Times have changed when you only get to choose one career path in life. In an era of social media, people have been able to forge careers with the click of a button. Meet 39-year old Australian Gee Tankir.
In 2005, she became a wedding planner by chance. Her best friend was away on business and had no time to oversee the minor details of her wedding. She knew her friend had a keen eye for detail, so she contacted her and asked her to plan her wedding, stating that they would finalise all minor details when she returned to Australia.
It was love at first sight for Gee, who was enjoying the buzz that came with organising someone’s big day. It was a very different wedding planning game back then, as social media had not been available.
Gee was not taken seriously by anyone. Everyone mocked her and told her she was wasting her time. That no one would pay her to plan their wedding and that they should stop fantasising. Gee didn’t listen and continued to do what she enjoyed. She never imagined that she would have so many clients and that people would be aware of her and what she did.
She now has a team and may need more with all of the bookings she has coming up. Her boss recently told her that she had to choose between her full-time job (accounting) and wedding planning. Gee quit her job after careful consideration in order to continue doing what she enjoys.
When Gee was working in security, one of her bosses suggested the name Gee what a wedding. The moment her boss suggested the name, Gee stopped, paused, and knew the name was very unique indeed. Gee decided to combine her love of public speaking with her love of weddings by becoming a marriage celebrant. Many people have recently hired her to MC their weddings and other events.
This story teaches us that no matter our age or circumstances, there is always a chance to pivot in life to change direction and build a new version of ourselves.