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Making Things Happen March 2018 Tickets on Sale Now!

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Now is the time to take the leap, ladies!! The Making Things Happen Spring 2018 Intensive tickets are ON SALE NOW! Tickets are temporarily discounted to a special early bird rate (of nearly 50% off!). We do anticipate selling out, as we don't have a conference this fall, so we recommend reserving your spot as soon as possible!

The Details: March 19-20, 2018 at The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC 

BUY YOUR EARLY BIRD TICKET HERE

MTH2018_1If you are wondering what to expect, you are not alone. The Making Things Happen Intensive is truly a gift: two uninterrupted days to dig deep, reflect, reset, and revitalize your goals and priorities to set yourself on a powerful path toward change.

But MTH is even more than that. This is an invitation into a supportive, encouraging, inspirational community of women who will identify with your struggles, celebrate your victories, and cheer you on well beyond your time in Chapel Hill.

On top of all that, you can expect a few treats from us (and fireside chats in pajamas!) to help you unwind from the hard work of the days' activities.

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To learn more and hear other women's stories, spend some time with us here and on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! We hope to see you in March!

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Join our Team! We’re Hiring a Senior Designer

Our in-office life is changing and growing! On the heels of announcing our newest Cultivate team member, Kaylee, I'm thrilled to say that we are hiring again! We are looking for a skilled, joyful, and dynamic senior designer to add to our team this fall.

Founded in 2007, Lara Casey Media is the parent company of the Cultivate What Matters and Southern Weddings brands. Our collective brands serve an online audience of over one million in over 20 countries. You will be joining the team of a growing business that serves to help women cultivate intentional lives.

For each member on our team, the work we do for these brands comes from a place of personal passion and a love for our readers and customers. We can't wait to a seasoned designer to our team who can help us kick our marketing efforts, new projects, and everyday communication a notch. We love to see our team members take on flexible job roles that both play up their skill strengths, but also fire them up on a personal level. With that being said, we do anticipate our new designer will work very closely with our Art Director and our Marketing Director to produce products and assets that help us better serve our audience.

Are you interested in working with us? Read on to find more details and qualifications.

Tasks and responsibilities may include:

  • Creating graphics for our blogs, shops, social feeds, and video content
  • Styling and shooting product imagery
  • Editing product photography
  • Basic videography
  • Digital product design (e-books, opt-ins, and guides)
  • Physical product design (namely the Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets and Write the Word journals, and Southern Weddings Magazine and Joyful Wedding Planner)
  • Creating internal marketing assets like media kits and one-sheets
  • Creating web assets and managing web development projects
  • Managing production and import of overseas product
  • Ad design and client interfacing
  • Editing CSS and HTML for basic webpages and newsletters

The person most fit for this position:

  • Is a creative problem-solver, and self-motivated to learn
  • Has basic knowledge of HTML, CSS and Wordpress
  • Is a great communicator, and can tactfully and efficiently express ideas
  • Has a love for great branding, and can build out appropriate interpretations of our brand assets for visual diversity and interest
  • Has a strong knowledge of our brand and heart for our mission
  • Has a joyful spirit and thrives on “situation solving”
  • Approaches product creation with user-focused design, keeping in mind marketing tactics and print production techniques
  • Has a positive attitude and is a team player
  • Is well-spoken and has a great grasp of grammar and punctuation in written communication
  • Is energetic and enthusiastic
  • Has experience with digital marketing/marketing strategy
  • Enjoys goal-setting and encouraging others
  • Thrives on relationship building and exceeding expectations with charm

Job Requirements

  • Has 3+ years of experience in graphic design, product design, or editorial design
  • Fluent in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • Experienced in print production
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be able to begin working full time by October 1, or earlier
  • Must be able to work in our Chapel Hill office
  • Must be able to commit to 4-5 interviews (including at least one in-person interview)

To apply, fill out our application, and have these items ready to upload:

  • Your PDF resume
  • Your portfolio, if it's not online
  • A one-sheet PDF you have designed about yourself. Feel free to include anything you think is relevant, but be sure to include answers to the following questions. Get creative!
    • Your name and any nicknames you have
    • What fires you up?
    • What is your greatest strength?
    • Tell us a fun fact about yourself (or a few!)
    • What are your professional goals?

We’d suggest giving yourself 30-45 minutes to complete the application. Applications will close August 14th. Salary commensurate with experience.

Apply here. Be sure to read Lara's 10 Essential Tips on How to Get Hired first :)

One of the greatest joys of my life is that I get to spend 40 hours a week working with women who are smart, talented, sweet, and hilarious. I think everyone on this team can agree that our personal and professional relationships with each other make up a good portion of the reason why we are able to do our jobs well. This makes us particularly excited to announce our search for a new designer, and someone who we are sure will turn into a wonderful friend, too. We can't wait to get to know you through your application! If you know someone who might be a good fit for our team, please share it with them!

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Making Things Happen March 2017: A Recap!

There are few things that our team looks forward to more than our Making Things Happen Intensive. This March, we gathered for our one and only intensive this year (a big, but welcome change from our normal schedule), and met a group of women who blew us away by their honesty, passion, and dedication.

