"WHERE have you BEEN?"

Ok, I know... I kind of fell off the map.  My last blog post was almost a year ago today.  For those who follow me on my social media, you know it's been one great year for me personally. I met an amazing man and fell head over heels.  I was able to travel to wonderful places including home to family in Connecticut, a tropical retreat in Hawaii, New York, Connecticut and a family vacation to New York City.  My life has been full of extraordinary moments with the people that I love.  

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But the question still remains, professionally... WHERE have I been and WHAT have I been doing? After spending over 8 years working for different companies in the wedding and event industry, I had a few doubts about my abilities translating to non-creative type businesses.  Hopefully, you know by now that I've figured out how to market & sell to engaged couples and to successfully make a business more profitable.  But can my skills convert to other industries? 

I left an amazing position and team at Mission Inn Resort to venture out into the world of small business consulting to test the waters.  I collaborated with a few businesses that were similar models to what I was familiar with and had great success.  I was learning how to translate my skill-set in sales, marketing and operations to be a help to any type of small business with the goal of growth.  

In mid-2015, I met a business owner like none other.  A man at the top of his game professionally, a celebrity in his field, and passion for success like I had never seen.  I began working with him and his team on a small scale to figure out where the missing link was to help elevate his company to the next level.  We discovered together that staff leadership and development was what the company really needed.  

You know that defining moment in a movie?  That one where the main character is faced with a challenge that even they don't think they can achieve?  At the end of 2015, I accepted the position the Chief Operating Officer at an International Golf Academy.  That's right, GOLF! A sport I've never played, know little about, and didn't have a lot of interest in.  But my job was to focus on building a team and creating a thriving business, not teaching students how to golf.  

It has been the most amazing time and I enjoy what I do every single day.  I've built an army of people who support each other, love their jobs, know their WHY (check out this amazing TED TALK about finding your WHY) and give it their all EVERY DAY!  I have improved the operations in more ways that I can count and learned how to market on an international level.  

While my job here at GGGA is far from done, the improvements have given me the time to live the life that I dreamt of.  I know that my passion is in helping small-medium businesses succeed and grow is mark I am meant to leave on this world.  And nothing can stop me now...

Stay tuned to see what my next big project is and how you can be a part of it!