Like a Girl was inspired by you. That's right, you. The dreamers, the movers and shakers, the girls that follow their passions. The girls that aren't afraid to step outside of their comfort zone. The ones who know with out a doubt that they will change the world. But sometimes, we need a reminder that we are more than enough. Sometimes, we need a little boost of confidence to turn down those negative voices in our head. Sometimes, we just need a little encouragement and inspiration. Like a Girl is a collection of stories and interviews brought together to prove that it is okay to take risks and take charge of your future. By bringing together this amazing group of women we prove to you that it is okay to throw like a girl, shoot like a girl, dream like a girl, create like a girl, and most importantly, to be a girl.
Like A Girl With Madeline Bailey
Please explain your business.
My business is Madeline Bailey Weddings & Events. I specialize in wedding and event planning with a focus on mindfulness and celebration of the planning process.
What inspired you to start your business?
I was inspired many years ago by a corporate event planner and mentor. She gave me the opportunity to work events at a young age. This was a leading factor in cultivating my passion. I also study mindfulness and the celebration of being present. I have found that wedding planning often takes couples out of the present and away from them moment. I strive to give all of my clients an experience that matches the enjoyment and mindfulness that inspires me.
Who are your role models?
One of my many role models is my mother. She has inspired me to be who I am and enjoy life to the fullest. She is also incredibly hard working and dedicated. Another, though she may not know it, is a former neighbor of mine. She encouraged me to be creative and was the first to introduce me to professional design and decorating. Her creativity is undeniably influential. Both of these women have had a huge impact on my personal and professional lives, and they continue to inspire me every day.
If you could give any one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
I would probably tell myself to enjoy each moment with my brothers. That time is so precious, and there are days that I wish I could go back and spend with them. Playing in the backyard or putting on skits for my parents. Aside from that, I’m not sure that I would want to give my younger self advice, because everything that I have enjoyed and struggled through has made me who I am now.
What is your greatest accomplishment so far?
Finishing college two years early while starting Madeline Bailey Weddings & Events. It was absolutely crazy, but totally worth it. It took lots of perseverance and hard work. There were times where it would have been so much easier to give up, so I am proud that I stuck with it. I now have a wonderful career doing what I love!
What is your superpower?
Tenacity. This has determined so much of my success. Even if everything around me is falling apart or an event isn’t going as planned, I respond with determination, courage, persistence, and strength. It also helps me go above and beyond for my clients.
What do you do when you feel like you have hit a roadblock in your business?
I like to seek advice from others in the industry. I have been in many situations where mentors have helped me. I also love to give that forward and be a mentor for others who are just starting out their business.
What do you hope to accomplish in one year?
My current practice of mindfulness involves writing something everyday for a year. I am finding that this is easier said than done. I hope to stick with this goal and find ways to connect it to my professional life and/or services.
What is the biggest thing you have learned so far after starting your business?
Not to make comparisons. When I started my business, I was constantly comparing everything that I did to others in the industry. It made my business something that wasn’t me, and made it additionally difficult to cultivate relationships with my clients. Being genuine and focusing on the right areas of my business was a huge lesson.
If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Blessed. Totally, absolutely, and wonderfully blessed!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you, Emily! I am so thankful for your contribution in the launch of my new blog. You are amazing!
Wedding Photography By: Pixy Prints Photography
Portrait By: Sara Shelton Photography