For a long time, it felt like the opportunity to write this post would never come. Over the past two years, I've dreamed and planned and hustled and cried and celebrated and failed and learned and worked my buns off to build my tiny business into a full time career, and I'm thrilled (and frankly a little bit terrified) to share that today will be my final day at my full time job as I continue to grow Kelly Golia Events!
Two years ago, as I had my first "light bulb moment" that maybe I could start a business, and maybe it could be doing something I loved and was fulfilled by, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined quite how far that would take me. What began as that light bulb moment and a makeshift website with no portfolio and no reviews to my name, has blossomed into a cherished list of weddings and couples and experiences and workshops and connections. The people I have met along the way have raised me up and encouraged me in ways I never could have imagined, and sometimes I literally cry tears of joy (because if you know anything about me, I'm almost always crying for one reason or another) when I realize how insanely fortunate I am to have found myself in a place in my life that just feels so right.
When I started Kelly Golia Events, I did so for a few reasons:
- I've always been one of those people who kind of floats from dream to dream, career aspiration to career aspiration, never quite feeling like what I'm doing is the right fit, but in the back of my mind was always the thought, "If I wasn't doing this, I'd love to be a wedding planner". It's funny - I feel like the people who know me now are happy for me and know that Wedding Planning is a good fit for me, but the reactions of people who knew me in high school or before that have been closer to, "DUH KELLY. Of course you're going to be a wedding planner! We never had any doubt!" (See: Exhibit A, below). Nothing has ever felt more right to me than launching and growing Kelly Golia Events. Not only do I love the creative design components of weddings, I love the logistical side of planning and coordinating everything that goes on behind the scenes. I am so insanely fulfilled by getting to be a resource to the couples I work with and their families - to be able to put them at ease, answer questions, and guide them through some of the biggest moments and decisions of their lives is what I live for. I've probably used the word "fulfilled" a hundred times in this post already, but I can't think of anything that sums up this feeling more than that.
- I actually had always dreamed of having the opportunity to be a stay at home mom, at least for the first few years of my future kids' lives. My mom had always stayed home with us, working odd jobs here and there to contribute financially, but having her so available and involved in the lives of my sisters and I was something I so desperately wanted to provide to my own kids. As time went on, and as I realized more and more that it may not financially or realistically be an option for me when that time comes (I am the proud recipient of a college degree after all, and I have the student loans to prove it), I started thinking about the life I wanted my kids to see me living. I want those future kiddos to see their mom living a life she loves, doing what fulfills her, and I want them to see that she worked as hard as she could to build that life for herself. If I'm going to have to work, I better be working towards something I and they can be proud of, and I better be working in a way that makes me happy each and every day.
- Speaking of my mom, she passed away in 2014 from breast cancer. That rocked my world in every single way, and it made me start thinking about "the meaning of life" in a way that only death can. For as long as I could remember, my mom would bounce between those odd jobs - Avon Rep, KMart Employee, Playground Monitor, Creative Memories Consultant, Curves Receptionist - and she would always say, "When I grow up, I want to be ______." or every time I changed my college major, she would say "It's okay, I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be." My mom died at 56 years old, and while these frequent "mom-isms" are what made her, well... her, there was a bit of sadness in me that she never found or pursued what she truly wanted to do (though I think in almost every way, what she truly lived for was being a mom), and I vowed to at least try to find my own calling much earlier in life, and to nurture it now rather than waiting for it to come to me.
I'd also be remiss if I didn't shout from the rooftops how grateful I am for my incredible husband Anthony. This life of working two full time jobs, semi-frequent breakdowns from exhaustion (gotta keep it real), late nights, and non-existent weekends wasn't something he signed up for, but he's been my biggest cheerleader every step of the way and I'll never be able to find the words to express how much that has meant to me.
In every way, this transition feels right. Plain and simple.
With all of that being said, I couldn't be more thrilled to enter this next chapter as a business owner, as a wedding planner, and as a wife/friend/sister/daughter/human. I am so looking forward to dedicating my days to providing my clients with the attention and time they deserve, developing new and creative business practices to take KGE to the next level, connecting with other creative business owners more frequently, and frankly to taking better care of myself (What is a "lunch break"? What is a "weekend"? What is "free time"?) and having more time to spend with my husband and the people I love.
I have so much gratitude to everyone who has supported me thus far, and all I can say is that I couldn't have made it this far without you. This is just the beginning, and just as I couldn't have imagined that two short years (although they sometimes felt very, very long) could have brought me here, I can't even begin to dream up the ways in which my new found time and energy will take my business and my life to new heights.
Thanks for following along. I'm so very glad to have you on this journey with me.