Between making babies happen, making brands happen, making things happen, making a magazine, a new house, new staff, shoots, consulting, travel and everything in between, there has been a whole lot happening since I last wrote here!  Hello, friends.  Hello, blog.  Nice to see you.  Sit a spell with me and I’ll quickly get you updated.



I was so honored (OK, really… I squealed and did some form of a really hilarious happy dance in getting the invite from R+ K!) and grateful to get the opportunity to speak on a branding panel at Engage!11 in San Diego recently.  Alongside my incredibly inspiring roomies Harmony Walton and Jasmine Star, I was so fired up to get to speak on a subject that fuels me beyond words… and to a group of professionals who inspires me to no end!  Full recap coming soon in my Engage!11 MegaPost, but I just had to say thank you again to the two women (and team) who gave me the remarkable gift to teach and learn and spend a week getting my heart and mind cracked wide open: Rebecca Grinnals and Kathyrn Arce.  If you know these two phenomenal women, you know what I mean!  There aren’t words large enough to express my gratitude.  This was my 6th Engage! and it just keeps getting better.  From the moment I got there, my mind started buzzing with new ideas that resulted in powerful changes taking place in our office since I’ve been back.  Big changes.  Remarkable advances.  And it’s just the beginning.  Thank you, Rebecca, Kathryn and all of the incredible professionals we shared that magical week with!  I wish I was going to be in Cayman for the next Engage!, but I will likely be in labor.  Literally, labor is the ONLY reason I would ever miss an Engage!  This video from Cloud Nine Creative says it all really…

Engage 11: Grand Del Mar // Wrap Film from Cloud Nine Creative on Vimeo.

Making Brands Happen makes my days light up!  Emily and I talk about 20 times a day and exchange an average of 80 emails every afternoon, making people’s authentic powerful creative brands come to life.  What started as an idea sketched out on a Delta barfbag somewhere over the Pacific on the way to Maui (really) to merge our two loves – design and branding -  turned into something we never dreamed possible!  We had no idea this would take off like it has with clients we adore more than words, but it just further confirms what I’ve always believed:  when you harness your core – your driving passion – nothing is impossible. 



The golden question in the SW office: How do we connect great vendors to the right brides to give them the experience of a lifetime on their big day?  My gut reaction answer is always: educate brides and build better businesses!  Great matchmaking and powerful experiences start at the core.  My mission is to change the wedding industry for the better from the inside out.  Building authentic, flourishing businesses gets me fired up! When a brand message is crystal clear, you attract the ideal clients who understand your true value.  When a company has built a remarkable client experience and brand culture based on that core brand message, fireworks happen!  That’s what I want for brides.  Fireworks!  The kind that are so brilliant and big that your parents didn’t want you to light them on your own when you were a kid.  Life-long memories and unforgettable experiences.  True authentic love to the power of infinity!   Oh, Heavens, don’t get me started!  I. love. this. work.  We’re now completely sold out for 2011 brand launches and have a waiting list for 2012 when I get back from maternity leave.  Get on the 2012 List.



I’ll be launching my own new branding soon that I can’t wait to share.  A little low-res iPhone peek at my new cards below.  Much more to come…

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit, V4 aka Volume Four of Southern Weddings Magazine is set to be our biggest and best issue yet!  Heavens to Betsy, is it ever! We’re still accepting PRINT SUBMISSIONS for this issue, so jump on it and send us your best! Shoot season is in full swing for us and our office is abuzz with deliveries, prop styling, brainstorming sessions, sketches and swatches.  Our Art Director, Emily Ayer, and our divine team are making all sorts of Southern wedding goodness happen.  I’m so grateful for the women I work with.  Photo below from our Southern Weddings charity yard sale by Nancy Ray.

Y’all need to come visit our office one day to fully understand their awesomeness.   Come on over!  Seriously.  We have a full fridge of sweet tea and Cheerwine ready for you.  A little sneak peek at our new team shoot from Millie Holloman below.  Love you, ladies!

I know you want baby updates.  UPDATED: We’re having a GIRL!!! SO grateful to have my first maternity session with the lovely Nancy Ray this week.  More to come…

Travel time! I’ll be back to my hometown to speak at The Stationery Academy in August.  Very excited about this… except it’s the last speaking engagement I’m letting myself do for the year before this baby arrives.  I love to speak more than anything and have had to – sadly – turn down 14 wonderful opportunities this fall all over the world, including two in Ireland!  My dream!  I know God has designed this plan for a perfect reason, though.  Said reason is currently kicking my bellybutton : )

Aaaaand my favorite news besides baby…  Emily, Gina and I are headed out on the road for a very short Making Things Happen tour!  All of the past 27 cities have SOLD OUT, so we expect this to as well.  We purposely chose places that are easy to travel to so you can make it happen.  With le bebe on the way, this is the last tour I’ll be able to do for likely a good year or so.  We’re headed to Pensacola, Atlanta and New York in just a few short weeks.   We’re also hosting a big alum event in Florida!   I couldn’t be more excited. I love this work more than I currently love black cherry popsicles (that’s a lot of love, people!) and can’t wait to see everyone soon to make some big things happen.  Seats are already filling fast.  Register before July 1 for the early-bird rate while you still can.

A soon-to-be-attendee recently asked me if any of the MTH alum keep in touch.  I told her that I had to giggle a little at her question.  Why?  For a year and a half, we’ve been lucky enough to be a part of 29 private Facebook groups – one for each MTH class, one for a student class from UNC and one big group for all MTH alum that we just launched.  Oh my word, these groups buzz with activity – encouragement, collaboration, feedback, motivation, updates, etc., etc. – on a minute to minute basis.  I always wish I could give people a peek into these private groups.  They motivate me to no end!  Accountability and continuing guidance are a cornerstone to lasting success.  Many thanks to the powers of Facebook technology and to the 400+ alum who inspire all of us every single day.  We love y’all so very much!  Be sure to follow MTH2011 on Tumblr and Twitter for daily inspiration and read the post that started it all.

SCHOLARSHIP: So, in the continuing spirit of giving back through Making Things Happen, we are opening one scholarship for this final 2011 tour.  Leave a comment here telling us what you want to make happen in 2011 (and which city you would like to attend).  Why do you want this? What is your passion? Deadline to comment is JULY 4th at midnight. One scholarship seat will be announced that week!   Life is too short to play small.  So, spread the word and get on it.  We cannot wait to meet you soon!

OK, back to making all of this happen, friends. 

Blessings,

P.S. Happy 39th wedding anniversary, Mom and Dad! I love you!

P.P.S. Happy Father’s Day weekend, y’all! Join the Father of the Bride gushfest…

Show Comments (61)
  1. fer juaristi

    girl,congrats on so many things, specially on your baby!.
    Cheers from mexico.

