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.


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!



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.




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.



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.



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.



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.




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.


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.




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.



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


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.



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.


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.






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!


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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.

Encouragement Crew
Making MTH Happen
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!!


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PowerSheets in Person: Join Us at Making Things Happen!

By now you probably know that 2017 PowerSheets are sold out (for the time being - we'll have more in stock in June to help you finish the year strong!).

If you're one of our many friends who missed out on nabbing a set to start the year, or even if you're one of our many friends who DID get a set, we are excited to tell you about another option available to you coming up in just a few weeks.

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. As I'm sure you can imagine, being in the room with Lara, our amazing encouragers, and dozens of other women who are as eager for personal and business renewal as you for two whole days is a powerful catalyst to uncover your goals and take action on them.

What can you expect from Making Things Happen? It often defies explanation, because it's truly one of those "you get out of it what you put into it" experiences, and differs depending on where you are in life, but here's an overview of our two days together:


You can read SO 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 sign up for our upcoming webinar with Lara and a few MTH alums next Wednesday, where you can ask questions and see if the experience might be right for you.

And friends, if you're on the fence, now is the time. For the last few years, we've held Making Things Happen intensives twice a year (once in the spring, and once in the fall). In 2017, we've decided to hold it just once-this March 20-21 in Chapel Hill, NC. We would LOVE to see you there, and payment plans are available to make it happen. Register here.

Questions? Leave a comment below and we'll happily answer them, and don't forget to sign up for next week's webinar!


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5 Things to Know about the MTH Experience

1. It's phone-free. Yes, you read that right! Before you enter the conference room, we'll ask you to turn off your phones and leave them in our care. We firmly believe this time is yours to dig deep, get honest, and leave distractions behind. So many of our attendees leave the conference not wanting to turn their phones back on! We offer an emergency number for baby sitters, spouses, and anyone else who might need to get in immediate contact with you so that you can get the most out of your two days with us.

MTH Phone Free
Image by Carrie Joy Photography.

2. We give you time to think. It sounds simple, doesn't it? But we think this is a game-changer. Instead of spending two days presenting ideas to you, we want you to participate in the process. We'll lead you through powerful prompts and activities so that you do the work with us, not after you get home. Throughout the two days, we'll take focused breaks instead of distracted ones -- giving you time to journal your thoughts.

MTH Community
Image by Carrie Joy Photography.

3. You'll want to leave the heels at home... Get comfy ladies. You're likely to kick off whatever shoes you're wearing to curl them up beneath you and your hair is likely to get thrown into a ponytail before the end of the day. MTH isn't about impressing anyone. It's about coming as you are to do real and powerful work.

MTH Fireside Chats
Image by Carrie Joy Photography.

4. ...And bring your comfiest pajamas. One of our favorite parts of MTH is our fireside chats on Monday and Tuesday evening! Our Chief Encouragement Officer, Kristin, and one of our speakers, Carrie, host these casual nighttime chats to unwind after conference days and process any thoughts that came to light.

MTH Community
Image by Robyn Van Dyke Photography.

5. We want you to get in community. You'll be assigned to a small breakout group that's full of people who are similar to you and want to make similar things happen. We think this is a great way to get more intimate time together, and to create new friendships that reflect your priorities and practice MTH principles. Additionally, you'll get an accountability partner to follow up with after the intensive, ensuring a new friendship and some extra encouragement on your action list! Finally, while there's little socializing during the conference, we encourage everyone to get dinner and breakfast together, talk during Fireside Chats, and spend our last hour of the conference getting to know each other!

Want to know more about MTH? Explore our gallery, read our FAQ, and scroll through our hashtag #MTHConference!


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MTH In Real Life: Rachel Anne Hopper

Over the years, we’ve been privileged to hear and be a tiny part of women’s stories and how they’ve embraced their passions, moved past their fear, and made big things happen! Join us in this new series, “MTH In Real Life,” as we chat with MTH Alum who have used the principles from the conference to lead the big decisions in their lives.

