Making Things Happen “Happened”

Author: Kissa  //  Category: Career, Personal

I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm on Thursday. When that normally happens, I tell myself I have a little more time to sleep. But nope, not Thursday. It was a great day…the sun was shining, the weather was in its mid 70s, and I felt like a million bucks. I had been looking forward to this day for months.

I remember sitting in my bakery about 6 months ago and reading Lara’s blog about the first Making Things Happen Tour. I told my intern, Sarah, that one day I would be a part of this event. It was one of the events on my list that I knew I wanted to be a part of. In my head my participation in this event wouldn’t be for a while. I just wasn’t in a place financially to be able to afford it. Then, it happened. I saw Lara’s tweet about a scholarship and thought to myself, “Why the hell not?” Worst case scenario is I put out my life’s drama on to her ever-popular blog and I don’t get it. I knew I’d get to go eventually. So I got the courage from somewhere and spilled my heart out all over her blog:

Carissa: I’m a dreamer. I love to dream BIG. When I decided I wanted to be an entrepreneur 5 years ago, I had no doubt in my mind I was doing the right thing for me. I was fortunate enough to have found the wedding industry and all the great people that work in it at an early age. Since then, the people I have met, the things I have learned, and the clients I have worked with confirmed that this is where I’m supposed to be. But 3 years ago, things started to change. My mom and my dad lost their jobs within months of each other. My fiance (boyfriend at the time) and I didn’t think that it would be much of a problem for my parents, they’re very strong and have taught me everything I know (not just how to be a successful entrepreneur, but how to value family, friends, and all the blessings God gives). But as time went on, things just weren’t getting better. I talked to my boyfriend and told them I needed to help them – in any way I can. We agreed it was the least we could do after all they had done for us, and just because of the mere fact that they mean everything to me. We talked about our plan for the future and my parents decided to take a leap of faith and invest into opening a bakery since my family has been baking for over 30 years in the country where they were from. Long story short, we made it happen. Our family opened the bakery in October of 2008 and all of us put our heart and soul into our business every day. We’ve slowly been growing and are continuing to grow, which makes all of us happy. But all of our savings (including my parents’ savings and retirement) has been exhausted into the business. There were many bumps in the road in opening the bakery and it required money, a lot of money. And though we are growing at a steady pace, the bakery still requires us to invest a good amount of money to pay for the expenses. We all knew it was an investment and we all agreed that it would be worth it. We believe in what we have to offer that much, but my fear would be that what we have isn’t enough and we would have to close down. If we did, my parents would have no savings to fall back on and I feel like we’re backed into a corner. Because of the bakery, I’ve had to put my business on a temporary hold to help them until they are on their feet and my fiance works many many hours to help us stay afloat. I know that the MTH tour can change my life. Not just mine, but my whole family. I have been following the tour since the first one and know that there is so much opportunity that presents itself through this intensive. What’s funny is I know what I need to do, I know the dreams I have can come true, but sometimes the opportunity is bigger than you. Twitter: devents July 26, 2010 4:34 pm

Wow, what a drama queen. :P Anyway, I was dying to know the results. A little while later, Lara announced the winner…and it wasn’t me. So I just felt enormous jealousy for the person (haha!) that won and reminded myself that I will be able to attend some day, it just wasn’t my time. Well, low and behold I get a call from an unfamiliar number a few days later and it was Lara on the other end! I couldn’t believe it! She explained the situation and gave the opportunity enabled me to go. I was floored!

So here we are, back at November 11, 2010. Thursday. That was the day. The day I felt…no, the day I knew…would change my life. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know anyone that had already attended, but I knew I was excited. I made a video of my experience from the day, and though I was terrified I felt the fear and did it anyway as we would say.

MTH2010 Los Angeles – Carissa from Carissa Solomon on Vimeo.

After it was all over I felt…overwhelmed, loved, pumped, excited, grateful…and so many more feelings. I just remember at the end of the intensive telling Lara that I felt like I needed to take a deep breathe and exhale. And when I exhaled, it just felt like so much. So much so that I couldn’t get it all out. It took me 3 days to really take it all in.

For me, Making Things Happen “happened” at the perfect time. A time where I need to remind myself what I’m all about. A time where I need to be the person I was before all those negative things happened in my life. These realizations became evident as I let it marinade in my mind and my heart. Even Charlie said I was changed. He said I’m starting to become the person I used to be, the person I want to be.

This journey is far from over. It’s step 1 of my journey. But hey, that 1 step was probably the biggest step I’ve had to make. I can’t wait for everything that is on its way. I’m ready to get the momentum going!

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2 Responses to “Making Things Happen “Happened””

  1. Melissa Says:

    So excited for you!! Thank you for sharing =)

  2. Carissa Solomon Blog Says:

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