Maddy, you’ve accomplished so much, you’re the ultimate #girlboss! What does it take to be a good entrepreneur?
What it takes to be a good entrepreneur is dedication, hard work, ambition and vision! You need to know what you want and where you want to go, and to have a clear destination and goal!
You are part of the Hustle & Heart event, which will take place on May 18th at the Lion d’Or. Can you tell me a little more about the event?
Hustle & Heart is an evening for women to come together and be empowered by real life stories from successful female role models in their community. The objective of the evening is for ladies to feel that they are not alone in facing their day to day challenges and that it is possible to live a fulfilled life!
You are a mentor for women who want to start their own business, you organize retreats for women… What do you think makes women different from men, or even better than men, when it comes to entrepreneurship and leadership?
Women are led by their heart, we make decisions with our hearts, hence the name of the event at Lion D’Or. Is it better? I’m not saying it is better or not, but that’s definitely what differentiates a women entrepreneur from a man. A woman thinks of how her decisions would impact everyone around her, such as her kids, her family, her team, etc.; she is more conscious and in tune of others’ feelings.
How do you keep a balance between work, your family and your relationship?
Balance is a tricky word. Balance does not exist on a day-to-day level. There is no way one can have a balanced day… However, you can have a balanced life, you can have a balanced year… At times my family will need my attention and I will drop everything for them, and other times it’s my business that will need me so I will give it my full attention. As long as at the end of the year I know that I have done my best to give all important aspects of my life its share of attention, I am happy!
You’ve accomplished so much – are there still projects or dreams on your minds, things that you want to accomplish in the future?
You will never get to a level of success where you say: « that’s it, I’m done, I can sit back and enjoy ». You always have bigger dreams and goals… and I love that I do, because not to have dreams and goals is like being dead. You need to always have something you are pushing for… It’s what keeps me alive, it’s what makes me wake up and so eager to work every morning! I think you can talk to any entrepreneur and they will agree with me on this!
You are wedding planning royalty, so I must ask, what are the must-haves for a great wedding?
In terms of must-haves for a great wedding – I would say you need to have good food, good entertainment/music and lots of alcohol – and you’ve got yourself a party!
No no seriously, a great wedding is a wedding that is designed with the couple in mind… it reflects the couple and is true to who they are! It’s not about how magazine perfect a wedding can be: it’s about the experience you are giving to your guests and how you make them feel, from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave! Experience is very important for us at Maddy K.
What would be your dream wedding to plan? Any theme, any location, any type of wedding you haven’t done before and would like to do?
Honestly, it would be a dream to plan a wedding in Tuscany, maybe in a vineyard… I went on a trip to Tuscany a few summers ago with some of my girlfriends and it was just magical…. and every single day while I was there I kept thinking, a wedding here would just be perfect… so dreamy, so magical!!!
What is the key to a great marriage?
I am definitely not an expert on this topic… But I’ve been married for almost 13 years so I can talk from experience and what I feel has worked for us, hoping that it will work forever: key is communication and FUN! I know you’ve heard communication so many times, but it’s true. Try to include your significant other in your day-to-day life and experiences, let them know about what’s happening in your life in your business and vice versa… This way they are living your life with you and you are living their life with them. As for FUN – it’s important! Life gets so busy that you just need to make time for fun! It could be silly things… as long as you are making the time for it!
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Finally, you once said in an interview that weddings are “all about the sex”. Do you have any tips for picking the perfect lingerie for your wedding?
Yes, weddings are all about the sex – a wedding has to be sexy and exciting to you and to your guests! I just feel that just like you like to feel sexy when you’re going out to a party; you want your wedding day to feel sexy, not just what you wear but the whole experience to be sexy in its own way!
As for lingerie, I would say, pick things that are YOU and that YOU LOVE seeing yourself in! Because there is nothing sexier than a confident woman in sexy lingerie. So pick something that is YOU and that enhances your confidence!
Need some help with your lingerie shopping for the big day? Here are Maddy K’s must-haves!