I am Maria Duenas, owner of Deelish Events. We are a full event planning and design company. We’ve been in the industry for 15 years and in business for 8 years. We are known for that one-stop-shop where our clients solve all of their event planning problems with us.
Being an entrepreneur means having the courage to step out. I had to take a leap of faith and believe in myself. You get challenged and put into uncomfortable positions. Every day I need to show up and do my best. It means freedom and flexibility for me.
As a female entrepreneur, it is very important to make my own money, especially after being raised by a single mother. My mom has always instilled in us there’s nothing like being able to provide for yourself. It is very important for my kids to know that mom works and can provide for us at the end of the day.
As a mom, there isn’t a lot of “me” time. I do work from home so, at the end of the day when everyone goes to sleep, I just sit in my surroundings and enjoy the peace and quiet even if it’s only 10 to 20 minutes.
In daily life, there is no balance in my opinion and you just take every day accordingly. It’s understanding that there are things that are going to fall apart out of your control and then just being OK with that and picking up where you left off.
Going to the next level is having faith in the unseen. I would love to have my own event space, that’s a dream of mine that I’m working towards. It’s being patient and understanding what your purpose is.
I have a lot of online mentors that I turn to. Struggling is going to be part of your success, so is failing. It hasn’t been easy. We didn’t get here overnight. We’ve survived a pandemic. Life, someway, somehow is going to connect you to the right people that are going to help take you to the next level.
Everyone should have a mentor as we can only take ourselves so far because of how we were brought up or the conditions we were brought up in. If you are open to help from other people it could benefit you in every aspect of your life.
Recently our services were referred to a big production company. Their event was 40 hours away in a different state. There was no way we could make this happen. I contacted my other event planners who I felt would be able to execute this, but I had no luck. I reached out to other planners in that state and the last person that took my call said, “I am going to be able to help you. Let’s move quick.” I connected everyone together and they were able to make it work. Now this production company wants to bring me on board for bigger events. I take a lot of pride in the customer service that I do provide even if it means I’m not going to benefit directly from it. I’m still going to give it my 100% before I can turn a business down.
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