Bravitude: (noun) "fullness earned by a sense of bravery"
Welcome to the Bravitude series, where we're highlighting women walking BRAVELY in what God has called them do! Today we'd like to introduce you to Shalyce Tyson of Sensational Soirees! This working wife and mother of two started Sensational Soirees as a way to live out her passion for planning and designing amazing events in the Washington, DC metro area. If you've ever been to a Sensational Soirees event you'll quickly see that this is a God given calling! I can vouch for that. Shalyce recently did my baby shower and it was AMAZING!!!
|When and how did you develop a love for event planning?
In 2006, right after undergrad, I began working full-time in HR and also worked part-time at a banquet hall. Both jobs allowed me to gain such valuable organizational, customer service and people skills, that were needed for a career in event planning. Also, through the part-time job, I was able to see the event planning process first hand, from start to finish. I fell in love with every aspect of event management; it was all right up my alley. My love for planning peaked and took off a couple of year later when my hubby popped the question and we got to plan our big day!
|In three words, the perfect party has __________, __________, and _____________.
Delicious food, eye catching decor/details, and great entertainment.
|What made you decide to take the leap of faith and start your own business?
Starting a business definitely requires faith and passion. I decided to pursue my passion because my love for planning was not merely a hobby, but my calling. I started the company with the desire to help others celebrate life's special moments and events in a sensational way, and that vision remains constant today. Sensational Soirees allows me to fulfill my dreams and share my gifts with others, which is such a joy.
|Scariest thing about starting your own business?
When starting something new there is always that initial fear of failure. What if I don't get any clients? Have I crossed all my T's and dotted all my I's? I overcame that fear with praying and believing that this is what God has for me. I also have a great support system who encouraged and believed in me as well.
|Name one of your biggest challenges being in the event planning industry. How do you overcome?
Social media and blogging is huge in the event industry, and on occasion I find it challenging to keep up with my "posting" when other business duties call. To help me overcome, I created a blogging schedule and try to draft posts weeks in advance. Also, instead of trying to hit all of my social media pages daily, I break it up throughout the week between Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus.
|Advice you'd give to other moms who have dreams they'd like to fulfill but have perhaps been putting on hold?
It's important to live everyday like it's your last, so my advice to other moms is to pursue your dreams and each day with passion. Not only will it be fulfilling for you to walk in your purpose, but it is also a great example to set for your kids to believe in yourself and go after what you want in life.
|Who or what inspires you?
I'm inspired daily by my 2015 vision board. At the beginning of the year, I created a vision board that hangs in my closet to constantly inspire me to reach my personal and business goals and to dream bigger.
|What's the funnest thing you've done in the last 30 days?
It's a tie between my son's 4th birthday party (county fair theme) and my family's recent visit to Kings Dominion. Both days were so much fun!
|One thing you'd like to try (that you've never done) before the year is over?
I'm addicted to Pinterest, and I've seen so many great ideas for kids playrooms. I've been in my house for a year, but haven't done any of those ideas for the kids playroom that I've been wanting to do. Before the year is out I plan to try out some new ideas and crafts to finally decorate my kids playroom.
|Favorite place to travel?
I love going to any beach in or outside of the U.S.! I've been on 2 trips already this year (L.A. and Puerto Rico), and it was heaven feeling the sand under my feet.
If you could be born in another decade, which one would you choose? Why?
Probably the 60s, so I could see what life was like for my parents when they were growing up.
|What song best describes you?
Golden by Jill Scott. I listen to it every week in the car on one of my playlists, and it always put me in a great mood!
|Most memorable party/event in a movie?
Coming to America is my all-time favorite movie, and the wedding scene was such a memorable moment. Lisa's long train and Akeem's face when he saw her under the veil was everything!
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