Big News!!

Hello friends!


Been MIA the last few weeks because I've been working on finalizing a special announcement!!


Before you start guessing, Taylor and I are not expanding our family just yet and we're not getting a dog (I know, I'm sad about the dog thing too. One day!!)


Anyway, I started this journey of Captivating Community at the beginning of the year with some big aspirations. I had no idea (and often still don't) on how to pursue those dreams and which of the million dreams I have to pursue. I am a firm believer that we have specific gifts and passions for a reason - but I also believe just because we can do something doesn't mean we are made to do it. A wise friend once told me "you can do 5 or 6 things decently well or you can do 3 or 4 things and be exceptional." And wow. For someone who is Type A, enneagram 2, wants to save the world single handedly, that really resonated with me.


So the last 7 or so months in the midst of COVID, uncertainty about job stability, buying a house, renovating, work, and everything else, I've been praying (and not gonna lie, sometimes utterly ignoring the topic) on what specific skills and dreams I need to hone in on.


Before I share my big news, I want to share a little about what I've been learning through the process: 1. Don't be afraid to dream. Write everything down. Small dreams to big - nothing is too small or too vast to pursue.


2. Know that some dreams you won't be called to pursue. And that's okay. The things you will need to pursue will be the best journey you'll ever go on.


3. Don't compare your dreams to someone else's. Sometimes an impact needs to be made over a home cooked meal and sometimes it's speaking in front of 5,000 people at a conference. We need people to do both. And if someone else is pursuing or successful in what you want to do, that doesn't mean you can't do it!


4.. If you let Jesus in the car, He'll be the best guide. After all, He has the most up to date GPS rather than having to print off map quest directions and read while you drive. You might not know the turn until you approach, or you may know 10 miles ahead, but trust me, you want Him to guide.

 

Okay Okay. I've dragged you on long enough, and hopefully you're still reading because....


I am so excited to announce that I am launching an event planning and coordinating business! For those who don't know, I plan and manage events for my day job - and I absolutely love it! I work for an incredible organization and have an incredible boss/coworkers. I've known for quite some time that event planning is what I was called to step in to and I am excited to take in a step further!


My dream when planning events to create unforgettable experiences for guests. If I can make an impact and memory for someone at my event, I've succeeded. I also know event planning in 2020 is so confusing and up in the air and want to offer my skills to help anybody who needs it!


So what does this look like? Well, in short, I am offering event planning and coordination services for any type of event: weddings, races, festivals, you name it, I can help. I offer a free 1-hour consultation to go over your needs, ideas, and how I can help. From there, I can offer full, partial, or minor event planning and coordination services.


I know, I know. You want to know about cost. Pricing is based on the size, scope, and level of my involvement. Every event is unique! Additionally, non-profits will receive 50% off traditional pricing.


This is the short version of what I'm stepping into, but you can head to my events page and read a little bit more! I am so excited to get started on this and would love to help you in anyway that I can. If you're interested in hearing how I can help you, head over to the connect page and send me a message.


I have a few more surprises coming in the next few months - both for events and some other aspects of my website. Stay tuned!


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