{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. 
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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!!! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

    kirstenandryanwiemer.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Congratulations I’m so excited for you .

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    All the best and congrats!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Congratulations!!!! So happy for you :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    exciting! Good luck!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    good luck with the rest of your life!

    http://iamturquoise.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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 :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Congrats!!! That is so exciting!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Congratulations Joelle, that is so exciting! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    major kudos!!! You are fabulous!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    SO SO excited for you!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Congratulations Joelle! I’m so happy for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    You are so sweet, thank you Ashley! xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Thank you so much! xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Hehe thanks! xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Thanks Veronica!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Thanks Lauren :) xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Thanks Cheyanne! xoxox

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Thanks Anke! xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Thank you so much!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Thank you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Thanks Marlene! xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Thanks so much Lisa! xoxo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11114687821358320401 Joelle :: Something Charming

    Love this. SO happy for you dear!