Open Letter from an Accidental Entrepreneur + BlogPodium

I hope you all had a fantastic summer and a well deserved break over this long weekend!  I had the absolute delight to visit North Carolina, specifically the Outer Banks for a surfing holiday which I go to every year.

Now that I am back, I am more ready than ever to get back to work!  I love my job.  I love sharing useful information about Life & Bridal for ladies who are always seeking for information.  I love working in the wedding industry and I (from the bottom of my heart) love educating brides about planning their own weddings.

I’d like to take this moment to formally acknowledge that my goal above all, has been and always will be, is to empower women.  I have not really opened up about my educational background and where I was supposed to be. But here it is:

I graduated with a degree in Criminology, with a focus on Policing as well as Domestic Violence.  I left University with a goal to be a servant to the world, and to live every day to help others. I spent most of my time volunteering at women centres, crisis centres, as well as animal shelters.  I finally landed the job and career that I thought I was supposed to have.  I did everything right, I focused on academics and went the safe route; toward a job that would give me a salary, benefits, and a desk to go to every day.  I worked in administration at a women’s shelter and felt like this was where I was meant to be serving the world.  The women’s stories are something I will never forget.  I thank God for all of those who give selflessly their time, donations and careers to those who need them. For my story, my efforts to try to change the world became a path of self-reflection.

Life is full of surprises when you open your eyes to it.  I was meant to do all of those things.  I was meant to learn everything that I did.  I was meant to make all of the life choices I did.  I gained a lot from working in social services and going into the university course that I did.  Many things to which I will save for another time.  I would not be where I am today without all of those paths.

What I want to do is take the time to say that life is always changing and always surprising you, but too many shut their eyes and their hearts to what life has to offer.  I am an entrepreneur today, because I worked my ass off to get here.  I own my own business because I was told “No” about a million times.  I am self-motivated because people close to me looked down on my career path changes. I love the job I have created for myself because I was pissed off that others had control over my life and I didn’t.  Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone and I am the last person on earth who thought I would become one.  If you are reading this, and you have a dream, passion, idea, thought, or desire…. Just do it.  Take the first step, whatever that first step may be:

– Register a business name.
– Contact a local business networking group.
– Do your homework, research other entrepreneurs that you admire.
– Practice your product or service! Whatever it may be.  Just start.
– Take a weekend course, see if you like the field that you are interested in.
– Resources: Search your area and see if there are any business resources or advisory centres that can help with starting a business (and are usually government funded and free for you!)

Just do something, anything.

There are so many success stories out there that you read where they started a business and instantly it sky-rocketed.  They are only 19 years old and are now selling their company for a million dollars, after getting the idea from the back of a cereal box two weeks ago with no prior interest in that particular field.

But that’s not me.  I’m slow, and I’m okay with that.  I worked a full time job and dabbled here and there on the side in creative ways, never thinking that I could take my strengths and turn them into a career. I started working for a wedding planning business 4 years ago while I had a full-time job in social services, because I loved weddings and did it for fun. The blog that you see here is not what it was two years ago when I was inspired to start one.  But I never gave up, because I did it for fun.  Literally, this was my creative outlet which I did for fun.  Then I came to a point that I wanted to offer a product and service to back what it is that I love doing (writing about Life & Bridal).  Thus began creating a service to teach brides how to plan their own weddings.

BlogPodium
Two years ago I came across BlogPodium online and I dreamed of having a creative blog that would be worthy of attending the conference with.  And this year, I am beaming and excited to say that I am attending!  No, my business and entrepreneurial career is not (in this moment) where I aspire for it to stay, but I know I am on my way.  For the first time in my life, I know I am doing something I can wake up everyday and be excited for.  For the first time in 7 years of going to the Outer Banks for our annual Surf Trip, I did not utter the words “I don’t want this week to end because I don’t want to go back to work”.  Instead, on Wednesday I turned to my husband and said “I can’t wait to get home to get back to work”.  I am so thankful for this moment.  I don’t know where life will take me or if this feeling will be the same a year from now, but I have immense gratitude for this moment.

BlogPodium is a Blogging Conference in Toronto Canada.  I am excited for this event not only as a goal, but also a bucket list item as well as a fabulous day of meeting other like-minded individuals.  I want to thank BlogPodium, although unaware of their influence on me, for allowing to be a goal for myself to strive for.  Thank you for hosting a fantastic event that will bring all sorts of creative minds together, and encouraging entrepreneurs to think outside of the box.

If you are an entrepreneur, or aspiring, I’d like to hear your story!
Are you also attending BlogPodium? Share your thoughts with me!

Happy Creating 🙂

8 Comments on Open Letter from an Accidental Entrepreneur + BlogPodium

  1. C.A. Barnes
    September 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm (3 years ago)

    YOU GO GIRL!!!! I wish I had your courage when I was your age. Instead, I played it safe with a career until forced out. Only then did I start a business that people said I should have been doing all along. I wish I had started it a decade earlier, heck 15 years earlier. Follow your dream Now. You can always find a steady “job” later. The secret is to love what you do, then it will never be a ‘job’, but a joy. Good Luck in all you do.

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    • carrkristine
      September 2, 2014 at 9:34 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you for the wonderful message and feedback! It was a huge leap of faith and a really difficult choice, but I have not regretted anything! 🙂

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  2. Jordana @WhiteCabana
    September 3, 2014 at 10:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Yay! Yay! Yay! You’re going to be inspired at BlogPodium, I’m sure of it!

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    • carrkristine
      September 4, 2014 at 9:27 am (3 years ago)

      Haha! Thank you Jordana!

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  3. Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    September 4, 2014 at 1:39 am (3 years ago)

    Kudos to you Kristine for following your dreams! I love hearing stories like this! Each time it gives me a little bit more courage to strive for dreams of my own. I’m not quite ready to take the big leap yet, but hope to do so soon.

    Enjoy BlogPodium – it really is a fantastic experience. I’ll be attending as well and would love to connect. As a fellow fellow blogger, wedding coordinator & Oshawa girl, it seems we have a lot in common! 😉

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    • carrkristine
      September 4, 2014 at 9:26 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you for the lovely comment! We should definitely connect, it’s always great to meet like-minded individuals! Have you been to BlogPodium before?

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  4. Anna
    September 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

    I just followed the rabbit trail of your Like on my Instagram and found this post on exactly the right day I needed to hear it! THANK YOU for liking a post and introducing yourself to me. I’ll be at BlogPodium too and we definitely need to connect there!

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    • carrkristine
      September 5, 2014 at 1:51 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Anna! Glad to hear I could help in any way and I am glad that liking your post lead you here! I can’t wait for BlogPodium and will definitely want to connect also!!

      Reply

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