    • Lara

      Thank you, my friend! Cheers to all of your successes too! SO happy for you!

  2. Natalie Clamp

    So, So, very HAPPY for you and the little one!!! Try to get some rest in there! Nat

  3. Lizzie

    Hey Lara and cute little bump! :)
    I was so excited to read about MTH 2011 NYC – and then very bummed when I realized that the date coincides with the back end of a trip already planned :( But still grateful for daily inspiration. Your world sounds so busy but blessed – keep growing that bean! :)

  4. Melissa Abeyta

    You have such a beautiful glow!! So excited for you =)

  5. Desiree

    Love this post…and the beautiful pics! So happy for you;-)

  6. Desiree

    Oh, what do I want to make happen? Where do I start? Well, plain and simple like the Engage video says, I want to sell out in 2 tweets;-) My company’s website went live a little over a month ago and since then I’ve been busy growing HappyCrawlers (my baby business). We make leg warmers for little ones, so you are probably wondering why do I want to network with wedding people? Well, relationships are relationships and I like to build, cultivate and nurture relationships in any arena. I like the similar personalities that I’ve met through MTH. I see myself in a lot of the folks’ stories that I heard at the event. I like hearing people’s stories and growing from them. I met some amazing ladies at MTH in Tampa in Jan. 2011. I was blown away by so many of the women and continue to turn the business networking into friendships. I truly believe in giving back and doing what you say you are going to do. I want to attend to refresh my goals, focus on what’s important and look into a branding session as my line grows;-) I have big plans for HappyCrawlers and I can’t wait to share them with some of my favorite “wedding” friends. I’m interested in the 7/24 session in beautiful Gulf Breeze, Florida.

    PS- Can’t wait to hear your baby news, Lara. For some reason, I think it’s “pink”. What an incredible wedding Brady and your little lady would have;-) I’m sure you and Emily would make headlines all over with that one. Let’s make that happen!

  7. Stephanie

    I LOVE the new business cards! They’re so pretty!

  8. Ashley Cox

    In short I want to make life happen. I am 28 and feeling a little bit stuck. I read your blog religiously and draw strength through the shared experiences and know that attending Making Things Happen would be life changing for me. I live in London but would give anything to win this scholariship. I started a freelance wedding makeup business last year but have lost my way and need your help. I want to question my life and set myself up to succeed, in life, God, business and happiness.

    What do I want to make happen? I want to look at my life with fresh honest eyes and start living to make things happen. We only get one chance right? I want to make my business venture a success and grow in the industry with the strength and courage needed to make this a success. I want to grow and walk with God and scruntinise my life to make some positive changes. I want to experience this amazing opportunity with like minded people and learn from them and you. I hope you will consider me for this scholorship.

    I will get myself to America but could not afford the fee and the travel and accomodation so that is why I am applying for the scholarship and not just signing myself straight up! Pensecola or New York would be amazing if I was selected.

    Thank you for listening.
    Ashley

  9. Melissa hopkins

    I would love to be given to opportunity to attend either MTH: Emerald Coast or MTH:Atlanta. This year has brought upon my husband and I a great deal of changed to our business. We have expanded our company into two divisions and moved in the process in order to build our other brand. With all of this, I feel that the chance to attend MTH will allow me to focus on further expanding ourselves and look at where to go from there. We have so many ideas rushing through our minds that it is hard to keep track. This would be a wonderful opportunity to focus, prioatize and conquer.

  10. Dana Laymon

    I have been wanting to attend for soooo long! This blog and the MTH blog have given me energy and motivation to do ALL the crazy things i’ve been doing thus far! I’m actually stuck on branding and just wondering what my next steps should be for the business. I’m pretty much guessing as I go but I want this more than anything! I can feel it in my bones :) I would love to attend the Atlanta session. To make lifelong friends, be inspired, encouraged, and be taught. I’m ready to soak it all up! I feel very lonely in this business especially since I have a full time job and the experience would mean everything to me!

  11. Shelly Peters

    In 2011 , and onward, I want to make authenticity happen. In my home. In my marriage. In my motherhood. In my business. With my clients. I want to live as transparent and open as possible. I want to share all that is good in my heart, authentically and purely, with others. I want to listen to the talent and gut leadings inside me and make art that is pure, and not what others want or expect. I want to shock others with a moment captured that they never dreamed of, and then lead others to cherish those captured moments. I want to love. To really love. And I want it to pour out of me. LIKE. NEVER. BEFORE. I want to kiss my “rut” goodbye forever.

    New York City.

  12. Abbey

    I just took the dive. I turned in my resignation letter to my safe, consistent-paycheck job to start living without regrets. I started Chips + Salsa Design Studio, a custom invitation and calligraphy company, about a year ago and have been blessed beyond measure with positive feedback and a growing customer base. But I am scared. I am fearful of failing. I have found solace in your blog entries addressing this very subject and through your words of encouragement and direction I am overjoyed and committed to making my business successful. MTH would allow me to confront my fears, meet other motivated and determined individuals and have the opportunity to push myself beyond my self-imposed limits. Thank you for this opportunity, for listening to my story and for your inspiring words. MTH Atlanta or NYC would be a dream!

    • Lara

      Abbey!!! I just had to say CONGRATULATIONS from all of us! So excited for all that’s ahead of you! We’re cheering you on!

    • Abbey

      Thank you for the encouragement! Never looking back!

  13. Jenna

    I have to be at the Emerald Coast workshop. I won’t be able to take no for an answer, so you’ll just have to pick me. Through the MTH blog I have seen the total transformation that MTH can spark, and it gives me so much hope! I feel so stuck, confused and stagnant…I really don’t know where to begin- and I am ready to change, to be an inspiration like all of the MTH alums!

