This post, right here, is about as personal and as truthful as I will get in this journal. It’s all of the real reasons I became a wedding planner and why I truly love what I do. I’ll explain how I’m intentionally living through life and play.
It’s not quite like J-Lo
People always joke “Oh, like J-Lo” when I tell them what I do for a living, but honestly, it was when I first watched the movie “The Wedding Planner” that I fell in love with the dream. Could wedding planning be a real job? Probably not. None the less, it planted the idea in my head.
Skip ahead ten plus years; I could feel the draw of becoming an entrepreneur. As a creative, I needed a job that I could put all of my artistic energy into. I craved a career that would give me a sense of accomplishment upon the completion of each project and individual challenges to face throughout, but I also knew that I wanted to live a slow, intentional lifestyle outside of work and my choice of career would have to fit in with that. This was when that distant dream of wedding planning came front and center again.
Why I love What I do
To really explain why I love what I do, I first have to start with the concept of slow and intentional living and what it means to me. When we think of our ideal lifestyle, our career will usually fall in as a piece of the puzzle that completes the dream, rather than the entire focus. Taking time to plan an intentional day/week/month means looking at my schedule, choosing the times where I can slow down to enjoy time outside of work and also deciding on the times where I’m going to do nothing but work. Being intentional with my time means that when I sit down to work, I focus on the business tasks at hand, and when I’m setting aside time to spend with my family, they are my focus. While it would be lovely to create a firm schedule of work and non-work hours it would limit the flexibility I’m able to create and for me, having a schedule that allows me to be flexible with my hours has always been important. It means having the ability to take anywhere from a few hours to an entire day off in the middle of the week. That doesn’t mean I just let go of 6 hours from that work week; I end up making it up by working odd hours, sometimes here and there or sometimes for an entire day from 7 in the morning to 9 at night.
Finding a career that would easily fit into my ideal lifestyle was never just about “flexible” hours, but it was incredibly important for how I wanted to live overall. My dream job “must-haves” also included loving the work I would be doing and being able to financially support myself.
Working as a wedding planner gives me:
Who wouldn’t want to have a job that doesn’t feel like work? I love my job tasks. The ability to pour all of my creative energy into numerous, unique projects, face challenges head-on, problem-solve for my clients, and work on the day-to-day logistics makes my heart sing. It truly doesn’t feel like work when I do the planning leading up to the wedding, the days on days of floral prep and design and even during the 12-14 hour long wedding days. I love it.
While I do believe that it’s important to love what you do, if you’re working as a source of income, then you have to have an income which can cover your living expenses. Whatever career I chose would have to provide me with enough financial stability for me to work full-time in this chosen path. It’s never been a goal of mine to “get rich” from this business or to largely expand my team. The cost of my services allows me to live an intentional, less-is-more lifestyle. This allows me to focus my work time and energy into the weddings I have booked and can offer an extraordinary experience vs. just a service.
My ideal lifestyle includes good, whole food cooking and eating, minimalism, simplicity and living a slow but full, intentional life.
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