UNcurated: the evolution of a wedding planner

I wrote this love letter, of sorts, to my career, in the wake of the impact of COVID-19 on the event industry. With the realization that things will look very different on the other side of this crisis, I felt the need to grieve what has been a cornerstone of my identity. So I wrote.Continue reading “UNcurated: the evolution of a wedding planner”

taking back control after 20 years: a survivor’s story of teen dating violence and sexual assault

Trigger Warning. The following contains descriptions of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 24 hour hotline: 800.656.HOPE If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you might see me as a bubbly wedding planner with a big heart, an honest mother with charming kiddos, and a lucky gal whoseContinue reading “taking back control after 20 years: a survivor’s story of teen dating violence and sexual assault”

don’t let the door hit ya, 2016!

Oh hey there – it’s been a while! We have officially said goodbye to the shit show known as 2016 and there’s A LOT to reflect on. So let’s reflect, shall we? This past year was a doozy. It was this time time last year that I started this blog as a warm and fuzzy littleContinue reading “don’t let the door hit ya, 2016!”

an open letter re: my soul

Last week, I voted early and then posted a photo to Instagram and my personal Facebook professing support for my candidate. The next day, I received a private message calling my vote into question on religious grounds. I took a few days considering if I should reply at all, reading relevant information, crafting a responseContinue reading “an open letter re: my soul”

not okay 

Fall is in full swing and I haven’t written a blog post since August. This summer was particularly intense for a lot of us, with the election and so many social issues catching fire. I have been in a season of serious soul searching and have mostly steered clear of my blog of late. But right now, IContinue reading “not okay “

get over it: anxiety

More than 20 years ago, I was formally diagnosed with anxiety. When it got really bad in high school, I felt broken. I worked very hard to overcome it and I came out on the other side feeling like a stronger and much more complete person. That’s it, right? Buh-bye anxiety!!! Not so fast, honey.Continue reading “get over it: anxiety”

impromptu DIY kitchen reno

I’ve obviously put blogging on the back burner the last few weeks, because life. And also wedding season (#weddingplannerproblems). Oh, and also because we lost our minds and started a completely impromptu DIY kitchen renovation a few weeks ago. Nothing like a little demolition and drywall dust to throw a wrench in the wheel of functionality!! IfContinue reading “impromptu DIY kitchen reno”

on rape culture & parenting

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably read some of the think pieces about the recent sexual assault case involving a Stanford freshman athlete. I hope you’ve read his victim’s impact statement in its entirety. If you haven’t, please take the time to do so – it’s moving, gut wrenching and perspective changing.Continue reading “on rape culture & parenting”

perspective

This isn’t the first time I’ve cried for a stranger, but this one hit me hard. Through Instagram, I saw bits of myself, or the version of myself that I aspire to be, in a fellow wedding planner 2000 miles away. Her two littles are the exact same age as mine – 4 and 1. Yesterday, sheContinue reading “perspective”