Making Things Happen - Just Bella Bash

Having kids really changes your priorities. It puts things into perspective in a way I never thought possible. My time is precious and finding time to do things for myself is so rare that I've realized it is important to really make it count.

I knew I wanted to make some big changes in my life since my maternity leave with Alice, but I was scared and I just wasn't sure exactly what that change was going to be? I wanted to follow some of my creative passions and do something new and exciting yet still have flexibility and time for my family. I struggled for a really long time trying to figure out what that was. What am I good at? What do I enjoy? How can I make that a reality? [insert stressed out head spinning here]

Well, I did it. I quit my job.

OR I just didn't officially come back from maternity leave (somehow that was slightly easier). But on the whole, this move was super hard for me. I liked my job. And I loved the motion graphic design company I worked for. My boss was (is) an awesome guy. Things were good. It was creative, it was enjoyable. Making a change when nothing is essentially wrong is hard, but it was time.

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That quote above really spoke to me "You know all those things you've always wanted to do? You should go DO THEM". Right. What was I waiting for?? It was time to stop being so scared and just make things happen.

So, I did. I am.

I'm starting my own business.

Introducing Just Bella Bash. You know all those things I like to do? Well, I'm making them happen. Just Bella Bash is an event design and styling biz focusing on making those small (yet important) events just beautiful. I finally decided to take my love of design, parties, and decor and turn that into a reality. I'm so excited to work with some really cool people and small creative businesses and make their events look amazing. Lots of fun things happening (including a super awesome workshop collaboration I'm bursting to tell you about), I promise to share all the details soon!

I'm so, so thankful for all my family and friends who have supported and inspired me to make this decision. I've got some pretty awesome peeps in my corner including some amazingly talented, creative women that I look up to so, so much. I truly would not have done this without you. Thank you.

It was kind of a long, winding road to get here but I'm so happy with where I'm going. I played around with the idea in my head for a long time before I even spoke the words out loud. Then it became, "I WANT to start my own business" (which I still find myself saying) but you know what,  I AM starting my own business.

Eek. Sh/t is getting real and I'm so excited to follow my heart and see where it will take me.

If you're reading this, thank you for following along with me and supporting me in even the smallest possible way. Just Bella Bash coming soon!

xo,
Christine

25 comments:

  1. Congratulations!
    Feels good eh?!
    Love following your talents. You have so many.
    I'll continue to follow along here in Calgary!
    :)
    BRAVO. Good for you!

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  2. Congrats, I can't wait to see what you come up with!

    (and my heart is pounding in my chest as I sit at my day job and imagine being a full-time pet photographer)

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  3. Yay!!!! So awesome. You will be fabulous!!!

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  4. I feel like this falls under the category of most natural transition ever. You do amazingly beautiful things, it will be fun to watch you do them on an even bigger scale!

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  5. Congrats, Christine! This is awesome and I have no doubt this was meant to be for you. I had been wondering if you had returned to work (yes, I'm nosey like that!). So excited for your new adventures and to follow along! xo

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  6. Congrats Christine! I can't wait to see all the beautiful things you come up with!

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  7. Yay!!! You are SO amazing at anything having to do with parties & design. I know you will be very successful. Good luck!

    Brittany

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  8. Hooray! There's no doubt you'll be fabulous in this new role. Congrats Christine!

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  9. Yay you! So happy for you!

    "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
    Henry David Thoreau

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  10. Yes(!!) to choosing courage over comfort. Being brave with your life (and time) is a bold and wonderful step. Can't wait for the things to come!

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  11. Woo hoo!!!! Way to go Christine!! Your events are always so beautifully styled and filled with love. Just Bella Bash is going to be a huge success!

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  12. Congratulations, Christine - how exciting! I'm finding myself in a similar situation and your post really encouraged me! Best wishes in this new journey. You're going to be awesome! :)

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  13. YEAH YOU ARE!!! SO proud of you. And from one new business owner to another, I know how terrifying that leap is (hello, I go to therapy now as a result of those first few tumultuous months) but it is so SO worth it!

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  14. Wooohoooo girl!! Congrats on the big change - SO exciting!! I'll be cheering you on and can't wait to see everything fabulous you're gonna get up to! Xo Diana

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  15. The world just shifts when kid(s) come along. Priorities & bravery take on a whole new meaning. I'm SO proud of you & know that with your innate eye for style, Just Bella Bash is destined for great things.
    Love you to pieces.
    xoxo

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  16. Good for you!!!! A big congrats and I can't wait to hear more at blog podium! xo Kristina

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  17. Congrats! This is going to be amazin, I just know it!

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  18. Congrats, congrats! This was me about 3 years ago... I just didn't go back! I didn't start by own business really, but I'm getting a bit antsy to do something now for sure. I think it's a great idea especially with your amazing talent! Best wishes!!!!

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  19. Congrats Christine! I wish you all the best on your new endeavour. You're going to kill it :)

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  20. Congratulations Christine!!! I'm so excited for you!! Can't wait to catch up next week :) xoxo

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  21. Congratulations!
    That is so great!
    Wish you good luck!

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