I did it!
The first Sunday Soiree put on by Intentionally HER!
First of all, I hope you feel great! You look good! Secondly, I have great news to share with you today - Over the weekend, I had my very first event! Uhm, can we say SCARY? I me a I was terrified, nervous, and at times extremely doubtful. However, I did it and I am very proud and grateful for the outcome.
As many of you know, I’ve had this blog for over 3 years now! When I started August 1st 2016, I knew I wanted it to be so much more than scrolls on your phone. I knew I wanted to do more than show off my style. I also knew, that God has blessed me with a gift when it comes to women.
I’ve imagined myself speaking to women just about every day for years! Creating for women. Encouraging women. It is not a hobby at all, it is my purpose. So about this event! Chileee.
God gave me the idea, vision, and an entire years worth of plans for my new brand Intentionally Her (@intentionallyherchallenge) about a year and a half ago. I was super discontent and was only interested in popcorn success. However, God was like no ma’am I have so much better. So fast forward to July of this year I started feeling that discontentment again, except this time I didn’t want anything fast. It was more of an urgency to follow through with the last thing God told me to do. Which was Intentionally Her, a community for women, that encourages women to embrace each season as intentional!
The event went amazing from start to finish, once it got here of course! However, planning and promoting was terrifying and I faced adversity that I didn’t expect.
Upon putting out the flier the first time, I got great feedback and many ladies said they were coming! Then, my Facebook account booted me out several times to the point where I still have 0 access to this day! After shedding a few tears out of pure frustration and fear I decided to keep going! So I made a completely new Facebook, re joined the women empowerment groups in my city that I am apart of, and went hard. Tickets were selling well, and the support was incredible!
Now all I needed was the venue, food, and sponsors for giveaways with brands. I reached out to several venues, and they all were crazy high priced, or I just didn’t feel like the owner wanted my vision there! Again, here come the tears because once you have 15+ tickets sold you can’t just quit! So I didn’t. I reached out to one more place, and I knew it was right from the start! Woohoo! Now we’ve got guests and a venue.
I still had no clue what the guests would be eating or what else I could offer them. I filled out a few forms for sponsors. Kept communication with the brands (all of which I had worked with previously for my blog), and NONE of them worked out. I either didn’t hear back at all, or I got a super annoying sympathy message. Gee, Thanks! Haha
So I didn’t let that stop me. I decided to give something, that everyone could receive who bought a ticket. Totes! The company that made the totes were awesome! Another win, after a humbling lesson.
When it came to the food I knew what layout I wanted, but I just simply procrastinated. So before I knew it, it was the week of the event and I had NO food. I had to order food at the last minute. It wasn’t what I originally wanted, but I’m grateful I was able to get it and everyone enjoyed their meal!
My list of gratitude for this event:
Everyone enjoyed themselves
30+ women gathered, without any negativity
Friendships were started
Seeds of peace and productivity were planted
Smiles were shown
Happy breakthrough tears were shed
Powerful Dialogue took place
I stepped out my comfort zone
I share all this with the take away of: we’re not given visions to sit on them. What is the last idea God gave you, that you are terrified to just take one step on?! Do it, sis! He’s waiting, and so are we! You’re needed.
I am so overjoyed at the positive feedback I have received, and super excited for the launch of Intentionally Her! This brand will have monthly challenges that push you to embrace your current life. Hope to see you at the first challenge, girl!