Cultivate Fresh Faith Webinar with Lara Casey and Shanna Noel

If you've been following along on Instagram and the Cultivate blog, you've seen my many sneak peeks at our new Write the Word journals (Exhibit A, B, C). Well, I'm thrilled to finally tell you that we have a date for our Spring Product Launch: Wednesday, April 12th!

To celebrate, Lara will be hosting a FREE Cultivate Fresh Faith Webinar with Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith. Lara and Shanna will be talking about cultivating faith, Bible journaling (seriously, search the #illustratedfaith hashtag on Instagram and prepare to be inspired), how writing the Word can transform your faith, and how to dig into the Bible in fresh ways.

Lara will also be releasing the new collection of Write the Word journals on camera, and she'll share more about the themes in each journal.

If you are not able join us live at noon EST, there's no need to fret! A replay will be available for all those that have registered, so be sure to sign up to receive access to the broadcast afterwards!

We can't wait to spend some time with you next week!


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Join the Cultivate Book Launch Team

We've been throwing confetti around the office since Lara officially revealed the Cultivate book cover, and we have been so grateful for all your support! So grateful, in fact, that we want to send some metaphorical confetti your way by inviting you to join the official Cultivate Book Launch Team! We are truly humbled and grateful for the ways that each of you have encouraged Lara and the rest of our team during the writing process, and we're thrilled that we are able to invite you into celebrating alongside of us!

We're looking for a team who wholeheartedly believes in the importance of cultivating what matters, right where you are, and is eager to share the mission of the Cultivate book with their communities! Launch team members will receive an advanced digital copy of the book, exclusive access to our private Facebook group, a behind the scenes look of the book launch process, and an opportunity for free goodies and fun along the way!

Applications close Friday, April 14th, so make haste and apply today! We're looking forward to putting this team together and getting to know so many of you in the process!

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Cultivate Book Cover Reveal

Like most of our Cultivate What Matters and Southern Weddings team members, I joined the team in a unique way. I'd known Lara outside of the creative sphere for about a year when she asked me to help her current nanny so she could focus solely on finishing her second book. I turned her down initially (I still feel a little bad about that, Lara!) and instead took a full-time job in Customer Service and Social Media with a start-up in the Triangle. When my hours at new job unexpectedly shifted, I offered my assistance to Lara with Grace and Joshua. During this, we had a few conversations about my newfound love for customer service, and she mentioned that the Southern Weddings team was looking for a Customer Delight and Shop Manager. A few whirlwind days of conversations, interviews, and prayer later, I officially joined the Southern Weddings and (at the time) Lara Casey Shop team!

All that to say, I've had a unique vantage point for the past 14 months of book writing, and I can attest to the fact that writing a book–especially a book as intimate as the book Lara has written for you–is a labor of love. It's a labor because it means pouring yourself, your time, your energy, your story in words on a screen that will one day make their way into the hands of women across the country (and hopefully world!)

Our team has been lucky to stand alongside Lara throughout the duration of our time on this team, and today we're standing a little bit taller and a little bit prouder of all the hard work she has poured into these pages. Friends, it is my distinct privilege to officially introduce you to Lara's second book, releasing on June 27th:

Cultivate Cover

These words were written for you, as an invitation to change the way your story is being written. These words were written as a reminder that you can cultivate what matters.

Right where you are.

Little by little.

In every season.

In the mess.

In the thick of it.

With lots of grace along the way.

Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey, officially releases on June 27th, but you can pre-order your copy here today! Head to Lara's blog for a video she's been working on for the past year to introduce you to her heart behind this book!

Our hope is that these words inspire, encourage, and equip you to cultivate what matters, right where you are.


PS. Join Lara LIVE on Facebook today (Wednesday, March 22) at noon EST for more behind-the-scenes of the book!


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Life Lately

I'm going to confess something to you: I had editorial content lined up for this week, but it just didn't get finished! Don't worry; it's helpful and relevant content that we'll still be sharing in the coming weeks! Progress, not perfection, right?

