Personal Time vs. Business Time

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!

In Him,
Christina

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A Honeymoon

As I sit here ready to write, to fill in the blanks of the past few weeks that I have been MIA, I find myself with writers block. So much has happened, but it’s like I don’t know where to start. I guess you could say I have been on a type on honeymoon.

No, I am not talking about the week after you are married and the far away place you visit with your new Mr. or Mrs. However, I am talking about the excitement, love and full out fun that a honeymoon is full of. Time away from being connected to soak in life and listen to God.

My last post was July 1, but so much has happened in the past 30 days. To catch you up let me take you on a little trip through my Instagram. Here we go….

1. I started styling men for J. Hilburn. You can read all about this exciting new venture HERE.

2. I celebrated the Fourth of July with yummy food, my husband and his wonderful family. I baked a cake and even though it didn’t turn out exactly like the picture in the cookbook, it was pretty yummy! The Astros almost won, but we still had a great day celebrating our Independence and all of those who have fought for our freedom!

3. We got our new dresser! Since the Mr. and I were married last September I have come up with a way to overtake almost every place to store clothes in our home. The beautiful dresser has been on our wish list and as a reward for having an awesome spring event season we decided to move forward with the purchase. I love the the look and craftsmanship of the lovely piece, The Mr. loves that he finally has drawers!🙂

4. I traveled home to Tulsa for awesome meetings with clients, shopping at my favorite little store and saw my pageant family in Okmulgee including the fabulous Miss Oklahoma. She is a precious child of God who will compete for Miss America in September!

5. The Frederick’s traveled to Montana where I got to work from a fabulous back porch under the big blue sky, eat the best nachos in town, play with my nephew and celebrate Blair’s grandmothers 80th birthday and Piper’s (one of our flower girls and Blair’s cousin) 7th birthday! After a lot of cake, and a lot of love, the Mr. and I were able to sneak in a date night before we left Montana.

6. The royal baby way born! I am a sucker for real life fairytales and how perfect are WIlls and Kate. I love Prince George Alexander Louis for a name and send the royal family nothing but love!

7. It was good to be home for a couple of days before we spent the weekend in Dallas.

8. I found out the Christina Leigh Events was named the 7th best event planner in Houston by the Houston A -List, and was reminded how awesome God is!

9. I’m back home in Houston for a few days again. Spending time with my Mr., not having a care in the world and taking time to smell the roses.

10. To end this awesome month I received a review on WeddingWire from a fabulous MOB who has been such a blessing!

Whew! 10 things to sum up 30 days of my life. Along with all of the fun the past 30 days have been I have taken some time to reflex on what makes me happy, what makes me tick and set some goals. I have a few more exciting things happening this week, but will be back to blog on Monday.

I hope you have a “honeymoon” of a weekend this week. I encourage you to turn off social media (I know it is always a challenge for me) and focus on what really matters. Lara Casey explains this concept best in THIS POST.

Happy Honeymooning  y’all!

In Him,
Christina

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A New Day

It’s a new dawn, a new day… are you singing yet… a new life…. I know you are now… and I’m feelin’ good!

I am so excited the July is here! Summer is in full swing and there are so many exciting things happening! Today I wanted to introduce you to my new venture! J. Hilburn is a custom men’s clothier and I am now a style consultant!

I know you are saying, don’t you own Christina Leigh Events, a wedding planning and design business? What are you doing? Well, let me tell you!

First, my husband is the baby of three boys and the Frederick family has to buy everything custom. They are tall, athletic (my hubby is pretty dreamy) and it’s impossible to find clothes that fit just right. Second, I love my Christina Leigh Events brides, but they only time I get to see their grooms are at their catering tasting or the rehearsal. I am excited to get them in J. Hilburn for their wedding day! Third, I love my friends husbands and the men in my life and I am excited to offer them an awesome new way to dress!

Why am I so excited about men’s clothes? J. Hilburn is the fastest-growing luxury men’s brand, and number one men’s custom shirt maker in the world! Our clothes are made from the finest Italian fabrics and hand constructed for every customer. The J. Hilburn experience is unlike any retail experience in terms of quality, service and value.

There’s no shortage of reasons why men hate shopping (including my Mr.): the crowds, pushy salespeople and overwhelming selection are just the beginning. The J. Hilburn experience is different: it begins with a personal consultation with a style advisor (That’s me!) who gets to know your preferences, takes 10 measurements and helps you build your first shirt from hundreds of high end-fabric choices with personalized details like fit, collar, cuffs, pockets and more.

