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Christa

Christa

Talk about a go-getter! Christa is pushing to make her passions her priority. Truly talented and has found a need in to fit her passion. Christa, I might be hiring you in the near future to help me with my celebrations!

Thank you so much, Christa, for sharing your story!! Congrats on finding what truly makes you happy and making it a reality<3

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{ Christa }

Tell us about you and what you do!
I am a mom, wife, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. I have always been someone who loves surprises and making people feel special, so it is only natural that I work in the party planning industry!

Do you have a full/ part time job? Do you have a side hustle? What are they?
I am a full-time pharmacy technician at a large hospital in my area. While I am a bit of a nerd and love learning about the medical field, for me, working in it is not very fulfilling. I felt guilty about that for a long time because we’re always told we should want to do our job even if we didn’t get paid for it. Helping people is great, but when I came to terms with the fact that it didn’t fulfill my soul, I knew it was time to make a change. So, soon, I will be full-time running my own businesses. Sweet Olivia Celebrations helps busy moms plan parties. Christa Graham Weddings & Events will soon launch as the newest wedding planning company in the Ann Arbor, MI area!

Walk us through a normal day of yours. Soccer games, daycare, work, dinner, ballet practices, what’s involved?
Right now, my husband is working out-of-state. And since I am still working full-time at the hospital, my days are quite hectic! I get the kids ready for school, spend an hour dropping them both off at their respective schools, then start my work day. Then, after work, I get both kids from their after school programs and immediately start our dinner/homework/bath/bedtime routine. After they are tucked in, I get to finally start working on my business tasks. I am usually up until at least midnight trying to move my businesses forward.

How do you prioritize your to do list?
I easily get carried away and sucked into tasks. If my goal is to wash dishes, I will end up cleaning the entire kitchen before realizing I’ve lost an hour of my evening! So, I make very specific to-do lists. I will complete any “easy win” items first usually. Those are the things I can finish in 5 minutes or less like go through the mail, pick out the kid’s outfits, respond to an email, etc. Then, I will prioritize the items left by due date. If something is due by a specific date, I will complete that first. Anything else that gets done is just icing on the cake!

Bunny Butt Pancakes from Christa’s Instagram

Do you get down time in your day? If so, what’s one thing you do for yourself daily?
I am trying to get back into a self care routine. I have been taking more baths lately, getting manicures, and reading. Some days, just washing my face with a hot towel at the end of the day is a treat!

How many hours of sleep do you get on a regular basis?
I average about 5 hours of sleep per night.

Rapid Fire Answer questions with one word or a short phrase ! GO!

List- maker? Phone or Paper?
Paper all the way!

What’s on the night stand? Book? Magazine? Wine?
The book I’ve been trying to finish for months.

If you had an afternoon to yourself, what would you do?
Mani/Pedi and lunch by myself.

Your go to meal when in a time crunch – for the family.
Spaghetti.

Your go to activity if you need 15 minutes to get something done.
Something art related.

Do you have a favorite app that you can’t live without?
Facebook Messenger.

Favorite social media platform?
Facebook.

Favorite meal to cook when you have the time?
My Grandma’s Lasagna!

Words by Christa.

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Check out Christa and her work at the links below:

Website: Sweet Olivia Celebrations

Instagram: Sweet Olivia Celebrations

Facebook: Sweet Olivia Celebrations

Email: hello@christagraham.com

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Thank you for reading!!

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