Hi, I’m Heidi Melissa. The founder of the pARTy planning – The Art in Party Planning. I use the word ‘founder’ loosely as I really haven’t founded anything. I started a blog. Why? I don’t know. It’s something I thought about for awhile and then just went for it. As one friend perfect put it, ‘live empty’ – meaning don’t hold onto your dreams, live them out. I can’t say my lifelong dream was to start a blog, but I have always longed to be an event coordinator. I plan to use this blog as a vehicle to share my party and event planning ideas. I include the word ‘event’ because I love organizing everything from family vacations and outings to camp-outs and much needed girl’s nights.
My post college plan was to go into event marketing or event planning. I ended up with a good job on the buying side of retail and that is where I spent that last decade – well I should talk in the present tense because I’m still here. I enjoy what I do and I take my career seriously, but my true passion is party planning.
What do I hope this blog becomes? I’m not sure. It might become a hobby, a career or maybe even a charity. Most likely it will simply serve as my creative outlet. Like I said, I have a passion for planning and organizing parties and events. This blog is an extension of my ‘love to do.’ I guess you could call it the written version of my passion.
If money were no object, what would I do? This. I would plan parties all day long, then write about it. Ultimately, I would love to turn it into a vehicle I could use to help people. I often dream about how much one of my parties would mean to someone who really needs it – a dream birthday party for a child spending their birthday in Children’s Hospital or a food drive Thanksgiving. The list goes on and on.
I started this blog just over a month ago. I am feverishly working to learn everything I can about the blogging world. I have told some of my family and a handful of friends about the blog, but for the most part I’ve kept it pretty quiet in my circle. I guess I wanted to test drive the blogging world before making the proclamation, I am a blogger. It took me just over a month (33 days to be exact) to get my first 1,000 views. That number excited me more than I can describe for the simple fact the majority of those views came from outside my inner circle. I have such a great support system of family and friends that I was afraid if I told all of them about the blog I wouldn’t push myself to get out into the blogging world.
Now for the personal stuff. I’ve been married to the love of my life for the past 7 years. We have two kids, a 6 year old daughter, named Kate, and a little guy named Noah, who will be turning 3 this July. I’m sure I’ll be posting about his Mickey Mouse birthday party 🙂 Our family is completed by our German Shorthair Pointer named Mylee. She is full of love (& mischief).
Since this is the start of my 5th week I thought I should take some time to formally introduce myself. I would love to get to know all of you better. If you have any questions, just ask! I’m a pretty open book – or blog.
Thanks for visiting!