When they say custom they mean it! The custom options are unbelievable! I have never seen my hubby so excited about clothes!

I know custom shirts are “expensive,” but J. Hilburn shirts are delivered in 3-4 weeks, and prices range from $99-$169. The luxurious fabrics are sourced from internationally renowned Italian mills such as Albini, Liberty of London, Tessitura Monti and Thomas Mason.

Ladies, J. Hilburn has the same fabrics that brands Armani and Zegna do! Neiman Marcus recently had a Zegna shirt for $399 and J. Hilburn had the exact same one, except completely custom, for $139! I am excited about the savings, but it doesn’t stop at shirts. J. Hilburn has trousers, suits, belts, polos and more! Today they debuted their new partnership with J Brand Jeans! Plus, once their measurements are in all you have to do is give me a call to order! Talk about the perfect gift that keeps giving!

Men’s fashion is so much fun, and I am so excited to get my hubby and my CLE grooms, dads, bridal parties and friends looking awesome!

If you want to learn more you can follow me on Facebook! For Tulsa, OK deals and events click here, and for Houston, TX deals and events click here. You can also send me an email to get your appointment set to get your measurements and begin choosing your fabrics for your new, custom wardrobe!

Just send me at email christina dot frederick at jhilburnpartner dot com.

I can’t wait to dress you, or your man!

In Him,
Christina

J Hilburn Custom Men's Clothier Style Consultant Christina Frederick

Rest

Wow. What a few weeks I have had! I have been flying back and fourth from Houston to Tulsa and up to Springfield for weddings. I have been prepping, executing and striking awesome CLE events. However, until Monday I did not stop to rest.

Let’s just say that God smacked me upside the head and made me rest. He calls us to rest and His word spells it out very clearly.

In Genesis 2 God creates the seventh day to rest.

In Exodus 20 He reminds is the Sabbath day is to be kept holy. We are to labor 6 days a week, but not on the Sabbath.

God even made time for the Ark to rest on the seventh month and seventeenth day of the month.

There are many  accounts in the bible that the Lord calls His people, and His creations, to rest… but for some reason I thought I could go five weeks with no rest. Five weeks at full speed.

I felt great, my clients, brides and families were happy. I was having the time of my life and loving every minute. This past Sunday the hubs and I drove back to Houston and Monday morning it hit me.

Monday I could barely get out of bed. My throat was on fire. My body was aching. Somehow I managed to get to my desk to work. I took an afternoon nap and when I woke up the landscapers were adding new flower beds in our backyard. I was so excited because this means I can plant pretty new flowers! yea! I still felt miserable and headed back to my desk…

Nothing… they had cut our cable line while adding the flower beds and our house was dead. No email, no internet, no TV! What was I going to do? I had work that needed to be done!

Then it happened, my “ah-ha” moment. I needed to rest. So, for the past 24 hours I have not posted a blog, a picture on instagram, a tweet or Facebook post not because I was busy, but because I was resting. Plain and simple, rest.

This morning I woke up refreshed (I am typing this post from my bed🙂 ). I am not 100%, but wow! It is amazing what not only rest will do, but it is amazing how refreshed and renewed we feel when we simply listen to what God tells us to do.

So before we welcome summer tomorrow make sure you take time to rest. It’s good for your heart and soul.

In Him,
Christina

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Girls Night

Since my hubby and I were married I haven’t spent much time with the girls of the Frederick family, alone. We always have big family dinners and I get to hug on my adorable nephew, but sometimes girls night is needed.

Last week my father-in-law, Doug,  ask the girls of the Frederick family if we wanted to go to the Carrie Underwood concert (Thank you Doug!). Megan, my sister-in-law is also from Oklahoma so of course we were in! We had no clue that we would be on the floor, in the very front of section A! This was the second time I saw Carrie, but being this close you could tell she was a true human being. She got teary-eyed when she sang “Temporary Home.” She donated $1 from every ticket to the American Red Cross. She waived at every single little girl wishing to grow up to be just like her. She held up the “I love you” hand sign to a teenage boy in the row behind us who may as well have fainted. She was real. Authentic.

Looking back on the pictures (there is no zoom she was this close) we had a great night. Singing, smiling, taking pictures; here, here and here. The three of us had a great time hanging out, just like girls do. What I took away most from the night is that no matter who you are, just one of the girls or a celebrity, that you have to be exactly you.

