Book Review | Make It Happen by Lara Casey

Book Review, Make It Happen by Lara Casey, Sarah Chancey, Creative Entrepreneur
I just read the book Make It Happen on my trip to the Dominican Republic and it was a life changer for me!  I highly recommend it to any entrepreneur.  It is an incredible testimony and had some basic but perfect action points I’ve started in my life.  It was hard to read at times because, as Lara says, she gives her readers “a swift kick in the pants” many times throughout the book.  But, I needed to read those words, as it was so telling of how I’ve been operating over the past four years.
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When I started Chancey Charm, I had just left a job where I was on call 24/7.  I also tried to compensate for my lack of knowledge in event planning by being overly responsive and saying yes to all requests sent my way. As Laura calls out in the book, I feared not being enough.  Even though I am experienced and knowledgeable now, I realized I was still operating the same way.  It feels so good to finally face that fear and break the lies I have been living by in my life.  Since reading the book, I’ve established business hours and “social media free weekends”. These two simple actions are helping me get my work life balance back where it needs to be for myself, my family, and my business to continue to grow in a healthy spirit.  Strange enough, it’s made me even more productive, on top of giving me a renewed passion for life.
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I know that the stuff I learned from this book will help me lead my team into healthy, long careers that they love.  I felt like it was the perfect timing and just another confirmation of the direction I’m currently moving in within Chancey Charm as Creative Mentor.  For those of you who don’t know, moving forward, I will be stepping in behind the scenes of CC to support our planning and design team through mentorship and design consulting / sketches.  This transition has made me face a lot of insecurities I’ve had with leadership, and my team has played a huge role in giving me the confidence I need to move forward in it.  Lara’s book spoke to this as well, as you follow her journey through obtaining and leading a team. I appreciate how raw and open she is about her successes and failures.  I also adore how she points it all back to the Lord.  Having and maintaining confidence in Christ is so very important in this industry, and her book really hits strong on this point.
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Lara’s book also helped me come up with a personal mission statement or purpose statement, “To help planners have a creative career that they love with the freedom to focus on their families.” I’m trying to do everything thru that lens now, and it’s already been very life-giving!  As crazy as it sounds, I’ve even adjusted the way I do social media from this purpose statement.  I’m not longer “letting Instagram happen to me”, but taking back control of my time intentionally.
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If you’re an entrepreneur I truly hope that you’ll take the opportunity to read Lara Casey’s book.  I promise it’ll challenge you in all the best ways and be an incredible encouragement.  I love how clear her take-away statements and action lists are; a must read for the modern creative!
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Cheers!
Sarah Chancey
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Vendor Highlight | Claudia Mejerle Rogers | Makeup Artist + Hairstylist

Who knew playing in her mother’s makeup drawer as a young ballerina would lead to Claudia Mejerle Rogers’ calling? As a leading makeup artist and hairstylist in Atlanta, Georgia, Claudia views her work as more than just an outer transformation; she truly believes it is an art form that makes others feel beautiful and confident.

Known for creating a soft, natural look, while also playing with color and texture, Claudia has been featured in Snippet & Ink, Green Wedding Shoes, Style Me Pretty and 100 Layer Cake, as well as in the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Weddings Magazine and Modern Luxury, just to name a few.

She is a true talent and blessing to work with, and one who values communication and collaboration with every client she meets. To say we are excited about highlighting Claudia’s work, story and tips would be an understatement. Enjoy!

–The Chancey Charm Team

Hometown

Decatur, GA

What’s your area of expertise?

Makeup + Hairstyling

Rustic White Photography, Claudia Mejerle Rogers, Bridal Hair, Bridal Makeup, Atlanta Hair Stylist, Atlanta Wedding Hair Stylist, Atlanta Makeup Artist

What brought you to the wedding industry?

My lifelong love for cosmetics and anything beauty related directed my path to becoming a makeup artist and hairstylist. It was a hobby for most of my life, then I started my business in 2010 so that I could do what I love for a living. My roots are in the bridal industry as that was the first niche I really fell in love with. I so enjoy walking with a bride through her engagement to offer support and help calm any beauty-related concerns so that she can look and feel her most beautiful on the wedding day.

Favorite restaurant and meal in the city.

The hardest question for me to answer ever. My husband and I love experiencing different restaurants and eating delicious food (and drinking delicious cocktails). Local Three is a favorite. The best service, cocktails, food, desserts and they have the best brunch ever. You MUST do brunch there.

MKSadler Photography, Claudia Mejerle Rogers, Bridal Hair, Bridal Makeup, Atlanta Hair Stylist, Atlanta Wedding Hair Stylist, Atlanta Makeup Artist

A lesson you’ve learned the hard way.

