Thursday, January 26, 2012

Every talent is a gift...

Jan passes by so fast, and I decided to give myself and team a longer CNY break from 23-26 Jan. Time flies, before we knew, we have to begin our work tomorrow.. Somehow the beginning of a year always serve as a good reflection of past year growth, as well as setting milestones for the coming future.

Early this year, I have just discovered an ex-staff of mine has started her own event cum wedding planner company for a while, initially there were mixed feelings and emotions within me. She was one whom I have high hopes on and invested much, and one whom I believe we could grow the company with... but everything happens for a reason...

A friend of mine who is in the same business used to asked me, "Hannah, how do you manage your gals, aren't you afraid they will ever steal your trades or duplicate the business models for themselves??". My answer then was simple : People will come and go, if I have called this company Heaven's Gift, it must be a gift from God to me, and to the people that have come in contact with, esp the employees. Everyone He brings in has a role and purpose for the establishment of the company, as well as for the purpose of fulfillment for his or her life"

Truly, during this period, my words are tested. Yes, it is painful and disappointing to let my gals go for any reason. Having now being as an entrepreneur for last 8 years, I have also discovered, I am given with a vision of what Heaven's Gift will be , and my role is to be a faithful steward who will run with the vision set for me without regrets and fears, and God will always provide me the right resources for the right time. Now I looked back, I still believe strongly each talent is a gift from God, every staff was given for an assigned role. And my team has made a difference in what Heaven's Gift is today, and most of all, a difference in who Hannah is today as well.

Yes, it took me a while (few weeks) to ponder whether to upload this posting. I decided if I am a true blogger to share my life as a dreamer and an entrepreneur, I have to be transparent about my journey growing a business. Every blog is a true expression of the real Hannah within. A company is organic, change is inevitable. But one thing I am sure, the people I have trained will always be a part of Heaven's Gift, no matter where they will eventually venture to. The company has made an impact in who they are today, and will continue to be. My passion is to keep believing in new talents, keep training and investing, keep trusting and growing till the day the Lord asks me to stop and redirect me to another path or journey. To God be all glory.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2011 - A year of amazing couples with awesome creations....

Just finished the first wedding of the new year, and I am really happy... a couple that allowed me to see generosity in another level... What a motivation for 2012.

I can't help to reflect back the happenings in last 12 months in 2011... the year started a bit shaky, and I was not ready for it, as much as the Lord then has prompted me that He would open new opportunities and new horizons. When I heard Him then, I wondered how would it all happen, as I have had no single wedding projects/events under my category for 2011 when we were still in February. And the moment I learnt to trust and surrender, and before I knew, the projects came in so quickly thru unexpected openings, and next we knew, we on a amazing journey where we grew much in the last one year...

These are some of the projects that have created a new wave for my team. Thank you God for giving me these couples who believe in us, and allow us to create the experiences that are one of a kind for them... 2011 is truly a year of empowerment... and 2012 will be a year of His governance, goodness and greatness.
(The following pix are taken by a few great partners of mine i.e. Eadwine from Plush Photography, Eng Hong & Aloysius from 39 East, Kelvin from Lighted Pixels, Wansheng from Feldberyl, and me trying to take some shots ... you may have guessed which ones are those ;)