  14. Amanda

    A couple of months ago I read about MTH through Gina’s blog post. It was something I knew some day, if possible, would have to attend. If given the chance to go, I would be forever grateful. Almost three years ago I quit my corporate job to pursue a dream I never thought I was capable of. With a lot of Faith and support from my husband (who professional drums for a living and knows what it’s like to do what you love) I knew God would equip me along the way. ( I didn’t even know what a blog was, yikes). I realized I was ignoring for too long what dreams God was trying to show me and needed to stop doubting and start doing. I said when I quit, I hoped to be successful with my purpose in life. I wanted to find ME again and find My purpose. I immediately attended WPPI where a speaker asked the question, “Is the Child within you proud of who you’ve become today?” That really stayed with me because too often in my life I’ve held back because of Fear of Failure and now that i’ve started a photography business I struggle with Fear of Success which holds me back. In my eyes I feel I have come a long ways, but would say I haven’t made it yet with my business and need to make it happen. I have though became a much better wife and a new mommy (which slowed my dreams down a little). Six months after having my daughter I challenged myself to a half marathon. Having never been a runner, I made it. I wouldn’t have made it if it weren’t for my sister and my husband holding me accountable in training. MTH would be just that in my career and life training. I want to get to the point where someday I am able to help others reach towards that finish line in photography and in life. I want to inspire the way others have inspired me. I turn 29 on July 27th and want that next year to be My Big year before I’m 30. Starting it off with MTH in NY on July 28th would be amazing. I will already be there visiting my in-laws. Thank you for being You and sharing your heart, Joy, and talent with others! Thank you Thank you Thank you! Amanda

  15. Erin Faye

    I have wanted to attend for so long and finally decided to enter for the scholarship. I am 27 and am “stuck”. I am a full time accountant and run a photography business on the side. It is overwhelming at times, but I love to be creative. I have been working on getting my body fit and healthy but it is a struggle. I really need a boost. Something to open my eyes and set me on the right track. Be better, think better and do better.
    I would be excited to attend either of the workshops. Thanks for this opportunity and keep doing what you are doing.

  16. Megan

    This year I want to make change happen! I have been in the Social Work field for four years, since graduating college. It is my desire to make a difference in the lives of others, and I have done so through helping kids in foster care and building families through adoption. As wonderful as my field is, I don’t feel the fire, the passion, or the feeling that this is what God has planned for me. I want to touch peoples lives in a new way. Honestly I don’t know where to start. I began reading MTH tumblings late last year, before getting married, and each time I read a post I am challenged to action. I feel the next steps slowly unfolding and want to take this opportunity to steal away my time to focus, decide, and act! I would be honored to attend MTH: New York. The city where dreams come true is where the best part of my life started, where my husband proposed, and where we plan to be living in a year and a half. It seems like the perfect place to start again with my career and my pursuit of God’s calling.
    With excitement,
    Megan Miller-TX

  17. Sarah Gonzalez

    I would be honored to be a part of MTH in Atlanta 2011. I had the brief opportunity to meet Emily while working in Pensacola, FL. I have kept connected with her through social media outlets and I am certainly glad I did. I have been completely impressed with everything you have accomplished and look forward to following your success in the future. Not only am I blown away by how talent you all are, but I also love the fact that you are promoting professional development and are genuinely passionate about helping others succeed. Simply from reading about your businesses and following your blog, you have completely inspired me to take action and change the course of my career. If you have had that much impact on me already, I can only image what great things can arise from attending your workshop.

    In January of this year, I decided to launch Sarah Louise Design, a freelance graphic design and marketing consulting business. It was the best professional decision I have made thus far. I have never been more fulfilled professionally, socially, spiritually or as a mother and wife in my entire life. My business is all about doing what I love, which I have learned is the key to my overall happiness.

    I am ready, able and incredibly excited to take my career and life in general to the next level. I believe MTH can help me reach my goals. I am hoping to have my business advance to the point where I will be able to allocate a significant amount of my time to work (pro-bono ) with non-profit organizations. I believe that many under-funded business may benefit from my services. This is a very important part of my business plan and a personal goal that I will attain.

    I have had aspirations of operating my own business and been passionate about commerce and art for as long as I can remember. I spent the majority of my childhood, without exaggeration, developing businesses and saving for a horse. Well, I never saved enough money for a horse, but at 10 years old, I developed a business plan for my own art supply store. My parents believed in me, and together we opened up a subsidiary store within our family business called Sarah’s Art Supply. It transitioned over the years from an art supply store to a picture framing business. The business stayed open until 2010 when my parents retired.

    After I graduated from Bentley University in 2004, I moved from Boston to Pensacola. I was a fearless business professional. However, I lacked real life experience. Today, I still hold the same confidence, but believe I gained the life experience that will aid me in my success. I now have a better understanding of what my strengths and weaknesses are, and what goals I want to achieve in my life. I have never been so ready to take action! With that being said, I know my professional growth journey has only just begun and I’m excited for every day ahead of me.

    If I had the opportunity to be a part of MTH, I am confident the experience will change every aspect of my life for the better. I would love to learn from your experiences and become a part of the MTH family. Thank you kindly for your time and consideration. I hope to see you in July!

    Respectfully,
    Sarah Gonzalez

  18. lindsay wynne {photography}

    I am in the process of re-branding to reflect my own personal & photographic style and I would love to attend MTH 2011 in Atlanta. I think attending your workshop would be the final push I need to take my business from average to fabulously successful. Pick me!

  19. Maggie

    I want so much to happen! I’m trying to start up a non-profit in my community – something that will help people care for their neighbors in simple ways. I’ve got a new website incubating in my head, which will celebrate creative entrepreneurs. My photography business needs direction…I want to open a sewing workshop one day…I keep starting creative collaborations which are exhilarating but aren’t paying any bills.

    HELP!

    I’d love to get all these ideas sorted out, to get them out of my head and into the world, and to have a plan that’s more than, “Whatever sticks…”

    I could attend MTH:Atlanta

  20. Jaime Nash

    I want my ideal life to happen! I need to find my focus and outline what exactly it is that I want to make happen! I love my life – but since becoming a mom I am inspired to create an even bigger and better life so that I can allow my little girl to live out her dreams. I’d like to stop hopping from one idea to the next and really get a handle on my strengths (and my weaknesses, too!), talents, and skills to design my life so that I can be the most effective wife and mommy I can be. I’d like to attend MTH – Atlanta.

  21. Jaime Wells Nash

    Thinking about this a little more this afternoon, particularly after Emily’s post earlier today. I so agree with Emily that people think it is impossible to be a wife, mama, entrepreneur, and friend – all well, all the time. But I know it IS possible and I am on my journey to show the nay-sayers that it CAN be done. And with style, grace, and sass! I would love to use MTH2011 as my springboard to do what I truly believe is my mission: to show women – specifically “working mamas” whether in the traditional 9-to-5 sense or as a “mom-preneur” or a unique combo of both that it CAN be done. Sharing my journey in hopes that other women can do it too! I think MTH would force me to spend some serious time and make a serious commitment (financially and family as I’ll be arranging childcare and leaving my sweet little girl for a day!!!) to this passion and get it going. I’d love to go through the exercises to finally MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!!