I have a hard time saying no. For a long time I thought it was a strength to say yes to most everything. But then I learned that agreeing to everything is exhausting and that I had no energy left for the things I really want to do and the people that I want to be with. So now, I try to be much more intentional with my time so that I am at my best more often than not.

Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

I love a Sunday afternoon that consist of some combination of being outdoors, relaxing, being with people I love, sitting on a patio or somewhere with a nice view and eating something delicious.

Amber Fouts Photography, Claudia Mejerle Rogers, Bridal Hair, Bridal Makeup, Atlanta Hair Stylist, Atlanta Wedding Hair Stylist, Atlanta Makeup Artist

Best piece of advice to someone new to the wedding industry.

Invest in relationships with people who share your same approach to business and share a similar aesthetic. Having a support systems composed of like minded friends is the key to having fun in your work and doing great business.

Best piece of planning advice to a new bride.

Focus your energy on just a few most important elements of your wedding. For my husband and I, we just really wanted our guests to have a great time. So we focused on finding great food and a fun band that suited our riverside wedding.

Top Image: Rustic White Photography // Middle: MK Sadler Photography // Bottom: Amber Fouts Photography

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Vendor Highlight | Chloe Minyon | English Tea Paperie

Meet Chloe Minyon, the talented artist and founder of English Tea Paperie. After hopping across the pond from England in 2006, Chloe now resides in Midlothian, Virginia, just outside the bustling city of Richmond.

Chloe launched English Tea Paperie with only custom, illustrated note cards in mind. However, after failing to find unique and stylish invitations during her own wedding planning process, she created her own. Nine years later, she’s crafting beautiful and bespoke wedding invitations and papers for brides across Virginia.

With her contagious spirit, infectious smile and downright stunning work, Chloe hopes to bring designs to her brides that reflect their personality and vision, all while creating a comfortable and seamless experience along the way. We’re thrilled to hear a little more from Chloe–her story, her tips for others and her ideal way to spend a Sunday. Enjoy!

–The Chancey Charm Team

Richmond, Virginia, VA, Wedding Invitations, Chloe Minyon, English Tea Paperie, Wedding Papers, Wedding Tips, Tips for Brides, Calligraphy, Libby Selle Photography

Hometown

Born: London, England – Reside: Midlothian, Virginia

What’s your area of expertise?

Wedding Invitations & Papers and Etiquette

Richmond, Virginia, VA, Wedding Invitations, Chloe Minyon, English Tea Paperie, Wedding Papers, Wedding Tips, Tips for Brides, Calligraphy, Shalese Danielle Photography

What brought you to the wedding industry?

When looking for invitations for my own wedding, I couldn’t find anything I loved within my budget, so I created my own–beautiful soft coral pocket back invitations with ivory satin ribbon. I loved them! My invitations led to friends and family asking me to create papers for their weddings and here I am today, 9 years later, meeting new brides each day. I absolutely love my job!

Favorite restaurant and meal in the city?

The Boathouse (either at Rockets Landing or Sunday Park)–they have the most amazing salmon burger and the yummiest cocktails!

A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry.

You cannot read a bride’s mind, so you have to ask A LOT of questions! It took me a while to come up with the best collection of questions to ask, to figure out what exactly it is they are looking for in their invitations. Not knowing enough about your bride’s vision and desires can lead to a lot of wasted design time!

Richmond, Virginia, VA, Wedding Invitations, Chloe Minyon, English Tea Paperie, Wedding Papers, Wedding Tips, Tips for Brides, Calligraphy, Shalese Danielle Photography

Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 

Enjoying the view of the reservoir by my home – either drinking a cocktail at The Boathouse at Sunday Park (which is right on the reservoir!) or walking the trails around the reservoir with my family.

Best piece of advice to someone new to the wedding industry.

Really figure out where you fit in the industry. Find out what makes your brand YOU and stick to it. Follow your heart and know that everything comes in time. Network with other vendors and ALWAYS be kind.

Richmond, Virginia, VA, Wedding Invitations, Chloe Minyon, English Tea Paperie, Wedding Papers, Wedding Tips, Tips for Brides, Calligraphy, Shalese Danielle Photography

Best piece of planning advice to a new bride.

Print off planning guides and lists. They will make your life so much easier and you can break tasks down into monthly and weekly goals, so things aren’t so overwhelming. Also, try not to follow trends that you may look back on in 10 years and hate. Be true to who you are and what you and your fiance love and you’ll naturally create your dream wedding.

Top image: Libby Selle Photography | Invitation images: Shalese Danielle Photography

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