Much like a chameleon with the animal superpower of changing its colour to suit its environment, sometimes we as people need to make a change to suit our circumstance.
The last few months have been incredibly difficult for me with some serious challenges to my health that have caused me to rethink everything.
Taking time out in the Summer was very much needed to give me time to think but also weigh up the future.
Though I thought my time in Australia would help recharge the batteries so to speak, I realised then that it didn’t, and more concrete changes were needed to preserve my health.
So with a lot of thought, a lot of soul searching and a lot of tears I have had to make the decision to change the way I work and believe me that is scary….
From now Plans and Presents will work on a Consultative basis only.
This means I will still work with clients for Wedding and Event Design, as a Venue/Supplier and Gift finding resource etc. but working more on the administrative side of planning Weddings and Events.
Sadly from a physical point of view and with the issues I have been facing I am unable to be involved in the practical side anymore.
This is not the end, but hopefully a new brighter beginning.
These words encapsulate what I have come to realise pretty quickly recently…
Being based more on the administrative side allows me more time to commit to the Plans and Presents Blog.
The readership is steadily growing and I am finding the niche that I wanted to create.
In a world that thinks you need that one special thing to set you apart, to make you different from your competitors, I am me…I am all encompassing…broad minded…generalistic, whatever you want to call it!
Sometimes, its OK for everything not to be so clearly defined, its OK to be allowed to have different passions, to be able to talk about different things.
I won’t ever say NO to a Client, because what they want to do is outside some set pattern, my job is to work with them to get what they want (within reason) so sticking myself to a particular niche would exclude that possibility.
From the Blog point of view, I won’t say to a Bride, a Photographer, a Business that NO their style won’t suit based on a niche basis, it will be on its individual merits.
I want my Blog to reflect me and my personality in showing the people person that I am.
I want the Blog to be welcoming, helpful and informative to anyone that visits it, and have some snippets that can be helpful to all sorts of genre.
Identifying what people want is always a work in progress, and the market, the Wedding Industry, and trends evolve constantly, I hope I can run with that and evolve along with the pace.
I want to really thank my Blog Sponsors who are a great support and who I am blessed to work with.
I love working with, and being an advocate for small Business and I hope to continue and nurture those special relationships as I adapt the Business, and welcome some fabulous new Sponsors into the fold.
Aside from everything on the work side, Australia has taught me that moments are precious.
We visited so many amazing places and had such wonderful experiences that will stay in my heart forever, and I actually rested (well a bit!)
As a family it gave us time to reconnect which sometimes doesn’t happen so much in the hub bub of life.
It gave me the opportunity to reflect that at the end of the day, the ones that you cuddle up to, the ones whose shoulders you cry on, the ones that listen when no one else does and the ones that let you strop but still actually love you are most important.
My kids are growing up and being there for them as they blossom is so important, sometimes I have felt so guilty and I needed to redress that balance, being the best mum I can be but also being a good provider for them.
My husband also deserves a less tired, more healthy wife and I am lucky that he loves me, and is such an incredible support to me (minus his rubbish housework capabilities!)
So that is my wee announcement, a change in pace but hopefully for the better.
This amazing song is basically my War Cry ….Change your life …..and take it all!
I so love the Wedding Industry and the amazing people within it, and despite the changes I need to make I hope I can continue to be of value, so I would really appreciate your support in this change of direction.
Image Credit: MrsPandP by Jonathan Ryan Photography