I was raised by my Grandmother since I was 2 years old.
She was a teacher and an artist. Fierce, charismatic, vibrant, stubborn, creative, passionate, intense, giving and resilient. She engineered a life rich with traditions and nearly daily celebrations.
Good grades were honored with THE special red plate and a “backward” dinner with dessert as the first course. Our Christmas caroling parties showcased elaborate décor with a tree in EVERY room of our house, each with its own collection of themed ornaments.
Annual Halloween parties featured bobbing for apples and touch and feel boxes full of spaghetti for brains, and grapes for eyeballs. Not even May Day was safe from a celebration, as we left handmade paper cone baskets full of lilac flowers on people’s front doorknobs on the first of the month.
And my favorite of all celebrations was the morning ritual, where she cheerfully and LOUDLY sang, “Rise & Shine” to get us out of bed.
It was fairly annoying at the time, but what I wouldn’t give to hear her sing it today.
She died of pancreatic cancer when I was a junior in College, but her celebratory legacy lives on as I raise my own family and in my daily life as an event planner. A profession rooted in celebration that not only brings me great fulfillment but keeps her creative spirit close to me.
I have had the pleasure to work in the event industry for over a decade and have been groomed in hospitality since birth. I am dedicated to continuous learning and growing personally and professionally in this field.
Through this passion, I honor the celebratory spirit of this fierce woman that raised me, cultivate a meaningful life and legacy for my three children, and serve others with the gifts I have been given.
I am so glad you are here. Now let’s get planning…