It happened. Shayne and I got married on Friday, August 18th it was the best weekend of my life and we had so much fun. Here is a sneaky peak of some “before the wedding” moments. Amie LeBlanc took these rad shots!
Our wedding is going to be on August 18th in Whistler which means I have just over 6 months to plan things out. I’m pretty organized and already have my venue, dress, menu, videographer, photographer and a few other things sorted out. I can see how this is stressful and expensive but I’ve learned a few things in the month of planning that I’ve done:
- Sign up for Wedding Wire. It’s free and it has a budget tracker, list and even an option to create a free website (which I did, obviously). A friend told me about it and I’m so happy with it. It’s an organized person’s dream. I can hook up my guest list with my RSVPs with my seating chart and more! Engaged? DO IT!
- Don’t go dress shopping alone. I was going to go alone but 2 friends ended up coming with me on a trip to Seattle where I just so happened to try on dresses. I didn’t think I would find my dress on this trip but it was the 5th dress I tried on. I cried. YUP. I also drank champagne from a can with a straw to celebrate.
- Find a few hotels that offer a discounted rate for guests and let out of towners know. My wedding is during a busy time in Whistler and a lot of people have already booked their rooms (the invites haven’t even gone out yet). I know that they appreciate me being on the ball so they can be on the ball, too.
- Ask for help if you need help. This goes for everything.
- Start a Pinterest board with your siblings or best friends. You can make it a secret board or public but it’s a great place to be inspired for all things wedding related.
- Remember, it’s YOUR wedding so YOU do what YOU want.
Wedding planning should be fun and if you are organized it shouldn’t be too stressful. Do you have any tips for newly engaged ladies out there? Add them in the comments below!
You may have noticed that I’ve taken an intermission from my blog. It wasn’t because I stopped doing anything but it was because I was doing too much. Yes, that’s a thing. I was working on a lot of very exciting projects but when it came time to do the things I do for myself I was too tired. I used my time off to disconnect because I spent most of my awake hours of the last 6 months connected.
I’m in the process of some very exciting changes and figuring out who the next version of myself will be. The last journey I was on was a wild one and my personal life had a lot of challenges (really sick father, the flu and other things).
Recently, things have been looking up!
It seems like the things that keep happening to me are serendipitous. Cool, eh?
Well, I have a new bike and I have some very exciting announcements coming up. I’m going to revive my rhythm of blogging weekly and look forward to having you join me on the next stage of my life.
For those of you who know me you know that I love to talk. I especially love to talk when I have something interesting or informative to say. One of the things that fuels my passion is talking to groups about social media (which I’m obsessed with). So, last week something awesome happened… I was asked by 2 different people to speak to their groups! To me, this is a huge honour and I love sharing my knowledge and experience with others.
This week I will be speaking to the Whistler Adventure School’s social media students about my experience with managing social media while the company I work for was featured on an international TV show called Après Ski. I’m excited to share the strategy to help take the conversation from the TV screen to social media and how I managed those conversations.
At the end of the month I’ll be leading the conversation at a Tourism Whistler event about creating content and conversations online. This is a passion of mine because I have spent a lot of time learning through trial and error and reading many (many) articles. I don’t know everything and not everything works for every brand but I’m excited to share what has worked for me.
Anywho, Tuesday was an awesome day full of little successes for me. While I work for Gibbons Whistler my goal is to help brand us as an innovative company and have our social media be the heart of marketing conversations.
When I was younger, 365 days seemed like forever. As I get older, time seems to have a turbo jet pack and 365 days doesn’t seem like long enough. It’s funny how time moves faster as you get older but it also makes you appreciate things a whole lot more. Last year went by extremely fast and there are a few moments that stood out for me:
I completed 2 year Leadership Mastery Program.
Mountain biking became a part of my life.
My lifestyle got a facelift and I lost over 20 pounds.
My dream job became my real job.
I celebrated a few marriages and births (neither mine).
Camping and adventures occurred often.
I celebrated my dad’s 60th birthday with him and my grandma’s 90th birthday with her.
I’m sure there are more moments but these were ones that came to mind. A lot of people set resolutions or goals at the beginning of the year but I find that I’m constantly setting goals. So, the beginning of the new year doesn’t inspire me to set goals but does allows me to help inspire my friends. It’s important to always be working on your goals (health, person and professional) and always be working towards something while trying to remain present.
For YEARS I have wanted to take pottery lessons and the stars have never aligned…until now. The original plan was to take a throwing class (a.k.a learn to use the wheel) but when I went to sign up the class was full. So, on to the waiting list I went. I got a call a few days later informing me that another throwing class was added and I. WAS. IN! Yahooooo!
I showed up to class and the group of 6 had realized that half thought I was throwing and half thought it was hand building….so we decided to stick with hand building. Originally, I was bummed out but I knew this would be really fun. AND IT IS SO MUCH FUN!
So, it’s nothing like the movie Ghost and here are some things I have been working on. Keep in mind that I still need to “bisque” and glaze them.
…..Each items gets better and better (phew).