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December 22, 2016 - No Comments!

Lessons from 2016 and my Motto for 2017

As we're getting ready to welcome a new year, I've been seeing a lot of posts on Goal Setting, How To Make 2017 Your Best Year EverGreat Things are Happening in 2017, etc. But what about 2016? Shouldn't we look back and try to see what we might have learned from this last year? Well, most people I've chatted with actually HATED 2016. So much crappy stuff happened to them and as we all know, to the world as a whole. I get it. I agree and I do think all the terrible things that happened this year are making us stronger and will in turn, help us all shine in 2017.

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Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

On a more personal level, 2016 was actually really amazing for me. It was a time of self reflection, determination and exhilaration. The biggest thing was that Chris and I got engaged (YAYYYY!), I quit my day job once and for all (scary) and I did a full business rebrand that was spot on. On top of that, I attended a million networking events and wedding industry meet ups to finally realize on December 21st that the only people I should be spending this much time with are my closest friends and family. They are the ones that encourage me the most, they inspire me, they're full of good (and different) ideas that can help me push my business forward. Don't get me wrong, I love a good #GirlBoss hangout with other super talented ladies but I would prefer to spend my free time with people I know well and love.

So that leads me to my last point which is my motto for 2017:

Do Less, Book More.

Sounds too good to be true, eh? Let me clarify. I could go into this whole thing about the universe and energy but since there are so many beliefs out there let me just say this: The more you can replace the things that don't love with things that make you happy, the more you'll attract those happy things. Basically, in 2017 my "business plan" is to do more yoga, more travel, more dinner parties, more horseback riding, more wine nights, more family time and more exploring. I will be going to less networking events, spending less on marketing, driving less, stressing less and most importantly, I will be saying "No" to clients that just don't fit my "ideal client" mold (highly recommend listening to My Creative Empire Podcast - Episode #6 to learn more about the "Gentle No" concept).

So farewell 2016, you have been a great year for learning but we're all very excited to welcome 2017!

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November 21, 2016 - No Comments!

Simple Thanksgiving Escort Cards

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A few years ago I decided I wanted to jazz up our traditional Thanksgiving paper escort cards. You know, those little tent cards we see at conferences? Yeah, those! So I spray painted some pine cones gold and printed everyone's name on a cute little tag. Well we have used those for a few years in a row and now it's time for something new. We usually get over 30 people at our Thanksgiving table and I wasn't about to make everyone a knitted hat so here's what I did instead.

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What you'll need:

  • 1-2 thick branches (4"-5" diameter)
  • A wood burner (check Amazon)
  • A mitersaw (or ask someone to cut them for you)
  • 1 can of Fast Drying Polyurethane (Clear semi gloss)
  • Earplugs and safety goggles (or in my case, sunglasses)
  • A handy fiance to help you
  • Good tunes

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Step 1: Measure out the desired coaster width. Use that 2x4 that you see in the photo above as a stopper. You can adjust it in the clamp once you reach the perfect thickness. I truthfully have no idea how to do that but Chris magically made it happen.

Step 2: Slice away! Safely. Wear your earplugs and goggles (or sunglasses).

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Step 3: Plug in your wood burner. Wait until it's really hot and practice on a separate piece of wood. All I wanted to do here is write people's names in block letters and "2016" underneath. I tried to write cursive and it was so hard so block letters it is!

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Step 4: Once you have a batch of wood-burned coasters ready, head over to your staining station for a nice little semi glossy coat of polyurethane. This is not eco friendly by any means and I would love to find another alternative if you have any ideas?

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Step 5: Thank your team for the support and pose for silly photos!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

September 14, 2016 - 2 comments

New Website, New Adventures

Hey there! We're so excited to share with you the newly rebranded 'Cause We Can Events website.  We wanted to capture what it looks and feels like to have an off-the-grid, boho style wedding with us by your side. 

So while you're exploring the new site, take in the views, feed off the emotions and picture yourself at the top of that mountain or in the middle of the desert surrounded by those you love for the BEST. DAY. EVER! We plan to share some more of our past weddings, styled shoots and just good old adventures with you on this blog. Stick around, get inspired and we'll see you on the trail!

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