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5 Things to Know about the MTH Experience

MTH Phone Free
Image by Carrie Joy Photography.

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 Breakout groups
Image by Robyn Van Dyke 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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4 Products We Use at Making Things Happen

We like to approach MTH like we would treat coffee at your best friend’s house — come as you are, no frills, no expectations except for great connections and heart time. We provide each of our attendees with exactly what they’ll need, plus a few fun surprises that we think help them get back to what matters most and enjoy their time with us.

You can find most of these surprises in the Making Things Happen Shop!

Making Things Happen Tumbler
The Make It Happen Tumbler
This is one of our attendees favorite gifts from the conference! Part of being able to do what matters most means taking care of yourself and keeping yourself healthy. We love that these fun tumblers keep us hydrated — whether it’s with tea, fruit infusions, or just ice cold water — so we’re never held back by headaches or fatigue.

Making Things Happen Mug
The Make It Happen Mug
How you start your day can determine how the rest of your day goes. We love filling this mug with coffee or tea first thing in the morning to get us pumped for the next eight hours.

Making Things Happen Lunch Bag
The Make It Happen Lunch Bag
Work smarter, not harder! There is always time for a lunch break. This insulated and bright lunch bag will remind you to take a break in the middle of the day so you can come back to work refueled and reenergized.

Making Things Happen Pashmina
The Make It Happen Pashmina
We are all about comfort! These soft pashminas get used all day at the conference to keep us warm, but we break them out regularly for cold offices and cold weather.

Find all of these items and more in the Making Things Happen Shop!

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WHAT HAPPENS AT MTH?
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While you can see sneak peeks by scrolling through the #MTHConference hashtag on Instagram, it won’t give you an in-depth look into what actually happens at the Making Things Happen Conference each year.

Sit down for a coffee date with MTH Founder Lara Casey, Chief Encourager Kristin Winchester, and speakers Rhiannon Bosse and Amber Housley as they share their favorite parts of MTH, and help answer your questions as you decide if this is the conference for you (spoiler alert: it is!)

We still have a few seats available for our October conference, and we’d love to have you join us in Chapel Hill so we can give you a big hug! Take the leap! Payment plans are available; email Kristin@SouthernWeddings.com for more information.

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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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