1. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? My biggest obstacle starting was my pricing. I was shortchanging myself to book an event. I was so excited to do an event I was charging little to nothing to where I was losing money. My vendors were walking away paid and I went home broke but excited I killed the event. I quickly learned I would not stay in business doing that. I have worked with my mentor and learned how to properly price my events so I could turn a profit. My second obstacle was fear. I love to do events but I was scared to put myself out there. I always found a way to stay in the shadows. I initially was only doing events for family and close friends. It terrified me to do events for outside people. Friends started referring me to their friends and I started getting more leads. Then the flood gates opened and I couldn't hide anymore. A friend told me "you are stunting your own growth". From that point, I knew I had to put myself out there and accept the blessings of being able to do my passions.
2. What inspired you to break into your particular industry? As a child, I grew up watching one of the aunts throw elaborate parties and I was always in awe. I always said I can't wait to grow up so I can throw parties. From that grew my passion for events. As far as weddings, every little girl dreams about her wedding day. How it would look, who would come, her dress, etc. From my parties, friends and family members asked me to do their weddings. So I turned my dream wedding into everyone's dream wedding and the rest is history.
3. How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance? It's always a challenge when you have a family and a business. I work a 9-5 job, my husband owns a State Farm agency and we have 4 children. Thank God my amazing husband helps me balance my home life and work. I can't forget to mention I have an amazing team that makes sure we flow smoothly.
4. What is an inspirational quote that you live by? "She was powerful not because she wasn't scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear. - Atticus
5. Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way? My amazing mentor is Desiree Dent. She's my event planner crush. LOL
6. What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong? Strong faith, great support system, and the ability to network.
7. What is your definition of a BOSS? My definition of a BOSS is a woman that is able to balance home/family and being an entrepreneur and being great at both.
8. Provide us with two words that describe you? Goal Getter