Winter is upon us and it is COLD, GREY and DARK outside. Everyone is counting down to the Christmas break, no one feels very inspired or motivated to do much apart from lying under a blanket with a hot cuppa and watching lots of soaps on the telly. Don’t despair if you are feeling blue because we are going to turn this winter wonderland month into something magical just for you! Where to start?
I know this may seem like an unusual question but it has crossed my mind. Can one person really be brilliant at everything? I was watching an episode of the Olympics, when they interviewed Jessica Ennis, an athlete that won gold medals for all her races and was amazed that one of her interviewers actually suggested that there is still room for improvement! If gold is considered the best of the BEST and that is not enough, then what is?
How bizarre these two songs have somehow intertwined in my mind, Queen and Mama Mia. What do they have to do with each other?? Most likely nothing but somehow they really round off what everyone goes through on a daily basis, feeling under pressure to achieve your goal and once you get there, starting all over again, planning for your next big achievement!
With most people I’ve met, there is usually a lot of deliberation as to whether they should be proactive, driven and full of creativity and organise their special celebrations by themselves or if it is really a good idea to invest in some help and get a wedding planner or event organiser on board. Before I became a wedding planner and event organiser I always thought that if you can do it yourself then you should! I’d imagine that afterwards everyone would say “well done, what a great event” and that it was down to me being creative and well organised that I was able to create a magical day for all my friends to enjoy. But what I realised is that not everyone has a creative mind, nor do they know where to go to find all the suppliers necessary to take an idea and bring it to life! And perhaps most importantly, most people don’t have the time. For most people, organising an event for themselves has to be worked into their already busy day. They work, have kids to look after, maybe a new house to prepare for, and as much as they would love to do it all themselves, once they get started they realise how much work is actually involved.
This year really feels like it has come in the blink of an eye. It truly feels like I am at the wheel of a race car without any brakes. To be honest it’s quite scary but also quite exciting, the potential of a year filled with opportunity, adventure and uncertainty makes me feel like anything is possible! Which is why I have decided that January’s blog is all about motivation, inspiration and well-being. January is all about a fresh start, whatever challenges 2011 brought, 2012 is a clean slate to start over or find a new way to deal with those old challenges. Here are some suggestions to help you along your way:
Christmas is almost here … a couple more weeks and you will be running down the stairs to open up your Christmas presents. Personally I think Christmas is one of the most beautiful times of the year, with all the red and green tinsel decorations, fairy lights lighting up our homes and just that magic of Christmas spirit on little children’s faces. It’s a time when everything seems possible. There are so many websites offering suggestions for how to create that perfect Christmas theme, so I thought it would be more useful to have a list of ideas of things to do, to make each day extra special as you count down to Christmas Eve …
November 5, 2011 marks the 406th anniversary of that fateful day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his 12 merry (insane) men planned to blow Parliament to smithereens! Fortunately for us, they were stopped in their tracks when Fawkes was caught with 36 barrels of gunpowder under the House of Lords. Ever since then bonfires light up the night skies across the UK every year on the 5th November to mark the failed attempt which could have been a terrible tragedy! So what are you doing for Guy Fawkes this year?
As an event organiser I often get asked the questions, “do you know of a great venue or restaurant, that has a beautiful ambience, for my wedding or birthday but that won’t break the bank?”. With the economic situation as it is at the moment, more and more people have started looking into hiring a marquee for their back garden or transforming their home into a magical location to create that perfect vibe for their next celebration. Not all venues have to cost an arm and a leg, not all venues need to be a hotel. Having recently researched a variety of venues for a client’s celebration I surprised them by making a couple of suggestions that they had not even thought of.
Right so you have decided to take on the challenge of organising your wedding yourself. That is very impressive and something to be proud of as there will be lot to do. But you don’t need to do this completely alone, below is a list of ideas and suggestions to help you along the way. Things that you may have forgotten or did not think of. You are probably asking yourself “Where do I start? What do I do first?” 1) The first task should be – Prepare a wedding checklist. You can keep this with you right through your preparation. To make life a bit easier, I have created a wedding checklist which is available to download for free here.