  22. Liz Rotz

    I’ve always been passionate about many things. Life, family, friends, and love are just the basics. Lately I’ve been starting to learn and develop my passion for something that makes me feel right about myself. After a few office/corporate jobs that never seemed to pan out, I’ve finally started to do something I have enjoyed since I was young. Paper and Design. I remember being a child and never seeming to have enough stationery and paper to suite my needs. The first time I went to a Paper Source in Chicago, I knew it was love at first sight. I’ve always been quick on the computer, but learning the new design software isn’t an easy task and it’s something I am craving to master. I don’t think I would have ever ventured into something like this without the support and inspiration from a friend and MTH Alum, Brit @LandLockedBride. Watching her transformation from this workshop was incredible. And I NEVER would have thought she needed it. In my eyes she already was “there.” She also introduced me to the MTH blog, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Everyday it opens my eyes to something new and challenging, in a great way. I would love to attend MTH2011 Emerald Coast in FL, especially since Brit is possibly attending the alum refresher. There isn’t anyone I would rather share my experience with.

  23. Sara

    I have been dreaming of being an entrepreneur for 4 years now. I have been a creative at heart all my life, and I LOVE the wedding industry. The passion I’m currently pursuing is wedding photography which jazzes me like no other, but I want to reach so far beyond that. The theme behind my desired branding is telling stories. Love stories, and more. There are so many stories woven in any couple’s story. Stories are what make up the fabric of life. I desire to take that theme beyond just my photography, but I hope to use it to impact brides/couples/marriages/families. i want to give back. I want to impact the world. And while I LOVE wedding photography and want to do it forever, I know that I am meant for something much more and much bigger than just that. The Lord has put a message, a love for people, and a creative way of expressing it in my heart, and I am MORE than ready to bring it to the world. And, the timing (in my life) couldn’t be better. I am ready. And I believe the Lord has confirmed that. I am ready to make things happy. And, even if I don’t win this contest, I just want to say that Lara, you have profoundly impacted myself and my business already. I can’t WAIT for all of the amazing things in store for you, le bebe… and me. Thank you. p.s.I am also a redhead with a ton of freckles :)

  24. Sara Fachetti

    p.s., I can attend either Atlanta or New York City… I live in CO, so either one is about the same length of flight and I have family in both cities :) But if I have to pick, I pick New York! It’s where I’m from :)

  25. Mariana Herrera Mosli

    Lara, you are such an inspiration in my life! I thank God daily for the opportunity he gave me to meet you, Gina, and all the other wonderful women in Watercolor last year, even if it was just a few hours-you impacted my life in a BIG way. I want to make many things happen in 2011, starting with my business’s brand. It is such a big part of my life, and I want it to authentically reflect ME! I want to bless others with my actions, make a difference in the world, travel and share my love and passion of helping people! But I realize, I can’t do any of those things, until I truly know who I am exactly. MTH has helped me get through the ‘top layers’ of myself, but there is so much more work I need to do to get deep into the ‘real’ ME and share that with the world. It is scary, butI can’t wait! Today I wrote this quote on twitter, “work more on yourself, and the business will work more for you.” and I plan on keeping it fresh in my mind with every choice I make, every day. I would love to attend MTH in Pensacola, Fl. I would love to see your faces and give you all HUGE hugs. I would love to just fire up ( I mean FIRE IT UP) that flicker of light that keeps burning inside me, that I know will leave a trail blazing! Much love and blessings your way! xoxo!

  26. Erin Ax

    I think this is the 6th… (possibly 7th.. ok 8th!) attempt at a first sentence. A chance to be at MTH New York would be such an amazing opportunity for anyone looking to learn, grow, and experience the feeling of being on your way to actually making your dreams come true. That is an opportunity I have to take a shot at! I am a wedding and event planner in NJ who has been trying to make it happen for the past three years, all while working in corporate america. My time spent there was very grey. Employees were treated poorly, and thanks was rarely given. Even though those years were tough, they were motivating. I finally built up the courage to take charge of my life and my career. My notice was given yesterday, and my last day is July 8th. I mark that day as the start to my future. I want to learn all there is, experience all there is, and enjoy all there is. I hope MTH can give me, and my business that chance.

  27. Vannessa Eggleston

    Truth be told, I would travel anywhere to meet Emily. She has been such an inspiration to me this last year. But if I had to choose one place, it would be Pensacola,…it seems that’s where some great people happen. I am a stationery designer trying to find my way in this maze of motherhood and entrepreneurial-hood. I know the direction I should be traveling in and I am held back by fears of failure. And fears of success. I’d like to attend MTH so that one year from today {as I sit with my new MacBook Pro at at my new office desk in my new showroom} I can look back at this post and be glad I took that leap of faith. I’m ready Ladies; to join the ranks of the empowered and embark on this new adventure.
    Congratulations Lara on the baby news! That was one adventure I didn’t hesitate to take on and thank goodness for them. 100% sunshine 100% of the time. Life blooms and grows lovely where they are.

  28. Heather

    So glad to see a new and exciting post! I had the pleasure of meeting you at last year’s Martha Stewart Bridal Market Celebration while working for a wedding photographers agency and have found you so inspiring! Unfortunately, a short time after the event the company was put on hold and the staff was removed from the picture. Even though it was a surprise end, I was so thankful for the experience. It allowed me to work with truly inspirational entrepreneurs– and I caught the bug! I supported photographers as well as other wedding professionals, sharing their stories and their accomplishments on the company blog. My mission for 2011 is to find a way to be passionate about my work every day, inspiring others, and blooming as a true entrepreneur. I want to keep supporting others and sharing their stories while also carving a path for my own entrepreneurial pursuits. I’m a renaissance soul and want to inspire other renaissance souls. I’m passionate about writing, reading, acting, playing guitar, sharing ideas, photography and inspiring others. I would be honored to attend MTH 2011 in New York so I could learn from the best and keep the inspiration juices flowing. I don’t have a set business plan, but I have the heart and drive and would greatly benefit from hearing what others had to say. Have a great day and best of luck with your future endeavors!

  29. Juliet Douglas

    Congrats on that little girl! Little girls are so much fun!

  30. Caz Hodge

    Dear Mrs. Casey and co.

    Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Caz Hodge and I am in desperate need of your help.

    Unfortunately, I am at a point in my life where I am not experiencing the level of success that I have been accustomed to in the past. I have a passion and a natural skill for branding, marketing and seeing the world in color, but yet I am stuck in a career that involves rigidness, bore, and frustration. I realize that I have compromised my creativity, jovial-like spirit and personal style for money, and now I need to get back to where I belong. Reality is catching up to me and it is taking my inner child in the process.

    You see Mrs. Casey, I witnessed the magic of your intensives before, from the sideline that is. I was able to witness the beautiful transformation in Mrs. Emily Ley after she attended one of your past intensives. Having a front-row seat at that evolution, was quite a sight to see. Mrs. Ley’s behavior was so contagious and inspiring, that I had no choice but to digest all the wonderful information that she was sharing with me. Since that process I have been an avid follower of your blog and everything to do with Making Things Happen and Making Brands Happen! A bride I am not, but I am a fan of your challenges and motivational posts. I also believe that lightning can strike the same spot twice!

