In today’s booming wedding industry, Southern Weddings magazine editor Lara Casey tries to skip over popular trends to focus on the meaningful parts of marriage: the love stories, family ties, and old traditions.

A Christian who sees her work as ministry, Casey heads up the popular wedding magazine and website as well as Making Things Happen, a movement inspiring women to pursue their dreams and goals. Over the past several years, as her professional profile has grown, Casey, 34, has seen God shift her life away from detail-oriented perfectionism to the joy of life’s simple pleasures.

But like many of us, she stays busy, or keeps a “full life” as she prefers to call it. Social media snapshots capture bits of her full and colorful days: her handwritten inspirational notes, smiley redheaded daughter, and stylish photo shoots with the Southern Weddings team. Now, Casey is revealing even more about her life and inspiration in her forthcoming book, Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live on Purpose. (Thomas Nelson, December 2014).

After reading her book, I interviewed Lara by phone, and we chatted about motherhood, priorities, and over-the-top weddings.

Between your work at Southern Weddings, Making Thing Happen, and beyond, you do so many things. Is there an overarching vision that unites them all?

Absolutely. I think to most people’s eyes it would seem that all of my job roles are in some ways disconnected—I’m the editor in chief of Southern Weddings, I do consulting work for small businesses, I’ve just written this book, and I have several other things that I do, but they all have one very specific core message and that is that the impossible is ...

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