David Tutera and the Crazy Cat Lady

You know that feeling that you sometimes get when you know something big is about to happen? This girl right here has it and has no earthly idea how to deal with it. It also doesn’t help that I have a feeling two big “things” (for the lack of a better word) are on the horizon. 

Top Photo: David Tutera Wedding Courtesy of Allergo Photography * Bottom Photo: Courtesy of Food Inc

My passions in life can pretty much be summed up in two words: Weddings {and} Animals. I find these two photos to the right completely inspiring and fascinating for two completely different reasons.

 I know what you’re thinking, “This girl is insane!” and sometimes you’re right. When you have a knack for something you know it and I’ve known for a very long time I have a knack for wedding planning and animal welfare. 

So bring on David Tutera and the veggie burgers because those feelings I have are about to turn into reality really fast. I’m just not sure how to get from where I am now to where I want to be. 
This wedding planning fever started awhile ago. I’m talking like when I was little and comprehended that I was a perfectionist. In elementary school I first noticed that I would rewrite/restart my notes if I messed up (and I still do to this day!) My Lisa Frank binder was completely organized and I matched my hair ribbons to my outfit. I looked forward to art class and absolutely hated anything to do with math. In high school I obsessively scrapbooked and couldn’t get enough of HGTV’s Trading Spaces.
Fast forward many years, lots of parties later, and the discovery of David Tutera. I found myself planning my own wedding and it clicked. I was meant for this insanely detailed organized creative industry. Attending one of David Tutera’s planning sessions was just icing on the cake!
So now we are here at present day and I am getting things together to start my own wedding planning business. And. It. Is. Scary! I have so many great resources and ideas but it’s almost overwhelming. Websites, logos, trademarking, certifications, networking, referrals, venues, etc! My head is spinning but I’m getting there a little at a time. I’m not known for having patience but one of my two big feelings is this new opportunity! Get ready because here I come …soon!
Yes, this is MY desk!
My next big thing is my love for animals and their welfare. Get caught up on my recent post, The Glamorous Vegetarian
Every day I am learning new ways to better the lives of animals as well as my health. It goes beyond factory farming too. I’ve earned the infamous nickname of The Crazy Cat Lady because I am such a sucker for kitties. Dogs don’t be jealous though! 
{side story here…}
Picture me driving home from Georgia with Sean in the passenger seat. I see a dog running loose on the side of the interstate so I immediately pull off onto the shoulder of the road, jump out of the car, and run after the dog. I know, “That girl is REALLY insane!” Come to find out, there were three dogs that had been dumped onto the interstate left for the unthinkable. THREE. One full grown German Shepherd, one half grown Bull Mastiff mix, and one Pit Bull puppy. It took a couple Pop-Tarts and cheese crackers but we got those three dogs into the back of my SUV and drove the three hours back to Tampa. My mom wasn’t too happy to find three huge strange dogs in her backyard that night but I could not have left them. Three weeks later, we had successfully found loving and forever homes for them. That experience was probably one of the dumbest but best decisions I have ever made. But, it’s what I do.
 
Many other lives have been spared since then and I blame it on my heart just not being able to take the heartbreak. I have a wonderful group of people that aid my efforts (I’m not the only crazy one y’all!) and I give back to many organizations through fundraising and volunteering.
That’s where big feeling number two comes into play. I feel like I’ve got a job to do and that’s set an example of someone who wants to change the world. C’mon, who doesn’t want to change the world?! In the grand scheme of things my goal would be to plan fabulous weddings in a world where there is no more animal abuse, hurt, neglect or animals without homes. (I feel the same way about people, I’m just the Crazy Cat Lady, remember?)
So now the question begs, just how do I focus my attention on my wedding planning business while actively working on bettering the lives of animals more than I currently am? (I’m a perfectionist, I can do better and more, duh!)
Whew, this is just too much for one gal to handle! I think I’m going to leave it up to faith to take it from here. I’ve been told I can plan a heck of a wedding and today someone said they wanted to live a passionate life like I do. I guess I am right where I need to be. Just call me “The Crazy Cat Vegetarian David Tutera Lady” in the making! Jesus take the wheel!

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