G&G 104: From Wedding Planner to Entrepreneur with Kat Schmoyer


Episode Sneak Peek:

"It's going to be so different than you ever expected."




What's In This Episode:

10 months. That's how long it took this lady from starting her business to launching one of the biggest creative conferences in the country. 17 months. That's how long it took her to take her wedding planning business full-time. And now, 3 years in, she's running 3 different brands, managing a team of wedding planners, and planning her 7th conference.

I know. I feel tired, too. Her energy is palpable, though. Just you wait until you listen!

In this episode, I sat down with Kat Schmoyer, the founder of Dear Sweetheart Events and The Creative At Heart conference (and our wedding planner #funfact), to chat about her journey. We talk about the whirlwind that has been the past three years for her and how in the world she manages it all (or doesn't - the hard parts, too, of course).

I also ask Kat about how she handled things when the conference came under fire last year and received some pretty brutal public backlash. We also chat about why this past year has been so difficult for her and how she's moved through things like grief and loss and miscarriage while still trying to run these businesses.

It's 50 minutes of amazing. So, what are you waiting for? Let's dive right in.


Who's Kat Schmoyer?

Hi, brave dreamer! I’m Kat and I help creative boss ladies (boss ladies like you!) dream big & bold. I’m all about #realtalk & real results. I believe in reaching for the stars with an iced chai in my hand. I’m the owner, lead planner & florist behind Dear Sweetheart Events and the founder and visionary of Creative at Heart Conference. I’m an educator, #ontheroadtofulltime encourager & believe every big, bold dream needs #hardworkandfairydust . 

My HS sweetie, Matt, and I live in a two stoplight town with our Brittany Spaniel, Knox. We’re currently obsessed with reruns of Friends & Home Improvement, spend weekends hiking with Knox & Friday nights ordering chinese takeout. My vices include all the pink things & sappy romance novels on my Kindle.


"When all of that was happening, it was helpful for me to channel all of those fears and insecurities and the what ifs and funnel that back into myself and say: Ok, how can I do better next time?"


"It was in that silent breakdown that I had in my office when I realized that I did put too much worth in the numbers. And while those numbers mattered, where they really the right numbers?"


Links From This Episode:



Kat on Instagram


Creative at Heart on Instagram and Facebook


Dear Sweetheart Events on Instagram and Facebook

"Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown

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G&G 103: Answering The Question, "Is There Any Room Left For Me?" with Caroline Zook


Episode Sneak Peek:

"I don't need anybody else's love. And that's terrifying to say, but it is the most freeing thing ever."




What's In This Episode:

Mark this as one of those episodes you should listen to every month. Seriously. Like red wine and dark chocolate, it's good for the heart. And well, life in general.

In this episode, I sat down again with Caroline Zook, artist, designer, and writer at Made Vibrant, to ask her how she answered this question for herself when it came up recently in her own life and business. That question? "Is there any room left for me?"

I won't even try to condense her wisdom and response into a few sentences, but I will tell you that we end up talking about everything from redefining success, to alignment vs achievement, to insecurities and external validation. The good stuff.

Also - indulging in red wine and dark chocolate while you listen is highly suggested!


Who's Caroline Zook?

Caroline Kelso Zook is the artist, designer and writer behind Made Vibrant, an online space dedicated to helping soulful creatives live and work as their most vibrant selves (#yasss).


"If our pursuit and our metrics of success are defined on the achievement model, it is an endless hunger that never stops."


Links From This Episode:

Sign up for Caroline's newsletter


Caroline sharing her story in episode 19

Caroline's newsletter that inspired this conversation

Caroline on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube

"You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay ((psst.. this is an affiliate link, so if you purchase the book or other things using this link, I may get some cash money! thank you!)

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G&G 102: What I've Learned From 100+ Episodes of The Podcast with Lauren Frontiera


Episode Sneak Peek:

"I started this podcast because I wanted people to know they weren't alone. Because me too."




What's In This Episode:

I started this podcast because I wanted people to know they weren't alone. Because me too.

Little did I know how much I would learn about myself and life and being a freaking human from these conversations.

I've talked to over 60 women on this podcast (and that doesn't include all of the future episodes I've recorded that you haven't heard yet). And boy, have they taught me mucho about the world.

In this episode, I'm celebrating 100 episodes (just hit that milestone last week, in case you missed it) by sharing with you the 3 episodes that have impacted my life the most plus the 3 biggest lessons I've learned from all of these conversations.

It's about to get sappy, y'all. Whoops. Sorry, my southern twang just slipped out. 😃 Let's do this.


"We all just want to be accepted for who we are. Exactly as we are. As weird or as quirky and as tall or as short and as loud or as quiet and as extroverted or as introverted and as different or as the same as we are, we just want to be accepted for who we are."


Links From This Episode:

Episode 19 with Caroline Kelso, "The Evolution of Living and Doing Business Authentically"

Episode 33 with Claire Coder, "Staying True to Yourself ... Even When it's Taboo"

Episode 70 with Claire Coder, "Making Radical Shifts In Your Industry" 

Episode 76 with Danae Edmonds, "Intersectionality and Creativity"

Episode 101 with Chelsea Laine Francis, "Redefining it All"

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