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Don’t Blow Out The Candles

by Mystique | Founder of Coordinator For A Day

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Coordinator For A Day Candles

Today is my birthday. Just shy of a milestone year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on years past as well as set my sights on what lies ahead. I have been gifted with a day that also commemorates one of the world’s greatest visionaries, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King. It is in his spirit that I am moving today, set adrift on legacies and inspiration. Cocooned in perseverance and not so random acts of courage. Dreaming of what I dare hope to accomplish in my lifetime. Fearlessly ambitious.

Tears that I’ve shed over vast disappointments leave no imprint. I thought we would have been much further up the mountain top than the day he left us. I thought I would have been much closer to my version of the promise land that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl. But I’ve learned just because it hasn’t happened in the time frame in which we expect, it doesn’t mean that it is over.

Don’t blow out the candles.

The spark of hope illuminates from us when we keep going even when all seems lost; even when it’s not certain that we will actually get there. Our convictions, our passion, our vision compels us to move forward and propels us even further than we thought we’d go. We can cry out in agony from the unfairness of it all or we can rejoice in the small victories that we’ve accomplished along the way.

But don’t you dare blow out the candles.

Let your light shine so bright even through the darkest moments of the darkest times. This life that we are gifted to live requires us to be courageous, mandates us to be difference makers and change masters. It will not be an easy road to the top of the mountain and the path to achieve your impossible dream may be rife with many pitfalls and much despair. But the alternative is to lay down and give up, not knowing that if you had taken that very next step, you could very well have reached the summit.

Today is my birthday.

I will write, I will encourage, and I will celebrate. I will move through my day as I have been purposed to do. However, as the chords of a familiar birthday tune fades, I will not blow out my candles. Every flicker is a reminder of the responsibility that I have to our forefathers and our future generation to carry the torch, to ignite hope and to be the flame of change I want to see.

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My First Love

by Mystique | Founder of Coordinator For A Day

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First Love

Do you remember your first love? I definitely remember mine. I remember the moment we first met and how excited I would get when he would call. There wasn’t texting or Facebook status updates so that we could still feel connected even when we were apart. Instead there was teenage longing poured into pages of letters and “Dear Diary” entries. I remember thinking those feelings would last forever. But as is the case with many teenage love affairs, it didn’t last long. But once I had experienced my own version of love, I wanted to feel that spark again. And that same energy carries over into business.

Once you have discovered your passion you experience a love unlike any other.  You follow it, sometimes blindly, wherever it may lead you. You have epic battles and it sometimes breaks your heart leaving you feeling lost in your purpose until something happens that creates a spark that ignites you and then you fall in love all over again.

At the heart of it all, entrepreneurs are thrill-seekers. We pour our guts into our ideas and visions with strong convictions and no regard for the pain of possible failure or rejection. It’s hard for us to comprehend how anyone could go an entire lifetime without experiencing the spark of their passion or how others opt to play it safe in order to minimize heartbreak and disappointment.

In the business of love and the pursuit of your dreams, you owe it to yourself to be fearless. Because even if the sparkle fizzles, when you’re fueled by passion you somehow find a way to rekindle the flame.

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A Wedding Website’s Goal To Score Big Game Dreams

by Mystique | Founder of Coordinator For A Day

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Football Wedding

This is more of an open letter and not one of my “Make My Day” blog posts. I wanted to take a moment to thank each person that has ever clicked on a link that I have posted, read a blog entry that I have written, visited our website, created a Day of Wedding Coordinator profile, liked us on Facebook, retweeted our tweets or voted whenever I have entered Coordinator For A Day into a small business contest. I am humbled by your participation and I am moved to share a story of why you matter so much to me – even if we don’t know each other personally.

I am a dreamer. I have incredible visions about the future of Coordinator For A Day. Sometimes I come up with these wacky ideas that often make me nuts because there are so many of them.  Like many entrepreneurs I sometimes fret about how to execute all of my big ideas with a limited budget. So needless to say when I was overcome with the urge to create a commercial for the “Big Game” I didn’t really accept the fact that I didn’t have the millions of dollars it would take to buy the ad time, much less actually produce a commercial.

I went full steam ahead and wrote the storyboard. I visualized the commercial in my head. I contacted a major network to inquire about rates and I didn’t allow myself to feel discouraged when I saw those numbers. In my mind I was creating this commercial and it would be watched and loved by millions. So what if it wasn’t a beer commercial with adorable horses or a baby giving financial advice. I was determined to expand the reach of Coordinator For A Day and what better platform than during the biggest football game of the year?

While I was contemplating building a crowdfunding account to somehow make an impassionate plea to convince 1 million people to donate $1 dollar, I received an email about a contest where the grand prize was a commercial that would air during the Big Game. True story.

I was beyond freaked out. It was as if someone had heard my every thought and was handing me the opportunity to make it happen. My heart was beating so fast inside of my chest. It was one of those “get the most votes” type of contests and I knew that our following was still a pretty intimate number. How could we compete? I figured I would just take this one step at a time.

You may be familiar with the mission of Coordinator For A Day. I have a strong desire to pay it forward and help other Day of Coordinators grow their business. As well as build a community where professional Day of Coordinators can connect and share ideas in an effort to help one another grow. This is my passion. So in essence, I wasn’t just entering this contest for me, I was also entering it for every Day of Wedding Coordinator within our network.

There was a rule that once you’ve created a profile and clicked “save” you couldn’t make any changes. I was so diligent (at least I thought so) in my proofreading that I was confident when I clicked “save” that everything was as it should be – but I was mistaken. When I viewed my public profile and clicked the link to our website it said the page did not exist. I had made a HUGE typo and forgotten the “A” in Coordinator For A Day! How could I have done that? I was so disappointed in myself for making a critical mistake. I thought that I had blown it. I really did. Of course, I posted it on Facebook and told everyone to vote. But in the back of my mind, I thought my chances were thrown out the window with the first letter of the alphabet.

But this is where the law of attraction, the favor of God and YOU come in.

I had spent the last several days brainstorming about how to make this commercial happen without the assistance of this contest, when out of the blue I received an email with the subject “Congratulations! You made it to Round 2!” I nearly fainted. When I was brave enough to actually read the email the first line said, “Thanks to all of your fans who voted, you made it.”

You voted and Coordinator For A Day made it!

It is because of you that I am one step closer to realizing a dream. It is because of you that the professional Day of Coordinators within our network may receive more visibility than I could have ever imagined (and trust me my vision for their success is huge). It is because of you that I can continue to reach out to more small wedding businesses to join our movement.

When you like us, share us, follow us, click us, or read us– even if you don’t personally know us. Even when you don’t personally know ME, Mystique, the founder of Coordinator For A Day. You’ve helped us, you’ve helped me, in more ways than I can ever express in words.

From the depth of my heart I thank you so very much. You have my promise that when we produce and air our “Big Game” commercial it will make each and every one of you proud. #TeamSmallBiz!

Have an amazing day!

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