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Making Things Happen Conference Spring 2018 Recap

Each year in our company PowerSheets, our team lists the things that fire us up. It won't be a surprise to know that at the top of the list year after year is hosting the Making Things Happen Conference! What is the Making Things Happen Conference?

The Making Things Happen Conference began in 2009 after Lara posted a blog entry answering the question, "Lara, how do you make things happen?" From a whirlwind tour across the country to settling down in Chapel Hill, so much has changed in MTH's history! Last month, we gathered to celebrate nine years of MTH, and host our 53rd conference!

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After taking a break from our fall conference last year, it was hard to hide our excitement for our newest group of attendees. Almost 100 ladies said yes to taking a leap of faith and joined us at our Spring Intensive at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC.

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When asked how to describe MTH, we often have a hard time putting the experience into words. We could write out a schedule for the two days, but that doesn't do justice to the space given the to help attendees uncover what matters most and do something about it. Every year, women of all different ages, professions, and backgrounds join us for a two-day intensive to uncover their goals and take action.

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Behind every MTH Conference is our Encouragement Crew. The Encouragement Crew is made up of past attendees who selflessly volunteer their time to come back and encourage our attendees. They greet our attendees with bright smiles, warm hugs, and are always nearby to lend a hand when needed.

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Making things happen means learning to say NO to what is holding you back, and YES to your unique assignment–not someone else’s assignment.

One of the core components of MTH is being able to dig deep free from any distractions. To make this easy for our attendees, we provide a safe home for all cell phones so they can focus free of distractions! This often seems daunting to many attendees, but we hear time and time again how it's one of their favorite parts of the conference!

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Each conference we welcome an incredible group of encouragement speakers to share their stories and encouragement for attendees. This isn't a panel of women talking to our attendees; they do the hard work alongside them, and selflessly poured into the lives of our MTH attendees.

Why? Because at the end of the day, this conference isn't about them.

It's about our attendees. The ladies who bravely stood up and shared their stories. The ladies who took the time to put to paper their deepest fears and greatest dreams. These ladies who gave their dreams a voice–planting seeds from which good things will grow.

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Making things happen means making decisions that will get you to where you want to be when you’re 80 years old.

"This is hands down one of the most life-giving experiences I have ever been a part of. MTH provided me the opportunity for concentrated time to explore the possibilities of what an intentional life-giving life looks like. I went in feeling stuck. Stuck in my career, stuck in my thoughts process of wanting to make things happen and not sure how to, stuck in the idea of possibilities, stuck in believing lies from the enemy, and stuck in wanting someone to give me a blueprint for success. I left the conference not with a blueprint or with someone telling me how to fix my circumstances, but with hope, courage, and authority. Hope that things CAN and WILL change, authority to make them happen and the courage to keep going when I'm not sure what is next." -Paige

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Making things happen means taking risks, taking action, and embracing tension.

"Attending MTH was arguably one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It was worth every penny and every ounce of effort it took for me to get there. Before MTH, I was tired and feeling a little hopeless. Life felt stagnant, like I was going through the motions without much forward progression. MTH reminded me of my own agency, of my responsibility to myself and others, to continue moving forward and to live for something better. I left knowing I was created for more! I'm so grateful, now, for the work I have ahead of me." -Meghan

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Making things happen–the right things–changes everything.

"I had wanted to attend MTH for many years, but this year I just decided to take the leap! I’m SO glad that I did; it was a life-changing experience. From start to finish, I felt cared for, encouraged and challenged to step out of my identity box. Life is too short not to live on purpose!"  -Taryn

MTH is unlike any other conference. It’s like doing PowerSheets in person and meeting a group of women who think like you and will cheer you on in every step forward. Together, we uncover what matters to you and do something about it. When you join us at Making Things happen, you join a community of more than 1,000 like-minded women across the world who have chosen to take the leap and make what matters happen.

Are you ready to uncover your goals and take action? Our team would love to invite you to join us at the Fall MTH Conference!

The Details: September 24-25, 2018 at The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC 

It's time to take the leap! Our Early-Bird Rate (more than 50% off ticket price) ends on July 31st! Payment plans are available; email Kristin@CultivateWhatMatters.com for more information! Register today!

Want to take a peek inside the conference? Take a look here. I can’t wait to see you thereGET YOUR SEAT NOW.

We'd love to hear from you: what do you want to make happen?

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New Dates and a New Logo for MTH Conference

Our team just wrapped up two days with 96 women who took a bold leap of faith and made a choice to live on purpose. And now, we want to invite you to do the same.

