Arisha McEachirn

by Terry Watson | July 21st, 2016
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Arisha McEachirn (Photos by Perfect Lenz Photography)

There are many words that could be used to describe Arisha McEachirn but go –getter would probably be the most accurate. She is constantly seeking opportunities to learn and grow as an individual as well as within her business. She has a very easy going spirit and loves working with children. She dedicates time to serving in the Youth Ministry as well as with the Girl Scouts at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc. She is also very creative and has an impressive eye for detail, which plays an important role in her business Simply Divine Decor.

Simply Divine Decor is an event planning company that specializes in elegant event décor. They pride themselves on being able to design events around any theme. “Our goal is to bring to life your unique vision for your special day. Our mission is to provide a one of a kind event for you and to create lasting memories,” says McEachirn.

She was always organizing small parties for friends, family members and her own children. She was honored with the responsibility of planning and decorating a 50th birthday party for her mother-in-law and 100-plus guests. It was during the planning and execution of that event that she realized she had more abilities than she had given herself credit for in the past. “I am reminded of a scripture in the bible, Proverbs 18:16 which states that ‘A man’s gift makes room for him, and leads him before important people’. A fire was ignited in me and catapulted me to turn a hobby into a business for serving others through event planning and making their special day become a reality,” she says.

Simply Divine Decor offers Partial Planning, Full Service Planning, Day-Of-Coordination and Decor Design Services. They are capable of assisting clients with getting their ideas organized up to full execution and design of an event. These services can be customized to cater to any ones specific needs as well. McEachirn also offers planning and designing for large and small events including but not limited to weddings, birthday parties, church functions, graduation parties, school dances and proms, teacher appreciation luncheons and dinners, family reunions, anniversary parties and outdoor events.

Being a business owner comes with its own set of celebrations and challenges. McEachirn says she loves the freedom of creativity that she is afforded with her business and being able to receive information from a client and use it to totally transform a space and produce an experience to remember for a lifetime. One of the challenges that she faces is helping others to understand the true value in the services that an event planner provides. “We are very impactful in making your event a success. Many people think they can do it themselves, but there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to bring an event together,” she says. “Some people forget about particular details that can make or break an event. As an event planner, it is my job to take the worry and stress of planning and designing off your hands so you can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the event.”

We all have obstacles and hurdles that we must overcome in life. For McEachirn, one of the biggest obstacles she had to face was being diagnosed in 2009 with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an auto-immune disease that affects a person’s mobility. “This was a major blow for me as I have always been an active person and constantly on the go. However, I didn’t allow this diagnosis to hinder me but instead I used it as a catalyst to propel me into working even harder to achieve my dream,” says McEachirn. This diagnosis helped her to realize that life is short and she must live it to fullest.
McEachirn believes that God has blessed everyone with certain talents and gifts. Her desire is to create and make beautiful things. Her three children are her biggest inspirations in life. “I want to be a living example to them and show them that no matter what obstacles may come their way, you must always continue to strive to fulfill their dreams,” she says. Starting her business was a God-given vision and she hopes to show her children that she has what it takes to bring her dream into fruition.

Her advice to others would be to never give up on themselves or their dreams. “Through this whole process I have found that I had friends and family members that believed in me more than I believed in myself,” she says. Anything worth having, McEachirn says is worth working for so be ready to put in some hard work. “I can’t count the hours I have spent working to prepare for an event, even after working a full-time job, being a parent to my children, maintaining my household, and performing my duties related to church and other outside activities. The fact of the matter is if there is something that you really want you will do what you have to do to make it a success,” she says.

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