Category: Make It Happen: The Book

Make It Happen: A 3 Month Update || Goal Setting And Planning

Make It Happen: 3 Month Update ||Goal Setting and PlanningGood Monday morning! Go ahead, and grab your favorite coffee drink (or iced coffee), and let’s get caught up. If you are just tuning in, then you may want to start with this blog post first: Live Intentional in 2015. This is the introduction to the Make It Happen process that I have been working through this entire year.

Now that you are all caught up, welcome back! It’s already August, and it seems to be flying by already. So a few nights ago I sat down, and re-evaluated my goals that I made at the very beginning of the year. As you can see they really haven’t changed, and I added one more to the list. These goals have meaning to them. They aren’t just mindless goals that I jotted down on a whim, I had some time to think through the, ‘why’ behind each goal.

Make It Happen: 3 Month Update ||Goal Setting and Planning

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Make It Happen: The Update || The Good, Bad, & What The Future Holds

Hello my beautiful friends! It’s been a while since I have wrote to you about my Make It Happen journey. Before we go any further though, I’ll link below the planning journey so you can see from start to finish.

 Part 1: Live Intentional || 2015 Goal Setting

Part 2: What Fires You Up?

Part 3: Say Yes, Or Say No?

Part 4: Radical Changes & Goal #1

Part 5: 2015 Goals & Having A Purposeful Year

For those of you who are just tuning in, and may not know what the title, “Make It Happen” means, it simply means I am making my dreams a reality. Making dreams happen that have a purpose, that bring light into other’s lives, joy, etc. Dreams are wonderful to have, but what good are they if they are all focused on self?

Life has gotten busier, so some of my goals at the moment have fell to the wayside, but I still wanted to give you an update on this journey.

I have (finally!) purchased the new Powersheets from Lara’s shop, which are not only helpful, but beautifully designed. It’s been giving me a new perspective on my goals, and how I plan to achieve them.Make It Happen Update

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2015 Goals And Having A Purposeful Year || Make It Happen: The Book


This is it! The final blog post in this series! I’m excited to share just a few of my goals with you for this year. These goals have been well thought out, and are subject to even change as the year goes along. I’m deciding to have faith, and take big leaps, but let God do the leading.

I use to just name mindless goals, and never really thought it through. And you know what would happen?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

So, as you know, this year I grabbed a copy of Lara Casey’s, “Making Things Happen: The Book”, and worked along side of it. I was sick, and tired of being sick, and tired. Tired of letting life happen around me, and never reaching what I really needed, or wanted to.

I had been following The Making Things Happen blog posts for a little while, but only in bits, and pieces. So when this book came out, I was ready for a change. Ready to dive into the deep stuff (Uh oh, “the deep stuff”. Sounds like trouble right?).

As I stated in a previous blog post, nothing about this challenge was easy. I had to let go, and let God. And here’s what became of that.

Before I go on to the final goals, if you need a re-cap, or want to follow along with this series I will list the previous blog posts below.

Blog Post 1: Live Intentional 2015 || Goal Setting & Planning

Blog Post 2: What Fires You Up? || Goal Setting & Planning

Blog Post 3: Say Yes or Say No || Goal Setting & Planning

Blog Post 4: Radical Changes And Goal Number One || Make It Happen: The Book

Now, we are finally ready! *Throws confetti!!*

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Radical Changes And Goal Number One || Make It Happen: The Book

Header_ThisIstheYear1This journey has been so hard for me. I am one of those people who likes to ditch the instruction manual, and figure it out myself. However, this gets me into trouble in other situations. So working through this book, step by step, digging into how I feel at this moment, asking myself the scary questions, and taking the time to pray about decisions has been huge for me. It’s a giant leap in the right direction. I finally feel ready to tell you my first goal for this year.

But first let’s dive into the word for this year. I’ve had this word on my mind for quite some time, and everything I do this year will be centered around:


This isn’t kind of rest isn’t inactivity, it’s all faith based. I want to rest in the promises of God, trust in Him completely. When you are at rest you are at peace, you’re not worrying about tomorrow or the future. You are wholly, and completely trusting in God.