The Making Things Happen Intensive (affectionately known as MTH Conference) is the first of its kind. This two-day intensive, led by Lara Casey, author of Make it Happen and Cultivate, is intentionally designed to fire you up and set you on a powerful path. Together, attendees dig deep, establish priorities, uncover a purposeful vision for their lives, set goals, and discover how to make what matters most happen. Making Things Happen was founded on the idea that each attendee has the choice to change your life.

Making things happen means knowing that you don’t have to do it all, be it all, or have it all.

Making things happen is about focusing on what MATTERS–on growing what lasts longer than you.

When everyone else was saying, “Do more! Be more!” we began teaching something entirely different: do less. Do what matters.

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Who is MTH for? This is where MTH is different from other conferences. You won’t be listening to a panel of speakers tell you how to do things; you’ll be led through a powerful process where YOU uncover good goals and make an action plan that fits your specific life and dreams. MTH is for everyone: love-at-home moms, corporate CEO’s, students, creatives, non-creatives, and everyone in between have joined us over the last nine years. Whether you know what you want to make happen and need an action plan, or you need help uncovering good goals, MTH is for you. And all ages join us: from college freshmen to women in their 60’s who are ready for a new chapter in life. The unifying factor is a desire to live intentionally and make the most of your time and gifts.

Over the past 53 MTH Conference experiences, our 1000+ alumni have made dreams come to life, launched new businesses, left behind unfulfilling habits, transformed marriages and families, and helped thousands of other women live on purpose too.

In the same way that the heartbeat of the MTH Conference changed over the past few years, we knew it was time to make another change. The MTH Conference needed a new look–one that represented our mission. One that represented the hope that the seeds attendees planted during their time with us would be just the beginning and those good things would grow over time.

Our new logo represents the fresh start each attendee takes when they join us for two days of uncovering what matters most and making an action plan.

The Details: September 24-25, 2018 at The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC 

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We believe beautiful things grow out of getting messy and doing the hard work, and MTH is the start of that. At MTH, Lara and our team of guest encouragers will ask you challenging questions. She'll ask you to be honest with yourself and use your voice to banish your fears. In many ways, you'll do PowerSheets in person alongside her. It's time to listen to the voice in your head telling you it's worth investing in yourself!

Take the leap, and join us in Chapel Hill, NC this September! We can't wait to help you uncover your goals and start making them happen!

Our Early-Bird Rate (more than 50% off ticket price) ends on July 31st, and we have payment plans available; email Kristin@CultivateWhatMatters.com! Register today!

I'd love to hear from you! Big or small–what have you invested in for yourself recently? Leave a comment below!

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Meet the MTH Encouragers!

One of the best parts of the PowerSheets community is getting to know other women: sharing our stories, celebrating our progress, and encouraging each other in our struggles. And nowhere is that more true than at the Making Things Happen Conference!

Making Things Happen is primarily about you, your process, and your story. We encourage each attendee to bravely step into the unknown, and walk through the process with open hands. The best part? The attendees don't do it alone. Lara Casey, our Founder, is there to walk them through each step of the process!

Alongside Lara, we have an encouragement team of eight other women who come alongside our attendees, sharing a little bit more of their own stories  and encouraging then in break-out groups as they dig deeper together.

We're excited to introduce our March 2018 Encouragers and hear more of why they're excited about Making Things Happen and what advice they have for our future attendees!

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Lara Casey

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What She's Most Excited for: "Making things happen means knowing that you don’t have to do it all, be it all, or have it all. MTH is about focusing on what MATTERS–on growing what lasts longer than you. Each time I lead this conference, I do the work alongside the attendees. And every time I'm changed, refreshed, and readied with a new action plan in hand."

Her Encouragement for Attendees:  "Remember that making a mess doesn't mean you become one. At MTH, we uncover what matters to us, and do something about it. The best things in life grow little by little, and MTH is the start of that."

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Amber Housley

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What She's Most Excited for: "I am most looking forward to embracing a new season! There are always new ideas and opportunities that are uncovered at MTH, and I love that the spring season is going to be such a timely season to implement them alongside new friends!"

Her Encouragement for Attendees:  "Come just as you are. Whether you're feeling good in your current season or whether you feel like everything is a mess, you are welcome here! Get ready for two days of solid time focused on you and dozens of new friends who will be cheering you on long after we leave the MTH doors!"

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Emily Ley

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What She's Most Excited for: "Seeing all my FRIENDS!!!!!! Hugging KNW’s babies. Some good quiet time to think."

