Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?… No for real are you listening because its THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE WHOLE FREAKIN YEAR! I have been celebrating Christmas since beginning of November and so excited I don’t have to be the cliché of being THAT GIRL…. You know what I am talking about… “OH my God, you have your Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving?! Like HELLO Thanksgiving is a holiday worth celebrating.” Yes, I totally agree; it’s a holiday I cherish the most. My mom would wake up early to turn on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as the feast was cooking. Katie Mae (Mimi) would check on the yeast rolls to make sure they were rising and pop them in the oven. It will always be a cherished holiday for my family and I.
HOWEVER, in 2017, I was at a different time in my life. I was getting married while building a house, traveling and going through a really tough time with my job. I was so happy to start a life with Shawn but I was so unhappy with my professional life. It was super stressful and I lost sight of the holiday spirit. In fact there was no tree, no decorations, no presents nor being jolly around my family. I was flat exhausted and torn what I should be doing with my life. I cried more so than I would like to admit.
Fast forward to 2018, I decided to take a leap of faith and follow a different path. I started to pray more and turn to God for my answers. For the first time in my life, I am happy with who I am. I am grateful for the things I have worked for and I am hopeful for what is to come. My spirit for joy has returned. This year there is no such thing as
Growing up, the holidays were always such a magical time. All of my family would gather together to my grandparents house where it was a Winter Wonderland. From the outside to inside, EVERYTHING was decorated with lights, ornaments, trees, stockings and nutcrackers. The Christmas dinners were spectacular as everyone had at least one of their favorite items. (Mine were petit fours with holly decorated icing.) The Christmas trees have always been Pinterest worthy! No lie, my grandad has created magnificent trees where snow balls fly from the top of the tree as it dances down to the presents. Seriously, he needs his own Christmas store with a side service to decorate homes. He is just that good! The amount of time they have spent to make the holidays so special will forever be remembered. Because of them, they are the reason why I love this season! They taught me to have a passion.
Wrapping up the end of 2018, I wanted to do something different. I am a huge fan of following other bloggers and connecting through Instagram/Facebook. One of the things I have always admired is the self confidence they reflect. It gave me an idea; a wickedly awesome idea to do a styled holiday video. After one meeting, a week later and a bottle of champagne poured, I am able to present One Fat Dove’s first video collaboration. Definitely click the link below to see it!
Please check out Justin owner of Creatve Wedding Films. Ya’ll he is just flippin’ amazing!
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Starting One Fat Dove, I really wanted to commemorate Katie Mae. For a while I had tossed around the idea of having the name be Miss Katie Mae’s Events. As time went on, I found out Katie Mae would volunteer at the nursing home. She would bring fresh flowers from the church and would spend time with the residence. In honor of her, I started providing a service to my clients for FREE. All flowers that are NOT wanting to be kept would be repurposed and used at the local nursing home. The residence and employees are able to keep most of the arrangements for TWO WEEKS!
As we are all aware, this time of the year is about “spreading Christmas cheer for all to hear.” Not only is One Fat Dove providing the service of repurposing flowers BUT I am also making it a priority to volunteer. This holiday season, I had the privilege to help with the decorations and had a few of Santa’s helpers!
Love you bushels,
ONE FAT DOVE