I was raised on a farm in the Emmett, Idaho valley where I learned the value of hard work to accomplish goals. Our family motto is "We work hard, We play hard, and we do it together." This motto has inspired me as a child, and now as a business woman. While I love my agricultural heritage, my heart belongs to the event industry.
Growing up, my aunt owned a restaurant and banquet hall in our small community. Before being taken to afternoon kindergarten, my cousin and I got to help decorate the banquet hall for upcoming events. My favorite job was putting the flowers on the tables to make it look just right. That year my cousin made me learn to tie my shoes so I could help him with tying the chair sashes. Nothing was more beautiful to my 5 year old self than a beautifully decorated room. In those early years, my American Dream was born to be a wedding planner and event decorator!
By the time I reached my junior year of high school, I already knew for a surety what I wanted to be when I grew up. I'd watched wedding themed shows like David Tutera Wedding, planned parties for family and friends, and looked into event courses for many colleges. My junior year of high school, I started networking with local venders in my area by attending my first ever wedding show, The Boise Wedding Party Show, a show which I've been able to attend and participate in over the last years.
Senior Year of High School came around and the music program at my school was threatened to be cut because of funding. As President of the Varsity Choir, I could not let this happen. For my Senior Project, I planned, decorated, and hosted a fundraiser event which earned my school over $1,000. It was then I fell in love with planning events for a purpose.
In college, I planned events for the school and found- this really was the life for me. I'm never happier than when I'm planning events. Life is about making those timeless memories and I love being a part of that!
So at age 20, I decided to chase my dream and became a small business owner. I have never regretted that decision.
America is a land of opportunity. It's a place to chase your dreams and where you can find support and guidance to direct you toward success. I am gratefully blessed to be an American. Being a small business owner means long hours, few if any "days off", and insularity about which risks to take. But just like those who came before me, I see the possibilities of what could be and I rise to the challenge. Life is not without sacrifice, but in the end it's all worth it.
May you always have the courage to pursue your dreams. May you dream big and work hard to accomplish those goals. And may God continue to Bless America.
Happy Independence Day!