Her Encouragement for Attendees:  "Be ready to let the unexpected bubble up. Many times I’ve attended MTH with one topic on my mind and left feeling so convicted about another. Being open to let the experience lead you is key!"

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Gina Zeidler

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What She's Most Excited for: "Solid time to DIG DEEP in a room of like-minded humans! Plus encourage others ON!"

Her Encouragement for Attendees:  "Come as you are, even if you feel like you don't quite get what you are coming for or are nervous! We are so excited to LOVE on you through this experience, and I'm just overjoyed to see you!"

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Katelyn James

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What She's Most Excited for: "I'm most looking forward to growing personally through MTH this year. I'm in such a different season than before. We have a surprise baby coming in five months and a one-year-old at home. So much of my business and my perspective on life has changed this past year, and I just have a feeling that MTH is going to be transformational in a new and exciting way this year!"

Her Encouragement for Attendees:  "My encouragement is that CHANGE CAN HAPPEN. I remember feeling SO stuck in my business and in the hamster wheel that I was running on. I am SO thankful that I'm not the same business owner that I was 3-4 years ago. I'm thankful that I'm not the same wife that I was before. Your circumstances don't define the reality of your future, no matter how STUCK you feel!"

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LaShawn Henighan

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What She's Most Excited for: "I'm most looking forward to meeting and fellowshipping with women, just like me, who are really ready to dig deep into bringing what matters in their lives to life and taking it out into the world to shine!"

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Nancy Ray

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What She's Most Excited for: "I’m most looking forward to looking at my entire life - my faith, my motherhood, my work, my relationships - everything - in a brand new light. I’m hungry for fresh perspective, I’m ready for a clean slate, and I know MTH does that for me every single time."

Her Encouragement for Attendees: "Get rid of any expectations you might have. Lay them down. Allow your mind and body the space you need, and allow whatever needs to happen, happen. It’s always the best experience when I let go of my control and expectations and just allow the Lord to guide me through the process. And don’t worry - we will be doing the work right alongside you! Oh - one more thing: waterproof mascara!"

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What She's Most Excited for: "After a challenging 2017 which allowed me to start 2018 with a renewed spirit and changed heart, I'm eager to dive into the hard work we do at Making Things Happen to see how it will again change my life in beautiful ways. Each and every time I return home from Raleigh, I am a new person with a zest for living my most purposeful life yet."

Her Encouragement for Attendees: "Come prepared to get out of Making Things Happen what you put into it. Open your heart. Commit to doing the work. Keep expectations minimal. Know the best is yet to come if you let it."

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Shunta Grant

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What She's Most Excited for: "I am most looking forward to spending phone-free, intentional time among a group of hopeful women who know that there is strength in community and that we all have the ability to live lives that reflect what matters most to us!"

Want to learn more about our in-person intensive? We would LOVE to have you at a future conference! Sign up here to be the first to know when registration opens for future dates!

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Three Ways to Prepare for Making Things Happen

Happy Friday, friends! We are so grateful to know the names of each and every one of the lucky ladies joining us for our March 2018 Making Things Happen Intensive! The Making Things Happen Intensive is our in-person two-day workshop. Under the fearless leadership of our founder, Lara Casey, we answer the hard questions, grow in community, and take a deep dive into our plans to cultivate what matters. It's always one of the highlights of our year!

We sold out more quickly than usual for this conference, and your enthusiasm gives us extra joy and energy as we prepare to welcome you to Chapel Hill! If you are interested in Making Things Happen but did not sign up this time, do not despair! We expect to have a fall event, and the best way to be the first to know is to sign up for our email updates here.

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If you are one of our March 2018 attendees, here are three things you can do now to prepare well for the conference!

  1. Keep an Open Mind. To get the most out of your Making Things Happen experience, clear your agenda. Admittedly, I made the mistake of coming to MTH with a plan. If you have something you'd like to work out in your heart and head, that's great. But be careful not to decide exactly what you plan to accomplish in your two days in Chapel Hill. You may miss something better. Our MTH process works, and the only thing you need to do is trust the process and give it your all in the moment.
  2. Observe Your Life. While keeping that first point in mind, start observing your life a little more closely. You don't have to come to any big decisions, but just study your current state of affairs. Include the big and small things. What emotions are you feeling most often? How are you spending your limited time? What habits do you regularly keep? What does your behavior say about your priorities? Tune in and collect some good data over these next two months.
  3. Expect Good Things with Confidence. I'm so proud of each of you for taking the leap to attend MTH! It takes bravery to make a big investment in yourself and be open to change. I know, because I've been there! Know that everyone else in the room is likely a little nervous to commit to change, hoping to make some friends, and a little hesitant about opening up and being vulnerable. Remind yourself that you are loved and worthy. Your story is valuable and inspiring. Come to Chapel Hill ready to embrace the experience, and I know you won't regret it!

