So I've got a Big Idea. And yes, it involves budget weddings.
But first, I'll admit that I'm sort of infamous for being inspired to pursue a creative vision, only to let it collect cobwebs in my imagination for years. So when Meg over at APW wrote a fan-FREAKIN'-tabulous post the other day about life goals, money, and self-worth, I paid very close attention. Based on her essay (and the 240+ reader responses that followed), it turns out I'm not the only woman who talks herself out of pursuing big dreams because of excuses like I'll never make enough money to make it happen.
Her post got me thinking: If a lack of money, a mountain of debt, and a job at a non-profit agency that pays in Ritz crackers were not obstacles in my life, what dream would I pursue? What beautiful, meaningful, and kick-ass contribution would I want to make to the world? And what would happen if I tossed out my limiting attitude toward money (I will probably only make enough to keep a roof over my family's head), and instead saw myself as a helping and healing vessel in my community, fueled by abundant earnings that would allow me to expand my services and charity, thus fulfilling my life's purpose? What would happen then??
Well, I'll tell you what I'd do if all of these things came true. Okay, stick with me here...
Imagine a beautiful piece of property on Long Island:
Now imagine that at the center of that garden is a spacious, light-filled cozy coastal cottage style building with the charm of a farm house, the open layout of a loft, hard wood floors, gigantic windows, and enough space for about 125 or so people:
Surrounding the beautiful structure are some seating areas for people to chat, laugh relax, and eat:
...and some areas of open grass where people could have picnics, set up tents, let their children run around and play tag, or look at pretty daisies:
And now imagine that there's this nice couple, Kim and Brian (that's us!), who own the place. They planned their own adorable and charming wedding for $10k. And now they rent out their property at an affordable rate in order to help other couples plan their perfect $10k Long Island wedding!
The property would feel like the charming abode of your distant aunt and uncle who did everything possible to make you feel like their home was your home.
Available also would be a list of vendors who have worked with Brian and me specifically to come up with affordable options for a 10k budget wedding at this particular venue. I would have photos and testimony from couples who have enjoyed creative and affordable catering options, too, like BBQ, brunch, picnics, and luaus. The engaged couples who come to scope out our venue would hopefully feel fully supported and encouraged to have a simple yet personalized wedding with an at-home feel.
People, I want to have a small family-run business that supports simple and creative celebrations with backyard charm (well, more like the backyard of wealthy and generous relatives) and a backyard-ish price tag.
So that's my Big Idea, folks. This is what would happen if money flowed through me and outward toward others, versus just barely keeping me afloat.
Can I do it???
*Ideally I would also rent out the space to those offering therapeutic, self-development, or spiritual workshops, and those hosting fundraising events. This was my *original* vision for the fantasy event space in my head. (The budget wedding venue thing has come to me more recently.) This is the kind of contribution I would like to offer my surrounding community.