Ariel Meadow Stallings

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A writer and editor who got her start editing a rave magazine in the mid-'90s, Ariel Meadow Stallings work has been featured by the New York Times, Today Show, and The Guardian. Ariel's book, Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives For Independent Brides, was first published in 2007 with a second edition in 2010, and a third due out in 2019.

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“Life, weddings, relationships, road trips, gardening, making out, haircuts: few of the fun things in life always go as expected.”
Ariel Meadow Stallings, Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides

“Make peace with the fact that there will be those who bitch no matter what you do. You might as well do what makes you happy, so at least when you hear the bitching, you'll know that the event they're griping about was exactly the one you wanted.”
Ariel Meadow Stallings, Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides

“In our relationship, we have very well-defined roles: I am the Vice President of Logistics; he's the CEO of Emotional Support.”
Ariel Meadow Stallings, Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides

“Every time I read a management or self-help book, I find myself saying, “That’s fine, but that wasn’t really the hard thing about the situation.” The hard thing isn’t setting a big, hairy, audacious goal. The hard thing is laying people off when you miss the big goal. The hard thing isn’t hiring great people. The hard thing is when those “great people” develop a sense of entitlement and start demanding unreasonable things. The hard thing isn’t setting up an organizational chart. The hard thing is getting people to communicate within the organization that you just designed. The hard thing isn’t dreaming big. The hard thing is waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat when the dream turns into a nightmare.”
Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

“Whatever is happening, whatever is changing, whatever is going or not going according to my plans—I release my hold on all of it. I leave behind who I think I am, who I want to be, what I want the world to be. I come home to the great peace of the present moment,”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

“If we do not suffer a loss all the way to the end, it will wait for us. It won’t just dissipate and disappear. Rather, it will fester, and we will experience its sorrow later, in stranger forms.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

“I am not suggesting that everything bad that happens to us is sent directly by a knowing hand—cooked up specially for our personal development. Nor do I mean that by using the stuff of life as grist for the mill you will learn what you need to learn and move on into a problem-free world. And I also don’t recommend courting drama and disaster so that you can be broken open to the truth. A catastrophe is not a sign that God has singled you out for greatness. What I do mean is that you can use anything—everything—as a wake-up call; you can find a treasure trove of information about yourself and the world in the big trials and the little annoyances of daily life. If you turn around and face yourself in times of loss and pain, you will be given the key to a more truthful—and therefore a more joyful—life.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow




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message 1: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:15PM)

Daniel Ariel, I added your book, Offbeat Bride to my to-read list.


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