2017 Year in Review (And my first vlog!)

As I wrap up 2017, it's time to reflect on all of the amazing things that have happened this year. This has been a big year for me and my business, and I couldn't have done it without the support of my awesome clients! So, without further ado, here are the top 5 things that happened in 2017, in countdown fashion. 

5) The launch of Wedding Building Blocks

This is an online wedding planning course for engaged couples. It's also the reason I learned how to do video editing and was actually able to put together this first vlog post, because it's a video series that takes couples through the wedding planning process, including getting organized, planning, and executing their wedding day. There are downloadable templates and worksheets, and it's hands down one of the coolest things I've ever created. If you're looking for more wedding planning help you can find the course here, and make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel where I'll be vlogging regularly in 2018 with more wedding planning tips and advice. 

4) I went full time with Thrifty Events

I launched Thrifty Events in 2015 while still working full time, then transitioned to part-time work, and this year I officially quit my day job to pursue this passion. It's been an amazing experience being able to make a living doing the thing that I love, but if you asked me how it was going back in March, I may not have been able to give that answer because this pushed me way out of my comfort zone to make this kind of leap, but I'm so happy I did! I've worked with the best clients in the world and 2018 is looking to be just as great. 

3) I joined the Kent Chamber of Commerce and the Rising Tide Society's Tuesdays Together Tacoma group

I joined these groups to get to know other business owners, creative professionals and wedding industry folks. Both of these groups have taken me in under their wing and I've learned so much! I'm excited to announce that in 2018 I'm going to be serving a board of director for the Kent Chamber and a co-leader for the RTS Tuesdays Together Tacoma group. 

2) This is the most we've traveled... so far!

We're based in Western WA, and we've traveled all the way up to Guemes Island, which is near the San Juan Islands (almost near Canada), all the way down to Centralia, which is south of Olympia. Eli and I love to travel and we have a goal to go somewhere new every year, and usually somewhere outside of the United States. This year we went down to Costa Rica, we have a trip to Iceland planned in early 2018, and I'm most excited to announce that we'll be coordinating a destination wedding in Jamaica this year, too! I'll share a lot more on that soon, so stay tuned! 

1) We adopted an English Mastiff puppy named Whooper

Ok, this one has nothing to do with wedding planning, but she's just too cute to leave off the countdown. If you're following me on Instagram, you've probably seen tons of photos of her already, but if not, enjoy this cuteness overload! And then, hop over to Instagram and give me a follow for more wedding planning advice and inspiration, and a regular dose of puppy adorableness.