    If I were to be granted the privilege to receive your scholarship, I wish to join you in New York. I believe that attending this intensive, will re-ignite my engines and get me out of the rut that I have been in for way too long. I know it will intensify the passion and desire that I have burning within me to finally start my own marketing and branding company. But mostly I look forward to being surrounded with people like myself that are doing exciting things in the world. I have lacked that energy for quite some time and I ask that you help me feel it again! I just want to have my dreams and fantasies in real life again, and I think 2011 is a great time to start!

    Sincerely,

    Caz Hodge

  31. cassie

    i’m not sure if i’m commenting correctly, it says i’m commenting a reply…but!

    in truth, part of me feels a bit defeated that i’m half way through 2011 and i feel like i still dont have a clear picture of what i want to make happen this year. i made all sorts of goals and wish lists for the year and i’ve been blessed to scratch off a small few. but i suppose if i could make one thing happen this year, in the remaining months that i have, it would be this: to come to a place where i accept my buisness for what it is; where i can accept my passion and stop hiding it away with my fears and feelings of inadequacy. i want to finish the year and move into the next year embracing who i am and not be afraid to dream big and fail often.

    often i have so many thoughts jumbled up in my head. my INFJ self is constantly compiling lists and to dos and dreams and hopes and endless thoughts and ideas. and i’ve forced myself into such a busy busy pace that i cant seem to slow down and focus my mind for too long. i need a time away to sit and focus and work through everything. i’d love the chance to do that at Myth2011…

    • cassie

      i’m not sure if i’m commenting correctly, it says i’m commenting a reply…but!

      in truth, part of me feels a bit defeated that i’m half way through 2011 and i feel like i still dont have a clear picture of what i want to make happen this year. i made all sorts of goals and wish lists for the year and i’ve been blessed to scratch off a small few. but i suppose if i could make one thing happen this year, in the remaining months that i have, it would be this: to come to a place where i accept my buisness for what it is; where i can accept my passion and stop hiding it away with my fears and feelings of inadequacy. i want to finish the year and move into the next year embracing who i am and not be afraid to dream big and fail often.

      often i have so many thoughts jumbled up in my head. my INFJ self is constantly compiling lists and to dos and dreams and hopes and endless thoughts and ideas. and i’ve forced myself into such a busy busy pace that i cant seem to slow down and focus my mind for too long. i need a time away to sit and focus and work through everything. i’d love the chance to do that at Myth2011, to meet you all in watercolor fl and grow…

  32. Dana Leopard

    Pensacola Florida MTH 2011
    I have thought for days on exactly what I would say to answer these questions. I tend to always be the person who teaches or inspires others to do what they love. Seems kind of odd that I have trouble doing that for myself. I always read MTH blogs, Emily’s blog and your blog. So many times I get inspired, followed by fear and the the decision that it’s just not the time for me to go to MTH. I am a firm believer that God talks to all of us in different ways… and when he gives me a sign… I act upon it! I will share with you as I did with Emily… I was talking to a co-worker about not having one set focus like many others. I told her how I enjoy learning about everything and can never make a decision when It comes to school. Needless to say, this lead to me taking a personality test. Only to find out that I have a personality that only 2.4% of the population has…. Crazy! The whole point is that while reading about my personality I discovered something about myself and INSTANTLY MTH came to my mind:

    “Success for an ENFJ comes through involvement in the process of MAKING THINGS HAPPEN FOR PEOPLE; through the accomplishments and satisfactions of those they have helped to enrich the human world with greater value, and through finding that their efforts on behalf of others have fulfilled their own life as well.”

    I felt that this was Gods way of telling me… I needed to stop standing still, waiting for something to just happen… and start Making a Change! My light bulb came on….FINALLY! My love and part of my passion is Photography! I love capturing that moment in time, that can never be replaced but can always be frozen by a single click! What drives me the most is not just the image but how I touch the persons life…. Im satisfied and fulfilled by others satisfaction. Neither of these can be replaced! I have also felt a calling to teach others…. about what I am not sure. I feel that through MTH I would be able to over come my fears of not being good enough with my photography, feeling dependent on the “security” of my job and being scared to share stories of my life (outside of those close to me) to help others. In 2011, I want to be a changed person that doesn’t have the fears of failure or worthiness. While changing myself I hope to touch the lives of others through my word and through my eyes by capturing special moments in peoples lives. I hope to learn how to do exactly what is quoted… to enrich the human world through my talents and in turn fulfill whats missing inside of me by doing what I am passionate about.

  33. Erika

    Consider this a last-chance, hail mary pass on my part since I’m way late to the game of leaving this comment and completely unsure of what deadlines might apply. For the last 10 years I’ve been busy making things happen for other people’s companies and am finally realizing that maybe the jump and risk of making myself the brand is what I need to truly be my best. Expecting the first new addition to our family after building an awesome “just the two of us” for the past seven years really got me thinking of WHO I am and the little pieces of me that have been diluted along the journey of building my career. My love of words lead me to design, which has lead me to photography and introduced me to a world of creative people whose work and happiness have inspired me to no end. I’m oh so anxious to surround myself with even more positive thinkers, dreamers and doers in hopes of becoming one of them and being the best me I can possibly be for myself (and a new one looking to me for all the answers). I’d love to join you and Emily in Atlanta!!

  34. Elizabeth and Ryan | Elizabeth Ryan Photography

    Ahhhhh! This is so happy!!! Thank you for giving so much of yourself to help make it happen for others! You all are amazing!

    There are so many things we are excited to make happen in 2011! In fact, our list… it is full of dreams and we are working with a smile every single day to get closer to them! The main dream that we are incredibly passionate about is being able to work side by side, doing what we love to do, while making a difference in the lives of others! We are working hard on taking that full-time leap for Ryan… the risks are staring at us in the face, but we know where our hearts are and the beauty of what is to come when we make it happen! We dream of having a brand that reflects us in every way and is an authentic tool to connect us with people who we can touch in a special way… through our photographs & through our love! Ahhh! This is so exciting! So happy you are out on tour again! We hope to see you really soon!! Maybe in NYC?!? ;)

    Lara- you look FABULOUS! ;) Your little girl is going to be one happy baby to know she is coming into this world surrounded by amazingness! So happy for you!

    And a random side note… I just realized that Ryan and I share the same wedding anniversary as your parents!! ;) Love that! Happy 39th to your parents!

  35. christina moodie

    I want to make things happen! I have been following your blog and just drinking in all your tips and really pushing my business. I was putting in the hard work and I was seeing results! Then I moved to Southern California and I had to take on a job. I am trying to rebuild my business so I can quit and go full time but I am just having a hard time making things happen to get to the point. It almost feels like I am lost and don’t know where to start again. I don’t know why this move has turned me around so much but my business is hurting without my focus. I need to get back on track and I think MTH can really help me do that. Attending MTH Pensacola would be a total dream come true and my birthday is the day before so it would be the most awesome birthday gift ever!!

