It might seem a little self indulgent, but I feel to know the Brand you need to know the Person behind it, so I would like to share the Story of Me.
In the spirit of sharing, , I have decided to revisit the past, and also let some of those that don’t know me take a peek into my background, and what has brought me to where I am now.
Weddings and Events were not in my master plan as a child.
My mum was a nurse, all the women in the circle of family and friends were nurses, and from a young age thats all I wanted to be.
I am one of life’s natural helpers, nothing makes me happier than making someone smile by helping them achieve something they are finding difficult, so nursing was a natural step, as the cliche goes to “help people”
I became a Student Nurse in 1990, and spent 3 years in London which helped me grow up an awful lot.
Up until then I had had a great, but reasonably sheltered upbringing, so being 500 miles away from home showed me how to stand on my own 2 feet.
After Leo was born, I realised that staying in a career that made me unhappy for the next 30 years would basically send me mad.
The 4 years between my Wedding and leaving nursing were spent researching the Events market, and making plans, but there was never the RIGHT TIME to make the break.
I started Plans and Presents on April the 1st 2009. Probably an odd choice of date, and to this day I still get seen as a nurse by some, and that this career is a bit of a joke.
The last nearly 3 years has shown me, even though things can be a real challenge at times is that with determination, iron will and a true passion for what you are doing you can make yourself a success.
Making that step to self employment was one of the scariest things I have ever done, and the fact that I had in essence been forced to leave secure paid employment was even scarier, but I will never regret doing it as I am truly happy, I am inspired, and I feel I am in an industry where I am actually respected, and that is amazing.
As a step forward I have been shortlisted in the last Year for Best Wedding Planner at the Wedding Ideas Awards, been shortlisted twice for Best Business to Business in the Golden Twit Awards, I have recived and SBS Retweet from Dragons Den mentor Theo Paphitis.
I have also brought together the Big Fat Scottish Tweet Up Events which this year will be going forward as a Bi – annual Event.
I have also built my Blog standing in my previous Blog, taken on Sponsors and taken a step up with new Branding on this new Blog.
These are all small things of which I am very proud to have achieved and never thought in my lifetime I could have done but my story isn’t over, its only just begun…..