We are so excited for you to meet our fabulous guest speakers at the Making Things Happen 2013 Conference on March 13th and 14th in Chapel Hill, NC. These ladies are all MTH alums and they are walking examples of how to make LIFE happen. Throughout the week, we will be introducing you to each of our lovely guest speakers. First up, the talented Michelle Edgemont!
Michelle launched her wedding design company in November of 2011. She specializes in modern-quirky decorations and florals that help her creative clients throw conventionality out the window. She has tripled her business in one year by facing her fears straight on and by making sure that each project she works on makes her feel uncomfortable. She recently spoke at AltSummit, creates custom DIY projects for HGTV, contributes to Brooklyn Bride and Revel, and is currently working towards writing a book proposal to shop around. Michelle lives in Brooklyn, NY with her musician husband, Adam.
Want to get to know Michelle better? We asked her a few questions about her MTH experience.
What have you made happen since you first attended MTH? What has changed since then?
Michelle: When I first attended MTH I did not have my own business. I was dabbling in selling small, crafty items on Etsy and really wasn’t reaching my full potential. Since then, two years ago, I launched my full wedding design company and tripled my business in one year. I’ve learned to face my fears and take big steps toward being a successful business woman. My work has since been featured in Styled Me Pretty, Brooklyn Bride, Southern Weddings Magazine, WellWed Magazine, Ruffled, and 100 Layer Cake. I’m also a regular DIY contributor to HGTV. I’ve learned how to not let fear stop me from doing what I want to do, to set boundaries within my business with my clients, and to really implement the Life Is Too Short motto every day.
What is your best piece of advice to those who want to make things happen?
Michelle: My best piece of advice for others who want to make things happen is realize that running a business means constantly living in the space between jubilation and terror. That if you aren’t afraid of your next project, it probably isn’t challenging you enough or making you better. That if you don’t even have a business yet, just a tiny spark of an idea in your brain, that with the right tools and intentional decision making, it can be a success. That, although you will hear it a million more times after this, life truly is too short to not be doing exactly what you want to be doing.
What are you most looking forward to about the MTH2013 Conference?
Michelle: I’m most looking forward to going through the Making Things Happen process and comparing what I write down to what I wrote down two years ago. A lot happened in two years, some of it will be the same, although some of it will be wildly different.
What fires you up?
Michelle: My super talented husband, my amazing loving mom, the fact that I got through two half marathons last year and lived to tell about it, cooking healthy dinners, a million cups of coffee, the NYC marathon, making babies, ice cream sundaes, anything shiny, anything colorful, flowers, making floral arrangements and bridal bouquets, the thank you email/note from the couple after their wedding, Brooklyn, the view from my Brooklyn apartment, swimming in the ocean, making money doing what I love, being able to support other small business owners with the money I made from doing what I love.
What’s next for you?
Michelle: I have big ambitions for 2013: I have a rad idea for a book that needs to exist in this world and I’m going to write it, I’m going to resign from my day job, I’m going to keep trying to make a baby, I’m going to start adding video to my blog and website in some capacity, I’m going to figure out how to work less for more money, my husband and are finally going to find a church to attend in our neighborhood, I’m going to book five more weddings for 2013, I’m going to to try my hardest to stop shoving candy in my face and eat more vegetables.
Are you as excited as we are? Remember, today is the very last day to enter to win the MTH Intensive Scholarship!! Winners will be announced later this week.