  36. Lida Mathews

    Lara, Gina, Emily, Natalie & the entire SW staff,

    I cannot even believe that I am writing this comment! Can I tell you how scared I am? I found you a couple of months ago (ok, ok so last year!) when I was completely miserable with my life. I was searching for something that I would love, that would feed my creative talents while giving me the joy I’ve always wanted. Immediately, I began following you and the rest of the SW team. AND…I started having dreams. I was so happy in these dreams, so fulfilled, working along women who wanted to be around me – no longer just pounding the pavement just.to.do.it. So last October I picked up my first digital camera and I never looked back. I have followed the greats, and maybe one day – I’ll be one of those people. Since then, Lida Mathews Photography officially opened its doors in March and although I have had a slow start, I am slowly making progress. You see, my whole life I have wanted to be a speaker, a great friend, someone who shares her joy with others, who gives God everything and trusts that not only will I be ok, I will live victoriously. Really, my life’s purpose is to bring joy to others (and make things happen!) – and when I’m behind the lens, I know I am. I love to see the raw emotion from any picture that I capture. I am so blessed.
    So, with that said – my goal for 2011 is to BRING.IT.ON. To quit my full-time ‘safe’ job that I hate to become the person God wants me to be. I want to design my business and brand so that you can see it pouring through my images. Not only will I be taking quality portraits that will bring others joy, that I will master the skills of business and compassion and pass them on. I hope that I do not leave this world without bringing hope, love, and happiness to someone else. I want so badly to capture the smile on a brides face as she walks down the aisle while knowing that the wedding I am capturing is funding my mission trip to make those less fortunate beautiful that summer. In addition, I want to teach high school students that life is about giving back, finding your passion, and committing – this will be part of my Hope Shots initiative (my non-profit joy!). My passion is to capture AMAZING images of people who are gorgeous in every way, bringing a smile to their face, bringing joy to their heart, and capturing such amazing events in their lives. Finally, my passion is to one day wake up and realize that I am living for Him rather than for myself.

    I hope that one day, no matter what – I’ll meet ya’ll face to face! I would love to go to any MTH workshop! Just tell me when!

    Cannot WAIT to hear back from you!

    Love always,
    Lida Mathews

    P.S. Had to share this funny story – My whole life I have lived (or wanted to live) in the North – I grew up in Northern Virginia and all around the world. In 11th grade I moved to Louisiana to be near my mom – I hated Louisiana – the heat, and everything else. Fast forward 13 years later (now married to a southern gentleman) & I live in Houston, Texas – (and miss my small town Louisiana!) – a month ago I went to Denver to see an amazing friend – and asked for sweet tea. Instantly I knew that I was no longer northern, I love the South!

  37. Leona Morelock

    Hey Lara!

    I have wanted to attend Making Things Happen ever since you started the series. I would be honored to attend MTH Atlanta and would jump at the chance. I need real people to talk with about real aspects. With people by your side that are positive and influential you can do immeasurable things. The bible tells us He can help us do more than we even imagine, and I want to see God’s promise in my life. I can only thank God for where I am right now, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in His journey for me. For a few years it has seemed like I am chipping away at a boulder that won’t crack and it is at the verge of cracking wide open, I just need to get out of my own way and make things happen! I want to make the start of my dreams come true and be able to support myself with my business enough that I can give back. I suffered a severe brain trauma in my teenage years, and that is something that is near and dear to my heart.

    I want to become a speaker. I have many life experiences that I know I can help someone else in this crazy thing we call Life. I just need a shove to make it happen.

    I love people. I really love people. My passion is to be a motivational speaker and great friend to those who need a friend. Like I mentioned I have many life experiences that I would have enjoyed having someone reach out to me, and now I want to reach out to others.

    My current passion is Lasting Impressions, my business. I am so passionate about building something positive in the wedding industry. Something that I can be proud of and know is God inspired.

    Thank you for reading this and for considering me in this amazing give away. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you already inspire people with just by your blog and your life.

    Love Leona

  38. Michelle Ocampo

    I think a MTH scholarship would be exactly what I could use right now. I’ve had my business for 5 years, and in those 5 years, I’ve had to re-establish myself 3 times…I’m an Army wife. So home is where our country needs us; and I’m passionate to make my photography business work where ever we need to live. I’m a fun-loving family photographer…my goal is to photograph families the way they want to remember each other. I could use a good kick in the bum to get everything running off the ground (we just relocated this month to gorgeous Monterey Bay). And nothing would be better than to be around motivating people in the process of making my dreams a reality. I’ve had two friends attend MTH and have spoken so highly of you…and I’d love to go to the one in Pensacola, FL. IF I GET THIS SCHOLARSHIP…I promise to pay my time forward by doing a session for a photog friend that lives in Pensacola (she’s a MTH alumni) complimentary while I’m there. Thank you for this opportunity!!! xoxo

  39. Tiffany Rebecca

    I am passionate about life. After spending 30 days in the hospital as a 19 year old and not knowing whether I would live or not, I realized that life is precious and should be treated as a GIFT! Just a few years later I am married to the man of my dreams living in the big city. I find myself lost in the city, almost paralyzed to reach my dreams. I want to be a stellar photographer. I want to run a half marathon THIS YEAR. I want to influence and inspire others. I want to be the best wife I can. I want to be a good daughter of God. In short, I just want to be the best version of myself.
    I am passionate about life. After spending 30 days in the hospital as a 19 year old and not knowing whether I would live or not, I realized that life is precious and should be treated as a GIFT! Just a couple years later I am married to the man of my dreams living in the big city. I find myself lost in the city, almost paralyzed to reach my dreams. What do I want to accomplish? I want to be a stellar photographer. I want to run a half marathon THIS YEAR. I want to influence and inspire others. I want to be the best wife I can. I want to strengthen my relationship with God. In short, I just want to be the best version of myself.
    How will MTH 2011 in Atlanta help me? As much as I try to motivate myself I can’t get rid of the doubt that seems to constantly sneak into my mind. Doubt that I am not qualified enough, talented enough, or good enough to do what I dream of doing. MTH will not only extinguish that doubt from my mind but I know it will give me the confidence I need to finally move forward.
    How will MTH 2011 in Atlanta help me? As much as I try to motivate myself I can’t get rid of the doubt that seems to constantly sneak into my mind. Doubt that I am not qualified enough, talented enough, or good enough to do what I dream of doing. MTH will not only extinguish that doubt from my mind but I know it will give me the confidence I need to finally move forward.

