Kelly Strong Events officially launched in November of 2016 in Toronto. This is what I always wanted to to do and finally, I was ready to step out on my own. After over a year of preparation, I launched the site and business. I began meeting vendors in Toronto and was really starting to make progress – I was excited, hopeful, and incredibly optimistic. Unfortunately, life had a different plan for me.
Instead of staying permanently in Toronto, as I had originally thought, I was faced with the reality of starting over (again), somewhere new. Fast forward several difficult months and here I am settled into Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Some days I still can’t believe it, in the best way. I love my neighborhood – the homes, shops, restaurants, the lake, having family close. No, it’s not where I thought I would be but deep down, it looks exactly like I had always hoped.
Life can be hard. And unexpected. It can spin you around, upside down, and inside out. While it was an unexpected change, it doesn’t mean I can’t make the most of it. So here I am, moving a brand new little business to a new city to service new clients. I am extremely excited to be back in the USA and to be in one of my all-time favorite cities. I mean, have you ever talked to someone who doesn’t love Chicago?! I haven’t.
The complete bright side to this transition is that I still have availability to work with 2017 Brides when I know so many planners have been booked for months. So if you’re in Chicago and still looking for someone to work with, to take care of the details for your special day, I would love to speak with you. I’m so excited to be in this new market. To meet people in the events industry and to make my mark as a reliable and valuable member of this community.
I also plan on using this KSE blog for a lot more real talk. We all want to know the kind of people we’re working with and while galleries and Instagram are helpful to determine esthetic style; the written word can provide much more insight into the important stuff. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
One day at a time, one foot in front of the other.