Not joining us at this Spring's MTH Conference? That's okay! These three tips can apply to how you approach your personal PowerSheets Prep Work, too!

If you're an MTH alum, we'd love to hear what other tips you might add in the comments! Again, if you are interested in joining us for a future conference, sign up for our email updates so you'll be the first to know when tickets go on sale! 

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Three Reasons MTH Conference Changed the Course of my Life

If we haven't had the chance to get acquainted yet, I'm Catherine! I'm a grateful editor here at Cultivate What Matters, and I'm your cheerleader and guide for all things Making Things Happen!

Long before I ever dreamed I could work on this team, I took the leap and registered for Making Things Happen in 2016. I didn't know anyone else who would be there, and I didn't know what to expect, but I knew this: I wanted a more intentional, more joyful, more purposeful life. What I got was that, plus an entirely new perspective on my days, practical strategies for prioritizing, and a whole lot of peace and grace.

You've likely heard us talk about Making Things Happen, but maybe you aren't quite sure what it is or if it's for you? Well, I'm here to answer all your questions and share the three biggest reasons MTH changed the course of my life!

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See that redhead? She spent two days doing a lot of hard work that continues to have a ripple effect on my life and the lives of those whom I love.

1.  The most important investment you can make in living your best life is TIME. 

If you're wondering how you're ever going to make the life you've always imagined possible when all you can do right now is rush from one to-do to the next with your hair on fire, please, please join me at MTH. The single most powerful step I took was to block off the conference dates on my calendar and say to myself, my family, and my employer: these 2-3 days are mine. At MTH we shut out the emails, the text messages, the laundry, the messes, and all the noise (we will even take your phone from you!), and we devote two full, blissfully uninterrupted days to reflecting, dreaming, and strategizing. Sometimes the most important thing you can do when you feel like you don't have a single minute to spare is to hit pause, take a time out, and devote the time to figuring out how you're going to create real change.

2. Beautiful things grow out of getting messy and doing the hard work first.

Around here, we know that good things grow through the dirt, but how often do you really get outside of your comfort zone? We have so many wonderful resources here at Cultivate What Matters, but there is power in getting out from behind your computer and getting your hands dirty. (It is, after all, why we created the PowerSheets!) Lara is going to ask you some challenging questions at MTH. She's going to ask you to be honest with yourself and use your voice to banish your fears. It's kind of like having a personal trainer pushing you to live a more purposeful life (which makes sense, since Lara was once a personal trainer!). I want you to get in the room with us where there's nowhere to hide and believe that you can do hard things. If you're exhausted at the end of your first day at MTH, that's how you know you've put in the work to plant some good seeds.

3. Sharing stories and encouragement changes things. 

But MTH isn't all hard work. The challenging moments outside of your comfort zone are balanced with a whole lot of community. There is power when like-minded women sit in a beautiful room with a cup of coffee and share their hearts, their struggles, and their triumphs. MTH is your opportunity to connect with these women in person, let their stories inspire you, and make life-long friends to share in the journey of cultivating what matters with you. I was so amazed at how most of the women at MTH really wanted the same things as I do at the end of the day: deep relationships, a vibrant faith, a healthy lifestyle, and a rich legacy to name a few. I can't tell you how many practical and inspiring ideas I got from these women. Plus, MTH is not just about the two-day experience. We encourage you to exchange information and hold each other accountable, start PowerSheets groups in your city, and grow together long after you leave Chapel Hill!

It's time! Take the leap, and join us in Chapel Hill, NC this March! We can't wait to help you uncover your goals and start making them happen!

Our Early-Bird Rate (more than 50% off ticket price) ends on December 31st, and seats are filling up quickly! You can register here! I'm an email away and I'm ready to talk your ears off about why MTH is a good investment for you. Email me any questions you have or for more information on payment plans!

We know many of you shared your 2018 Vision Board in our Pinterest Contest and are crossing your fingers tight that you are the winner! Don't let that keep you from taking advantage of the Early-Bird Rate before it expires on December 31st. If the winner chosen is already registered, we'll make sure to issue a full refund!

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