What's Next?

For the past 3 weeks I have been sitting in my pajamas in front of my iMac, snacking endlessly, avoiding exercise like the plague, tossing Bailie’s “toy of the hour” to her when she asks for it, wrapping presents with the largest ribbons I can find, creating Christmas cards from scratch, having meet-ups with friends I haven’t seen for a while, decorating my house for the holiday, interviewing here and there for various nursing positions, but mostly I’ve been contemplating the future. No matter what I do to fill the time in my day, I can’t stop focusing on the nagging feeling inside me to start something new…to go into that “oh so scary” uncharted territory.

I went on my trip to Europe with the hopes of having some life altering, mind-blowing, soul-searching, “pick you up by your boot straps” kind of experience. I had an expectation that the universe would hand me my next steps on a silver platter…yes, I know, not the most realistic expectation ever expressed, right? BUT, in many ways my trip did just that. It pointed me in the direction of my next steps, by reminding me of that gut response. MY gut response.

I have never been a person that whole heartedly follows their gut. Anytime I made a decision following my gut response I always hid behind it, fearful that this response might, “gasp!” be the wrong one. I always had this aching feeling that although my gut was telling me something, there had to be another, far better, more correct response to whatever I was facing. But fortunately enough for me, over the past several years my gut response has continued to prove itself, time and time again. My gut response was the one that told me to pick up everything and move to Seattle; my gut response was the one that told me to take Adam’s hand on our wedding day; my gut response was the one that told me to leave a job that was making me feel miserable and worthless, for a job that I knew nothing about, but was hopeful would inspire and fulfill me; my gut response was the one that told me that if I took my Europe trip I would find myself; my gut response is the one telling me to write these words into this blog right now; my gut response is the one telling me to leave the past behind, and start fresh.

And so, a fresh start it is. I am following my gut. And as much as my “rational” mind is trying to override my gut, I’m not listening. Nope, no more.

So, where does my gut lead me? What’s next? Well that’s actually seemingly simple. Weddings. Yep, good old-fashioned weddings. BUT, anything but old. I want to create a wedding business that focuses on the modern couple. And when I say modern, I mean many things: I mean a couple that doesn’t necessarily follow traditional roles but creates a relationship that best suits THEIR needs; I mean a couple that isn’t afraid to break free from traditional norms and create a wedding day that is as unique and special as they are; I mean a couple that steers clear of anything but “cookie cutter” in their life and in their wedding details; I mean a couple that isn’t afraid to openly face the emotional, physical and mental challenges of not only planning a wedding, but of sharing their lives with one another.

I’m currently working on immersing myself in the wide world of weddings and in doing so I am attempting to incorporate all of the things that inspire and create passion within me: travel, blogging, writing (who knew?!), photography, antiques, flowers, paper, working 1:1 with couples, creating something new from scratch and by hand, re-using used and bruised items, eclectic colors and designs, nature, shabby chic things, Seattle and the PNW…the list goes on and on. By scrolling and reading as many books, blogs, and inspirational stories of both wedding vendors and local brides and grooms alike, I am trying to expand my knowledge of the industry itself. I am meeting with small business counselors and coaches; I am reaching out to friends and family members for support, advice and guidance; I am attending wedding events and expos in the Seattle area; I am traveling along with a photographer friend of mine (Mo you rock!) to support her in her shoot styling and design; I am taking a mental and emotional break from nursing to focus all of my energy, time, and creative juices into this new business; I am traveling home; I am looking to the great outdoors for inspiration; I am exploring areas of Seattle that I’ve never seen before, but mostly I am doing whatever I can to inspire, motivate, and encourage me to continue on this new and exciting journey.

So long story short, I am launching my own full-fledged wedding & event design and consultation business (name coming soon!). I am hopeful that along with this new business, I can also launch a new wedding blog (title currently in the works!) that will hopefully inspire many brides and grooms in the PNW and beyond! I am seeking out any advice, direction, support and friendship from any and all who are interested. If you know anyone who is about to be married, tell them about me. If you know anyone who is a kick-ass entrepreneur, tell them about me. If you know anyone in graphic or web design who may be able to lend their knowledge, tell them about me. If you know anyone who loves weddings as much as I do or is a vendor in the business, PLEASE tell them about me. I need all the love and support I can get my little hands on, during this exciting and challenging transition in my life. I look forward to keeping everyone updated on my progress, and thanks in advance for all of your love! Toodles for now!

A picture of my own wedding in the background for continued inspiration to do this!

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12 responses to “What's Next?

  1. Aly

    Jenn…the world is your oyster, and, indeed, you are a rare, timeless, and priceless pearl. I wish you all the best – and i can’t wait to tell everyone i know about all that you do!

  2. colleen

    Good luck with your new adventure, Jenn. You are so right about the gut feeling and following it and not your brain telling you not to. It always works out for the best, believe me, I know!

    • Thanks Aunt Colleen! Means the world to have your support! I’d love any business advice you have since you and Uncle Bob have been rocking your own thing for so long!

  3. This totally made me so happy. Love you!!!!!!! so excited!!! whoo hoo

  4. Jakey D

    I think you have a winner Jenn, seriously great idea. Drop me a line when you’re in CO so we can go take photos together šŸ™‚

  5. Kate

    JB!!! I’m so proud of you!!! This is going to be an amazing experience for you and I lend you 150% of myself for any kind of support that you need. If you need an extra car to haul things around or my saliva to lick envelopes–it’s yours. Just say the word.
    You will be SO happy with your decision. All the sweat, tears and blood (hopefully not too much blood, but those paper cuts can be nasty) will be so worth it and your first wedding will be overflow your” cup”. I can’t wait to see all the great events that you plan and memories you help couples create. If I ever get married, it’ll be in your hands and if I don’t, then I just may pull an SJP and have an “unwedding”. Complete with registration to Anthropologie and Nordstrom. šŸ™‚ Either way, the planning will be in your hands–that’s how much faith I have in you and your talent (and you know I’m a bit of a control freak)!!! I don’t even need to wish you luck because you’ll be fantastic, but good luck anyways! xoxoxo

  6. Jenn! You are talented and gifted in all you do and I am so honored to know someone like you. If my man ever jumps on the wedding train (one of these years) and I can still afford you, you will be right by my side. šŸ˜‰ Please don’t hesitate to let me know how I can support you! Even from Bolivia. šŸ˜‰ Love you!

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