The past two weeks have been full of fun and exciting things in the Cultivate office, and I wanted to invite you behind the scenes of some of these fun projects! If you follow us on social media, some of this might be old news to you, but we know many of our friends aren't on Instagram or have stepped back from it, so I wanted to offer a Life Lately post of sorts! Our office might not be big enough to invite each of you over for coffee, but we hope you enjoy this peek into our week!


Most days we play Tetris in Lara's refrigerator with our individual lunches, but a spring potluck was on the calendar earlier this week! It might have been 30 degrees outside, but we enjoyed sitting around a table and soaking in the sunshine! We also learned a lot of fun new facts from Lara's Amazon Echo.


Can I brag on Nicole for a second? She takes all the product photos you see in our shop, and I usually take photos of her taking photos. Seriously, if I scrolled through my phone I'm sure I'd come across at least 15! Luckily, she doesn't seem to mind.


We're big college basketball fans in the office (anyone else rooting for a UNC vs. Duke championship game?), but the brackets we've printed and hung in the office aren't about basketball teams; they're about the best Southern foods! The Southern WeddingsMason-Dixon Madness is on, and we need your help voting for the best Southern food to see who comes out on top.


MTH Conference kicks off next week, and we've been finalizing the last details! We can't wait to meet these ladies!


We're launching five (!!!) new volumes of Write the Word next month, but that's not all! We've got these beautiful Faith Desk Cards coming to the shop too!

Speaking of Write the Word journals, I'm having a really hard time keeping these things a secret from you! I was able to help choose the themes and Scripture for these, and I cannot wait for you to see the full collection!


The inside liners of the new Write the Word journals. You guys, these entire things are wonderful. Okay, no more pictures! 🙈


Lara has been hard at work on her Gardening 101 series, and she wrapped it up earlier this week! Even if you think you have a brown thumb, this is the place to start. She offers great advice and some sweet encouragement to you! (PS. You can win a garden. A whole garden!!)

Finally, we don't have any photos yet, but if you watched Lara's Instagram stories, you saw that we decided to rearrange the entire office yesterday! We're excited to better use the space for our growing team!

What have you been up to lately? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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Renew Breaks: what are they and why we do them

Each December, the Cultivate and Southern Weddings team crowds around a computer screen, pulls out a set of PowerSheets, and digs into some serious dreaming and planning. Why? While we each have individual PowerSheets for our work and personal goals, we know reflecting on the past year and setting goals as a team will prepare and equip us to continue to spread our missions!

Those of you that followed along last December might remember our word for 2017: RENEW. The definition of renew is to make new, fresh, or strong again, and the minute it was suggested, we just knew it would be the perfect word for our year.

We've talked at length about the importance of taking care of yourself in your personal life, but I want to share more about something we have incorporated into our company culture (thanks largely in part to Lara's personal experience and encouragement!) over the past year and half: renew breaks!

What is a renew break? A renew break can be a lot of different things! The easiest way to describe it is it's simply a time to step away from your computer and to-do list to do something different and give your brain a break. We add it to our Tending List each month, and we hold each other accountable for it, too!

If you're looking for a way to incorporate a little bit of self-care into your workday, here's a round-up of some of our renew breaks from 2017:


Marissa took some time last month to schedule her company date night for February!


Because Kristin works remotely and can sometimes not step outside during a workday, she prioritizes her mailbox walk each day!


Ive learned that the best time to paint my nails is right before digging into my inbox because nothing will get chipped! I keep a few polish colors in my desk drawer when the mood strikes, and I'm lucky the in-office gals don't mind the smell!


Amber spent some time each day reading a new book and checking off one of her daily PowerSheets goals!


If you've been following Lara's 2017 goals, you know an active lifestyle to give her more energy is on the top of her mind! Her new FitBit encourages her to get up and get to moving if she's been still for too long!


It's tempting to spend our lunch breaks tied to a computer, but Emily has been stepping outside to her porch for lunch ever since we've been experiencing this spring-like weather!


This was one of my favorite renew breaks from the past month! Emily brought in her Warby Parker try-on kit and modeled some options for the in-office gals! Head to her blog to see what she chose!

As you can see, our renew breaks aren't large or extravagant affairs! They're simply an opportunity to take a break and refresh our spirits to finish the day strong!

Are you going to give renew breaks a try? What are ways you renew your mind throughout your workday? We'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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