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Tuesdays Together Creative Chair

OMG, did I mention that I’m the new Creative Chair for Tuesdays Together Fort Lauderdale?

I am so honored to have this opportunity to be a part of such an inspiring community. As, the saying goes, “Community over competition”.

I got the text message on July 13 from Arlene Colon… “Yes, yes yes!!” I shouted as I was texting back and jumping up and down.

Ok, let’s take a step back. Earlier this year I finally decided to become a calligrapher full-time, YAY! I remember telling my husband about my fears and the challenges I was about to face, and that I had no idea how I was going to meet the right people, while I was just starting out my business.

In May, I was in New York with my husband (side note, it was an awesome trip, with no kids, but that’s another story.), we tried Uber Pool for the first time, and boy, it sure is a small world after all.

We shared an Uber with a super-talented, sweet and friendly lady boss, the Queen of Make-up, Natasha Katrina from Miami (@makeupbynkc) lol. She hopped in the car with a bag full of makeup and without a beat, introduced herself and we started trying on makeup samples with our Uber driver, and my husband, unwillingly, but a good sport.

I told Natasha that I was a calligrapher and was interested in meeting more people in the wedding industry. It was then that she told me about the Tuesdays Together community… and since then, my life has never been the same. Can I say, magical?

I was surprised to discover that I was the only Calligrapher in our Ft. Lauderdale group, and so on several occasions I volunteered to create signs and even t-shirts when the opportunity arose.

Ok, jump ahead to the text message… I was in California working with one of my brides, when I received the most beautiful and sincere email from Arleen Colon(@allthatglitterseventdesign), Tuesdays Together Ft. Lauderdale’s Member Chair, not to mention, an amazing event planner).

“…we really LOVED working with you on this month’s Tuesday’s Together quarterly meeting. Everyone LOVES your work and our special t-shirts, thank you!” “…we’d like to have you as part of our TT-FTL Committee, as our CREATIVE CHAIR!”

I am so grateful to have met, and continue meeting so many talented and smart people, people that believe in me and my talent. I’m inspired and motivated to go the extra mile, not only for myself, but with all the support from my community and wonderful clients, I feel it’s my responsibility to always give it my best, keepin’ it 100!

Is It Possible That I Could Love You More After We Work Together?

My niece-in-law is a rock star!!

If you heard any of the speeches that were given on her big day, you would’ve thought that it was a roast (of course it was all out of love). But, let me tell you about this wonderful woman Ashley Ferguson. She has vision and she knows how to collaborate. She knows how to listen and how to explain what she wants and doesn’t want. She knows how to compromise and she definitely knows how to get me excited about my work.

Can I just tell you that in this process, there were several evenings that we got so excited about how a sign came out, that we had to FaceTime to share a victory dance!

This wedding is exactly what I needed to get the courage to start my calligraphy business and just go for it—what a dream!

I Want That Wedding

I was on TV!! Not really, but kinda. Let me explain.

Last Sunday was the launch a new show on TLC. It’s called, I Want That Wedding, where one couple goes to three different weddings and then they decide which style and budget they would like for their own wedding.

Liza & Keith, (my in-laws) were planning their wedding, exploring their style and setting a budget. And guess what, they we’re lucky enough to find an awesome calligrapher (your’s truly) to work within their budget—and of course, the family discount on top of that. Anyway, they also volunteered to have their wedding be one of the featured weddings on this show.

In the end, I only created a few calligraphy pieces. If you pay close attention, you’ll see a few appearances in the show. The episode was THAT Wedding: Donia Tells All.

Mother’s Day at Céline

This Sunday 5pm – 9pm, I’ll be doing complimentary calligraphy on-site in the Miami Design District. Come join me at Céline for personalized Mother’s Day cards. Hope to see you there! Céline: 154 NE 41st Street, Miami, Florida 33137

Valentine’s Day at Céline

This Saturday 5pm – 9pm, I’ll be doing complimentary calligraphy on-site in the Miami Design District. Come join me at Céline for personalized Valentines’s Day cards. Can’t wait. Hope to see you there! Céline: 154 NE 41st Street, Miami, Florida 33137

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