We had the good fortune of connecting with Tammy Robertson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tammy, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Macy Grace began to come into fruititon around the time my youngest child fled the nest. When she, Macy, left it felt like my whole life went out with her. Recently divorced and rapildy entering into my 50’s, I was faced with a silence that I hadnt felt in over twenty five years. Although incredibly uncomfortable at first, the days of waking up to and empty house and an empty agenda allowed for much needed introspection and soul searching. I knew my role as a mother would never be over, but I knew my role as the ‘crafty, PTA-planning, class party deocrating, dance-baseball’ mom had come to an end. Reflecting on all these diffrent type of roles I acculumated over motherhod, I found the ones I most enjoyed were rooted in creating memorable events for my kids. Twenty-five years of birthday parties, fundraisers, school celebrations, and family holidays unawaringly equipped me with a set of skills that would led me a career in event planning. My life as I knew it certainly changed when Macy left for college. But her closing the door on childhood, led me to open the door of a new beginning. And with that Macy Grace was born.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As I mentioned before, the seeds of Macy Grace Events became planted as soon as I started becoming involved in planning events with my kids. Each time I signed myself onto these types of projects, the more connections, experiences and knowledge I gained which would establish and water the roots of an event planning business in the making. Therefore when the time came to turn this hobby into an actual business, the foundation I had created over the years narrowed the gap between the two. The only thing left to fill the space was simply organizing and monetizing the components that were already there.
The building blocks of how the business came to be always will be something I am the most proud of because it was birthed, developed and blossomed all from a place of love. The biggest lesson I have learned through all of this is that when you lead with genuine love and enthusiasm for what you do, success tends to flow and gravitate towards you more more fluidly. I watched that happen in the formulation of Macy Grace Events and I continue to see it happen through every event we put on. The road has come with its fair share of obstacles of course, but with passion comes perseverance and we are grounded by that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was coming to visit, there are a few local and non-local spots I would like to take them. Local in Kingwood –
Chachi’s for the best patio while having my favorite chicken/rice soup with a sangria swirl margarita. It is always a place to see local friends in a fun casual setting so I could introduce my friend around.
Sharky’s by the water – Also a fabulous patio with the best fish tacos around while having a skinny margarita with extra limes.
Chimmichurris – Beautiful bar area with very attentive bartenders with a nice selection of wine.
Always a go to in the warm months is to go to Galveston for a fun beach day – packing lots of yummy snacks and drinks, an umbrella and speaker to listen to the jams of the 80’s.
Downtown Houston to listen to some live music at Sambucca, Delicious food and drinks within a beautiful atmosphere and vibe.
The Houston Galleria is always a fun place to go shopping, have lunch and spend lots of money on things we don’t need but certainly want, great girls day!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to my team member Pamela. Our paths crossed over fifteen years ago while we were both in the throws of trying to balance our kids hyper-active dance, school and baseball schedules. Like myself, Pamela would always jump at the opportunity to plan or get crafty through our kids activities ,so time and time again we always found ourself working in tandem. I didn’t know at the time, but finding finding another mom who also would cringe at the sight of a plastic table cloths and faux flower center pieces would be the subtle sings of a business relationship a decade later. I am grateful for her presence in my life and the balance her personality brings to our business.
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