  40. Crystal

    I want to define the desires of my heart. The past year and a half have been full of big decisions and risk, but I seem to be stuck in a state of uncertainty. I am passionate about living a life of meaning, of using my interests and skills for the betterment of others. I am ready to push myself, to be encouraged by others seeking to live their life fully, and gain direction on what my next steps should be.

    I bought a one-way ticket to New York for a magazine internship, returned to the city three months later after college graduation, freelanced for eight months and was offered a full time position…which I turned down. The opportunity made me realize that while I could do the job, do it well even, I was not passionate about the work. I have since been serving as a project coordinator for two events in the fall, which I feel is a step in the right direction, but I know that there is still something missing.

    I will not settle for spending my days at a job I am not deeply excited about. More than that- I can’t. I can’t give in, and I can’t remain where I am. I need to move forward and am confident MTH will facilitate this growth. I would like to attend MTH in Gulf Breeze (my family is from Pace!) or New York (still haven’t bought that return ticket).

  41. D Leigh Gray

    I am so excited for this opportunity! For the past five years, I have been talking about what I want to accomplish as an entrepreneur. I am no longer talking; I’m doing. However, I clearly recognize the immeasureable value in the focused intensive that you offer. I have definitely been focused on forward and consistent motion toward my goals. However, I now crave Lara and Emily’s workshop to help insure a continuation of forward momentum and success. I am inspired by you all and I plan to pay it forward. There is not anything like this intensive offered in Alabama and I would be honored to attend upon selection. Atlanta, GA is a great place to attend this intensive! Many thanks!
    -D Leigh Gray

  42. shannon kelley

    So excited for those facing their fear and joining in on MTH this year! It has definitely changed, and continues to change and challenge me! Can’t wait to see what you all accomplish!!

    Thank you SO much Lara for all you do! You are going to be one awesome mama!

  43. Jaclyn Robinson

    My husband and I are wedding photographers and we want to transition into becoming primarily destination wedding photographers. Though this will take time, what I’d like to make happen in 2011 is some very positive steps in the right direction. I need focus, time management, and targeted goals to make this a reality and not just a pipe dream.
    The reason why we want to do this is because we are parents to five beautiful children, ages 4-12. 30 weddings a year is A LOT. We need and want more time with all of our kids, more time to allow them each to take part in activities that interest them- like running back and forth between ball practice, dance practice, and singing lessons. Time together as a family is HUGE to us. My oldest four children lost their birth mom to heart problems when they were all really small. Time is precious, every moment counts.
    We love to travel. After photographing a couple of destination weddings in Cali this year, we knew we would love nothing more than to cut back to photographing 10-15 destination weddings a year and travel with our kids! Show them the world while we photograph amazing weddings.
    Big goal, but with the Lord’s help, we can make it happen.
    With all of that said, I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about your MTH conference. We live in Mobile, AL so it would be awesome to attend the Pensacola conference.
    Thanks for your consideration :)

  44. Monique Walker

    I want (and will) to make my event planning business happen. I’m a southern bred girl living in Chicago, about to turn 30 and just now starting to summon the courage to follow my passion, my heart and not other’s expectations. I’m passionate about traditions interpreted for today’s lifestyles. Nothing brings me as much pleasure as putting a personal spin on today’s traditions. My passion inspires me to respect my elders but respect myself enough to have an opinion, send a lovely note to my best friend’s little girl because maybe she will be inspired one day and knowing that someone’s day can be changed in an instant by even the simplest gesture. Ultimately, I am inspired by knowing being aware enough to realize one small memory from many years ago may actually be where your passion is, where your heart lies and where you ultimately belong.
    Why do I want this? Simply put, I owe it to myself! So much of my time has been spent trying to do what was in other people’s opinions, trying to do the smart, safe thing. I have finally decided that the smart, safe thing – for me, for my marriage, for my future children is to do something that makes me happy that when I come home at the end of the day I can feel blessed and excited as opposed to drained and stuck. I have been so inspired by watching my father follow his dreams and he has no clue. While his road has had rough spots and setbacks and has been years of hard work he has always remained passionate and on-track because he loves his profession. I hope to provide the same since of enlightenment to people I know and people whose path I haven’t yet crossed. I have finally grown a pair (y’all know even the most proper southerner can tell it like it is) and decided it’s time to stop daydreaming and be present in the making of my future.
    So this is why it would be such a great gift to attend MTH Atlanta (us from Atlanta don’t like it to be called Hotlanta). Thank you for all of your daily inspirations and even if it’s not me who is selected someone’s life will truly be changed for the better.

  45. Callie Vershum

    Minneapolis baby!! I am SO READY to make it happen in 2011!! My passion is my business! I have put my heart and soul into my new business and I have HUGE goals for 2011. I’m not stuck or lost, instead I want to keep the momentum going and I know MTH2011 could help me break through barriers and turn Callie V Photography into something so much bigger than I could have ever dreamed. THANK YOU for everything you do!!!

    • Lara

      Hi Callie! We are only visiting New York, Atlanta and the Gulf Coast on this tour. We had visited Minneapolis on a previous tour. Let us know if one of the current cities works for you so we can keep yo in the running!

  46. Erin

    I’ve read these time and time again and always stopped short of actually applying. I’m in the same spot as most of the people on this board. Working in corporate America, briningg home a steady paycheck, love the people I work with but so unfulfilled. I have been working on my true passion now for two years and feel like I’m finally ready to go for it. At first, it was just a dream and now things are starting to come together. I’m in the process of signing a lease on a space, quitting my fulltime job and going for it full force but I keep feeling myself being hesitant. It is SOOOO scary to think about putting myself out there and failing. I’d love to attend the Atlanta leg of the tour and get truly ready to do this.

  47. Stephanie Egan

    I’m passionate about life! And I’m so passionate about photography. I’ve been cautiously putting myself “out there” for just over a year and half now. In 2011, I want to OWN IT. I want to gain the confidence my work deserves. I want to grow and learn and connect. I’m so inspired by everything I have read about MTH (I first heard about it through Gina Zeidler’s blog… and was just blown away by her journey and experience with MTH). I appreciate the opportunity to enter a chance for this scholarship, and by doing so… I’m continuing to MTH for myself, whether I win or not. Atlanta would be my choice, as I live in Charlotte and that’s an easy trip! (ps – July 4th also happens to be my 30th birthday, and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off a new decade, just sayin’!! :)

  48. Tiffany

    2011 I decided that I was going to push forward and focus on starting and bulding my wedding and event planning business, instead of giving majority of my time and services to helping others in their businesses. Before 2011 is over, I want to have my business registered, a website up and running, a list of reputable vendors, be able to establish myself as someone who others in the industry know and trust. I want to pursue abundance in every area of my life, so that I can be blessed to be a blessing unto others.
    Serving others is one of my biggest passions, and the fact that I get to service a couple throughout the wedding process, or speak to people about what I know from experience is such an honor.
    Why do I want this? Having a support system built with people who know and understand what I’m going through, who want the best for me, who can give to me and I give to them, who won’t let me get away with being mediocre, and having people who will stand FOR me is something that I need. I would like to attend MTH2011 in Atlanta, Ga.

