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11.18.2012

{monday's mantra & big news}

I honestly don't know if I ever thought that this post would come. It feels like I've been wanting this forever, but at times it seems like not so long ago that I started this journey. 

If you ask me when I knew I wanted to be a wedding planner, I don't know that I could tell you. I was a blogger first, and I loved the idea of living a creative life. I loved weddings, ever since I planned my own, and it seemed just so logical. 

Though I've been planning weddings for a few years now, I officially launched my website on October 11, 2011. Less than fourteen months ago, I put myself out there. I told the world that I was good enough to try, and this past year has proven that I'm good enough to keep going. I'm good at what I do.

During this time, however, I've had to work for someone else, toward someone else's goals and vision. It's part of life, I suppose, and part of being married to someone. I've worked full time so that I could advance my career, before I knew what I wanted my career to be, and I worked so that I could support my family. 

From December 7, 2012 on, I will be working for other reasons. Sure, I'll be working to make money and provide for my family, but I'll also be working for me, to make myself a better person and to prove to others that you can live your dreams. All you have to do is work for it. 
I want to thank you all for putting up with me for these past two years. I want to thank you for supporting me, for believing in me, and for inspiring me to keep going. Without you, and without all of the creative women I've met in this blogging community, I don't know that I ever would have thought that I could do it on my own. I don't know that I would have even known what it is I wanted to do, let alone how to do it. 

But I'm doing it. 

I quit my job. 

I'm living my life for me. 

66 comments:

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

YAYYYYY!!!!!!! Way to go Joelle!!! I KNOW you can do it! If you need anything, let me know! I know how it is to be the sole provider- it's not going to be easy, but once you have time to fully commit to your business, you will absolutely ROCK IT!!! So excited for you, and so proud of you!!! :)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations, Joelle!! This is such wonderful news and you are such an inspiration. Cannot wait to see what's ahead for you in this exciting chapter! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Yaaaaaaay!!!! I thought this was going to be your news! I'm so so happy for you - this is the best news ever :)


xxx
Jenna

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

thats so awesome, exciting and inspiring!
i've recently taken up photography and am nervous about putting myself out there, but just started my own photography blog. hope things go well.
and so so excited for you!

K

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Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations Joelle! I am so happy for you. :)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

CONGRATULATIONS, JOELLE! I'm so incredibly excited for you! You should be so proud, and guess what? There is still so much more ahead of you! Cheers to you!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations I'm so excited for you .

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

YAY girl! knew you had it in you - congrats :)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

All the best and congrats!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Fantastic news! It's so brave of you to take that step. Good luck!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations! Thats incredible! I can't wait for the day I can do the same!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations! You don't need this, but best of luck with your business. I know you'll do great :)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations, Joelle! It seems like this has been a long time coming, I'm SO excited for you! :)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations!!!! So happy for you :)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

I know you don't always feel my support, but I want you to know how proud of you I am. Way to go Jo.

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

As you probably know by now, I think you're fabulous! This is such a big + bold decision. You're going to do such amazing things for people. Keep that in mind when the going gets hard! xoxo, eliza

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Soo happy and excited for you! Your are blessed to be following your dreams. You are going to do fabulous. Xo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Very excited for you, Joelle! Best of luck! xo.

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

exciting! Good luck!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Wow how exciting!! Congratulations. And good for you! Good luck with everything!!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

good luck with the rest of your life!

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Joelle :: Something Charming said...

AHHH!!! Go Joelle!!! That's amazing news. I'm in the same boat - working for someone else's dreams, assisting with their success, and working on mine after 9-5. I hope to be in your position soon. You're an inspiration to me! xo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

that's so amazing, joelle! congratulations! it's seriously an inspiration!!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

YAY! I'm so excited for you! Every since I stumbled on it through Pinterest, I've loved reading your blog, and I have to say, you really are an inspiration for all of us :)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congrats!!! That is so exciting!!!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations Joelle, that is so exciting! :)

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

congrats!!! you're an inspiration to aspiring wedding planners like myself :) someday i hope i can start my own wedding business as well. you go girl!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations, I am so happy and excited for you!!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

So freakin' proud and excited for you, lady!! It's going to be the BEST EVER and it's a tough transition, but you'll be so much happier in the long run. Yay!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

major kudos!!! You are fabulous!!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

CONGRATULATIONS! What a wonderful big step! Proud of you!!!!!!! You deserve to live your life for yourself -- especially since you found something you are wonderful at!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

SO SO excited for you!!!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Congratulations Joelle! I'm so happy for you!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Allyssa! It's crazy, exciting, and wonderful time :) I really appreciate the support! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

You are so sweet, thank you SO much Megan! xoxoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Amy! It's been a long time coming, but I just can't wait until I really do get to live life for me :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks my dear! I so appreciate the sweet comment :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

You are so sweet Emily :) I am so excited for this next chapter, and I hope this means we get to work together more! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thank you Lisa! All of this love and encouragement is really making this whole thing that much more exciting :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Kristyn! I hope you get to live your dreams soon too :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Valorie! It really is so very exciting for me right now :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Katie! I'm so happy that you came across my blog too. I'm so thankful for you my dear! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

You are so sweet, thank you Ashley! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

I KNOW that you're going to be successful at whatever you do Kristen! You are so talented and motivated, I hope you know how much of an inspiration you are to me too! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thank you so much! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Hehe thanks! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Veronica!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Lauren :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

I really am so very blessed, you're right! Thank you for the sweet comment Margaret :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

I hope you know how much I appreciate you Eliza! You are such an amazing source of support and encouragement for me, and I so appreciate this sweet comment. I know things will get rough eventually, but it helps to know that I have such sweet and amazing blog "friends" out there cheering me on! Thank you so much for everything :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Cheyanne! xoxox

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thank you SO much Kate! It has been a long time coming, and I can't believe it's actually happening!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Hehe, I need all the support and "luck" I can get :) Thanks Janelle! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Brittany! I hope you get to live your dreams soon too :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Anke! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thank you so much!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Betsy! I know we've talked about it since then, but I do hope you know how much your support and encouragement means to me :) xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thank you!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thank you so much Lindsay! I can't believe all of this is actually happening! And I am so thankful and blessed to have such an amazing support system in my life, so I hope you know how much I appreciate you my dear! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Marlene! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Kirsten! It can be really scary to put yourself out there, but I guarantee that it's worth it. Good luck my dear! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks Jenna! I figured you would know what I was talking about, but it's official now (since you know...it's on FB :) I really appreciate you and all your support my dear! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thanks so much Lisa! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Thank you so much Lauren! I hope you know how much of an inspiration you are to me! I know things will get tough, but I have such an amazing support system in my life, and I'm so thankful for you! xoxo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

This is so inspiring and uplifting Joelle! I wish you the best of luck!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

Love this. SO happy for you dear!