Friday, January 16, 2015

Make It Happen Review

So I've been reading Make It Happen by Lara Casey. Since I've started it, I've read a few other books, because it's not a book to run through quickly in one sitting. It requires you to work through your mess a bit. Not just with your career, but with your faith, relationships, and balance. [This blog seems to be turning into a review blog but I just really love to read!] 

I've actually known who Lara Casey was for quite a while as a follower of her Southern Weddings blog. I looooovvveeee that one. I lived in Georgia for some of my youth and still love most things Southern. When the chance came to review this book, that I already had on my wishlist, I grabbed it.

Every time I think of the title, I think of the 90's Mariah Carey song of the same title. The lyrics that pop in my head go:

Never knowing if I could take it
If I would make it through the night
I held on to my faith, I struggled and I prayed
And now I've found my way

If you believe in yourself enough
And know what you want
You're gonna make it happen
Make it happen

And if you get down on your knees at night
And pray to the Lord
He's gonna make it happen
Make it happen
You're gonna make it happen, ho yeah

It's sort of fitting. This song is pre-extra crazy, extra diva Mariah.  But this a lot of what this book is about. Part autobiographical (with dark moments, not just the happy ones) and part advice intermingled with lots of faith. She never claims to be perfect or have it all figured out, quite the opposite, but she does share the lessons she learned from the hard, the ways she found to make life work for her, tips on work/life balance (Lord knows we all need that!), struggles, and good times as well. 

It's divided in to parts. 

1. Surrender Your Fear
2. Take the Leap
3. Live on Purpose
4. Your Guide to Make It Happen

There are questions and guiding thoughts to think about every few pages, action plans at the end of each chapter with a link to download pertinent printables for using on your journey to make a goal happen. Maybe not even a goal, just to simply breathe and make LIFE happen. The book isn't about just doing things we want to do, it is about doing things God seems to be calling us to do, praying about it, and setting up a plan. If you have ever heard of her powersheets, then you'll have a good idea of the plan she mentions. 

It works out like reading an autobiography with a life journal interspersed throughout. I really enjoyed the book and love Lara's writing. 

So if there is something that's been pulling out you to move forward, if there is something you feel like is a gift God has given you MAKE IT HAPPEN! Try this book and her powersheets and start working on your goal (I sound like a Lara Casey fangirl...I'm okay with it).

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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