Emily Thomas

Happy Valentine’s Day! We know the holiday is not about chocolates and flowers but about faith, hope and most of all, genuine love. It’s about making what matters happen and taking the time out of our busy schedules to encourage one another. We like Valentine’s Day around here!

Nobody encompasses that genuine love and innate grace better than our Making Things Happen 2013 Conference guest speaker, Emily Thomas.  Emily says her job as Creative Director of Southern Weddings Magazine is her dream job. She thinks weddings are magical and believes that anythings that brings people together with such a pure focus deserves to be thoughtfully and joyfully celebrated. When she is not working as a creative super-force for Southern Weddings Magazine, she works to inspire others toward a rich, full life through her personal blog, Em for Marvelous. She is passionate about serving God and loving people, personal finance, the outdoors, and her husband, John. 

We asked Emily a few questions to see how she’s made things happen:

What have you made happen since you first attended MTH?  What has changed since then?

Emily: I have actually attended MTH twice – the first time was in Dallas in 2010, and the second time was in Chapel Hill in 2012.  Since 2010, I have been part of a sea-change at Southern Weddings that brought an entirely new mission to the work that we do.  I might not have thought it possible at the time, but I love my job even more now than I did then!  In 2011 my personal blog went through a complete overhaul from Peach & Pearl to Em for Marvelous, and I’m so happy to now have a place to write that’s a perfect reflection of who I am.  Oh yes, I also married my high school sweetheart!

What is your best piece of advice to those who want to make things happen?

Emily: Put yourself out there with boldness and confidence, but first, make sure that you have the goods to back it up – whatever that means for your situation.  If, for example, you’re asking for a job, make SURE you have what the company needs and MORE before you ask.  Be over prepared in every way.  If you’re not objectively ready for it (aside from just wanting it), then don’t ask for the job – perhaps ask for a learning opportunity instead.

Also, stop worrying about things that don’t matter.  I know that might sound impossible or even a little harsh, but I think most people who let worry consume them LIKE wallowing in it just a little bit because there’s safety in paralysis.  

What are you most looking forward to about the MTH2013 Conference?

Emily: As an attendee, I am looking forward to having a time to refresh and refocus my attention squarely back onto the things that truly matter.  No matter how “good” we are, I think we all need a restorative pause at least once a year!  As a speaker, I am hoping to challenge some of the ways “things have always been done” and encourage attendees to forge their own path – one that makes sense for them and is inspired by what fires them up.

Emily: What fires you up?

Oh my word, lots of things!  Being productive and efficient with my time; creating work that resonates with others; saving money and giving money away; writing thank you notes and letters; feeling content and satisfied; delighting and surprising others; budgeting; work that has a larger mission; the smell of freshly-cut grass; exploring new places; laughing with John; weekend hikes; singing old hymns; an afternoon spent reading a book; the outdoors; being prepared; and the ocean.

What’s next for you?

Emily: Honestly?  I already have my dream job, and I have no plans to change that anytime soon!  I know there are always changes around the corner at SW (the beauty of having Lara Casey as your boss!), but I am content professionally.  In the world of Em for Marvelous, I’ve challenged myself to branch out with the products in my shop this year, so keep an eye out for some new handcrafted goodies coming down the pipeline over the next few months.  The biggest “what’s next” for me, though, is (fingers crossed!) moving into a house!  The one we are hoping to buy is definitely a fixer upper, so I foresee lots of weekends spent painting and ripping up linoleum in my future!

Remember, TODAY is the very last day to register at our early-bird rate. Come and make things happen with us!