Happy New Year everyone!
We have been so blessed by an amazing 2016 and inspired- so we initially were planning on writing 17 goals for 2017 after reading Kat Schmoyer's blog here: 17 for 2017.
We have such an amazing 2016 - so full of blessings!
That is largely due to:
Our amazing PDE couples
Rockstar vendors that turned into friends
The Rising Tide Society & their "community over competition" mindset
2 Creative Women Entrepreneurs That (Unknowingly) Transformed Our 2016
We could really give shout outs to so many amazing business owners out there but...
Specifically, there are two ladies have really shaped my 2016:
She's an entrepreneur, wedding planner, florist and creative at heart. She believe big dreams take time and that hard work & fairy dust go hand in hand. Owner of Dear Sweetheart Events & Founder of the Creative @ Heart Conference.
Kat has been so instrumental in my life/business for so many reasons but just to name a few: Her #ontheroadtofulltime course was the push I needed in 2015 to begin this crazy, wonderful journey! Her blog continues to be a wellspring of both wedding knowledge, real life, faith, and fun. In a world where everything is not as it seems - I am grateful that Kat is so authentic, down-to-earth and real. However, she doesn't stop there - she always seems to be encouraging others no matter what season of life she's in - hence why she founded Creative @ Heart Conference (Business Bucket List Item - more on that another time)! She continues to shine God's love in all aspects of her business and really is someone I look up to in so many ways!!
She is a mom to three–one through the gift of adoption, a grateful wife, and a believer in the impossible. She's passionate about helping people get unstuck, unrushed, and living on purpose instead of by accident.
Take a minute to watch her "Meet Lara Casey" and tell me that you aren't inspired, relieved, transformed & get all warm and fuzzy....
We first heard of Lara thru her 2017 PowerSheet's and we knew we wanted to make that business investment. But, to my surprise, as I continued to dig into her blog, story, business - we were so inspired! God is really working through Lara for amazing things and although we never met- her story is impacting mine. She is teaching me about intentionality, grace, and spending time where it matters...
She encourages people to ask these 2 questions about every goal they are setting:
1. WHY DO I WANT TO SPEND TIME ON THIS GOAL?
2. WILL THIS GOAL GET ME CLOSER TO WHERE I WANT TO BE WHEN I'M 80?
In a world of constant striving, never good enough, do more... God is using Lara to share grace and margin and purpose in the lives of those she inspires. God has given Lara such a heart for adoption, love, family, nannies, RVs, Gardening ... so much.... and he's blessed it all for His kingdom.
But the biggest way Lara has impacted my life, specifically - not our business...
Adoption - Lara's family story is inspiring, real, and I am so thankful she shares!!
But... I already know how she's going to impact my 2017: Motherhood & Business - The tension between the two. She writes about struggling with this topic and since having a baby last August, I have had all these same emotions, feelings, wanting to quit too - until I read THIS!
I will be sharing more on these subjects in our 2017 goal setting post...
But, for now - I just wanted to take a moment and share my grateful heart to these two amazing ladies.
Kat & Lara- We love you ladies and we are cheering you on! We are praying for you both, your businesses, your families and keep doing amazing things for His kingdom- it doesn't go unnoticed and really does transform lives.
Alexandria & The PDE Team