Naturally Yours Events: Hello Carlene Smith!

Hello Readers! I am the Founder, Owner, and Lead Event Planner for Naturally Yours Events. This company is both my passion and now my only hobby. I use to do other things, like crafty things, but now I eat, sleep, and breathe my business. But I wouldn’t have it any other way, because I love what I do– down to every email and place card.

Meet, me, Carlene Smith!


How would you describe yourself? I am a very ambitious twenty something living in Chicago, Illinois. I am passionate, thoughtful, and a well-rounded person who can juggle being intensely detailed and spontaneously creative. Between you and me, I am also a little obsessive and a bit of a clean freak (sweeping relaxes me). I love when things are a good mixture of quirky and perfection. Or, as I call it, perfectly quirky.

What is your definition of “happiness”? When you are mindful of yourself and can love who you are, that is happiness. I find happiness when feeling the cool air brushing my face when I take my morning bicycle ride, cuddling on the couch with my man and a good stout, and waking up to my adorable cats (bug and newt) each morning. I also get pretty giddy when my parents “like” every single photo on the Naturally Yours Events’ facebook page. [Seriously, they do this…]

If you could be any animal, what would you want to be? Definitely a platypus. It kinda just covers all the bases as an egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal. They just do it all and are totally quirky about it AND efficient. Who wouldn’t want to be that unique and versatile?platypus

What are you really bad at that you’d love to be great at? Grocery shopping. I guess it’s not that I am bad at it, it just takes me FOR-EV-ER. I am very detailed and look for all the *best* deals. Also, I never know if I am in the mood for dill pickles or sweet ones. Oh the decisions!

What’s the farthest from home you’ve ever been? I’ve been to Japan twice for a study abroad trip and took a two week trip to Europe. My traveling style is to see as much as possible, take lots of photos, and enjoy a few many unique beers along the way.

What do you like to do in your spare time? When I am not planning fabulous events, I’m baking crazy intense recipes, starting a million HBO/Showtime/Netflix dramas to watch and slowly finishing them, riding my bike around town, *trying* to grow veggies in my apartment, exploring new eats & local brews with my amazing boyfriend, and watching my cats do really cute and really weird things.



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