Rachel Anne Hopper
Say hello to: Rachel Anne Hopper, the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life at Texas Christian University

Rachel attended MTH in: November 2015

She'd encourage anyone to attend MTH: "You don’t have to be a creative to go to MTH! As a college administrator, I found many ways to enhance my working life. I have a different outlook on my daily work, and I remind myself how my work is a great opportunity to serve others, which definitely fires me up. You will also meet lots of amazing people. My friend Caitlin and I met during the conference, and we just happen to live an hour away from each other. We text throughout the week, have once a month lunches, and encourage each other often. I’m so grateful for the many women I met during MTH, because as women, we are called to be lifting each other up. This provided me with a new group of women to do just that."

How Rachel Lives and Works with More Purpose

What do you do for a living? I am the Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life at Texas Christian University. My role includes staff supervision, oversight of our staff recruitment, staff selection, community development, and strategic planning among many other things. TCU has been my work home since 2007, and I am so grateful for the many opportunities I have to impact students as they learn and grow throughout their collegiate career.

How did MTH surprise you? I expected to gain clarity about goal setting, develop connections with other women, and identify what purpose looks like in my life. I was surprised at how much MTH impacted me personally. I anticipated some scrubbing and digging deep, but we really got deep, in the best way ever. I uncovered fears that were holding me back. I understood how distractions were impacting my life. I unveiled a better me, which in turn makes me a better wife, mom, co-worker and leader.

What was your biggest takeaway from MTH? Almost daily I reflect on the 80-year-old self activity! It helps remind me what is important and what I really am striving towards. I don’t need stuff or status. I need God and relationships. This 80-year-old self activity helped me to see that every decision I make is attached to an arrow, and I needed to ask myself, what direction were my arrows leading me? It’s important to evaluate how our decisions impact our lives positively and negatively.

How have MTH principles changed your working life? Letting go of fears and distractions has significantly impacted my work life. Because MTH helped me to identify my core and how purposeful I am, I now lead with fewer fears about what I bring to the table, what others may think about me, and what I can do to propel our department forward. Another MTH principle is remembering what fires me up. I love my work, work environment and coworkers, but I also know that sometimes, I may not have the best day and that work could bring my spirits down. It’s in those moments that I pull out my list of what fires me up. I get a great reminder of why I live on purpose and why I want to work hard at the job I’ve been given.

How do you use those principles on a regular basis? I have the wonderful opportunity to be part of a great team of coworkers, some of whom I supervise, and I’ve recognized how much I want them to fill their time with what matters to them. When it comes time to divide up a task, do I immediately want to take it on so I can be the lead or do I look around the table to see who would be best to lead it? I know how to identify what fires up my coworkers, and then I can see their work be enhanced because they are excited about what they are working on. Just like in our personal life, sometimes we have tasks we may not enjoy. Food needs to be on the table, reports have to be turned in, but believe me, we have other ways to make all of those things easier or more joyful. It’s starting with the why. We turn in a report because we are working hard at the job God’s given us. We are putting a meal on the table because well, maybe we are really good at cooking (HELP ME PLEASE!) and that is a joyful experience, and if not, we are doing it because we are nourishing our family and that is joy. Or you are turning in a report at work because you are skilled at writing, editing and forming a cohesive message, which brings joy to those around you. In all those things, you can identify how it is purposeful or meaningful to you.

How have MTH principles changed your personal life? This is hard, because I don’t know how they haven’t changed my life! One of the things Lara told us before leaving MTH is to not go home and tell everyone all the things you are changing about your life, but to instead walk the walk. I have 2-3 people that I shared my goals with as accountability to my journey, but otherwise, I truly have tried to walk the walk. Since then, I’ve had feedback regarding my growth and how much my outlook on life has shifted. Can I just tell you the freedom that comes with this? I feel like God has just scrubbed and scrubbed and is still scrubbing, and it is rough, but I feel purposeful, meaningful and excited about each day.

Get to know more about Rachel on the PowerSheets Community Blog!


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