WeddingIQ Retrospective: Real Talk on Motivation, Revisited

WeddingIQ Retrospective: Real Talk on Motivation, Revisited

(Editor's Note: Today, we continue our monthlong look back at some of our most personal and popular posts of all time. Read on as Kyle reminisces about her July 2015 post, "Real Talk on Motivation: What Keeps Us Going When Life Pulls Us Down?")

When I originally wrote this post in July 2015, I felt very lost. It was five months after my mom had passed from a long struggle with cancer (among other personal and family tragedies), and despite my best effort, I was not where I wanted to be emotionally or professionally. I had the naive notion that I would immediately get back to my life right where it had left off and continue growing my business.

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WeddingIQ: How Everything Has Changed, and What's Next

WeddingIQ: How Everything Has Changed, and What's Next

I remember when I first had the idea for what would become WeddingIQ. It was very early in 2012. I'd been running my DJ company for about 10 years, mainly overseeing the customer service and administrative side of things. My then-husband and business partner had stepped back from the day-to-day operations of the company to pursue other things, leaving me at the helm. Even with the added responsibility, I just felt like something was missing. Part of it was that I wasn't feeling particularly challenged anymore - I'm definitely someone who likes to take on new things - and part of it was that I knew I wasn't doing everything I was capable of doing in this industry, one that I'd been part of since I was 21 years old.

Plus, because I'd largely systematized the DJ business so that, with the help of a great assistant, it functioned pretty smoothly without my constant supervision, I had time on my hands and my wheels always seemed to be turning. (Basically, every rant you've ever read on WeddingIQ began as a monologue inside my very chaotic brain.)  And, increasingly, I wanted to give my thoughts a voice, a platform. I found myself feeling called to do two things: to help other business owners to become more effective and successful, and also to dissect some of the bullshit I observed in the wedding industry on a regular basis. If I'm being completely honest, I think I probably also believed I had it all figured out. At least most things. (Oh, if only I knew the humble pie I'd be eating later.)

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Friday Five: 5 Great Quotes From (Business)Men

Friday Five: 5 Great Quotes From (Business)Men

Last month, as part of our fun "Friday Five" series, we shared five inspirational quotes from successful women. Far be it from us, however, to exclude the men! Today, we're sharing five quotes from men who've rocked the business world. Hope you find them as motivating and thought-provoking as we do!

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Friday Five: 5 Quotes From Successful Women

Friday Five: 5 Quotes From Successful Women

We're rolling out a new post series today - it's a concept we've dabbled in with previous posts, and now we're finally ready to make it a steady thing. (Can you tell we're a bit commitment-phobic around here?) Wedding business owners are always super busy on Fridays as they gear up for a hectic event weekend, so we figured "Friday Five" would be a great way to share five fun tips, links, ideas and other "light" stuff for your enjoyment.

Up first: five awesome quotes from successful women - here's to a little inspiration on a busy Friday!

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Real Talk on Motivation: What Keeps Us Going When Life Pulls Us Down?

Real Talk on Motivation: What Keeps Us Going When Life Pulls Us Down?

What motivates us as individuals and as business owners? What causes us to get up in the morning or the middle of the night and ponder our businesses and our lives? What inner spark or outer influence creates the thoughts in our heads that translate into actions?

I think about these questions often. I wonder if I am different from others - if I somehow have some secret motivation that propels me forward in spite of…well, everything. This life is not for the faint of heart. I had to convince my family to go to art school; I defended my decision with co-workers to leave my day job and start my business; I had to overcome myself and my own prejudices to enter the wedding industry, and I continually fight society's norms with my personal life choices regarding marriage and children. I’ve always taken the road less traveled, and while some may find it commendable, it oftentimes means feeling completely lost in the woods.

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