Let me start by saying that I stumbled upon Lara Casey’s newest book, “Cultivate” earlier this year. As you’ll see from my review of it at https://realmommoments.com/my-take-on-lara-caseys-cultivate-definitely-worth-reading/ I quickly became a fan of hers! And while I enjoyed “Cultivate,” I absolutely LOVED “Make It Happen.” I purposely read these two out of order; each appealed to me at the specific time I most needed its particular subject.
Reading Casey’s books are like talking with a good friend who’s kind, supportive, encouraging and full of faith — but whose get-over-it attitude is dished out in just the right amount.
The purposes of this book are conveniently summed up in its title: “Make It Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose.”
Throughout the book, Casey validates that we’re imperfect — and that’s OK. But what’s not OK, according to her, is to be complacent about what we lack so that we don’t even try to enrich or improve our lives.
Having only recently begun casting off years of living in ‘mommy survival mode,’ I read this book during a specific month when I was taking on some big (to me) endeavors. And while I’ll forever be grateful for the blessing of my children, a growing feeling within me that there is more to me and for me than the little ones I’m raising has been building and threatening to boil over. I honestly feel this book was heaven-sent for me at this time to further validate my desires to pursue interests and adventures outside of motherhood.
Casey’s words confirmed that despite my fears and inhibitions of working toward personal aspirations outside of my family, it’s essential that I move forward while still being purposeful in the now. She states, “It’s okay to be restless, knowing there is more you are meant to do, but don’t allow it to stop you from living right now. Let that feeling spur you to action and curious exploration.” (27)
“It’s okay to be restless, knowing there is more you are meant to do, but don’t allow it to stop you from living right now. Let that feeling spur you to action and curious exploration.”Make It Happen by Lara Casey
Her book has many self-reflective questions and spaces to record your thoughts, and while I didn’t always use those spaces, I certainly highlighted and recorded my thoughts or favorite parts. And let me tell ya, I totally marked up this book!
A few more of my favorite quotes are:
“God wants us to live on purpose … no matter where we are.” (136)
“Living by accident is no fun. Living on purpose is a choice. Choosing purpose doesn’t mean our days will be perfect; it means they will be meaningful, no matter what comes our way.” (192)
“How you spend your time is how you spend your life.” (108)
“Wherever your attention is focused is where your heart will follow.” (158)
“The goal is progress, not perfection.” (174)
“The things that fire you up in life can be a mirror to the way God wired your heart.” (178)
“If God is calling you to something greater, He will equip you in His way and timing.” (169)
“Remember the good that could happen if your fear didn’t own you. You might finally do the things you were created to do… The things God purposed for you long ago.” (18)
“Living on purpose is a heart change, not a lifestyle change.” (137)
Seriously, this is definitely one of my most favorite Christian-based, motivating self-help books ever! And while not every chapter called to me, so much of her writing addressed and answered doubts, concerns, and questions I’ve had. Not to mention, inspired and moved me to action!
I regularly use some of her comments to motivate and uplift me. And so my friends, I challenge you in Lara Casey’s own words: “Don’t wait to live… The time has come — your time has come — to take a leap of faith and live a life of purpose.”
“Don’t wait to live… The time has come — your time has come — to take a leap of faith and live a life of purpose.”Make It Happen by Lara Casey
Yes! Life is too short to cower behind the fear of the unknown!
Of course there are countless books out there discussing these same topics with similar quotes. And frankly, I hope to read many of those too! Nevertheless, I highly recommend this one specifically for how God-centered it is, her endearing personality that’s felt in her writing, and the direct, helpful discussions on fear, failure, purposeful living and valuable action.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Lara Casey’s book! Did you find this more impactful than “Cultivate”? What action did her words inspire you to make?