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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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Rhiannon Bosse

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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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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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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!

REGISTER FOR MTH HERE!

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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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