We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsey Morgan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsey, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Over time, my work-life balance has certainly become more of a significant priority for me. When I initially established Bello & Blue, for the first couple of years, I was just nose to the grindstone, working all the time, leaving little time and energy for myself, and my personal life. This period definitely helped me to get more established, and book the clients I needed to grow my brand, but as the business and I have grown, I have recognized that when it comes down to it, the more balanced I feel in all areas of my life, the better I can show up for my clients, my team, and my family and friends. To maintain this balance, I try to design my days and dedicate time to my meditation practice, exercise, and taking long walks in nature with my dog, Charlie, where I often catch up on calls with loved ones, or listen to audible books. At the end of each day, I set an end time when I log off so I can be present and cook dinner with my husband, and enjoy our time together in the evening. Taking an annual vacation or even just long weekends away to really unplug has been wonderful to maintain balance as well. With the seasonal nature of our business, I love to have a fun trip to look forward to where I can relax and celebrate the end of a successful season each year. As a creative, it’s important that I find ways to consistently feel refreshed and renewed so that I am motivated to bring the best of myself and my ideas to my designs and events.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Somehow I always knew I would have my own business and work for myself. I wasn’t always 100% sure exactly what I was going to do, or what it would be, but I knew that no day would ever be the same, that I would have freedom, do something that utilizes many of my inherent talents, and that I would be surrounded by like minded people. As we enter our 8th season of Bello & Blue Events, I am grateful every day that I get to do this job. In my mind, it’s the best job in the world! I wake up excited and motivated to be creative, serve my clients, grow my business, and improve our processes and designs. I haven’t always felt like that though – the first couple of years were challenging! I remember when I quit my corporate job to run the business full time, and nothing was scarier than not knowing where my next event or paycheck was going to come from or how I was going to make ends meet. Somehow I always made it work, but it takes so much determination and self motivation when you have tough days or things don’t go your way. I am often asked how I got the name Bello & Blue…. My brand was inspired by my late Italian Nana- Isabelle Bello, who always rocked a red lip, hose and heels, and lots of gold bobbles and bangles. Forever beautiful and glam, strong and resilient, she inspired me to be a confident business woman, and to always “Cowgirl up!” I have really had to cowgirl up to establish myself in our industry, and align with my ideal client, but I’m happy and proud to say it is now paying off! I think one of the biggest things that sets Bello & Blue Events apart from other planning companies is that we have such a strong team, and that we are truly are hands-on designers, and not just planners/coordinators. To take our designs one step further, we incorporated in-house floral design four years ago. We found that when we controlled and created one of the biggest pieces of the event design (floral, candles, greenery) internally, that our designs were instantly more cohesive and elevated. Our team is all trained in planning and floral design and people are always surprised by how hard we work on event days. We are a roll-up-your-sleeves kind of crew, and are often rigging things atop tall ladders, and have been known to use power tools to build and instal our creations. And the best part is that we do it all with a smile. Because we genuinely love it. Love making dreams come true, love seeing our concepts come to fruition, and love the feeling of gratification after a day of hard work with incredible results.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a Colorado native, I’m happy to say I’ve enjoyed some of the very best of what our state has to offer. One of the best ways to start the day in my opinion is with a hike – if we’re not in the high country, we usually just cruise up to Red Rocks to do the Trading Post trail for a little exercise and loads of beautiful scenery. I recently moved from the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, but it will always be one of my favorite places in the city. I love to rent scooters and bop around town. We zip to Broncos games at Mile High Stadium, down 16th street mall to catch a movie, or to different restaurants and bars in the hood. We are regulars at Bar Dough. It’s the best for for brunch or dinner – or even lunch or happy hour. I highly recommend pairing any meal with the aperol spritz, and the garlic bread, but honestly, literally everything is good. While in the Highlands neighborhood, Little Man Ice Cream is the perfect sweet treat. The salted oreo in a waffle cone is a personal fave! Union Station has really grown in recent years, and there’s so much great stuff right in that area. It’s great for people-watching with a glass of wine at Terminal Bar, and I love meeting friends for cocktails and snacks at Cooper lounge for a fancy urban date. Tattered cover is my favorite book store ever, and I love spending time getting lost among the shelves full of books. Some of the best dinner restaurants are right in that area too -Tavernetta, Mercantile and Stoic & Genuine are among our top choices. My favorite place for shopping is in Cherry Creek – but ideally not at the mall. I love the shops in Cherry Creek North – Perch and A Line are both female owned boutiques with fabulous fashion and accessories. The best Sushi I’ve ever had is ironically right here in Denver in our land locked state. Sushi Den and Izakaya Den just can’t be beat. I love to sit on the second floor at Izakaya and no meal is complete without an order the crispy bincho roll. Best sushi ever!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My business would not be what it is today if it weren’t for my incredible team. I am surrounded by five of the most talented, creative, fun and inspiring women, and the friendship and synergy we have built together is one of my greatest treasures. They are a big part of why I love what I do so much, and I am consistently impressed with what we can accomplish together. While different and unique in our own ways, we are all like-minded individuals in that we are fun- loving, have big goals, and come from a place of yes! With them and through them I have learned so much, and the team I have built is one of my greatest accomplishments to date!
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