I had the privilege of attending Lara Casey’s very first Making Things Happen workshop in Watercolor, Florida. Lara’s story is amazing. Through her journey, she has started her own highly successful event planning business Bliss Event Group, started Southern Weddings Magazine (which has propelled this industry forward in the right direction) and in the last year started Lara Casey Reps, representing wedding photographers and planners to help their businesses grow. All while facing challenges without fear, successes with humility and glorifying God in the process.
Although I had spent the last month really reflecting on my business, I was challenged to really take next year to the next level. For me that meant a few things: focusing Southern Fete where it needed to go (more on this to come), changing up my branding slightly to fit that focus, tapping into my creativity like never before and frankly just making all of this actually happen instead of just talking about it.
I made 5 goals for next year. One of which I am terrified of. Three I am fired up to begin tackling. One that I am not sure that I am capable to do. But five, that by this time next year, I can say have been completed!
One thing Lara told us to do when we got home was to get together 10 images (oops! mine is 9!) representing what we wanted our business to be like in 2010. I had a time trying to incorporate 2 (possibly 3) business visions in one board so this in many ways represents everything I want to accomplish in 2010.
What could these pretty pictures possibly have to do with goals? Here are a few:
– Couple in the boat with the groom throwing his hands up: putting this year in God’s hands no matter what.
– The ferris wheel: feeling fear and doing it anyway.
– My office: this office represents my style and personality. In 2010, I want to make sure to protect that.
– Bedroom: keep life balanced. Work hard, but make time to rest.
So, as Lara would say, how about we “get excited and make [this year] happen?”