Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday, Referrals, Manhattan Beach Wedding Coordinator Blog Post

Thankful Thursday is here!! Gratitude Time :)

Over the past two years, especially the past six months, Constance Curtis Events has grown tremendously due to word-of-mouth. Word-of-mouth is the most lucrative form of advertising. Referrals have and will continue to largely contribute to the growth of my business over the next few years. There is no better feeling then being referred by a past client or friend...its an absolute honor!! So today I am grateful and want to give thanks to my family, friends and vendors who have referred me clientele over the past two years. Whether it be casual introductions or direct referrals, I want to highlight a few people. First to Jenny Behrstock (who's wedding I also coordinated) for referring Sabin and Katie! Thanks Jenny :) To Kristine Saysay for the referral of her sister Venice and Dan! Thanks Kristine :) A huge THANK YOU to Danielle Lemmerman who referred my newest clients, Lisa and Tony, who will be getting hitched in August of 2010. Also, a special thanks to all my family and friends for any upcoming referrals. I am so very appreciative!!

Hope everyone had a fabulous Thursday!! Don't forget to give thanks today!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Motivational Monday, Setting Goals, Manhattan Beach Wedding Coordinator Blog Post

It’s Motivational Monday!!! My favorite day of the week ☺ Last Monday we talked about dreams. Now I ask you… What are you doing to turn these dreams into reality?? Is what you’re doing today, bringing you closer to living out your dreams?? Make a decision TODAY to make your dreams come true!! This can happen with a little thing we call goal setting! ☺

Step one: write your dreams down! A dream is just a dream until you write it down and then it becomes a GOAL! Don’t take setting your goals lightly. Goals determine what you’re going to be. Many people who set goals for themselves never achieve them. It’s partly because they don’t clearly understand how to set goals. In the words of Denis Watley, "The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." So when you write your goal down, make a commitment to yourself to reach it!!

In order to be able to reach a goal there needs to be a specific deadline/date set. Goals are dreams with deadlines. When do you want to accomplish this goal by?? There are three different types of goals to consider when setting your deadlines. The first is a short-term goal. This is a goal you want to achieve by the end of the day, the end of the week or in the next 30 days. The second type of goal is a mid-term goal. This is a goal you want to achieve in the next year or 2. And lastly there is a long-term goal. This is a goal you want to achieve in 5, 10 or even 20 years. Be realistic when you set your goal dates. To say “I want to earn 10 million dollars by the end of month” is not realistic and the chances you will reach this goal are extremely slim (unless you’re lucky and win the lotto!). But if you said, “I want to earn 10 million dollars by the time I retire in October of 2020” I would say that’s a great goal and if you truly set your mind to it, you will accomplish it!

Next, think about how you plan to reach this goal in this timeframe?? What steps are you willing to take?? What are you willing to give up?? “Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” Fitzhugh Dodson.

If you do not have a book or a notepad with your goals written down, you better start writing ☺ Don’t just have them in your head, write them down!! Read them everyday and motivate yourself to achieve them.

Please please share a goal you have with us on this blog!!! I would love to hear! One of my goals is by August 1st of 2010 I will have opened an office for Constance Curtis Events in Manhattan Beach, CA ☺

Thanks for reading!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thankful Thursday, Gratitude, Manhattan Beach Wedding Coordinator Blog Post

Gratitude: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. "Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more."- Brother David Steind-Rast

All too often we rush through life without giving thanks everyday and we take all we have for granted. Many times it takes a disaster for us to realize what we have to be grateful for. It'll take Hurricane Katrina or Los Angeles wildfires for us to give thanks we have a roof over our head. It'll take one friend's disloyalty's for us to realize how great and true our other friendships are. Or it'll take a close friend losing their job for us to realize how grateful we should be for being employed.

You may not be the norm. You may give thanks everyday for everything you have. If that's you, I admire you! I know I am guilty for not giving as much thanks as I should. I am making it a personal goal though to give more gratitude..especially every Thursday on this blog :)

Take time today to write down 10 things you are grateful for. Then make sure to express it. Tell someone how appreciative you are of them or say thanks out loud for something you have and are grateful for. You never know when it may be gone...

