We had the good fortune of connecting with Chelsi Katz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chelsi, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk is absolutely necessary in the equation for success! Every big opportunity in my life has been the result of taking a risk. I wouldn’t be at this point in my life or career if I hadn’t sold everything and moved across the country to Colorado. We’ve been taught our whole lives to play it safe and plan for the future, but we aren’t guaranteed the future or even tomorrow. Planning ahead is extremely important, but you have to act NOW. You can’t keep “waiting for the right time” because the time will never be “right”. Everyone starts out not knowing what they’re doing. NOT taking a risk is actually more detrimental than going for it. I put out my website 6 months later than planned because I wanted to get every little detail right – and missed out over over 6 months revenue because of it. Fighting perfectionism and the “just one more thing” urge is a constant battle that I don’t always win. We fear rejection and our minds will make up obstacles to keep us from the starting point in order to “save” ourselves from failure. My new motto is “do the thing”. Just. DO. THE. THING. I promise it’ll be worth it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I used to be so set on what I wanted my career to be and what I wanted to be known for. I let those things define my life for a long time, and while it gained me a lot of success and opportunity, I became unhappy. Stressed. My anxiety was through the roof. I could never stop working because that would be unproductive. It was an unhealthy cycle, and I ignored the signs because I’m viewed as “successful” in my industries. The pandemic and this past year changed so much for me. All of my event work was cancelled, along with all the events I was scheduled to attend. It forced me to slow down and take a look at my mental and physical health, which were completely worn down from years of stress and overworking. It was not easy to look at myself in such a raw way to to make such a big change in my plans of the future. My “job title” continues to get more fuzzy, and I’m more than ok with that. I’m making more money than ever, but it stemmed from shifting my focus from “how can I get to the top of this specific niche/industry” to “what makes me happy and how can I set up revenue streams to support my passions?” The goal now is to just be myself, to be real and honest and raw, because we’re losing those qualities. My brand is me. Learning, loving, and breaking whatever ceilings I can.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There’s SO MANY awesome things to do in Denver, let alone Colorado. First we’d look up what markets are happening during your stay. Denver has so many amazing markets, from farmers markets to food truck festivals. From there we’d schedule dates for the following activities: Indoor Skydiving at iFly Explore Food Options at Denver Central Market Denver Art Museum Smash Room Devour Goat Cheese Grit & Fried Green Tomatoes at Tupelo Honey Denver Nature & Science Museum Get Birria Tacos at Kiki’s Taco Truck Pottery Making & Painting at Ceramics in the City Late Night Happy Hour at Angelo’s Taverna Denver Botanical Gardens Eat at Work & Class
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
100% my Irie team! I’ve been the Marketing Director for Irie Weddings & Events since 2019, but these women are my family. Besides the fact that they are an incredible company to be a part of, the owners of Irie have supported me in not only my personal life but also in other business ventures! From being the floral designers for my wedding to helping build my personal website, they want to see me grow. We help each other acquire clients for our other business ventures, share our knowledge, and just connect on every level. The money and the companies will come, it’s important to find your people first. Want to learn more about Irie Weddings & Events? Visit www.irieweddingsandevents.com.
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