How do you define success?

When I wrote out my business plans for 2015, one of my goals was to take the time to read one book (any book, on any topic) each month. I didn't exactly hit my goal but I’m okay with that. January was a busy month with new client consultations, venue meetings, and other priorities that took precedent. I found myself working long (but enjoyable) hours each day and having only rare opportunities to sit down to relax and read.

My January book was Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS, a gift from my husband from back in December. I would read a few pages here and there, but get distracted with ideas, emails, and appointments. But finally during some downtime during one of my flights, when I had no internet access and my pre-vacation to-do list was complete, I finally did it! I am proud that I took the time to actually enjoy the book instead of flipping through the pages to meet my goal. I didn’t fast-forward, flip-forward, or refer to the online book abstracts… I read every single page. #GIRLBOSS offered punches of personality paired with motivational quotes and raw advice – the perfect book to start off 2015 feeling inspired to do better and be better. Power-woman Sophia, Founder & former CEO of Nasty Gal (relax – it’s an online clothing store!), outlined the value of hard work, persistence, and the road to success in her book.

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As I delved further into each chapter, I appreciated Sophia’s personable comments more and more, finding myself relating to and appreciating her honesty. So I decided to write this post because reading the #GIRLBOSS made me think about what success means to me.

For me, success isn’t about being the "best"... it’s about trying my best and enjoying the journey... and the rest will come naturally. I have the pleasure of working in a beautiful industry, where I wake up every day feeling energized because I get to do what I love. I am my own boss (how cool is that!) and it’s up to me how hard I want to work. I set high expectations for myself because I know I can achieve them. After all, there is nothing more powerful than taking control of your life and following your dreams. There are so many talented individuals in the wedding and event planning industry – so for me, it’s not about competition as much as it’s about collaboration. During the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with many talented individuals and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they’re just as passionate about their work as I am. It’s refreshing to meet with other motivated, like-minded individuals that I’ll be collaborating with more and more closely throughout this year and for years to come.

Let’s do great things and continue to have a big heart. Be kind to one another… and don’t forget to have some fun along the way!

PS. Let me know if you have any book suggestions for me. Please leave me a comment or email hasti@lavistaevents.com

Love & La Vista, -Hasti

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