Making Things Happen: ATL 2012

{via MTH tumblr}

As a freshman in high school, my bible teacher made us memorize the simple verse, “Above all else, Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23).  He had a banner made, and it hung in his classroom all year long.  That verse has come to mind a lot since then.  It was something I thought about when I was dating, when I listened to music, when I chose friendships, etc.  We have a choice of who and what we let into our life and hearts.  I kept thinking of this verse throughout Wednesday too.  Which was the day I attended Making Things Happen in Atlanta.

Where I was able to meet Lara Casey, Emily Ley and Gina Zeidler.  As I mentioned before, I’ve been following Lara and the MTH movement since 2009.  I basically wanted to play Bette Midler’s – wind beneath my wings, with a boom box, John Cusack Say Anything style upon meeting.  For me, meeting all three of those women whose words have meant so much to me over the past three years, must be like what people that watch Oprah feel like upon meeting.  And i’m here to tell you that, these women are the real deal.  I left in total awe of their hearts.  And every kind of thankful that they could share openly with people they had just met.  What life changing and life giving words they all gave!

I’ll say MTH wasn’t what I thought it would be.  It was a lot more.  I was prepared to talk about business. Instead, I used a lot of tissues. When you are forced to actually name your fears, and face all of the clutter that’s been hanging out in your head …  you get vulnerable, honest and you get to the core of why you do what you do, and you’re forced to see who you’re doing it for.  You come face to face with what matters and whether you’re putting them before all the junk that simply does not.  

Back to that verse I first spoke of, and have been mulling over since Wednesday.  Over the years the things I’ve let into my heart hasn’t always been exemplary. { Oh goodness it’s still not even close }!  But the largest chambers of my heart consist of my faith, my husband, Tuck growing inside me, my family, a few close friendships, a desire to help others and live a life of purpose.  Putting those things first gives me LIFE, JOY, PEACE, CONTENTMENT.  And I realize the only way to get there is guarding against distractions, controlling the volume of the negativity, lies we believe and keep telling ourselves.  For me this looks like: limiting social media (being aware of what you’re letting in), leaving my phone behind when I can, having an alarm clock instead of bringing my phone to bed with me, resting in ways that feed my soul and not exhaust it, doing the hard work, making decisions instead of just thinking about them, dealing with reality instead of being distracted by twitter/FB/instagram all day, being obsessed with busy-ness … . clearing out all of the clutter whether it lives in my mind or near my desk. I want to put what ultimately matters before all of those things I want right now (namely: approval).  A huge prayer of mine is to have vision.  To not be short sided in my thinking.  
I want to pursue a life of LOVE, purpose, joy, peace, and be fulfilled not drained by what I do.  I want to guard my heart, focus on what matters, follow my dreams, and live a life of adventure with my two boys.  
And infuse all of the things that fire me up.  as much as possible.  Life is too short not to.  

find the templates here and write your own list of what fires you up!  and leave a link below so I can see (:

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  • Reply Young at Heart

    inspiring….on a dull London day!!

    October 19, 2012 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Steph Sterjovski

    Great recap & advice. I definitely learned something from your learnings! Thank you for sharing S! Your purpose in this life is so profound I promise <3

    October 19, 2012 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Megan

    LOVE LOVE LOVED this…and agree with every single word. So inspired.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Lottie Simm

    this has inspired me so much whcich is amazing considering how i was feeling today 🙂

    October 19, 2012 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Jenni@Story of My Life

    Sarah, you are beautiful and SUCH an example to other young women. I'm inspired by you. So glad you had a great time at the the conference! Thanks for sharing some of what you left with here.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Kelsey Elizabeth

    Thank you for this post Sarah, you truly are inspiring! I have had to memorize both of those verses in the past too and I really like your interpretation of them. I'm still learning everyday that negativity is a choice and that we control how much of other's negative energy we let in. I'm learning to ask God to change my attitude and feelings so that they don't define me.

    Beautiful words, hope you (and baby Tuck) have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    October 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Amber_Housley

    I'm so happy you found such joy and soul-searching at MTH this week! I too was in your shoes over a year and a half ago. The great news is that to this day, I'm still using the techniques and realizations from that experience to build a better, more balanced and authentic life. There will be more ups and downs, but I feel more aware and prepared to focus on what is right. I'm excited for you and the journey ahead for you! Warmly, Amber Housley

    October 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Lyndsay

    This is such an inspiring post. I love all of the quotes you shared.

    October 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    i need to attend making things happen. sarah, you just made me tear up! honestly, you are such an inspiration to me and i truly look up to you as an older sister. I couldn't be happier for you and JB and for your whole future ahead of you 🙂 xxx

    p.s letter will be making its way from australia all the way to the U.S, on monday 🙂 get readdddyyy xxxx
    love you!!

    October 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply AM

    Such an inspirational post. Thank you for sharing!

    October 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    MTH must have been so awesome! I love following those girls – even just on instagram they are so inspiring. As are you. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! xo

    October 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    this is amazing! thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

    October 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Shalyn

    I wish more than anything that I could have been with you during this experience, BUT I am glad we both for to experience it this week. Wasn't it great!? Ahhh. I told Emily to give you a big hug for me, so hopefully she did. I love your re-cap Sarah. You're a doll and I absolutely love you to pieces! 🙂 XOXOXO!

    October 19, 2012 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Amanda Catherine Porter

    such a wonderful and honest post! do the things that fire you up!!

    October 20, 2012 at 3:19 am
  • Reply Maggy

    Saraaahhhh. this was SO good. I just spent a ton of time on the MTH site and will definitely be doing this today, thanks for sharing – you are an inspiration yourself 🙂

    October 20, 2012 at 5:40 am
  • Reply ilene @ muchloveilly

    i love the msg of this post and that template! thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    October 22, 2012 at 3:56 am
  • Reply

    Very inspirational post! I love this! I have been spreading #positiveoctober around Pinterest, Twitter and my blog this month and this fits in perfectly! 🙂

    October 22, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Mrs. Yellow Ribbon

    I love this line: "resting in ways that feed my soul and not exhaust it". Fab.

    And I will totally be back to link up my list later!

    October 22, 2012 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply jacin {lovely little details}

    you are such an amazing person!!!

    October 23, 2012 at 7:44 pm
  • Reply Chandra Verbic

    It was great meeting you in ATL. I wish you all the continued success and happiness on the upcoming arrival of your little guy.

    October 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Julia D.

    One word: AMEN.

    November 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm
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