One usually has a reason for starting a business. Maybe it's to make money, be able to leave a full time job, gain popularity, have fun, look cool, etc. To be honest, when I launched my business, my goal was to leave my day job and do something I found interesting. At the time, I was working for a great company, but doing things I didn't really enjoy. I wanted to have fun, be my own boss, call all the shots, have the control. I loved weddings (and still do), so it wasn't hard to take the plunge.
Once I got into it, what I want changed a little. It went from what I wanted to what my couples wanted.
"You will get all you want in life, if you help other people get what they want."
That is reality for me. When they are happy, I'm happy. When the wedding day ends and everyone is smiling, I am smiling. When the mother of the bride says to me, "We could not have done this without you," that is my measure of success. My job, this company, it's not about making myself happy...that's just a side effect. I truly want others to know that.
I don't think I've ever shared this on my blog, but what the heck... Several years ago, I was seeking and praying for God to reveal a path for me. I was so wrapped up in the label of my job, I thought I would never discover the thing I was "meant" to do. I would cry to Cal because I didn't want to be a teacher or a doctor or a scientist. The things I was good at didn't come with one specific label. Over and over again, the only answer I ever felt God give me was "help people." This was planted inside of me, yet I didn't understand that I would be helping others in this capacity until many years later. Now, I realize the act of helping others can be implemented in every aspect of my life. Whether I'm planning weddings or moving boxes for a friend, that is what I am called to do.
If I only do one wedding next year, by golly, that bride and groom will have the best help I can give them. And if I have 20 weddings next year, I guess those will be even more opportunities to do what I love. I'm just so happy this is my life.