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If you've been to Making Things Happen before or are considering going, you might be familiar with the "I have no idea what this is going to be like, but I am READY" feeling that most attendees arrive with. There's usually a current of nervous excitement throughout the conference in the hour leading up to our start time. But this spring, something was different. Yes, there was excitement. But the nerves? They were replaced by headstrong readiness and sheer devotion to start living life more intentionally. These women were prepared to dive in!

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This year, we welcomed back a powerhouse speaker team. From left to right: Amber Housley, Kristin Winchester, Katelyn James, Carrie Grace, Lara Casey, Randi Smith, Gina Zeidler, Emily Ley, Rhiannon Bosse, Nancy Ray, and Maghon Taylor.

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We don't want Making Things Happen to be a conference defined by speakers talking at you. We want you to do the work right there with us, not when you've gotten home and the fire has dulled, or the information has been forgotten. Everyone has the opportunity to stand up and declare what they want to make happen, because we believe there's power in your voice, and in saying your goals out loud! Another thing we've learned? Speaking and standing with open body language. You might be surprised how the simple act of opening up your hands and allowing yourself to be seen and heard will make a difference in the way you feel about your words.

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In Day One of the intensive, we dig into the core principles of Making Things Happen:
1. Surrender your fear.
2. Know your purpose.
3. Take action.
4. Cultivate community.

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The day is packed with introspection and clearing away distractions from your life. In breakout groups, attendees started to declare the aspects of their lives that needed to be pruned back or tended to for further growth. It's a moment of clarity and confidence that is followed by writing a note of encouragement to your future self.

We breaked for the day and sent groups on their way to dinner. Afterward, though, attendees were invited back to the conference room for "Fireside Chats" in their pajamas. No, there's no fire -- but it does have the intimate camaraderie and conversation following a life-changing experience. Our Chief Encouragement Officer, Kristin, and our guest speaker, Carrie Grace, lead a conversation among the group to help unwind from the day, process any thoughts or takeaways from the intensive, and offer encouragement for moving forward.

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Day Two had attendees bright eyed and ready to go! Tuesday morning is one of our favorite moments of MTH. We see so much clarity and excitement in the eyes of our attendees, new friendships being formed, and fulfilling conversations being had.

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One Day Two, we tackled the concept of taking action little by little, defining your why, and setting good goals. Each attendee is equipped with an Action List for them to write action items on throughout the intensive, and a Five Essentials list to help them narrow their focus to things that will help them cultivate the life they want to lead.

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Maghon Taylor of All She Wrote Notes, the Southern Weddings team, and Randi Smith of Sugar Euphoria all spoke on growing little by little, challenges and big wins, and doing business with a strong mission at the center of it.

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In breakout groups, attendees started creating short term and long term goals. We broke them down into small, actionable steps and anticipated hurdles that need to be overcome.

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As we closed out the day, Carrie Grace stood up and read a letter of encouragement to the group.

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We ended the day with final declarations -- each attendee has the opportunity to voice how they've embraced where they are and where they're going -- and a guided visualization of what your life could look like if you surrendered your fear and took action.

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As everyone closed their eyes to visualize this intentional life they're starting, we popped around and left two surprises in front of our attendees! We wanted to give each attendee two of the tools we've found most helpful in living more purposefully: the PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner from Cultivate What Matters, and the Simplified Planner by Emily Ley.

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Once the intensive was over, it's time to mingle! We loved meeting and hugging each attendee individually, seeing the conversations and friendships develop between groups, and to hear more of each of your stories.

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This intensive was so rewarding and fulfilling, and we walked away with clarity about our paths forward, and excitement for all of you who joined us! We can't wait until March 2018 for our next intensive!

REGISTER FOR MTH HERE!

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See You Soon, March MTH Attendees!

Right now, we're packing up our swag items, confirming our schedule with our encouragers, and preparing our hearts to meet dozens of you in just one short week! We can't wait to uncover goals with you and cheer you on in our two days together.

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Photos by Carrie Joy Photography. Our Encouragement Crew can't wait to hug you!

A couple of reminders before we see you:

Safe travels, friends!!

REGISTER FOR MTH HERE!

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How to Add CultivateWhatMatters.com to Your Home Screen!

Just like we need to keep our Tending Lists somewhere we'll see it every day, we've learned that having CultivateWhatMatters.com easily accessible is a must, too. Awhile back, we learned how to make websites look like apps on our iPhone home screens. Having the page ready to tap whenever we need to add goals, encourage others, and get some additional tips on goal setting has been so helpful!

(Plus, I think having it on your home screen means that you're less likely to open Safari and get distracted by the vastness of the interwebs :) )

Want to know how to add CultivateWhatMatters.com to your home screen? It's easy!

1. Open Safari and go to CultivateWhatMatters.com

2. Click on the Send button in the bottom navigation. It's the button that looks like an arrow coming out of a box.

3. Once that menu opens up, click on the "Add to Home Screen" option (the box with the plus sign inside). You might have to scroll to the right to see this option.

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4. Customize the title of the website (this is the name that will appear on your home screen), or leave it as-is.

5. Click "add" and voila! Move the app around your home screen based on your preference.

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(There's my app, on the bottom right where I can easily tap it!)

It's so easy, you might be tempted to do this will all your favorite websites! Just remember—choose what matters most to you. How you spend your time is how you spend your life! :)

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