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Three Reasons MTH 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!

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 March 2018 Tickets on Sale Now!

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 


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.


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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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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