  49. JA

    After reading Gina Zeidle’s blog I realized I need to get to this workshop. She could have been describing me! If ever I need a change, now is the time.
    So why would I like a scholarship? First off, I realized that I’m so closed off to the world right now that even writing this comment is painful. I hate asking for help, but I feel that I truly need it. I would love to join you in either Atlanta or New York because I need to figure out who I am again and why I have stalled, why I have gained almost 50 pounds over the past few years, why I’m no closer to quitting my day job than I was a year ago… I want to make the change and take myself to the next level – I just need a little help to get there!

  50. Sarah

    I want this because I am on the verge of throwing in the towel and it’s the last thing that I truly want to do. I want to make my business work so much, yet I think I am my own worst enemy. I become so overwhelmed on where to begin that I get very little accomplished. I freeze in my fear. I have the talent and the potential to be something great, but I don’t know how to make it happen. I can’t tell you how many times I feel like it would be easier to go back to a job in advertising. Have a consistent paycheck, or a paycheck at all for that matter! Health insurance. I want to contribute to my husband and I’s future. I am so grateful for my husbands support. Without him I would have given up a long time ago. Anyhow, I more than just want this, I need this. I wouldn’t submit myself for this scholarship if I wasn’t passionate about what I do, but what I am most passionate about is peace of mind. Happiness. I want my the thoughts in my head to slow down. To stop worrying. To move forward. To know instead of wonder. Hoping to see you in Atlanta!! Fingers crossed!! Best, Sarah

    • Sara

      Hi Lara! Mrs. Brooch here from Weddingbee. Thank you for the scholarship opportunity. I was elated when I saw your tour was coming to NYC, and then panicked when I saw the price! How am I going to make THIS happen? My husband said he’d give me the $1,000 check his Nana gave to us when we got married two months ago; he knows how inspired I’ve been by your Making Things Happen intensive, and he’s loved seeing me make things happen! Then, I read about this scholarship.
      This year I have to achieve my ultimate goal to wear a bikini for the first time ever! It might sound crazy to some, but there’s nothing more important to me than to totally love my body, and it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to become a fitness model and trainer, and make it onto the cover of Oxygen magazine; not for the sake of vanity, but to tell my story, and hopefully inspire women around the world!
      I know firsthand how difficult it is to be the best of version of oneself, and to overcome the long-lasting effects of a poor self-image. I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life and was almost 200lbs at the start of college. Even though I got down to 145lbs when I graduated and got married (http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/11/30/secret-life-of-bees-brooch-bares-all/), my journey is far from over.
      I want to take my success to the next level by blogging about fitness and branding myself! There are a lot of men AND women out there trying to achieve similar goals! They look ‘skinny’ on the outside, but feel insecure and fat on inside. It’s my plan to not only be an example to them, but to develop and maintain an amazing source to constantly inspire them!
      I need your seminar and no-nonsense approach to get me started. So many people think I’ve lost enough weight, look fine, and need to stick with my safe Government job, but I can’t! My whole life has been leading up to this; to look AND feel great; to inspire and be inspired; and to ultimately bring confidence to women in a way that not only resonates on the inside, but is visible on the outside!

  51. Petronella

    The butterfly embodies who I am in life; it is not only my business logo, but also my life philosophy.

    Butterflies start out as simple creatures with no real purpose. Soon they weave a cocoon in preparation for transformation. During chrysalis, dramatic changes occur inside as they form wings & finally break out! Only the strongest caterpillars emerge as butterflies.

    I’m like a butterfly because I’m strong, graceful and resilient. From emigrating to America from Uganda to strengthening my walk with God, my life has been a series of metamorphoses. Right now, I’m in the most important transition of my life. 2 months ago, the MTH blog inspired me to start my photography business. I was in a cocoon and finally built up my courage to emerge as a butterfly.

    2011 is the year the butterfly flies. I peering on the ledge, knowing that attending Making Things Happen in New York City will give me the courage to fly.

  52. Linnea

    Dear Lara,
    My name is Linnea and my dream is to run my photography business full-time. Noticing and appreciating love through photography is my passion. Last year in June I discovered your blog post, “Get Fired Up” from the 24th of November, 2009. With a surge of excitement, I started a brand new moleskine journal and filled four blank sheets up. I wrote, “Getting started is the most difficult part for me… sometimes I feel like I don’t know how to ‘get there’, but I am starting to learn that I need to break it down step-by-step, take action, and BUILD.” I struggled with thinking I needed to know everything before I could create something substantive with my business. This left me in a constant state of gathering – I learned, I soaked information and ideas in to the point of over-saturation – I had dug my foundation deep, but was scared to lay that first brick down. The words on those four pages shored my heart up with determination and thankfulness. My blessings were reflected in the love and encouragement of my family, and I realized I certainly DID have the resources around me to take action NOW. I attended a small business workshop at the library, and in October, 2010 walked to the courthouse wearing my red power shoes and made Linnea Paulina Photography an official business.

    Now here’s the part of my story which I am incredibly shy to mention, but have resolved to share with you : I have served in the U.S. Coast Guard for the past eight years, but have decided to transition out of the service next spring in order to pursue my business dreams and start a family. My heart is peaceful in this decision, but sometimes I am still filled with worry and uncertainty because I know there are a lot of things I need to make happen in between now and then. In 2011, I will refine my brand into a tangible experience, gather the courage to share my story authentically, and strive to infuse each day with patience and purpose. I would love to attend the MTH intensive in Pensacola. It would be an immense gift to be surrounded by others who are dedicated to their passions, and desire to take the best care of themselves and others. This intensive would be especially valuable to me as I prepare for my career transition and try my best to arm myself with the confidence and tools I’ll need to create a new life for myself (outside the Coast Guard)! To be in a room filled with people helping build each other up would be a powerful experience I’d be humbled to be a part of.

    Thank you for this opportunity, and happy independence day!
    Linnea

  53. Trent

    There are so many things I want to make happen this year. I want to grow in my walk with christ, my role as a husband to my amazing wife, and be a better friend. I feel like personal relationships have suffered due to my drive to build a business and that needs to change. I also want to open an office in manhattan, lose 75 pounds, vacation more, unplug and relax. And oh did I mention that I want to bring my business to the next level. Many other goals that I want to make happen. Happy fourth of July!

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