I figured that I might as well give the whole history of me and my idea to start April Hertz Coordination Services, in a more in depth manner than what is in the ABOUT tab.
So 12 years ago when I got married I noticed that I wasn’t like most brides in the fact that I loved planning every single detail of my wedding. I did a TON of DIY for our wedding back then and I loved every moment of it. I remember thinking that I would love to do it for a living, but it was one of those pipe dreams that I kind of brushed off; because lets be honest I’m still not 100% sure what I want to be when I grow up. I definitely didn’t think 12 years ago that it would actually be feasible or attainable as a career choice.
Fast forward to about 2 years ago when I got a really scary reality check. When I went to the Urgent Care because I was worried I had bronchitis they found a spot in my lungs on the X-Rays. I went through almost 6 months of CT Scans, Dr. appointments, PET Scans, Cancer Center consultations, and even a bronchial biopsy. It was during that time I really became aware of what was important to me, and fully realized how unsatisfied I felt in my current job. I felt like there was so much more I could do and that there was so much more potential I could reach. I loved the people I was working with, I just really wanted my skills to be utilized in a better way. I remember when going through counseling after all of the medical stuff calmed down, my counselor asking me “if you could do anything at all as a job what would you want to do.” I told her that I didn’t know, I never really took the time to fully consider it. I knew that I was extremely task oriented (I definitely have classic Type -A personality traits), very OCD and I’m a perfectionist. I also realized I wouldn’t truly be happy unless I was doing something that tapped into that part of my personality. Shortly after going through that health scare and my Husband getting a better job, I decided to quit my job and become a stay-at-home mom (talk about adjustment).
Now during that time 2 of my best friends got engaged. I offered to help as much as I could and I even got overzealous and at one point offered to plan their whole wedding for them, since I remembered how much I loved doing mine. Amanda declined the planning portion but did ask me to be her Day of Coordinator. I was a bit confused because back in my day (I know I make it sound like I’m so old) that wasn’t a thing. So I asked her what she meant and she informed me she needed me to be the point person on the wedding day and to help her take care of all the little details; I said “Oh you mean a mistress of ceremonies” and she firmly said no it’s called a day of coordinator. I smiled and nodded and agreed but I really knew it meant mistress of ceremonies (I’m stubborn that way). Apparently though one of the many things that has changed since I got married is that it is now in fact called Day of Coordinator.
As the wedding weekend approached I found that I was in the zone. I actually felt invigorated by putting all the pieces together. It fed so much into my personality that I fell in love with it. What’s more I was actually good at it. I received a lot of compliments about how I was performing and encouragement to look into doing it professionally. I kind of shrugged it off but I did take it in. Then after the wedding, and as I was recovering the next day, I started to really think about. I remembered 12 years ago having a conversation with my Maid of Honor about how we would love to be event planners, and thought well why don’t I give it a go? So here I am now, excited to do this and truly feeling like I finally found something that I love, and fits me so well. I can’t thank all the people that are supporting me and cheering me on enough! Thank you guys for going on this journey with me. I’m looking forward to it.
My goal going through this process is to do weekly blogs. I will give tips and advice that I’ve found to make the help make the planning process easier. I will talk about ideas that I’ve come across, some inspirations, and really just chronicling this adventure I’m starting.