Hiya folks!

While I gear up for my Love the Inbox Email Marketing Class that starts on Monday (yay!), I’m sharing wisdom, wit and general loveliness from business owners and lifestyle designers I adore!

If you missed last week’s guest post from award-winning author Katharine Ashe, make sure you check it out.

Today’s guest post is from Event Planner Joye Speight of Virtue Events.

In this Q&A, she shares a few cool upcoming projects, how she conquers fear and the role faith plays in her creativity!

Welcome, Joye!


Joye Speight of Virtue Events | Photo by Reflections by Cathy ForemanQ: What do you do?

I’m an event planner, designer, and certified meeting professional. I specialize in creating event strategies for corporate meetings, special events and weddings.

{photo by Reflections by Cathy Foreman}

Q: How do you conquer fear?

Breathe deep and dig my heels in.

I’m told that I’m not the fearful type, but the reality is that we all experience fear in some capacity. I choose to address my fear head on by educating myself first on the best way to overcome my dilemma and then by acting on it.

The two quotes that I keep in mind when fear arises are:

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
Eleanor Roosevelt

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

Q: What’s your no-fail recipe for tapping into creativity?

Exposure. I travel a lot and I enjoy being outdoors and meeting new people. So, the majority of my creative energy comes as a result of those things.

The more that I’m exposed to new things, the more that I’m inspired to create.

Q: Who inspires you to do what you do? Who encourages you?

I’m encouraged by my family and friends to continue on my path of “world domination!” But most importantly, I’m inspired by God and his generous gift of creativity that He has given to me to succeed thus far.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

There are several pieces of advice that I’ve received over the years, but the two things that stick out the most are:

“Never let anyone out-work you” and

“When people show you who they are, believe them.”

Q: Any current or upcoming projects or releases people should know about?

I have several projects that are on the horizons.

Oct. 22, 2012 – Launch of The Jewel Bridal Program
(which is an online resource for the DIY bride planning a wedding.)

Oct. 28, 2012 – Bridal Beauty Bar at Southpoint Nordstrom MAC Cosmetics, Durham NC
(Brides have an opportunity to design their wedding day look.)


Thanks so much for stopping by, Joye, and sharing your wisdom (and the lovely Bridal Beauty Bar flyer I designed. shameless plug. *grin*)

Tell me: what is your no-fail recipe for tapping into creativity?

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