Perhaps you noticed me mention a touching email I received a couple weeks back from a listener?
The email came at a moment when I really needed some indication that this delightful and daunting podcasting I've endeavored upon was actually worth it... in other words, I needed a pat on the back.
The woman who emailed me was Hannah Easterly, the owner of Wild Lavender Apothecary, in Knoxville Tennessee. Hannah had been following my business Whipped for quite some time, and was a friend of fellow Bozeman entrepreneur, Keely Degenhart - owner of Spruce and Honey Apothecary.
Hannah is marrying her fiancé Michael this summer and the wedding planning process was not shaping up to be particularly easy. Hannah's vision of marrying Michael in a wildflower field next to her Mother's forest service cabin in Montana was ultimately deemed unfit to accommodate the needs and wants of her family members. She was unsure what her next step should be, and whether or not getting legally married was even something she deemed necessary
Speaking with Hannah was an absolute pleasure, and I am happy to report that she and Michael have opted for a best-of-both-worlds scenario: they will be traveling to Montana for a pre-wedding elopement/honeymoon so that they can have their own private ceremony (with a Whipped cake!) before they fly back to Tennessee for an intimate ceremony with their closest family and friends followed by an all-out party with their whole community!
If Hannah hadn't arrived at this awesome conclusion all on her own I would have told her to do exactly that.
because, f I've said it before I'll say it again:
don't put all of your eggs in one basket.
Let those eggs breeeeeeeeath...
Cramming everyone's expectations into one day is crazy coo-coo bananas. I'm not honestly convinced it can be done. Advocating for yourself and your fiancé and trying to find a way to fold the needs of your family into the equation is really difficult and there is no reason why you have to follow any guidelines as you attempt to do so. Scrap the rulebook, and make a plan that fits YOU.