Happy New Year! While on a weekend away with my son, I saw the following Brad Paisley quote on Facebook: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” I stopped for a moment – appreciated the inspiration, and realized this sentence encompasses what I do professionally each and every day.
Each time I perform a ceremony (any type) I work hard to know those with whom I am working. I build relationships first and the ceremonies seem to flow from them. While I hope that each ceremony is special to my clients, I am not sure that they realize how special each one is to me. Meeting new people, learning about them – their hopes and dreams — and having the opportunity to share in the important moments of their lives truly helps shape mine. I learn something unique from each encounter, and each experience helps to make me a better person.
Performing many ceremonies per year, however, can lend itself to monotony, and I have to work to keep things fresh – for my clients, and for myself. I know the best way to do that is to tap into the essence of the family or couple I am working with, to focus on what makes them interesting and unique. It keeps my work fresh, and this year, I’m inspired to be even better at what I do.
So, as I write my “book” this year, I am going to try to share more of what I do on this blog, and the lessons I am learning. I’d love for you to meet some of the people I get to meet, and share in their stories and special days. This will give you a peek inside their “365 page book”. My goal is to share twice a month…check back in two weeks and read my first entry!