We had the good fortune of connecting with Maryland Baluya – Evangelista and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maryland, what’s your definition for success?
Success for me is when you see that you’re making an impact on something or somebody’s life. To me success is not only having a title over your head, having a sustainable income or being able to buy fancy material things; success rather for me is achieving that level of happiness and contentment within yourself wherein nobody can easily put you down because you know that no matter what happens along the way, you have that confidence within yourself, you believe in yourself that things will still work. Success is knowing your life is filled with abundance. If your family, friends, career, health and love life is filled with abundance you can say that you are successful. Recognizing what you have is an important key and being grateful for what you have is very important. Success for me is also overcoming your fear. Fear of not being successful on things that you really have potential. Success for me is being able to take a risk and conquering all of the hurdles that come along with it. Lastly, success for me is not giving up. Even if it takes years for you to achieve your goal, persistence is the key. Whenever you feel like giving up, remind yourself why you even start the journey. Success can be defined in many ways. If you are experiencing love, happiness and contentment then you can say that you are successful.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m Maryland Evangelista. I’m an event planner & I own MBE Events, a wedding & events planning services. I plan weddings and events and at the same time I work as a Database Administrator in a cell site investment company. If you’re wondering how I manage it, (I just do!).. I think I’m not really that different from others who work as an employee and also do side business on the other hand because we all are doing this because we are not afraid to take risks and challenges to achieve what we want to achieve. I can say that I’m most proud of how far my event planning business has reached. It all started from my curiosity if I can do it and make things happen and now I can proudly say “Look Mama, I made it!”. From a little girl who just loves to do events since she was young to a woman who makes an impact by helping others achieve their dream event. I’m most excited about what’s in store for my event planning business. There’s still so much work to do and improvements to make. My vision is to grow a team wherein it’s filled with people who have a passion and love for events.

How did I get to where I am today professionally? I would say pure hard work and motivation. It’s not very easy to manage my schedule being a full time employee and being a wedding & events planner. I think I just really have that drive and passion because I love what I do in the corporate world and in the events industry. I make sure that I have work-life balance and not get too overwhelmed with everything. I love what I do so I make sure I make everything happen. Was it easy? No of course it wasn’t easy. I would always go back in time wherein I don’t have a solid idea on how I can grow my business as an event planner. There were a lot of challenges along the way before I made it to where I am today. So many challenges that almost made me think to stop doing events and just focus on my corporate job or something else that is easier. I overcame these challenges by simply thinking that if others can do it, why can’t I? I started plotting what I need to do to improve, to be better, to be more efficient and to be less overwhelmed and think straight and prioritize things and last but not the least is to have process on how to handle this business. What are the lessons I’ve learned? Is to trust myself more that I can do it. Don’t be afraid to ask someone better than you for professional advice because from there you will learn so much by having them share their experiences with you. Also to have a clear goal and vision on what I want to achieve. Last but not the least is to trust the process, be humble and keep your feet on the ground at all times. I would like the world to know or rather I wanted to share with the world that it’s okay to be afraid at first but never give up on your vision and dreams. I once did not imagine that I will be successful in the events industry, I started very small and I’m still a small business up until now but it’s never a hindrance or nothing to be ashamed of because I know I have made impact to the lives of my clients who comes to me for help in executing their dream event. Just take the risk and work your way up despite all the challenges. Be confident and have a lot of trust in yourself.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I used to live in San Diego, CA – practically everywhere near the beach with amazing sunsets! The best place to visit & hangout would be somewhere between Mission Beach, La Jolla, Coronado Beach, perfect sunsets! Eat & Drink for sure Downtown San Diego and Coronado have good spots too. Taking a yacht tour by the bay is always a good idea. Las Vegas where I currently reside, tons of food options! You have the whole Las Vegas strip to walk and go inside hotels and find great restaurants. Ride the high roller at Linq and see the magnificent view of the Las Vegas strip. I’m a very outgoing person so I love trending and low key places to explore. Exploring food places will always be my favorite and fun for me!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, I wanted to give a shout out to all those who believed in me. To the people who believed that I can make their visions come to life even though when I was starting my event planning career I didn’t know much but still they gave me a chance to prove that I can do it not only because they know me but because they know that I can and I will. I wanted to give a shout out to all of my wonderful successful mentors in the industry who gave me endless support and tips on how to be better in this field since they have been in the business for so long that they willingly shared to me everything they know to make me become a successful person. I would also like to thank all of the event vendors that I’ve met along the way, they play a huge part of being a successful event planner. Without good vendors, I don’t think I can make things happen. I am really thankful for meeting these awesome people and I’m pretty sure I will be meeting more great vendors along my journey. Shout out to my events team, we are not a huge team at all but I would like to give appreciation to all of my events people who are very passionate when we do our events, very efficient and I couldn’t hear a single complain even though we spend endless & tiring hours on an event. I love you all, you all know who you are. Shout out to all of my amazing clients Last but not the least, my family, my husband. I’d like to thank him for supporting my passion and not giving up on me whenever sometimes I feel lost, he guides me and lets me know the right thing to do when I can’t think about it myself. Thankful for him being very supportive and letting me enjoy my passion of making every client’s vision come to life and coming with me to every event that is very special to my heart and just literally being there when things get too crazy.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/mbeeventsandweddings

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mbeevents/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryland-evangelista-a010b3129

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mbeeventsandweddings

Other: Email: mbeventsplanning@gmail.com

Image Credits
Jaime Maramba III Photography

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