So until the Lord miraculously blesses me with amazing vocal chords I will continue singing my my car and leave the preforming up to the pros!

In Him,
Christina

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Such a Time As This

If you are not a fan of my business Facebook page then you may have missed the excitement yesterday.🙂

I could not be more humbled to have received the amazing blessing of being named the Best Wedding planner in the ENTIRE STATE of OKLAHOMA and Best New Wedding Planner in HOUSTON, TEXAS by the Wedding Industry Experts!

If you know me you know I was born and raised in Oklahoma and recently moved to Houston when I married my handsome husband. However, this move and life change didn’t stop me from keeping my home office in Tulsa, OK and opening a new office in Houston, TX. This way I get to keep the best of both worlds. Spend time with my family and friends in Tulsa and expand my business to my new home state. This also allows me to do what I love ten-fold where my heart is!

While Oklahoma is big, and Houston is much larger than Tulsa I know that Christina Leigh Events is just a small part of the wedding and event industry. I consider what I get to call a “job” the biggest blessing and thank the Lord every single day for allowing me to work with brides and clients who are in love with love and celebrating life’s greatest moments! I get to use the talents that God gave me to serve others! Life is about giving, serving and sharing God’s love with others; I get to do that on a daily basis!

So, for Wedding Wednesday I wanted to share with you a little part of me – my love for serving others. Every wedding, baby shower, bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, bar/bat mitzvah, anniversary and much more I get to serve. Not only do I get to serve the bride, groom, mother, father, guest of honor or happy couple but I get to serve their guests, their creative teams and every single one that is there to make their event the absolute best and most memorable.

My husband gives me a hard time for not being able to make a decision on my own about what to make for dinner, but as I explained to him I love to make others happy. I can’t make him happy if I cook something he doesn’t like… So there you have it. Whether work or at home I love to serve others and am so thankful I was made for such a time as this! (Esther 4:14)

In Him,
Christina

Wedding Industry Expert Awards. Christina Leigh Events.  Best Wedding Planner Oklahoma. best Wedding Planner Houston Texas

A Place to Hang Your Coat

In most homes there is an entry closet; the perfect place for guests to hang their coat. In my case our entry closet was our catch all. It’s not  your typical entry closet. See, it is right by the stairs, but it’s more of a shelter. The closet is so deep it could most likely hold a small flag football team in it.

So, what do you do with a small room as an entry closet? It’s been on my Making Things Happen to-do list to solve this dilemma and this weekend it was marked off! My AWESOME Making Things Happen Core Group Accountability Partner/Awesome Person, Carlene Thomas RD of Healthyfull Ever After was also a big part in encouraging me to complete this project!

The hubby and I purchased this great shelf from Sam’s Club and got to work. It only took 30 minutes to assemble with the help of my wonderful husband and a hammer. Next we hit up The Container Store which is having a Spring Organization sale (super score) for storage containers.

I am addicted to cute wrapping; ribbon, wrapping paper, tags – you name it I love to wrap with it! This was my first priority. (We have plans for a craft room, but for now the entry closet is where my crafts are stored) Next we had to address the “boxes.” Boxes to wrap gifts in, boxes from appliances, boxes to ship things in… there were too many boxes in this closet. We also store suitcases, tools, the vacuum and other knick knacks in this closet.

As you can see this place in the house in multi-purpose for everything but guest coats. Good thing it’s warm 99% of the time in Houston!

So here it is, the before (spread in the hallway and closet) and after with a few of my favorite things about our newly organized closet (I apologize for my not-so-great iPhone pics)!

In Him,
Christina

If you are looking for a great goal setting series I highly recommend Lara Casey’s Making Things Happen series! It’s incredible and a great way to kick off a new year (who says it has to be in January) of organization and placing what really matters at the forefront of your life!

GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 1
GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 2
GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 3
GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 4
GOAL SETTING FOR 2013, Part 5
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: CLEAR THE CLUTTER
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: PREPARE FOR GREATNESS
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: TAKE A BREAK!
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: NAME YOUR FEAR
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: CREATE BOUNDARIES
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: ENCOURAGE OTHERS
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN 2013: THE BIG LIST

Christina Frederick Blog. Organized Hallway closet

Christina Frederick Blog Organized Hallway Closet Part 2