Is it me or did 2016 fly by? I'm excited and optimistic for 2017, and all the amazingness I know it will bring. But before I say hello to the new year, I want to share how awesome 2016 has been for Sensational Soirees. This by far, has been my best year in business...yay!!

Thanks to 2016 Best Nine, I was able to relive my top 9 moments on Instagram. Beyond the likes, the photos paint a picture of something important that happened this year. Ironically, the photos that received the most engagement were of me, and likewise this year I was intentional in stepping out from behind the logo, and showing more of who I am throughout the brand and online. The core of Sensational Soirees is me - my heart, passion, creativity and love for my clients and bringing their visions to life. So I'm super proud that I achieved my face of the brand goal this year.

The weddings and soirees we had the pleasure of planning this year were amazing! The greatest part of my job is connecting with my clients and seeing their joy on event day, so I'm grateful for this amazing event year for us! As I reflect on 2016 as a whole, I just have to share a few other key highlights with you that have made this year so special.

MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

I am so grateful for the connections I made and relationships built this year. Growing up, I was somewhat of an introvert and extrovert - quiet around strangers and loud around friends. Well, in the event industry we thrive off of building great vendor and client relationships. Needless to say, I learned quickly how to network and give an elevator speech. But more than that, I have grown to really enjoy and value connecting with other creatives who get it - this entrepreneurship life of pursuing a dream. From friendors who always come through for me and my clients to planner friends who I can share with about both work and life, I am so thankful for my tribe who have meant so much to me this year!

As a mom, I choose not to attend all of the weeknight networking events, but somehow still made a ton of new business connections this year. One way that happened was through intentionally connecting with other creatives on social media and Facebook groups like the Savvy Community and Heart Centered Biz Bosses. These groups feel like home to me, and the ladies I've connected with and learned from are simply amazing. One of the most meaningful connections I made was with the Mor Community. As a creative mom in business, this community of fellow mompreneurs inspires and encourages me, and serving as the blog manager is so fulfilling in being able to support other mompreneurs.

EDUCATION

This year, I have received such a return on my investment in business education! From webinars, to podcasts, workshops, retreats and more, I really went IN on learning this year - and it has paid off. All this knowledge I've absorbed this year has already benefited me in terms of business growth and personal development.

One of the most valuable investments I made this year was hiring Shelby Tuck-Horton as my business coach. The time I spent learning from her allowed me to see what I was doing well, what I needed to stop, and the steps I needed to take to get to the next level. Shelby is a veteran in the industry with so much expertise and heart, and I'm grateful for the wisdom she deposited into me and her caring spirit.

I've shared previously on the blog about some of the conferences I attended this year such as Intrigued Experience, but the one I haven't recapped yet, which was beyond game changing was the Coterie Retreat. My experience truly deserves it's own blog post, so stay tuned for that in January.

Well, this year, I not only learned from others but I also ventured into being the giver of knowledge. I can't begin to share how fulfilling the launch of my one-on-one mentoring has been. It's only been offered for the past 2 months, and I've received such valuable feedback already. I'm excited for even more educational offerings I'll be rolling out in the new year. I have had so many personal experiences, wins, lessons and more that I was hoarding, and I'm grateful to be a resource to other boss ladies who are where I was.

4 YEARS!

Reaching the 4 years in business milestone has been so rewarding. In the beginning, I couldn't see the place where I am now, and I'm sure 4 years from now I'll be saying the same thing. I am grateful for every single client and couple who has entrusted me with their soirees and weddings. Connecting with my clients alone has meant so much to me - they are truly the best. Planning and designing fires me up like nothing else - it makes me so happy to use my creativity and God given talents in this way. It has been such a joy to pursue my passion professionally, I literally can't explain that joy completely in words. NONE of my success would be possible without my team and vendor friends, so I'm so thankful to you for hanging in there with me on this journey. If you haven't already, check out more of my thoughts on year 4 here.

NEW BRANDING

Still over the moon for the new direction of Sensational Soirees, and the amazing branding refresh Rekita Nicole gave us. It was so needed, and definitely a big win for this year! Don't you just love it?!

As you can see, 2016 and God has been very good to Sensational Soirees! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support - from reading the blog, following and engaging on social media, working with me, trusting me, believing in me, being a friendor or friend, and just simply sending positive vibes this way - thank you!

I'm signing off until 2017, and hope you have an absolutely sensational new year!

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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