Here are some scripture references to rest:

 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

— Exodus 33:14

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

— Matthew 11: 28-30

Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

— Exodus 34:21

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

— Psalms 46:10

For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.

— Jeremiah 31:25

 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, theLord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.

 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

— Isaiah 40: 28-31

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

— Psalms 4:8

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

— Psalms 91:1

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels

— II Thessalonians 1:7

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Say Yes or Say No || Goal Setting and Planning


Welcome back to the Making Things Happen: The Book series! I have been really enjoying this process of setting meaningful goals, and diving into what really makes life worth living. All of these posts are, of course, inspired by Lara Casey, but I love sharing this process with all of you. It keeps me accountable.

In the last post I covered what went right in 2014, and what fires you up. Today, let’s say Yes to things that matter, and make our goals happen. And let’s say No to all the toxic things in our lives.

Say YES!:

* More laughter

— Instead of worrying so much, I want to laugh more.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”– Proverbs 17:22

*More quiet time with God, & getting into the Word.

— This is what I crave. My day goes better, I feel like a kinder person, and I make smarter decisions throughout my day. I love starting my mornings with God, and I need to make this top priority,

*Exercising consistently to stay healthy (plus it makes happy. ^_^)

— I love to exercise, even though it can be hard, and challenging. Seeing the progress, and feeling the change in my body keeps me coming back for more. I just want to do it consistently, and not obsessively. I feel like there is a fine line in exercising. 3 times a week is good for me.

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What Fires You Up? || Goal Planning and Setting

In the last blog post of this series I introduced you to the book, ‘Making Things Happen’, and to the author Lara Casey. I also dove into just a few of my struggles, and challenges of 2014. Now it’s to name what did go right last year in the midst of all that chaos, and what fires me, and you up.


Let’s take that leap, yet again, and focus on what did go right.

What Went Right in 2014:

— I made a new community of friends within my workplace. Working with people who share the same struggles as you do, make for great friends. We spent nights around a bonfire, played sports together (well, I didn’t join in on that part), and did other things together. It’s very rare to work somewhere where, and even though you do have differences of opinions, you still love each other like family. For me, that makes my heart leap. I love having community, and creating new community with people. It’s one of things that fires me up, as well.

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Live Intentional in 2015 || Goal Setting And Planning


Here we are! We are in a brand new year, and I bet some of you are already wavering on your goals. If not, then good for you! If you are already wavering, that must mean you don’t know the why behind your own goals. When setting goals for a whole year, it’s best to know the why.

What’s your purpose? When you bring purpose, and meaning into your goals it can mean the difference between sticking with them, or flaking out on the first day.

I have already shared with you a few business goals for myself this year, which you can read about them here. Now you are going to learn about my personal goals, which can be kind of scary, but I want to take leaps of faith into the unknown this year. I want this to be the first year, I’m not worried to death about what people will say, or think of me.

I am turning these posts into a series called ‘Make It Happen: The Book’. This book was written by Lara Casey, and for those who don’t know her, Lara Casey is the Publisher, and Editor-In-Chief of Southern Weddings, and she founded the ‘Make It Happen Movement’.

Making ‘it’ happen, is whatever ‘it’ means to you. You have to define what gives you purpose in your life. What fills your life with contentment, and joy. For me, it is to live with Kingdom purposes in mind. I have tried living for myself, and having selfish goals, but they always leave me empty. This will always happen if you live just to please yourself, and not help others.

Working along with this book is not easy. I’m diving into the deepest parts of my fears, and facing them head on. I’m discovering what really makes me tick, what makes me go to extremes, and how to make it all work without losing myself, or my faith in the process.

I would not describe this book as a self-help book at all. It’s defining goals that can help impact the lives of others, as well as your own. It’s my belief that when you bless someone else, you get blessed as a result of that. For me, that blessing comes in, sometimes, tears, or just that unforgettable feeling of helping someone. So, let’s go ahead, and dive into some deep parts. This is where it gets scary for me.


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