So Long 2009 – you were definitely a year to be reckoned with!

"Imagination is a very high sort of seeing" - Ralph Waldo Emerson 1844

On one hand, I am so grateful for such great moments like being part of creating memories for new Mr & Mrs.  Amazed at how I end up with the greatest couples to work with…all now having enjoyed their first Christmas together.  Along with some long yet worth-while days and nights with HER.  2009 was the Year for HER Release and other fun corporate and social events including a simple sandwich and tea party that started as a small gathering with my mom and her granddaughters and quickly grew into a high-end Princess Tea Party Event complete with antique china, vintage formal attire, custom baked butterfly cookies (Annette of Sweet Addictions), photographer (Joshua Swodeck) and videographer (Jon of Planet Zaya), and field trip for a studio photo session.

On the other hand, 2009 was also a year of learning and recovery.  My attorneys were used for the first time to reconcile payment for an event.  Five days before one of my weddings, I suffered a head-neck-and-back injury…meaning no lifting or standing for long periods of time and me moving at a snails pace but thanks to my wonderful assistants – the event was beautiful and noone was the wiser.  I went through a dry summer of scheduling followed by my husband loosing his job right before babygirl’s birthday.  Enter immediate need to practice the art of juggling and re-purposing to make ends meet and not get laid out by burning the candle at both ends.

And now 2010 is here.  So far its started with a bang…enjoying Disneyland on the very first day of the year (we may just make this a new tradition) and tomorrow, my husband starts his new full-time position.  The Holidays, and its hit-and-miss work schedule, has now brought upon the need for great accomplishments these first couple days of the year, but I am ready and anxious for “toaster speed” productivity.

First up are the celebrations of a few anniversaries, one of which is of my record breaking wedding, completely planning their event in 20 days.

The Winter session of the Wedding Consultant Certification Course at Cal Poly Pomona starts this Wednesday for 10 weeks.  My previous classes have kept me posted on their accomplishments, so I am really looking forward to meeting this new set of potential planners and seeing their dreams become reality as well. Basecamp HQ will be part of this session, so I am anxious to see how well we streamline the communication and project completions for the class.

In the middle of it all are the plannings of several beautiful events for my wonderful couples starting with Scottish Elegance, followed closely by Vintage Hollywood Glam.  There are lots more themed weddings this year including my Sunrise Family Affair/Lakeside BBQ, LA Wedding and Modern Polynesian Inspiration.

I am already excited about looking back on 2010 and being very pleased with what I see.

“This bright new year is given me 
to live each day with zest
.  To daily grow and try to be
 my highest and my best!
” – William Arthur Ward

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” 
- Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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