When I left for Australia for a year, many of my colleagues were shocked – what will happen to your business now? It’s absolutely impossible to work on weddings in Europe while being in Australia!
Time has proved this theory wrong – over the year that I spent in Australia I flew to Europe twice and organised three weddings there (one of them being the biggest and most complex in my whole career), design a few private events around Moscow, organise a photoshoot in Moscow and some more in Australia.
Why am I telling you this? So that you are not afraid to follow your dreams. We limit ourselves very often. Everyone has probably heard the expression “The sky is the limit”. But I much rather prefer its other version, which I have on my website: “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon! (by Brandt Paul)”.
Or, even better, probably, by Tom Hiddleston: “The sky is the limit; your sky, your limit.”
We will always have doubts, anxiety, uncertainty. But if you approach your dream correctly, turn it into a plan and bring it to life gradually, I’m sure it will work out.
My family was never wealthy. My parents didn’t even have money for a train ticket from Russia to Poland to go on a school trip. I didn’t have any connections with the “right people”.
But I always dreamed of freedom. Freedom to travel, freedom to choose your own career path, find your calling and do what you enjoy. And I found my way!
In the late 2014, as I recall, I found each and every one airplane ticket from the past year and counted the days I spent abroad. It turned out to be almost half of the year! Can you imagine that? My dream came true. My long-lasting, challenging and unachievable dream came true!
I made friends all around the world. I have established connections with wonderful vendors from different countries. A representative of one of the biggest flower importers flew in to Venice from Holland especially to meet me: we drank coffee with amazing tiramisu in one of the numerous cafes, talked about business and parted ways – I got back to the venue, and he rushed back to the airport.
I now have a million of such stories. I even catch myself thinking I should start collecting the material for my memoirs – that would be not a book, rather an analogue to La Grande Encyclopédie.
Which is why I call upon you: don’t be afraid of your dreams! Turn them into plans and start bringing them to life! Believe in yourselves, work as you should, be open to everything new and unusual – and your dreams will start coming true!
It would be great to hear your Story. Because everyone has a Story, and each is unique.
To conclude, I’ll give another quote, this time from an adored book of mine – The Chronicles of Narnia:
“Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story no one on earth has ever read, which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
– C.S. Lewis

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Dina Yakushina is a destination wedding stylist, designer, decorator and florist. Her company DY design executes stunning destination weddings across the globe – Italy, France, Monaco, Austria, Greece, Montenegro, Spain, Australia, Russia. She creates the whole concept of the event, connecting together all elements, works as wedding stylist, wedding designer, wedding decorator and wedding florist. She creates all what have to be in a wedding – wedding ceremony, wedding dinner or reception, photo zone, morning of the bride. Her weddings became an inspiration for many other professionals around the world. Wedding villa, wedding castle, wedding chateau, wedding hotel anywhere in Europe and around the Globe can be your destination venue and be the best wedding ever.