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A Better Way to Introduce Your Friends at Parties

Sometimes I let my vocation boss around my self-esteem.

When I’m satisfied with my work, I feel like a rockstar. When I’m working under my potential or my strengths and assets aren’t recognized, I can feel like a speck of lint.

I’m not what I do, but especially living in DC area, what you do seems almost more important than who you are. You start to feel this way when at parties you’re introduced as, “Sally the the Social Media Coordinator,” “Joe who works in public health,” or when, right out of the gate you’re asked “So what do you do?” Sure I’m guilty of this too. It’s a great conversation starter, but writer Cadence Turpin reminds us resumes are just paper, people are more than what they do, and she offers:

 A Better Way to Introduce Your Friends at Parties

In an effort to continually remind ourselves we are more than our work, perhaps we should even start introducing ourselves this way.

Profile: Voila! Event Studio


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VoilaOpening-114-1If you haven’t noticed by the by the couples on park benches and picnic blankets, by the pollen in the air, or by the proliferating animals, it’s spring–which also means we’re headed straight for wedding season. So this seemed like a good time to highlight my friend Tyler, who recently realized her dream of becoming a full-time wedding and event planner.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about my faith, my family, and my business.

What made you decide to start your own business? 
From a young age I wanted to start a business because I was deeply impressed by my fathers entrepreneurism. One day the opportunity came and I went after my dream!

What do you like best about being a business owner?
I get to call the shots, I answer to my clients, not a boss, and I have a sense of freedom.

You said you’re passionate about your faith. How has being a business owner impacted your faith?
I have to trust that God made all of this possible because it is what I’m called to do. That is scary, especially when you are working hard all of the time and not necessarily seeing the fruits of your labor, immediately. You also have to remember to ask God to be a part of your business. Sometimes if you’re business is going well, you tend to forget to ask for God’s guidance because you don’t feel a need for it at the time. So I think staying humble and asking for God’s direction are important parts of being a Christian business owner, both during seasons of famine and in times of plenty.

Do you integrate faith into your business practices? 
Yes, I try to as much as possible. I mention my faith on my website and I treat my clients and industry peers with respect, honesty, and fairness. I try to keep my eyes open to any doors the Lord brings my way, whether it’s witnessing to a bride or encouraging a vendor, or another opportunity to bless someone through my business.

How do you want your clients to remember you or your business?
I want them to remember me as a fun, honest, genuine, organized, creative person, who really wanted to make their wedding day as unique and fabulous as they are. I want them to remember my business as a classy and sophisticated firm that more than exceeded their every expectation.

What have you learned about yourself through this process?
Your own business is really like your child in many ways. You have to give it constant attention, feed it, love it, help it grow, and keep it safe. So when you see it do well, you’re ecstatic. When you see it struggling, your heart aches. I have tried to rely on my faith to keep me more analytical and buoyant and less emotional and fatalistic when it comes to the ups and downs of every-day business.

What advice do you have for young professionals?
Don’t listen to the nay-sayers. You can do whatever you put your mind to. This is America where you have every opportunity in the world to achieve success and create your own American Dream.

JUST FOR FUN

Do you have any hidden talents?
I make a mean chocolate soufflé.

CONNECT WITH TYLER

Twitter: @VoilaWeddings
Instagram: voilaeventstudio
Pinterestpinterest.com/tylerfitzhugh
Facebookfacebook.com/voilaeventstudio
Website: voilaeventstudio.com

Woman, Medium, Alive: Dani P.S. Photography

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“Woman. Medium. Alive.” That’s what my friend Dani said when asked to describe herself. Dani teaches children by day and moonlights as a photographer for her D.C.-based business Dani P.S. PhotographySince college, Dani’s creativity, love of life, and Carpe Diem attitude have inspired me, and these traits shine through her images. I admire anyone who has the guts to chase after their creative ambitions, so I thought it would be fun to interview Dani for today’s post.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about the human experience. Capturing small, beautiful moments is just one way I get to preserve what it is to be alive, to be human. I’m constantly observing and noticing others and get really excited when I have the opportunity to capture the beauty that’s all around.

What made you decide to start Dani P.S. Photography?
I wanted to expand my portfolio and make a little extra cash for equipment so I decided to parlay one of my passions into a business.

What do you like best about being a business owner?
I like being able to share something that I love with others. It’s nice to make decisions about which projects I take on and having creative control is also a bonus.

How do you want your clients to remember you?
It’s my hope that my clients feel as though I listened to their ideas, captured their personalities, and provided quality images. It’s always my goal to make those I’m photographing feel relaxed and comfortable and important to me they have fun and enjoy the experience.

What have you learned about yourself through your business?
I’ve learned that taking risks is important and worthwhile. It’s not easy to put yourself out there, but it’s definitely worth it if it leads to doing what you love.

What do you still want to accomplish?
Someday I’d like to parlay my business into a full time gig and it’s my dream to exhibit and publish my work.

What advice do you have for young professionals?
Do what you love as much as possible.  At the end of the day I know I’ve spent time pursuing my passions when I feel energized because I’ve created something. I think it’s important for young people to consider what brings them joy, because every day should count and every moment is precious.

Here’s a preview of Dani’s work. To see more, check out her website, or follow her on Twitter @DaniPSphoto, or Facebook.

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