Happy Thanksgiving, faithful blog readers! I wanted to take a minute to share with you some of the things I am most thankful for this year.

It may sound weird and cheesy, but just when I thought I couldn't have more gratitude, I'm overwhelmed with how thankful I am for the many opportunities I've been afforded and the risks I was encouraged to take. Even with all the challenges and hardships I've endured starting and growing this business, I so appreciate and value the flexibility it offers me. I can take time when I need to and I can work around the clock if that is what is needed. I can celebrate the end of a successful wedding season and cheer two 2014 brides (those brides would be Jillian and me)!

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This year, more than ever before, I am especially thankful. Katie O' Weddings and Events has had its busiest and most successful year to date with over 43 weddings and events; I got engaged to a wonderful man who makes me sparkle more than I thought was possible; and I'm so lucky that I'm working a job that I truly love.

Mostly, I am continually amazed that my job rarely feels like work; even after a 12 hour day! I mean, I get to help create sparkly moments and memories like the one below from Kelly and Craig's wedding…does it get any better?

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In addition, I am thankful that I get to work with so many awesome people. From my amazing clients and their families, to my staff of talented coordinators and interns, and other vendors who are present on the day of an event–I sometimes feel like the conductor of an orchestra when we are all in tune, it is a beautiful thing! Of course, it is my job to make sure we are in tune–but I love it. I really do. Especially when, at the end of the night, we get moments like this from Kate and Ian's wedding this past Saturday–and a forehead kiss, to boot.

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Also, Starbucks. Oh, sweet Starbucks–such a lifesaver!

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And, last, I want to thank YOU–my blog readers! It is not always easy coming up with content and keeping things fresh, but I have been overwhelmed with the positive feedback and response from my readers. So thank you for following along and supporting KOWE!

Therefore, from everyone at Katie O' Weddings and Events, we sincerely hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by friends, family, food, and fun. Please be safe!

XO and keep sparkling–