First, lets start with Make It Happen. Lara Casey, the intelligent and kindhearted soul behind two of my favorite brands, spilled her heart and wrote a book that spoke to me unlike any bother book ever had. She shared her successes and, more importantly, her failures with readers about the story of her life and how she got where she is today. What really resonated with me is that Lara, the successful creative, that I dearly look up to, shares the EXACT same fears and struggles as I, the newbie to the industry, have! I don't have enough words to say about how encouraging and uplifting each and every page was - Lara might as well have been sitting on the couch next to me!
Someone I recommended the book to recently asked me what my favorite part was and I told her, "Don't you mean PARTS??" So after reading back over some of my highlighted chapters, I was able to narrow it down to two (it was really hard!) favorite takeaways.
1. The chapter titled "The Waiting Place" was such a powerful read because every single word was exactly what I needed to read at that exact moment. She says, "...maybe this season of waiting is really a season of preparation, getting you ready for something better. Something you never expected." Wow. I was speechless because I finally was able to tell myself to stop trying to guess God's plan and that I wasn't really living in comparison - but that it was okay to just wait.
2. Early on in Make It Happen, Lara talks about fears - we all have them. I think a lot of us probably have very similar fears with our marriages, family or work lives. One of my biggest fears with my career was always a mystery so I never tried to explain it to anyone because, frankly, I couldn't even explain it to myself. That is when I read that one of Lara's fears was also succeeding and I said to myself "THAT'S ME!" Yes, you read that right. Sometimes I am fearful of my own success. Fearful that I will not be able to handle more responsibilities that successes can bring. With that being said, I will learn to tackle that fear when I find true success in my career!
I read Make It Happen while also learning how to utilize my Powersheets which I think really helped in learning how to manage my goals and to live with progress not perfection! I will save my thoughts on Powersheets for another post so you can get online and grab yourself a copy of Make It Happen and get to reading!