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Introducing the Newest Member of the Cultivate Team, Part II

The title of this blog post might be throwing you off since you've already met Kaylee, but boy do we have a surprise for you! When we set out to grow our team earlier this year, we did so with open hands, committed to finding the right person (or persons!) and tailoring their responsibilities in a way that suited them and our growing business. Some of our most astute followers know that when we hired Kaylee, we also hired another wonderful lady, and I've gotten a few emails and Instagram direct messages asking when we're going to introduce her! I'm thrilled to say the wait is over, friends!

It is with the happiest heart that I'm introducing the newest member of the Cultivate What Matters and Southern Weddings' team to you–Catherine Marks!

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One of our favorite things (on a list of so many!) is that Catherine has been one of our company's biggest cheerleaders for years! We've featured her wedding and newlywed home tour on the Southern Weddings' blog. She's an avid PowerSheets user, even sharing her goal progress with many on her personal blog.

Isn't it always interesting to meet someone you've known online for the first time? Sometimes there are questions or fears, but with Catherine, none of that proved to be true. Before joining our team, Catherine was in a season of transition herself–preparing for the arrival of their first child and transitioning out a career that left much to be desired. I remember a buddy chat I had with Catherine soon after I transitioned to Atlanta, and her words offered me so much encouragement and hope in my season of transition. While I don't quite remember her exact words, I remember being greatly encouraged because everything she was articulating exactly how I was feeling at the time.

She has exceeded our expectations in every way and continues to be one of the biggest blessings to our team in 2017! Now, without further ado, meet the lovely Catherine Marks!

Tell us how you joined the team in a few sentences: I'm a long-time Southern Weddings fan (I know I'm not the only one still loyally reading years after my wedding day!), PowerSheets user, and Making Things Happen Conference alum. I have always had so much love and respect for this team from afar, I even told my husband at one point that if I could just work with the Cultivate gals I would have my dream job. As luck would have it, I was in a transitional period in my life with knowing I was to be a new mama soon when they posted that they were searching for a new team member! I never dreamed I would actually get the job, but God had other plans, and here I am!

What have you been doing since May? I have been loving my job! Can you believe that my very first "assignment" was to get my hair and makeup done for our team photo shoot at Fearrington Village? Granted, not every day is that glamorous, but most days are that fun! Starting out with the Cultivate Team Summit was like getting three months of information and team bonding done in three days! Since then, I've been editing and drafting blog posts, managing our Southern Weddings' Blue Ribbon Vendor directory, and gearing up for the 2018 PowerSheets release on October 25th! On a personal note, I also gave birth to my baby girl, Victoria.

What else will you be doing in the coming months? I am so excited to be able to write and share more from a personal perspective now that you know who I am! I have such a passion for encouraging women to cultivate what matters, right where they are, and I can't wait to share more to our wonderful Cultivate family. I'm a new mom, and I'm looking forward to learning from all the wise women in the Cultivate family as I transition into a new season.

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Hometown and where you live now: I'm from Southeast Missouri (Charleston and Cape Girardeau, MO) and live in Arlington, VA now!

Birthday: September 28

Something others might not know about me: I am a proud (fourth generation) farmer's daughter!

Favorite part about being on team: Since "everything" is a boring answer, I'll narrow it down to two very broad things: the work I do and the people I do it with. It is such a joy to do work that I believe so strongly in and love so much. It's cliche, but it truly never feels like a job! And then, of course, to work with these eight incredible women who are so much more than coworkers is a daily blessing I hope I never take for granted!
Catherine went on maternity leave two months into her role to celebrate the birth of her first child–Victoria Jane, and while we are grateful we could celebrate this new season alongside her, we missed her dearly. We're selfishly happy to have her back, as we know her enthusiasm, excitement, and ninja-like writing skills are going to enable us to continue to encourage and equip women to cultivate what matters–right where they are!

Friends, please help us give Catherine a big CWM welcome in the comments below! She's been such a delight to our team, and we know you are going to love her just as much as we do! You can also say hi and get to know her on Instagram and her blog.

Photos by Ally and Bobby and Olivia Suriano of Nancy Ray Photography.

 

 

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  1. Amy
    Amy
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    Welcome, Catherine! I just browsed that gorgeous St. Louis wedding and I was so excited to see my hometown being represented on my favorite wedding blog - especially all the Ted Drewes! :)

    • Jess Metcalf
      Jess Metcalf
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      Hooray! We are so glad to have her! I've only been to St. Louis once, and we missed out on having Ted Drewes. Biggest regret of the trip :)

    • catmmarks
      catmmarks
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      Oh Amy, I miss St. Louis and Ted Drewes (and the Muny, the Cardinals and jazz at the Botanical gardens to name a few) so much!

  2. Tara
    Tara
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    So excited to meet you, Catherine. I am from the Springfield, MO area. I can't wait to hear more of your story :)

    • catmmarks
      catmmarks
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      Hi Tara! I'm so excited to see all the Missourians here in the Cultivate family! I went to the Missouri Fine Arts Academy at Missouri State and enjoyed a summer in Springfield. :)

  3. Amanda
    Amanda
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    I went to Southeast Missouri State University for my undergrad degree! Welcome and best of luck in your role with Cultivate What Matters!

    • catmmarks
      catmmarks
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      Oh wow, hi Amanda! I lived in Cape Girardeau from fourth grade through high school!

    • Amanda
      Amanda
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      Cape and Southeast hold a special place in my heart. I want to plan a trip to go back because I haven't been back to the area in a few years. Such a small world. Congrats on your growing family. I'm hoping to purchase Powersheets for 2018.

    • Jess Metcalf
      Jess Metcalf
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      What a sweet connection you have with Catherine! We can't wait to get PowerSheets in your hands, Amanda! Xx!

    • Catherine Marks
      Catherine Marks
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      That's amazing! Yes! Powersheets made such a difference in my life long before I ever joined the team, so of course it's easy for me to encourage you to get them for 2018!

  4. Robin
    Robin
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    Congratulations on your new job and new baby! This is such an amazing ministry and an awesome group of people! I'm so blessed by 'Cultivate What Matters'!

    • Jess Metcalf
      Jess Metcalf
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      We're grateful to have her, Robin, and we're grateful to have YOU in the Cultivate family! xx!

    • Catherine Marks
      Catherine Marks
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      Thank you so much, Robin! I am so blessed to get to work with these ladies! They're just as amazing in person!

  5. Erin, Attention to Darling
    Erin, Attention to Darling
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    YAY! It seems like yesterday I was praying for Catherine through the interview process and the joy of pregnancy and now here we are - the job announcement and a beautiful baby girl! SO proud of you friend, I'm ecstatic to follow along in your journey and work. XOXO

    • Jess Metcalf
      Jess Metcalf
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      We know how much she appreciated your support and prayers, Erin! Thanks for cheering her on! :)

    • Catherine Marks
      Catherine Marks
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      Thanks, friend! I don't know if I ever would have started my blog without you! I'm SO thankful for you!!!

  6. Kaitlyn Payne
    Kaitlyn Payne
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    So excited for you, Catherine! I’m from Puxico, just a bit south of Cape, and living in Atlanta now, so feeling the whole Midwest to East Coast transition right with you!

    • Jess Metcalf
      Jess Metcalf
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      We're excited to have her on our team, Kaitlyn! Thank you for your kind welcome! Saying hi from ATL myself :)

    • Catherine Marks
      Catherine Marks
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      That's awesome, Kaitlyn! I do miss the Midwest. The Southeast is a good place to be, though! :)

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