Biz and Micah celebrate becoming Mr. & Mrs.
Today is a good day. Today is actually a better than good day. It is one of those days when something really amazing happens and it makes you sit back and reflect and try to figure out “hey, how did I get here?” Today the Spring 2013 Martha Stewart Weddings magazine hit newsstands across the country with a Katie O’ Weddings & Events wedding featured on its world famous pages! I am beyond grateful, excited and yup- you guessed it- “sparkling!” It is days like today when I recognize how lucky I am to have all the hard work, dedication and passion for what I do pay off. When big things happen to me, I always try to remember why I believe I made it here. There are three mantras that come to mind: make an impact, dream big and sparkle.
The magazine hanging out at the studio today…
I receive a lot of emails from young women in business or college who are looking to get started in this field. They ask me “how did I get here”, “how did I know it was what I wanted to do” and “what can they do to grow?” My story is simple and I think it can work for anyone with a dream, dedication and mentor.
I look back to see myself as a young, excited, naive “20-something.” I had just earned an internship as a promotions assistant at a local radio station. It was my first “big girl” job, working in events, and I was scared. All I wanted was to do a good job, learn everything I possibly could and see if this was the right field for me. My boss, Susan Hyatt, made an impact. I thought she was young, hip, sassy, dressed awesome, loved her job and I knew I could learn so much from her. Susan charged me with writing a :60 radio spot on my first day. It would be run over the airwaves for hundreds of thousands listeners to hear. I was beyond frightened. I could not believe she was asking me to do this. She must be crazy right? No, she wasn’t crazy at all…she was a leader and a damn good one. I knew she believed that I had the talent to get it done, and with her confidence in my ability, I made it happen. Susan was firm and assertive but fun and kind at the same time. She had a way of teaching and explaining things to me that I respected and appreciated. She never took “no” for an answer and always pushed the limits, reminding me to “dream big.” I spent a lot of time learning from her and watching her in action. I felt proud to have such an amazing woman in business to look up to. At the end of my internship, she presented me with a very special gift that I still hold close to my heart. I am wearing it today in honor of her impact on my success. It was a beautiful gold star necklace, with a message telling me “you’re a star!” It was almost as if she knew sparkly things were in my future.
After my internship, I knew that the event world was where I was meant to be. I took a path that led me in various directions over the years, working with wonderful people along the way. All along I was always thinking in the back of my head that there has got to be something more. I never really believed owning my own business was something I would do, but as I travelled along my dreams got bigger.
Moments after I opened the magazine and saw the feature for the first time...
As I sit here today, with my MSW magazine by my side, I still feel the eagerness and fear of that 20-something intern, who had her future wide open. So to all those young girls in business who ask what it is you should do, I can only share what has worked for me. I have learned that in business you have to be smart, determined, firm, aggressive and dedicated. I have also learned that you can be all of those things and still be a good person with integrity and have fun doing what you love everyday. You must treat others the way you wish to be treated.
I think that every good and bad decision I have made has brought me here today. I recognize that good things come to those who work hard and love what they do. I am looking forward to what the future holds and, no matter what, I will always try to make an impact, dream big and sparkle more.
Thank you for sharing this with me and please check out page 370 to see our beautiful Katie O’ couple Biz & Micah’s feature. Come back to the blog on Wednesday: I’ll share my take on their day, from the coordination perspective, and we’ll have new photos and fun stories from their day.