Let's Meet Wandering Spirits...

I had the pleasure of meeting with Wandering Spirits PDX, and the face behind it Casey Wiser. We met early on into my move to the Pacific Northwest, she was fun and open which made wanting to work with her an easy choice.

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Wandering Spirits is a mobile party cart service with a vintage, 1971 Shasta traveling bar that comes equipped with a 2 keg system. Along with the traveling bar their service includes a friendly bar staff serving your chosen bar menu, beer, wine, and/or liquor. 

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"I've always obsessed over Vintage trailers so it just felt right starting a business out of one." 

Casey's favorite part of doing what she does, is the joy of meeting new people and what better place to do it than from behind a bar?!  Covering all occasions from weddings & birthdays to corporate & private events, as well as the abiltiy to travel outside of Portland, meeting a variety of people is always in the mix. 

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As a business owner we all have our struggles and Casey isn't any different than the rest of us, so making time for herself is an important task. In her free time she loves spending it with her family, especially in nature. Being in the middle of  Mt. Hood's Mountains, with no cell service is her ultimate happy place.

 

"The balance of work and family life was a real struggle at first.

With better organization everything is more efficient and easier to balance"

 
 photo by: Trung Phan

photo by: Trung Phan

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As for the rest of the year, keep your eyes out for Wandering Spirits and there new mobile lounge coming in Spring 2018, as well as breaking into the Cannnabis Industry with personal bud tenders and more.

I know I am excited to see, and maybe even taste, what this year has in store for Casey and Wandering Spirits PDX.  Check them out and follow their journey.

Instagram: @wanderingspiritspdx   Facebook: @wanderingspiritspdx    Website: Wanderingspiritspdx.com

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Photography: nunez weddings // Location: tumwater vineyard  //  Styling & Props: as you wish northwest // Florals: giffords flowers // Signage: letters and dust // Table Rentals: country garden tables

How happy are you that 2018 is finally here?

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I know I am, but is not just the excitement of a new year, there is also some relief, and even a little fear.  After the hustle and bustle of the holidays I am grateful to take off this first week of the year, more for my own mental sanity, but also to reflect. My goals and inspirations are written out, now its time to take them in, renew and get ready for what adventures may come. Sometimes while in the flow of life we forget to stand back and see how far we have traveled, I am definitely guilty of that myself. I constantly work and am always trying to step my game up, which is a great quality to have, but that comes from the desire of wanting more time and to be more financially stable. I have no problem with hard work but I also want to work smarter and don't want to wake up one day noticing I was working so hard that I missed time with people I love & experiences I wanted to explore. 

Each year I like to implement new positive elements into my life, not just to progress in my  business but to progress as a person, in general. Now lets rewind back to that little bit of fear I was talking about and try not to think about it in a negative way. Every time I have done something that has been a frighting to even think about I have not regretted it. It doesn't mean it always works out but what I learn from it is what was needed. Stepping out of my comfort zone is always a part of that, it can be scary but I now let the fear fuel me!  

In the spirit of the new year I wanted to share a few of my own goals, I like to focus on three main elements that make me whole, my mind, body and soul.  As for my body, health is a big part of life and I feel it connects so much to how your business runs, as well as how you feel. The last few years I have cut meat out of my diet, as well as  trying to improve my eating habits overall. I grew up loving junk food, I mean I secretly still do, but while learning more about the food we eat I have changed my bad habits little by little. I now feel healthier and confident in taking more processed items out of my diet this year, which may be a challenge as I love my treats. But this gives me a great chance to try new recipes and make a few new ones of my own, which I hope to share with you in 2018. As for soul, you can interpret that in many ways but as a human I feel we are all naturally spiritual. This year I want to help more and have such an affection for animals so it was obvious to me volunteering my time with them would be where to start. Using the skills I have is a great way to help them find homes and who doesn't want to take photos of cute animals?  Now for the big one, mind!  My main business goal this year is to feel ok with wanting more (thanks to Nina Roberts), which is really a series of several small goals, but I am excited to say my first act of putting myself out there in the new year will be to hold my first boudoir marathon in the Pacific Northwest. The studio is booked for February 4th and I will be sharing more detail very soon, so stay tune on how you can secure your spot!

So heres your reminder, take a minute to silence your mind, because we all know its much needed. Think about what worked and what didn't, not just in your business but in your personal life, all these things are connected and should be treated as so. Instead of repeating those cycles that are no longer working for you, pivot and re-aim, wanting to strive doesn't end with the idea of just putting your head down and working. I am continuously learning and as I take this time to reflect, I hope you do too. Please leave a comment or drop me a line. I would love to hear about your new goals or maybe just have a chat about your own journey!

                                                                                                       - Teresa Nuñez
 
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Let's Meet: Your Flower Friends

Have you ever wondered where your florist gets their floral stock? Or how fresh are they really? I am excited to share with you this years first Featured business Your Flower Friends! 

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 I had the pleasure of meeting Cynthia Mercer last year and it has been so great getting to know her. Flower Friends is a local florist & flower farm growing from seed to you.  When asked, what she loves about her business? She said           “I absolutely love the happiness that flowers bring others. Spreading that happiness around is like having magic fairy dust I get to sprinkle wherever I go!” And yes she is just as sweet and energetic as she sounds!  

Cynthia came to the path of floral design from a personal fork in the road, she knew she needed to find a path that would lead to spread love to others and floral design was just that. In her free time she loves to travel and wants to go everywhere! “Every single one. Anywhere and everywhere for as long as possible.”  

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As for new adventures she is excited to build an 8ft tall floral wall for the first time. “I have started experimenting with using an armature in my bridal bouquets to reduce the weight of the arrangement.” Her Romantic, French Country style just screams beauty and I am so excited to see this floral wall.

As a small business she does have her struggles like everyone else. “I would love to replicate myself!!! Then I could be there for everyone.  I have also struggled with separation between family, and business life.  They seem to constantly bleed together and I need to come to terms with it!” 

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Cynthia has many influences or as she likes to refer to them, “The peeps I ‘Insta stalk’ ”.  Like many of us she can get a little tongue tied when meeting her   idols after years of following them, “It feels weird to have them right in front of you!”  Some of her favorites are Sinclair and Moore, and Hey Gorgeous Events.

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Keep a look out for Cynthia Mercer and ‘Your Flower Friends’, she has many magical weddings this year and can’t wait for everyone to see some of the idea she has brewing! They will also be expanding their flower farm to include many more types of flowers that their brides and customers are thirsting for!

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