making things happen

I started reading Lara Casey’s blog when I was in grad school at Ole Miss in the fall of 2009.  I was planning my wedding at the time too, and I rushed out to get one of their first Southern Wedding issues.  I drove all the way to Tupelo’s B&N for it!  It’s my favorite wedding magazine to this day.
Then Lara Casey started the Making Things Happen tour with this post.  It fired me up! 
I remember reading that, desperately wanting to attend, but feeling like my life was about to take a path where I had no idea what was in store for me. 
After that fall, I married in January, and a month later moved to Switzerland as a newlywed. 
For the next almost two years, I lived in switzerland and a bit in panama, coming back for short stints.  I went from being busy, busy (all I’d ever really known).  to being still.
At first, this was scary for me. Putting my life on hold terrified me!  But I soon learned that was barely what I was doing.  I started stopping to smell the peonies, the roses in bloom everywhere, the lavender sprouting on every corner.  I cooked for my husband and friends.  Travel opened my eyes and I felt at peace being still.  People would ask me if I was bored over there, and I could honestly say not even the slightest.  I realized that life wouldn’t always be this carefree, and that I needed to take advantage of it.  I got to see things and feel what I hadn’t let myself in the past because I was always too busy for all of that.  Still, I kept up from afar being inspired by Lara, Emily & Gina. Always knowing I wanted to attend one of these workshops.  Even if I wasn’t sure what it was I should be doing!  We came home last fall and I quickly started looking for jobs in my field.  Feeling far less than inspired.  I felt such a bent toward events and styling.  So after lots of praying, thinking, questioning, and lots of encouragement from fam and close friends… and reading a lot of MTH tumblr, I went for it.  I wrote this post and things started coming together.   And less than a year later, here I am.  Happy I took this leap of faith,  thankful for such an encouraging husband, and smiling about the future.  
But I never went to MTH!  This previous tour was the first time I was in the country for it.  I had planned to go, but due to the loss I had in March, I was literally running on empty.  Now with a baby in my belly, I feel even more of a push to attend MTH.  Get those priorities in line!  I want to work smart and give the best to my family, baby, and clients.
Even if you’re not sure what’s next, what’s your calling – everything I’ve ever heard tells me it is
 worth it. 
So here I am spreading the word to all of y’all.  You can apply for a scholarship right here.
do it (:

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  • Reply Lara

    I love you so much. SO very much! I'm so proud of you mama!!!

    October 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply I'm Sydney.

    Oh my goodness, this was so encouraging and comforting. Sarah, thank you!

    October 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply ashley nicole catherine

    haven't heard of this workshop, but going to check it out. honestly, the thought of being still, living simply and slow for a while sounds AMAZING. i hope i get a chance to experience that.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Marshall

    You just put words to my feelings about life out here. (: so thankful.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    awesome, awesome post! you are very inspiring 🙂

    October 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Shalyn

    I love this muffin! SO SO MUCH! GUESS WHAT!? I'm going to MTH in Chicago in two weeks and I'm already anxious to talk about it! Those girls are so inspiring and I know they will be the perfect kick in the rear that I need to well, MAKE IT HAPPEN! 🙂 Haha! I'm so proud of you and girlfriend, you're so inspiring! Did you find a workshop to attend? I wish you were coming to the one in Chicago so I could hug your neck. Proud of you and so thankful I 'know' you. <3

    October 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Lyndsay

    You are so inspiring, really. And you always seem to post these encouraging posts just when I need to hear things like this. 🙂

    October 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Whitney

    i love this. it was just what i needed to hear.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Pris

    Great post! Very inspiring!

    October 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm
  • Reply The Egg

    this is just what i needed to hear!
    i'm moving to argentina for 3 months after quitting my job of 4 years and leaving my handsome boyfriend behind.
    it's time for ME TIME and i'll remember to stop and smell the roses 🙂

    thanks girl! the egg out west.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply katieokeefeblog

    I love the ladies at MTH! And this is so inspiring…thanks for sharing!

    October 3, 2012 at 2:24 am
  • Reply Louise♥Coffee Table Journal

    Funny you wrote this Sarah, as I'm now in a similar boat to the one you found yourself in while in Switzerland. Giving up your work to move abroad and be with someone is a big sacrifice to make… but what it does is allows you to explore other interests and gives you time to 'find your thing'. I worry sometimes about not working for the moment, as its always been in my nature to work, but I realize this is all just another huge opportunity and that I can do whatever I dream of now. I will probably do a post of this nature in the near future. Thanks for posting. xx

    October 3, 2012 at 6:50 am
  • Reply Lauren Socha

    I needed this today! I have to email a long lost professor to ask for a letter of recommendation for grad school and I'm nervous since it's been two years. I've been saying "tomorrow"every day. 🙁

    October 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Sheila@TheFailteHouse

    Ahh she is great and I would love to attend one of her workshops one day! I started dong her Making things happen about months ago – and enjoyed the results! I hope you are having a wonderful day!

    October 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Jess

    Reading this just made me feel good. Thanks for sharing! Truly inspiring!

    October 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Maggy

    Awesome thoughts Sarah, thank you for sharing…I could not agree more. Makes you excited for the next 5 years, doesn't it? (or 10 or 20…)

    October 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Magdalena's Madrid

    I love your posts on this topic. In some ways we are living parallel lives (altho you are much further ahead on the event planning dream) but I just got back form living in Spain for two years and am working in my old field, wanting to get started with planning more creative events. Not sure how, but every time you post something like this it puts that fire in my to figure it out a bit more. Thanks for sharing!

    October 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Rissy

    I have been LOVING all your fall pics on Instagram. I am so glad I can find you there since it's harder for me to read blogs. But hey… I always like to stop by when I carve out blog reading time : )

    Have so much fun working on this lovely fall day. I hope the wedding is perfect.


    October 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Julia D.

    This is one of those posts where I have so much to say that I actually can't even coherently organize my thoughts well enough to make a substantive comment, beyond thanking you for sharing such inspirational wisdom. Have you ever thought of Switzerland as being a prolonged soul-searching trip? I'm just asking because that's what it sounds like to me. From the way you describe your life before that point, the constant busyness and "moving on to the next step" so to speak, particularly with education, would take away from spending time in real thought about WHY you are doing WHAT you are doing. If that makes any sense…

    November 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm
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