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Tell Us Your Story and Win a Set of 2018 PowerSheets

Every day we hear from friends who have told us how their lives have been changed and inspired by using PowerSheets. Some have been able to quit their jobs and pursue a new career. Others have been able to simplify their lives and make what matters most happen. Others have used PowerSheets as a tool to, for the very first time in their lives, set meaningful and intentional goals. What’s your story? We want to hear it!

We’re looking for personal stories to share and celebrate in the 2018 PowerSheets launch. We want you to share in your video where you were before using PowerSheets, how you changed as a result of them, and where you are now today. Tell us your story in a short one-minute or less video, and you will be entered to win an advance copy of the entire 2018 PowerSheets Collection for you and a friend!

What's required in your video?

  • Film your video in horizontal orientation
  • Introduce yourself with your first name and where you live. "Hi! I'm Amber and I live in Nashville, TN..."
  • Answer the following questions:
    • Where were you in life before using PowerSheets? - "Before using PowerSheets, I was..."
    • Why did you decide to buy PowerSheets? - "I decided to buy PowerSheets because..."
    • What has been your biggest win in 2017? How did you do that using PowerSheets? - " I have paid off my student loan debt, bought a house, deepened my relationship with my husband by XYZ"
    • What results have you seen from using PowerSheets, and how it has impacted your life? - "PowerSheets have helped me..."

How do you enter to win?

Step One // Create your video: Create a one-minute or less video with your PowerSheets success story answering the questions above. Make sure you format your phone or camera to film in a horizontal orientation. Choose a quiet place so we can hear you clearly and see you in natural light. We recommend using a secure phone stand if possible!

Step Two // Submit your entry: Complete this form with your name, email address, phone number, and video upload (max 50mb). Please name your video file "FirstnameLastname", and be sure to read and agree to the terms and conditions.

We've worked hard to create the best PowerSheets collection yet for 2018, and we can't wait to choose one lucky winner! A random drawing of winner from video submissions will be selected and announced on September 20, 2017.

We can't wait to hear from so many of you and share your story with our newest PowerSheets users! Let us know if you have any questions!

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Making Things Happen is Happening in 2018

We're thrilled to be releasing tickets for our 2018 Spring Making Things Happen Conference in Chapel Hill, NC on March 19-20, 2018!

The Making Things Happen Conference is unlike any other conference. MTH is the work you do before investing in other conferences. Before you take action on what’s important to you, you have to know where you’re going. This intensive was created to give you a solid foundation and action plan. It was created to help you simplify and gain direction. One of the most tangible ways I can describe MTH to you is simply this: MTH is like PowerSheets in person.

I know there are many of you out there who weren't able to get a set of 2017 PowerSheets. While they're not exactly the same (obviously, the price point is quite different!), we truly believe that the experience of attending the Making Things Happen Intensive is similar to walking into a set of PowerSheets–but far, far better! We often describe PowerSheets as a guided coaching tool, but at MTH, you actually DO have a guide and a coach: Lara Casey herself and a group of accountability partners.

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Photo by Amy Nicole Photography

I know what you're thinking. "That sounds great and all, Jess, but March 2018 is months away and I can't afford to think that far ahead."

Allow me to politely respond with this: You simply can't afford NOT to think that far ahead.

MTH is about digging deep, establishing priorities, uncovering a purposeful vision for your life and business, and discovering how to make what matters most happen. Making Things Happen was founded on the idea that you have the choice to change your life. This time is an investment in you and your future. We prioritize what is important to us. Register for your seat today, add it to your calendar, and plan to be there with us!

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Our Encouragement Crew gives the best welcome hugs! Photo by Carrie Joy Photography

You can read much more about Making Things Happen, as well as testimonials from our most recent class of attendees, here. If you'd like to learn more, we'd also encourage you to watch the replay of a previous webinar with Lara and a few MTH alums from all different backgrounds to see if the experience might be right for you.

If you're on the fence, now is the time. We intentionally chose not to host a Fall 2017 MTH, which means we have friends who have been waiting upwards of a year to register for Spring 2018. I have a feeling this might be the quickest sell-out, so don't delay in registering. Payment plans are available.

Questions? Leave a comment below and we'll happily answer them!

P.S. We're giving away a scholarship seat in memory of one of our dear long-time friends, Yvette Price, who embodied all that we teach at MTH. She was courageous in her battle with cancer and made what matters happen despite great challenges. She grew what would last longer than her: a whole lot of love and joy in the lives of others. In her honor, we're excited to give away one seat to either an alum or new attendee. This scholarship is for the full ticket price not including travel or accommodations. Enter to win the Yvette Price Scholarship over on Lara's blog by July 31st!

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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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Join us at our 2018 PowerSheets Photo Shoot

We say this often but it bears repeating: we created the PowerSheets to help women in all seasons of life uncover purpose-filled goals and plan action steps to cultivate what matters, right where they are. They are not exclusively for mothers or business owners; they can be used by anyone who needs a grace-filled system that works!

As we prep for our 2018 PowerSheets Launch this fall, we want to incorporate more of our PowerSheets users into our product imagery. That means we need your help!

We're looking for a diverse group of women–all ages and all seasons of life–who aren't afraid of being in front of the camera to join us for our 2018 PowerSheets photo shoot on Monday, August 21st, 2017 in Raleigh, NC. You don't have to be a PowerSheets user to join us, though our hope is you will be by the time the shoot is over :)

If you’re interested, please send an email to email (at) laracaseymedia.com with the subject line: PowerSheets Photo Shoot. Due to the high volume of emails, we might not be able to respond individually, but we are so grateful for your replies! If you are having issues, email Jess at CultivateWhatMatters.com.

