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I don’t often reveal much of myself on this blog. At least not as much as I used to. If anything, you see things and people on this blog who embody what this business and industry mean to me.

With the new year already off and running, I thought I’d take the time to share a little bit of who I am and where 2011 brought me and where 2012 will take me.

2011 brought a roller coaster of emotions. From experiencing some of the best weddings I have planned thus far in my career. To graduating grad school. To losing a good friend to the sky. To leaving the only city I have every lived in for a new one.

2011 was a year for self-exploration. It was about determining who I am as an individual, as a wife, as a business owner. It was about grounding myself. And, setting boundaries. It was about devoting more time to my health and the health of the earth.

But, what about this new year? What’s in store for 2012.  In taking a cue from Amber Housley and Ali Edwards, 2012, to me, is about one little word:

Authentic | not false or copied; genuine; real.


I already know who I am, and for the most part, the world does to.  But 2012 is about embracing it. Owning up to the things I am drawn to in life. Taking full advantage of every opportunity I am presented with. And, how will I do this?

In 2012, I will:

Be more authentic as a blogger.

I have every intention of really embracing the elements of weddings and marriages that excite me.  Everyone loves details (including me), but the marriage is the bigger piece of the puzzle for me.  I want my readers to understand that while those flowers and linens are beautiful, the love is more beautiful.  And, that when you put all faith in the marriage, the details fall into place beautifully.  Not just that, but I want you, my wonderful readers, to know me better. So we can begin to build a great relationship, whether you’re a bride, a groom, a vendor or just a lover of weddings.  It is (currently) just little me keeping this ship moving, and it’s incredibly important to me that you know who I am.

Be more authentic as an individual.

This one may be a little more vague. But, I have always been a little bit of a hippy (don’t let my pearl earrings and ballet flats fool you).  I love living off of the land, being healthy inside and out, practicing sustainability.  Most people don’t realize this. And, sometimes I do a good job of not exactly talking about it.  In 2012, that changes.  It shouldn’t be a secret that I love good energy, or that I’m a huge sucker for any non-profit who supports giving back to the earth (like 1% for the Planet, which I am proudly a member of).  So, you will see more of this infused in the details and weddings I share from time-to-time and on Twitter. This doesn’t mean that the vision of the blog is changing (because it isn’t), I am just no longer going to hide this side of me.

Be more authentic in my actions.

As if the last point wasn’t already vague, this one is too.  But what does it mean to truly “be more authentic?”  Just as the definition says, it means being more real and genuine.  Doing my own thing. Being my own person. Ignoring the judgments. Listening to my soul.  Doing the work that fires me up.  Being more authentic means being comfortable in your own skin.

So, 2012 is about embracing who you are, 100%. To loving yourself. Not hiding from what makes you, you.  Ignoring the naysayers.  Following your heart.  Living up to your expectations and no one else’s. 2012 is about being you.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Suess


  1. I love this post. I love your heart. I love your goals to be more authentic in everything you do. And that you broke it down to show exactly where and how you will accomplish this. So happy to know you, to have had the opportunity to watch you grow this last year. I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for you. I just know its going to be amazing! To a fantabulous year, pretty lady. xo always

  2. Sunny
    12:21 pm on January 2nd, 2012

    Great post and good luck in 2012!

  3. pam
    12:22 pm on January 2nd, 2012

    well said brit…i especially appreciate your comment about the MARRIAGE! i think we get caught up in the details sometimes and forget why the details are there! lovely read!!

  4. What a great start to the new year! Amazing goals that will take your life AND your business to new heights! And I absolutely love the Dr. Seuss quote at the end – it’s so true!

  5. I love this, Brit. I think striving to be more authentic, genuine, and just plain YOU is a great goal for all of us. There’s no reason to hide who you are! By the way, I love that you’re a little bit of a hippy. Spread that hippy love, girl!! 🙂