Happy Halloween friends!
As I sit here at my desk this morning working away, I know what an exciting evening I have ahead with my husband passing out candy to the little ones of our neighborhood. You see, as a small business owner I have the ability to set my schedule. I pride myself with customer service and attention to detail and to do this I can’t take on everything that comes my way. As a small business owner I have the ability to fill my schedule to the brim, or to take a limited number of events to leave time for family and filling my days with what matters most. It’s important for me to keep my events manageable, and have time for each and every one of my special brides, grooms and clients.
2014 is almost completely booked, and I only have a handful of openings for the entire year. While this makes me excited to know that my past clients love me so much they have referred me to their friends (Christina Leigh Events has a referral rate of 98% y’all! Talk about a happy dance!), it also makes me sad. It makes me sad to know that I can’t do every wedding, I can’t execute every birthday party, holiday party, anniversary party or event with love. However, in order for me to do my job to the best of my ability I have to say no to packing my schedule with too many things and leave time to fill my heart with what makes me happy.
I pull my inspiration from real life, from my clients love stories and pretty things I see everyday. If I bog myself down I don’t have time to see the pretty in the world and in turn my clients and loved ones are hit the hardest.
Why do I tell you this? Two reasons:
1. I need you to know how I operate. I hope you all understand that I don’t say I’m booked just because I don’t feel like working that weekend. When CLE is booked its because we already have a commitment that we are doing happy dances for, or it’s a blocked time for family. We are booked because we have to balance personal and business time to be successful.
2. I wanted to let you know there are only a handful of dates left for 2014! Wow! There are still 2 full months of 2013 left and I can’t believe I am saying this. With engagement season right around the corner CLE could book 2014 before we even enter a new year. God is good you guys!
Just a few years ago when I found out my prior company was closing I had no clue what to do. God shoved me through a door (more on that later), he didn’t hint, or ask, or even give me a slight tap – He threw me and slammed the door behind me. There was no turning back and He has provided every step of the way! He is truly good!
I hope you understand a little more why CLE is booked when you send an email or call us and hear those words. I don’t like saying “no” (it’s a weakness to want to take it all on and love on everyone), but sometimes I have to in order for me to give my current clients and my family, not to mention myself, the time they deserve to feel special and loved.
Tonight I hope you spend time with your family and make your heart beat for what matters most!
Head over to the CLE Blog for a Happy Halloween message from me there!
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