Hey there and welcome to ACEspeaking.com
After 5 years of speaking professionally at industry conferences and for local organizations I'm making it officially a part of my "resume"! My career as an entrepreneur began 7 years ago when I founded AnnaBelle Events, now mid-missouri's leading event and wedding planning company. During my time growing that business I have said Yes! to opportunities that allow me to help others grow their businesses and their career. Late 2016 the idea for my second venture became a reality and we opened the doors of Jubilee Planning Studio on January 9th, 2017. This one-stop shop for everything event and wedding related is also a co-working space for 11 amazing vendors.
That brings us to now!
Following an amazing experience as Keynote Speaker at the Spring Missouri Meetings & Event EXPO in St. Louis I decided the time was right to take this step. When you keep your mind open and believe in saying Yes! it's amazing how things align. That is what I want to share with you as my opening blog post. I hope the world loves what I am setting out to do, go ahead and connect via my newsletter or social media to find your way to live Gracefully Authentic.
The highlights of how ACEspeaking.com came to be:
The Beginning: My name is Anne, I'm named after one of my dearest Aunts I could ask for - my Aunt Nancy. The name Nancy is originated from the name Anne, so when my father was not a big fan of the name Nancy (just the name, not the Aunt) Anne was given to me!
Last Fall: In a time of personal and professional development I attended an amazing business retreat, Inspired Retreat. Where I met fellow creatives with the exact same struggles and strengths as myself. I bonded with three ladies in particular. There were also many fun goodies at this retreat, one being a book titled Grace, Not Perfection. This was my first true dive into reading, for lack of better term, a "self-help" book and boy oh boy did it hit home. Through this book I realized I needed to give myself a break.
From Inspired Retreat: I met Carli Patton. This is where an overwhelming amount of thanks comes in! Carli (women extraordinary) gifted everyone a free consultation and I immediately scheduled mine. Our meetings proofed to be my point of professional change, change not in what I was doing but how I was doing it. Everything you see me do as a professional speaker has always been deep down inside me, it has been my internal playbook to professional growth. The discovery that has come from working with Carli made it clear to me that my next step was to share, to encourage others and to live authentically myself. With Carli I also put my "buckets" in place, an amazing tool that I refer to here and there in presentations.
Moving Day: My most recent personal milestone is fondly referred to as the Great Merger. Gary, my other half, and I combined our households. I think the best part of moving is digging through the boxes of memories that have been hidden in closets. Looking through photos, heirlooms and for me a letter from my mother. This letter is 23 years old and couldn't be more true today as it was when it was written. This letter is one of the only ways I still get advice from my mother, since she passed 20 years ago. This quote is imprinted in my mind the message. That day she told me loud and clear - Take the risk, don't be scared to make a mistake! Just try it.
A fun fact: Anne means Grace! I've known this my entire life and was reminded of it when I went on a search for family treasure this Spring. A simple treasure, it's a coffee mug. These coffee mugs are a staple in each of my Aunt's cabinets, with our names scattered between houses to be shared. Mine was nowhere to be found this Spring. Que Ebay! Thank goodness this lovely treasure was there, just as I remembered it. The definition is simple, the word is simple - Grace.
Mix into all of this personal and professional twists and turns + journal writing, a stack of great books, a sprinkle of spare time and overwhelming support/guidance. You get to today! This journey will be more than speaking on how to grow your business, the best hacks and tools. While I love to speak on those topics I want to dive in deeper.
Together let's take the adventure of living Gracefully Authentic.