We had the good fortune of connecting with Ale’drienne Parker-Calip and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ale’drienne, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Decorating has always been one of my therapeutic hobbies. While I was caught up in simply doing something I enjoyed, unbeknown to me, I was developing a reputation as the ‘go to’ (within my family) for decor assistance or ideas. The more people began to reach out to me for assistance the more I started playing with the idea of possibly turning a hobby into a business. After years of being in my own head about the idea, one day I found the courage to just go for it.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an event stylist. This means, I come in to style an event that was planned by the client. I do not plan client events, I use decor to transform the visual aspect of a clients event. Accomplishing what I have thus far has not been easy, it comes with many behind the scene challenges. For me personally, one key to overcoming challenges is to understand what it is you want to achieve and doing what is necessary to make that a reality. Some people want to turn their business into a full time career, while others may want it to just be a side job. Being clear on your end goal is important as well as staying consistent. I have learned countless lessons along the way and I learn new lessons with every new event. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to take in and appreciate your small accomplishments, be OK with wherever you currently are within your business but never get too comfortable and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. I want the world to know that I put my all into all I do and I do it all with love.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I don’t know if I have any particular favorite spot to be honest. I just enjoy great food and a good positive time. I enjoy traveling and seeing new things, I love to have a good time but I am also perfectly fine with ordering pizza, throwing on PJ’s and watching movies in the house.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
God is the head of all things in all aspects of my life. It is God’s grace, love and mercy that continue to carry me. It is him who handed me such a precious gift. Without him none of this is possible. I am forever grateful for his presence in my life. My husband, Gerald is truly a gift from God. His selflessness and support throughout every venture I take helps keep me going. He is the muscle behind all business related loading and unloading and he does it by himself and never complains. He has a great design eye and will not hesitate to give me his opinion on things. He is my voice of reason and my venting ears. His love and patience helps me stay sane whenever I feel overwhelmed or overworked. My mother, Pam has been my right hand support from day one. She reads my mind so easily and gives great suggestions and honest feed back. She will research ideas/items, runs several business errands with me and is onsite and hands on at every set up. She helps make each event special and she does it all with love. My family. My family has been the largest cheering group to date. They are extremely supportive of my business. They unconsciously do so much to help get my business out there. From hiring me for their own events, onto giving out my business info to several people and so much more. I will always appreciate their genuine support. They have always believed in my business and they prove that over and over again.

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