Today, my husband, Bryan, and I have been married for 6 months. I can say that without a doubt, it has been the best six months of my entire life. We have grown together incredibly. In October, we were married on the 18th and left for a week long honeymoon in Jamaica the next morning. What a blessing to have 7 days in paradise with your new husband and best friend. It was incredible.
We hosted Thanksgiving at our home in November and in December, we celebrated our first Christmas as a married couple. We had so much fun (even though Bryan's not been much into "decorating for the holidays' before) putting up our Christmas trees (yep, we had two). We travelled home to Pensacola for a week for Christmas and got to spend some real quality time with friends and family. That was so nice - to be back home surrounded by the ones we love.
It was on our car ride home to Tampa that Bryan convinced me to follow my heart and start ELP. I'd been dreaming and talking about it for months. His entrepreneurial spirit has been such a guiding light for me in this adventure. I worked for a few weeks on the initial set up and launched ELP on January 2, 2009. Since then, I have worked with 75+ brides... created full invitation suites for 13 weddings... and earned over $13,000 in revenue. Now, just four months later, we are working with Hi Design for a new website with e-commerce capabilities, finalizing the ELP product lines, and redecorating my studio/office at home.
Throughout it all... Bryan has been so supportive... even when I've had to shut myself in my office and work at inopportune times. Last weekend, we had a beautiful heart-to-heart about ELP and the direction it's headed. To see the pride in his eyes when he talks about how I've followed my dream... it's the most amazing feeling. He is, without a doubt, my rock and my best friend. While I am still mastering the art of balance, I know that I've been blessed over and over again in my marriage. What a feeling to know that you couldn't ask for anything more.