In your email, please include the following:

  • Your name and location
  • A few recent photos (no need for professional photos–we just want to see your smile!)
  • Your height
  • Answer the following questions (if applicable):
    • How long have you been using PowerSheets?
    • What are some of your 2017 goals?
    • How have PowerSheets changed goal-setting for you?

You might get some bonus points if you add a selfie of you with your PowerSheets :) We promise it’s going to be a blast, and we can't wait to hear from you!

Please note that you must be 18 or older to apply, and we are not able to compensate for travel/participation.

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The Cultivate Book Launch Party

Friends, what a joyful day celebrating the start of summer and the release of Lara's second book, Cultivate! When we started planning the Cultivate Book Launch Party, we knew we wanted it to be about more than the book. Lara spent the past 2.5 years writing (and rewriting) these words to tell this story. While the words in these pages are glimpses into Lara's life, we knew that the story she was telling was much bigger. It was an invitation to a cultivating an intentional life, right where you are, mess and all. It was a joy to see so many old and new friends alike, and we had a blast celebrating with friends from near and far.

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The backdrop of our event was the Barn of Chapel Hill, and it was even more stunning than it appears here. I mentioned this in the Facebook Live I did during the party, but the Barn of Chapel Hill is much more than just a pretty venue—it's a wild flora farm that specializes in cut flowers, honey, chestnuts, educational farm tours, floral workshops, and events. When Kara was sharing all the wonderful things planned for the fall (including you-pick flowers!), I knew I'd have to make a trip back when I'm in town again!

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Our photographer and cheerleader for the day! Traci was in office with us packaging up supplies when we first started brainstorming this party, and she immediately said, "Oh, I would love to photograph this!" We knew right away we were in good hands, and it was hard for me to narrow down the 1,100+ pictures for this post because they were all so wonderful!

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When we started talking about a book launch party, our friend Madeline of Jolie Joie Designs reached out and offered to send Cultivate What Matters cards as favors. Having seen her work firsthand from previous events like MTH, we knew we had to say yes, and we were so glad to send these home with guests to remind them of the heart behind Cultivate.

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Not only did theBarn of Chapel Hill team provide a beautiful backdrop; they did all the florals you see! We loved having local flowers included in the celebration. Aren't they the perfect compliment to the book cover?

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A dear friend of ours, Lauren of Instead of Ashes, did all the signage and chalkboards for the event, and it was the perfect touch! My favorite part? Her hand-lettering has shown up in a variety of places in the office, including Gracie's Garden and our encouragement for Lara in her final days of book-writing.

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When brainstorming different stations with Kara of the Barn of Chapel Hill, Ashlee and I couldn't help but get excited when she mentioned a DIY floral cuff station. Their lead florist, Jen, helped all our guests create the sweetest floral cuffs to wear during our garden party.

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How darling is this floral cuff created by our friend, Maggie? Maggie is a high-school student, avid blogger, and PowerSheets users. She's one of my favorite examples of how PowerSheets can be used by all ages in all stages of life!

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In addition to floral cuffs, we had another fun station where guests could pot a plant to take home with them! My biggest regret of the party was actually leaving mine there when it was time to leave!

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Moving onto sweet treats! We were lucky to have a wonderful chocolate bar set up by Choco Homemade Sweetness. I wish I could describe these to you. They were so much more than chocolates; they are a Brazilian delicacy. Made from condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter and chocolate sprinkles (or other toppings), they truly melt in your mouth! There weren't very many extras, but you better believe I packed up a box to go!

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Our friend Michael of SweetWater Ices was on hand to serve authentic New York-style Italian Ice. Admittedly, I didn't know there was a difference between Italian Ices, but I'm officially a fan! It's safe to say he was a guest favorite, especially among our younger attendees.

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I'm glad Traci captured this image of Cottage Luxe's seating arrangement before guests arrived because there wasn't a single moment during the party it was empty. Not only did Rosanne provide the comfiest place to rest, but she joined us to celebrate. We loved having you there, Rosanne!

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This happy party-goer twirled and spun throughout the whole afternoon :)

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Brice Hursey was on hand to provide the acoustics for the afternoon. His talent was just the background music we needed!

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This lady might not officially be on the Cultivate team, but she's one of our biggest cheerleaders! Sarah provides constant encouragement, baked treats, and baby snuggles for all of the in-office ladies. 

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If I had to choose my favorite part of the afternoon, it was celebrating with friends who have encouraged Lara throughout the book-writing journey. Our friend Natasha is one of our MTH Encouragers, and she's known for giving the very best hugs! What a gift to have her (and so many more MTH friends) there to celebrate with us!

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This post wouldn't be complete without a thank you to our dear friend Ashlee Little of Tailored Occasions. I can truly say if it hadn't been for her, this party would not have happened. She did an incredible job brainstorming, coordinating with vendors, and helping me keep my head on my shoulders during a busy June! Ashlee, on behalf of the entire Cultivate team, thank you for the joy you bring to our lives and making this celebration as magical as it was! We are so grateful for you!

These photos are only a small glimpse into what a wonderful afternoon we had together. To see the rest, head over our Facebook page, and be sure to tag yourself!

A final note: We couldn't have done it without our incredible vendor team! We are so grateful for their support of our brand, and we couldn't recommend them more! Thank you again to The Barn of Chapel Hill, Jolie Joie Designs, Brice Hursey, Ashlee of Tailored Occasions, Instead of Ashes, Choco H Sweetness, SweetWater Ices, Cottage Luxe, and CE Rentals.

We're especially grateful our friend Traci Huffman joined us to capture the day. Not only is she a gifted photographer, but she's a dear friend and one of our team's biggest cheerleaders!

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