When was the last time you followed your dreams?
I've always been one to play it safe. I went to a great business school, landed an internship, turned that internship into a career, got engaged, and married my best friend.
During the past few years, I was focused on building my career while working at an international company in the head office in beautiful downtown Vancouver. I was supporting a large HR team in various roles and working hard to grow both personally and professionally in order to keep moving up in the company. I thought that was my calling – but over time, I realized I didn't love what I was doing. I loved where I was working and I had a lot of positive feedback from colleagues and managers, but something was missing…
It was when I started planning my own wedding that I realized all my strengths were coming together. Organizing, designing, and perfecting – some of my favorite things! And then something clicked:
For the first time in my life, being a perfectionist didn't need to be a weakness.
Instead, I started to view it as an opportunity to pursue my passion. I've always been a planner. My friends from high school remember me planning school dances, special events, and fundraisers. And my university friends will recall my involvement with the Business Administration Student Society, where I was able to raise almost $50,000 in various sponsorship funds during a one-year term. I was also the Event Chair for the Snowball Formal, leading an organizing committee of eight peers who threw a sold-out gala for 250 guests.
Despite my experiences, I knew I needed to be smart about making this transition towards self-employment and take my time if I wanted to successfully grow La Vista Events. So after returning from my honeymoon, I starting investing more energy into my business. I was still working full-time at my HR job, but I was eager to come home each day to work on La Vista Events during evenings and weekends – and I was loving every moment. In the span of two months, I helped coordinate four weddings and planned one engagement party. I worked closely with each couple to understand their vision and turn it into reality.
My favorite part of helping my couples? Letting them enjoy the journey and experience a stress-free day.
As I started developing my experience planning weddings, I decided to take my education one step further. I obtained my Wedding Planning Certification thanks to the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada. I had an amazing instructor (shout out to Monica Ceasar!) and I passed the course with flying colors. I learned a lot of great tips and started building a network with fellow wedding & event planners.
I get such an incredible rush from the planning preparations to the day-of organization – it’s hard to describe but it’s really a special feeling and it gives me butterflies!
I’m very fortunate to have a supporting husband, family, and kind network of friends. I appreciate all the love, support, and advice from each and every one of you.
I’m also very lucky that although I said goodbye to my full-time job, I'll be transferring to a new department in a part-time role that will allow me more time to grow La Vista Events, meet with clients, and prepare for the adventures ahead in 2015.
Isn't it amazing how with time and hard work, things slowly start to fall into place and work out…?
Thank you for reading and following me on this new journey!
-Love & La Vista, Hasti