And to think, this is only the beginning!
a dream is a wish your heart makes.
I'm a dreamer. I've been that way since I was a child. Looking back now, I think it was because I was so inspired by parents, who were dreamers in a land that offered no hope. With his dream in his head, and faith in his heart, my dad escaped communist Romania, and found himself in the land he only hoped he would one day arrive to: America. He built a business and a family from nothing, and reminds everyone he encounters it was all through God's grace. My parent's story, faith, and creativity were a driving force and inspiration in my life. I grew up watching my mom throw glamorous dinner parties and fantastic showers for her friends, my dad create beautiful clothes for his customers (the brides were always my favorite!) and hearing from both, that anything is possible if you trust God. Years later, I realized I inherited their sense of style, divine inspiration, and work ethic, and I have applied it to my life. I'm ridiculously resilient, and have persevered through the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to make a dream come true. Now I'm here, a dreamer with my head in the clouds of inspiration and feet planted on the ground of reality. And life is even more beautiful because of it!
a recent timeline of events.
(I could backtrack to 1989, but since I believe in efficiency, so we'll stick to this decade.)
June 2013. After years of going by Debby Boh (an abbreviated version of my foreign name), I also became known as Queen Debby. Two of my hilarious, and ridiciously talented, friends wrote a song about me. The chorus in that song introduced me to people as "Queen Debby" and needless to say, it stuck. After years of organizing events for the children's ministry at church and designing our annual Voices of Christmas concert, I had built a reputation for "making things happen" and looking good in plastic crowns.
October 2014. The name Queen Debby stuck, and after taking pictures at our annual harvest event, a friend hash tagged them all #queendebbyevents. I still think it's one of the funniest hastags I've ever seen! It stuck, and I started wondering if there was more I could do with it, but I didn't know where to start.
Thanksgiving 2014. Something sparked inside of me while I was setting the tables for our extended family lunch. I realized that this is what made me feel alive and happy, no matter how tired I was, no matter what else was going on in my life, this - taking ordinary things and designing them in such a way to make them beautiful. My sister encouraged me to take classes in event planning, and I sat there shocked when I realized such a thing existed! Needless to say, I joined the next available program, and my entire life seemed to come together. I sat in class, and it clicked. Everything I had been doing until that point of my life prepared me for this new venture. This is what I was made to do.
January 2015. Needless to say, my sister got engaged in the midst of my planning class, and she let me help her plan her wedding. My dear friend was getting married in Chicago, and needed a coordinator she could trust. I will forever be thankful to these two beautiful souls for trusting me with the most important day of their lives - and yes, I do mean their weddings, even though they trusted me with their bridal showers, too!
April 2015. So after nearly a decade of cultivating a desire for events through serving the children's ministry (and the Voices of Christmas Committee!) at my church, I have dived right into the fabulous world of weddings and parties, and I haven't looked back!
Today. I started with a dream, that turned into a desire, that became my goal. I'm the one that "will make it work" and make sure that "you do you" in all of this. And now that I know without a doubt that dreams do come true, I am here to help make yours into a reality, too!