5 Bad Habits to Kick: Self Love Edition

As a “bigger girl” I have always had self-love issues. I would constantly make fun of the way I looked so that others couldn’t do it first. My excuse for everything was “because I’m fat”. I would always wear black and I never really believed in myself. All of that stops now. I have been going through a lot of changes recently and have decided that it’s time to love myself first. I need to kick those old self-hate habits. This is going to be tough at first, I know, but it has to be done. If you are someone that needs a little wake-up call, then this post is for you. I hope that you can relate to some of the things that I am going through, and change them with me.

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  1. I am going to stop feeling bad for being my size. How can I expect anyone to love me if I don’t love myself for how I look?
  2. I am ditching the clothes that make me look “skinny”. Today is the day that I am going to strut my stuff in whatever I feel like. I have recently purchased a few crop tops that I never thought that I could ever wear as a “fat girl”. Guess what? I don’t give a fuck anymore. I look gorgeous no matter what.
  3. I am going to stop telling myself that I can’t do something because of my size. I can do anything that I put my mind to. I just have to want it.
  4. I am going to stop making fat jokes about myself. I am hurting myself more than anyone. It’s not healthy, especially when I start to believe that the jokes are true.
  5. I am going to stop caring about what others think of me. I am going to start living and enjoying my time on this Earth. There are a million other things that I can be doing with my time, and I need to stop wasting them on being self-conscious about myself.
Loving myself is the first step to happiness.
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Starting an Event and Wedding Planning Business: Loving Plans

We are at the time of the year where love is in the air and weddings are everywhere!

If you don’t already know, your girl here has her own event and wedding planning business. That’s right, I know, cool huh? I knew that I wanted to become a party planner the day that I took one of those silly little career quizzes’s on Facebook. Turns out, it was right about me. Taking that silly little test was one of the best things that I could have ever done. I now own a small, local event and wedding planning business. Loving Plans is growing every single day.

Today’s blog post is going to be all about starting an event and wedding planning business. When I first started to look into starting Loving Plans, I had no idea where to start or what to do. I don’t want that to be you, I want you to go into this with at least some knowledge of what to expect. So, enough procrastinating, let’s get your business started!

First things first, before you start your business, make sure that event and wedding planning is something that you are passionate about. Yes, it is fun, but there is a lot behind the scenes that not a lot of people know quizzes. It’s not all glam and easy. There is a lot of sweat and hard work that goes into this business. Just something to keep in mind.

Now on to the good stuff!

When starting a party planning business, you have a couple of options. You can either take an online course to learn everything, or you can intern at local wedding planning businesses. Whatever floats your boat, I took an online course through U.S Career Institute. It was a go at your own pace course, it was an easy read, and the quizzes were perfect. If you can’t afford the course all at once, they do provide payment plans. Amazing, right? I love the choice that I made, I learned more than what an internship could teach me. If you don’t want to go this route, I would recommend interning at a local business.  This will not only give you the experience that you need, you will also be mentored by someone that has been through the ups and the downs. Both are great, no matter what you choose.

Picking out a business name

If you want to become a business owner, you have to pick out a name! When picking it out, you want to make sure that the name is not already taken anywhere, you don’t want to get in trouble for being a copycat. After you have picked out that perfect name, you want to make sure that you keep it. You need to file for a fictitious business name, the price will vary depending on your state. Here in California, it was $35 and I paid $20 to publish Loving Plans in a local newspaper.

Bank account

You will need a place to keep all your money that you earn from each job. The easiest way to go is to open a PayPal account. I love PayPal!

Build your vendor list 

A vendor list is important to have when you are building your clientele. When suggesting vendors to your clients, you want to make sure that you and your vendors have a great chemistry. If you don’t really know a DJ that well, and you tell your client that they are the best in town when they are not, that is going to fall back on you with a bad review. And no one wants a bad review when they are just starting out their business. So hit those bridal shows or business mixers and build that list!

Marketing

Time to create your website, social media, and business cards. Your website is a place where people can view your work, check out your prices, and leave reviews. You can share all of that on your social media, and we all know that marketing is basically social media anyway. Leave a business card wherever you go! This would also be a great time to be at a local bridal show, rent a booth and get your name out there!

Make that money!  

All that is left to do now is start making that money! Even if you have to work on tips alone just go gain some business, do it. It will be all worth it in the end, trust and believe.

I hope that this post was in any way helpful for you. Please feel free to share this on all of your social media and leave a comment! I will talk to you in the next blog post. Remember to stay confident. 

Sister love and fashion. 

December is here, can you believe it?? This month is the perfect time to spend time with family. I love quality time, with work and life getting into the way, quality time doesn’t happen as often as it should. Hello everyone! Today my sister, my husband and I have teamed up to bring you this fun little shoot. A little fall fashion inspiration for you. Even though it is December, it’s still toasty in California. We got all dolled up and went out and just went with it. We had so much fun taking these pictures! We hope that you enjoy them.

I would like to point out the fact that my husband took these photos. If you want to ask someone to take your photos for you, but not sure what they will say, just ask. They may surprise you, I never thought that he would even consider it. Not only did he take my pictures, but he slayyyedddd these photos. DONE!

Our hats are from Charlotte Russe. I love this photo, Sierra is so silly. Enjoy your sister if you have one. They may annoy the hell out of you, but they are your backbone. She makes me laugh and can make me cry at the same time. I can honestly say that she is my best friend. I couldn’t imagine a life without her. 

It wouldn’t be a photoshoot, if Brian’s Mustang wasn’t in it. If you have a man in your life that is obsessed with cars, then you will understand. #5.0

My top is from Torrid, this is seriously one of my favorite shirts. It’s so comfortable and easy to move in. I love my light washed denim shirt!Sierra’s top is a cute flow blouse from Forever 21. If you have ever shopped at Forever 21, then you know that it is very affordable. If you haven’t made your way there yet, then you should. There is a wide selection of styles and price ranges. I couldn’t find the shirt on the site, but you should still go take a look!  

Remember to enjoy life, smile and relax. Don’t stress over something that isn’t worth it. I learned that the hard way. Besides, it’s way more fun to be worry free.

I would like to thank my baby sister for being featured in my post, and my husband for taking my photos. I love you both from the bottom of my heart. 

Wedding Wednesday 💍

 
Happy Wednesday all of you lovely people! I am getting married this year, and since I am going to be doing a lot of planning I thought I would share my journey with all of you! So with that being said, every Wednesday I will post my updated wedding plans. Brian and I cannot wait until our big day comes. 

  
So far we have a couple of venues we are going to look at, I have the colors, a theme and a date. 

Date: 9.24.16

Colors: light pink, light yellow and grey

Theme: vintage 

I will take pictures of the Venue and maybe you guys can help me decide. 

My grandma owns a flower shop so she will be doing all of my flower arrangements and she will also be giving me away. My father past a few years ago so she is the perfect person for the job! 

  
I would love to hear about any ideas that you all have! Any dream weddings or your wedding, leave a comment. You can follow me on Pinterest to get a better idea of what I’m looking for. 

Please like, comment and follow! I’ll talk to all of you precious people soon. I will have another post up later on this evening.