This time around last year, I organized my late Lola’s 90th birthday. From conceptualizing her theme, the colors, and booking her suppliers to making sure everything went as planned on the day- I was in charge. I remember posting (Thanks to Facebook!) a status that organizing was really a career for me. Who would have thought that in a span of a year later, I would actually be realizing that long time dream of becoming an events planner? Indeed, dreams do come true when you take the courage to make them happen.
At 33, people would think I’ve had it all planned out. A nice little family, my own home, own car, established career and enough savings. I do have a few of those things, while I’m still struggling to attain the rest. But somewhere along the way, I stopped setting deadlines for myself and simply stopped setting goals to achieve at a certain age in my life. I realized that the world is endless with opportunities and possibilities- and that often, great things happen beyond the time limits you set for yourself.
Who would have thought that at 33, I’d just be starting out my new venture and exploring the world with eyes and vision as ideal as a fresh grad? At this age, I am again optimistic, eager to learn and achieve new successes and experience new failures. I am bursting with positivity that no matter at what point I am now in my life, I can still be great at what I do and that I can still be whoever I want to be.
You see, it’s never too late to dream new dreams or to start again somewhere. For the longest time, I’ve put off my plans of being an events planner because I feared the unknown. What if I don’t book any clients? What if I mess it up? How would the more pro suppliers look at me, what if they ask who I was and what right do I have to be the one directing something they know better? These questions and so much more have hindered me from realizing my other dream.
But when I lost my Lola at 90 years old in August last year, and I faced the painful reality of death and how quickly time passes us by, I realized it was now or never. I realized, I had to muster enough courage to make things happen if I really wanted them, and that there’s no point in continuing to fear something I do not have control about. Cliche but true, you will only know the answers to all of your questions if you try. And I knew I had to start somewhere.
As I ushered 2016 in January with a brave new heart, an opportunity quickly came my way. My very good friend John Consulta (who served as my wedding driver five years ago), who was engaged, asked me to organize his own wedding. I grabbed that opportunity and instantly said yes even if I didn’t know how I’d be able to form a team to run his wedding. And the rest is now history.
Barely two months after that, I saw a post by a mom from my breastfeeding community asking for suggestions for a stylist for her children’s upcoming party and I found myself texting her volunteering my services as an event coordinator. She booked me and a few weeks after, another mom who saw my post on Instagram booked my services (even if I haven’t even staged my first event).
God worked wonders in my life that after my first official event last May 29, I booked my 3rd client in just 2 weeks, and my 4th, 5th and 6th consecutively. To date, I’m booked for two events this July, two in September, one in December, and one each in January, February, June and August next year.
All these would not have been possible had I let that fear win me over.
If you’re reading this and you’re still on a crossroad whether you’ll take that leap or not, I’d say go for it without thinking twice. Personally, I owe a lot of my confidence in finally pursuing this to my good friends John and Monikka and my very first official clients, Raquel and Rochelle. Even if my portfolio only consisted of my daughter’s much talked about first birthday party, they didn’t hesitate to get my services and give me their 101% trust. I am deeply grateful to these people for allowing me to release all these creative juices in my mind and all these energy I have always had for planning, organizing and coordinating events.
More frequently now, you’d always find me searching for new inspirations on Pinterest or creating my own take on nametags, place cards or themed registrations tables for my upcoming events. I have never been creative and I still am not good at executing these ideas, but I am willing to learn and to learn even more as time goes by.
I am just blessed that in a span of three months, I have booked this much events in my life and I can’t help but wonder what could have been had I found the courage to pursue this dream much much earlier.
But now is not the time to regret because as I said, the world is endless with possibilities and there’s still so much that can happen in the future. Now is the time to just make things happen, take those leaps and realize those dreams. Now is the time to start somewhere, no matter how small, because eventually with enough dedication and with the right heart for your passion, success will also come your way.
I wouldn’t say I am a pro in what I do, (even my journalism side), but I can say I am armed with the right amount of passion and dedication to make every event entrusted to me as happy, beautiful and memorable as my clients deserve for them to be.
There’s so much in store, if you would only be brave enough to soar.
So… what are YOU waiting for?