I am signing off today with a quote I found and love... “Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” -Margaret Cousins

I hope you all have a wonderful day!! and THANK YOU for reading my blog!

Much Gratitude,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wedding Wednesday!!, Manhattan Beach Wedding Coordinator Inspired by Dessert Extraordinaire Amy Atlas

I recently had the honor to attend Mindy Weiss’s “The Most Ridiculous Wedding Event Ever!” and it was quite a treat. Wedding extraordinaires’ from across the country shared inside tips with other vendors and brides-to-be! Although I enjoyed listening to them all, there is one particular vendor I was thrilled to meet! Amy Atlas of Amy Atlas Events has been “recognized as the person to turn to for a unique and fabulous dessert table or candy buffet.“ She has taken a trend that in my opinion has been played out in the wedding world and made it fresh and chic and a must have at any party or event! Below are pictures of her creations! May it inspire you to be creative when planning your next dessert table!! 



Monday, October 19, 2009

Motivational Monday, DREAM BIG, Manhattan Beach Wedding Coordinator Blog Post!

Look what came to visit us again…. Monday! Many people dread Mondays, especially Monday morning. Mainly because it’s the beginning of another long work week. But Mondays don’t have to be all that bad and they’re especially not bad if you’re working your dream job and living your dream life! Which brings me to today’s topic… dreams! What are your dreams? Have you taken time lately to think where you want to be tomorrow, next month, next year and in 10 years? When you picture your dream life, where are you living? What’s your dream house? What’s your dream job? What car are you driving? Have you accomplished and achieved all you want in life??

It’s extremely important to realize what your dreams are because dreams are the MOTIVATING factor behind an individuals desire to achieve everything they’ve ever wanted in life. So dare to dream big. The bigger you dream, the more motivated you will be everyday to turn those dreams into reality. As Pope John XXIII said,Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

Anyone who knows me well, knows I have big dreams I want to achieve in my life. I’ll share them with anyone who asks and you should too! No dream is too big! You’ll meet individuals along the way who may put down your dreams but I feel sorry for those people because if you don’t have dreams, you wont accomplish much in life. So as Mark Twain once said, Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

I challenge you this week to think about your dreams and what you want to accomplish in your future. Visualize your life in 5 years and again in 10 years. Share these dreams with a friend, a relative, or a co-worker. Or share them with us on the blog!!

Next Monday we’ll talk about the first steps to turn these dreams into reality!!



Monday, October 12, 2009

Getting Started.... My First Post! :)

Welcome to my first blog post! It's been a long time coming!! I'm excited to be finally getting my blog up and running. My goal is to blog at least 3 times a week... (Motivational) Mondays, (Wedding) Wednesdays and (Thankful) Thursdays! 

Mondays always motivate me for the week ahead. One of my favorite things to do on a Monday morning is search for words of inspiration. Over the years, words from The Secret, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln and many many more have inspired me to become who I am today. I am a strong believer of "To see it, I must believe it" rather then "I'll believe it when I see it." I hope to inspire and motivate my readers to not only dream big, but to then turn that dream in to a goal and make it reality! 

Wednesdays will be dedicated all to Weddings!! Since that is of course the main reason why I am here! I've asked opinions on this subject and I've received some great tips from many friends! Some Wednesdays I'll focus on real weddings and others Wednesdays will be focused on wedding tips, etiquette, etc. Of course I'll be blogging on Constance Curtis Events' upcoming weddings as well :) 

I think it's extremely important to give gratitude and thanks everyday so this is where Thankful Thursdays comes in to play!! Whether it be thanks to my amazing family and friends for their continued support or thanks to my outstanding vendors who I couldn't pull off a successful event without.... this is where I'll be giving thanks and highlighting individuals who I am grateful for!! 

Thanks for all the support... I hope you enjoy