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 The last time you heard from me was 11 months ago. I cannot believe this year has gone by so fast. As 2019 was approaching last year I had plans, great plans on what I wanted to do especially in relation to mentoring and RAE Moments. The year started off rough with some personal setbacks but 2019 has also been a very amazing year in a lot of ways. The truth is I have been hiding something from you all for a while.

 

I am sure you are like whatttttttt, it’s not as bad as you think. What I have been hiding is a good thing. For the past 11 months, I have been building an online teaching platform for wedding planners. Phew, I am so glad I got it off my chest. It is not a secret anymore my people, RAEmoments.com is live and here to stay. 

If you have been rocking with me for a while, you know I have been teaching and mentoring for years but this year I decided I wanted to take the knowledge online.

 Don’t get me wrong I still love to mentor and coach but...

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Compassion

A lot of times when we think of the word "compassion" it's usually in the context of family and friends. Have you ever thought of the word compassion for your clients? That’s what I want to focus on today.

Compassion is defined as a sympathetic concern for others. Other ways to describe compassion is empathy, kindness, consideration, showing understanding. An article in “Huffington Post” broke it down so well as it described eight signs you a compassionate person:

  1. You find commonalities with other people
  2. You don’t put emphasis on money
  3. You act on empathy
  4. You are kind to yourself
  5. You teach others
  6. You are mindful
  7. You have high emotional intelligence
  8. You express gratitude

Compassion is a trait some readily have but it is also a trait that can be developed if it doesn't come naturally to you.

When I started out with this post I thought it was going to be one part but I got half way and felt,  wow a lot has been said already by looking at these eight signs....

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Stop waiting....Make that move

Stop waiting....Make that move

It feels good to be back. It has been a while since my last blog post titled "rest". I have spent the better part of 2018 re-branding which has been a long and hard process of redefining the who and what of RAE Affairs. It was certainly a journey worth taking and it has helped me tremendously to understand more of the what and why of my business.

Also in the past few months, I have still been teaching with the Wedding Planning Institue. I have also spent a lot of time working on 2018 weddings and to be honest it has taken up so much of my time I have been waiting for the fall to start back up with RAE Moments. However, my fall calendar is even busier than the rest of the year so I said to myself you know what Shile "There is never going to be a perfect time, work is never going to get less, so just start."

I think it was perfect that the last post I had talked about "rest" as I mentioned rest is vital but after the rest its time to make a move right? Sometimes we are waiting for...

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Rest

When I started out as an event planner I took some courses. One of the things my instructor said was after a major event you need to "Rest." At that time I did not fully grasp all of what she was saying but as I have continued on in my career I have come to appreciate her advice.

Rest is a vital part of being successful as a planner. It is important to take a day after planning a major event to rest and recuperate. You owe it to yourself and your clients to be fully prepared for the next event ahead. When you rest, not only will you be rejuvenated but you will also think more clearly. Depending on where you are in your business you might not have the privilege of resting after every single event especially in the height of the wedding season with back to back events. 

To some rest might look like sleeping most of the next day, to others rest might be spending time with family and loved ones, to others rest might be catching up on T.V. shows, to others, it might be...

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Love What You Do

Love What You Do

Have you ever wondered if “loving what you do” is a criteria for success? I’ve been thinking a lot lately, so if I made $200,000 thousand dollars and I did not love what I did but it was a means to an end and all my bills were paid will that be "success"? I guess in a sense yes depending on your yardstick of measurement. From a financial standpoint absolutely but the question still remains do you have to love what you to be successful?

In some professions, this might not apply as much but for the path we are choosing to take as planners, it is important to love what you do to be successful. This idea of success is not only as what you define personally as "success" but as planners loving what you do is also the yardstick for what will keep you long term as a planner and also what will help you grow in spite of the bumps on the road.

The path of being a planner has its ups and downs; its sleepless nights and never-ending tasks and you wear many hats so why else...

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Start From Where You Are

I’m I really meant to do this? This is a question you might find you ask yourself constantly when you are thinking about starting out as an event planner. I want to first say that doubt is very normal. However, doubt can limit you from starting, it can keep you stuck in the same place and you only live out your dreams in your mind but never bring it to reality.

You might feel you don’t have all it takes but you will never know until you try, and the only way to try is to start from where you are. Look at the resources available to you and around you and ask yourself what you can do with these resources? It could be that you register for one of our workshops, or you sign up for a webinar or find a local non-credit school near you that offers wedding planning. Or you could reach out to event planners in your area to volunteer.

Whatever you do, remember that sometimes the picture is not fully painted and you have to start from where you are and all the lines will...

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Three Essential Qualities Of A Wedding Planner

There are many skills you would need to be a successful wedding planner and I am not claiming to know them all but I will love to share with you three skills that are instrumental to your success. Over time I will share more……Relax And Enjoy your read :) 

Patience: You have heard the saying “Patience is a virtue;” as a wedding planner patience is a trait that should be the foundation of your core to be successful. You will find in your career you will encounter different issues and people that you will push your character to the limit but you have to exercise patience. If you don’t have the ability to be patient you will need to learn it or consider a different aspect of being an event professional. I know you can do it if you try and as you encounter situations, you will surprise yourself on your ability to endure and stretch your patience.

Detail Oriented: As a wedding planner, your couples need you to be on top of details they...

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