’s hear it! Who has some May goals they’d love to share? P.S. Go here and snag yourself a copy xoxo
So I woke up this morning and BOOM. The sunshine came out to play. Instant mood lifter huh?
It has been a whirlind of a week here in the HGE office. Tons of client and vendor appointments, tours of potential office spaces, I finally hired an awesome intern (yay!), booked two new clients and glittered my little unicorn-loving-heart away for a rad wedding coming up in about a month. I also recently made some back end changes to Hey Gorgeous (which overlaps a little with my office space search; more soon I promise!) but I’m feeling content about things right now. Like I’m on the other side of this invisible barrier I had build up for myself sometime last year. I met these guys yesterday (what a treat) and Aimee and I were talking about how this year has sort of been a turning point for us in our late twenties. And how we see life a little bit differently even in just being another year old. Or young I suppose. Because I don’t feel old! I just loved being able to talk to someone else who shares the same views on me.
I’m off to a client taste test for the afternoon, and another appointment to view a design and floral studio, then this weekend will be spent in Benton Harbor confirming design plans for next month’s event (you can follow along with me on instagram here). If you’re in the Grand Rapids area and would love to buy someone special some lovely blooms for Mother’s Day check out this post. And with that I will see you all next week! Dish below on your plans this weekend too; if you’re here in the Midwest I can bet it involves anything to do with that glorious sunshine :) xoxo
HGE Mother’s Day Flowers
Guys, I’m so excited about this post today. Not only because it includes a pretty picture like this one below…
But because I happen to think I have the best Mom in the whole entire world, and I’m thinking most of you out there probably think the same thing about yours too. So to celebrate all of those amazing Moms out there this Mother’s Day I thought it would be appropriate and oh so fun to offer lovely pre-ordered arrangements for customers in the Grand Rapids and Rockford, Michigan communities. I’ll be designing and selling arrangements like the one above, filled with peonies, roses and other yummy pretties your Mom will love, all tucked into a sweet little clear hobnail vase (for pricing on an arrangement of this size with these blooms please contact me). The vases will be packaged with tissue and ready to go either late in the afternoon of May 12th or the morning of May 13th. Delivery to certain areas is available at a minimal fee but if you can pick up your blooms in person, I may have some fresh baked cookies for you as a treat. And a high five for being so awesome and supporting a small business much like the one run by yours truly.
To order an arrangement for your Ma, email me over at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat about all of the details! I can’t wait to infuse my surrounding community with a whole lot of Hey Gorg goodness. Have an amazing morning, friends and stop by Kelly Braman’s blog today to say hello! She took that beautiful photo you’re seeing up there xoxo
FAQs: Work From Home Schedules
Keeping in line with my January post on social media free weekends, I wanted to talk a little bit about my work schedule and what I’ve found works for me as a work from home professional. A lot of you have been asking for more wedding industry business advice and that makes me so happy! Around this time last year, I was struggling to keep balance between my personal life and my business. I was working a part time job to make a bit of extra money leading up to my wedding season and was coming home every night exhausted from my full day of work. Sometimes I’d work until 3:00 am handling my own business responsibilities and more than often, I’d schedule consults and Skype dates with clients as late as 9:00 pm; when I just wanted to be in bed winding down from my day. Andrew took a backseat to it all and I found that life caught up with me; and not in a good way. Rhi needed a schedule intervention really bad.
In May of 2012 I finally decided to leave my part time job and take on Hey Gorgeous full time. For the second time. Best. Decision. Ever. Within just two weeks I booked two more events for my season, which surpassed the amount of money I would have made working my part time job for six months. I was able to work during the day and do things like eat dinner with my husband at night. Or go to a movie and not feel guilty about it. But I also learned really quickly that I’d still need to put in the hard work at home with Hey Gorgeous if I wanted to be successful and get my work done. I write a lot on this blog about what I do to stay motivated and on task. I think any business owner or creative professional can attest to the difficulties of staying on task 24/7 even more so when you wear so many different hats.
These days, I stick to a loose 9:00 am to 5:30 pm work schedule that’s done wonders for me. I work Monday to Friday, meaning those times and days are when I am accessible to clients (unless of course an appointment is made outside of these parameters and I certainly do work overtime when it’s necessary like the week of an event). I wrote a bit about a typically work day over here. And then I also wrote about a typical wedding day of work here. Just reading that post gives me this weird combination of exhauastion and excitement because my job is pretty demanding but absolutely and 110% worth it. I also usually spend Sunday nights prepping for my work week ahead, and once my weddings start each season I take Mondays off. When you work on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays you need to give yourself a little break.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg on work schedules and office hour boundaries (as learned from the incredibly smart Lara Casey herself) but I’d love to generate a discussion here (over Starbucks lattes of course!) If you’re a business owner who works from home or not, I’d love for you to dish below on what you like and dislike with your current work schedule. Maybe your comment will inspire other business owners to make changes with their current routine! Which also leads me to the exciting news involving my hunt for a perfect office space for the 2013 and 2014 Hey Gorgeous season. More on that soon though, soon. Happiest of Mondays, to you all! Photo by Kelly Braman xoxo