We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Kelley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance? What’s that? Ok I’m joking. Frankly, work life balance has been a struggle and is something that I am making an effort to continuously work on. Over time, my priorities have shifted as my business has grown. I have had to put more effort into making sure I set apart time for the people and activities that are really important. I think balance is SO necessary to really thrive. In our industry burnout is a very real (and frightening) reality. Often my week is filled with industry events, actual client events, and a ton of meetings and conference calls which can make it really difficult to work out, spend time with my significant other as well as friends and family, meditate, and do pretty much anything other than work. Self-care has become a huge part of maintaining a work life balance. For me that includes making sure I am taking self-care seriously and making sure I am doing what’s necessary to maintain a healthy balance physically as well as mentally.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We recently launched our product line – an all in one “Party in a Box.” What sets The Scarlett Collection apart from other parties in a box, and what we are most proud and excited about is that it is a complete solution to all of your party woes. No more going from this store to that store in an effort to piece together that Pinterest perfect vision. We have made party planning simple and effortless. As we like to say a complete party with the click of a button. We offer everything from customized invitations to send off before the party, down to the very last party favor each guest grabs as they walk out the door. From detailed decor to personalized water bottle labels, we have thought of it all! It hasn’t been an easy road navigating the realities of e-commerce. Being a product-based business is very different from how we began as a service-based event coordination firm. Thus, there have been several hurdles and learning curves. Overcoming challenges has boiled down to one specific quality, and that is persistence. Through everything, I have reminded myself to keep pushing forward. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and to never give up. That has been the cornerstone of this process. I’ve learned so many lessons on this business journey. It’s so important to have a good team and support system. The team of vendors that I have, have now become like family. It’s has been so important to work with professionals, who embody our brand, support us, and who have the same work ethic. I have learned (and am still learning) balance. That healthy eating and exercise are important and shouldn’t fall by the wayside in the name of business. I have learned that it’s fine to take a break. I have learned that trips to the spa, afternoon tea, and travel don’t take time away from my business rather, they help it to thrive. What I want the world to know about The Scarlett Collection is that anything is possible. I remember when the Scarlett Collection was just a thought/idea that I had. An idea to simplify all that goes into having a magical party. Now to see our beautiful new site and branded boxes it is a feeling that is unparalleled. It’s insane to see that idea come to life! I want the world to know that anything is possible and if you can dream it, it can be done!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My best friend comes in to town. I pick her up from the airport and we head straight to The Varsity. This is an Atlanta classic and definitely an experience that each visitor should have. It’s an old school drive-in chain that serves all American classics. From there we would head to my favorite museum, The High, for Friday Jazz night. Guests have the opportunity to wonder through the museum, while enjoying drinks and live music. After-which, a night of dancing at Havana Club. On Saturday we would enjoy brunch at St. Cecilia . Following brunch we would head to Phipps Plaza for a bit of shopping. Late afternoon early evening we would visit the Martin Luther King Historical park as well as the Georgia Aquarium. For dinner that night we would go to my favorite restaurant for some authentic Italian, Sotto Sotto. On Sunday, we would most definitely be worn out so we would relax with afternoon tea at the St. Regis and massages at the spa. That evening we would head to the Fabulous Fox Theater to experience Hamilton! Definitely a jam-packed weekend to remember!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shout out two of my collegues who’s support has been immeasurable. Kelley Raye Wright, of Kelley Raye Photography, an amazing LA/ATL photographer who has photographed the majority of my work. I would also like to shout out Shade Owolabi, of Décor by Dé, a balloon artist that I work with frequently. Her balloon installation’s are fabulous and she is integral to all of the amazing event designs we have created.
Website: scarlettcollection.party (no.com)
Facebook: Scarlett Events=
Yelp: Scarlett Events
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