People often ask me where it all began and how I got to where I am now. I simply smile, and reply: “It’s all about the drive.” Throughout my journey, I have always carried one thing with me: My drive to be an all-around success. A mother, a businesswoman, whatever it may be – I knew I would succeed. It all started with my mother, who will always be my absolute biggest inspiration. She taught me that hard work; selflessness and drive can get me just about anywhere in life.
I first watched this unfold while she, a single parent for the majority of my life, juggled three jobs and was on a mission to give my older sister and I everything. And, that she did. She made it. She used her drive to find her direction and I admire her tremendously for being such a success in business, while still managing to always put her children first. So, that’s how I’ve modeled my path.
Finding your direction isn’t easy. In fact, it’s one of the most difficult challenges to overcome. I had the drive, but I needed the direction. You have to have the determination to work endless hours and to try different things to find where you thrive. I did a lot of moving around, I worked in different fields and I met a lot of people along the way.
I truly thought I had it all figured out. I had a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. But, something was missing. I knew that I couldn’t be the greatest mother without having a balance in my life.
That brings me to the day that changed my life forever…
My plans to be a stay-at-home mom to my then 2 1/2-year-old son and my newborn were suddenly intervened by fate. It happened at a birthday party that I attended with my son. I heard that the birthday boy’s father was going to work for a new label and was having a huge grand opening party – that’s all it took. I knew it was my time to follow my direction. And, that’s where my event-planning career began. At the time, I was a “one-man show.” I produced the grand opening of “DreamWorks Records” in 1996, and since, have grown my company to a full-time staff of 11 operating on the historic Music Row in Nashville.
By finding that balance, I found my direction and my passion to be an event planner and, in turn, it made me a much better mother and entrepreneur.