If I was going to do this post right, I’d have fireworks and a confetti shower to accompany it. No really. I would. My life’s work is to help people make big things happen. In business. In life. In every moment. When I started the Making Things Happen Intensive three years ago, I never imagined just how much of a 180 my life would take. Just read my blog from three years ago. You will SEE the change. Some of you have been readers and friends since I first got into weddings almost a decade ago. What a remarkable decade it has been. I’m 32 and I can honestly say I have done everything I ever wanted to do. All I want now is to know God more and more every day. I want to give my all and share my experiences to help others until I have nothing left. That’s it. I want to give my all without fear. CUE THE FIREWORKS!!!
During the last 32 cities that we’ve visited, I’ve met some pretty incredible people who have gone on to do some pretty remarkable things. From leaving full-time desk jobs to pursue their passions to finding balance in their lives, witnessing transformation sets my heart on fire! Mind you, the MTH alum have made big things happen because they did the hard work on their own. Nothing magical happens in the workshop. MTH is just the spark that lights the fire. They showed up, dove in and made. life. happen. CUE CONFETTI SHOWER!!!
You know how important my family is to me. Time with Grace is my number one priority. So, setting out on a 10 city tour this year was a huge decision. And one I have zero regrets or fear about. Oh, yes, I will cry when I leave. For sure. But, I’ll survive because this is the work I am supposed to be doing. It is worth the sacrifice of being away. For me to say that is huge. I hope it shows you just how important this work is to me. This work opens doors, challenges self-imposed limits and makes people make things happen. It brings people together. It makes collaboration happen. It makes creativity happen. It makes balance, peace, friendship, marriage, and life happen. It makes happy happen. And it makes me take big scary life-changing action, too. Emily, Gina, Natalie and I get just as much out of giving the Making Things Happen Intensive as the attendees do.
Double bonus? So many of the MTH alum are now my closest friends. Making things happen isn’t just about coming to a workshop one day. That doesn’t do anyone any good. It’s about accountability for a lifetime. It’s about community. It’s about being supported AND supporting others just as much. It’s about being surrounded by like-minded passionate creatives who want to take things to the next level. It’s about doing the hard work. If you want to make things happen, you have to decide to do the work, but there will be a huge community of people doing the same things right along side you. They will cheer you on. They will lift you up. They will remind you why you do what you do when you forget. And you will forget. I do sometimes and there are always friends there to lift me back up. They will text you just to tell you you CAN do it. They will shower you with high fives. They will also offer to shower you with confetti when you do a scary speaking engagement (thank you, Michelle Edgemont! HA!). The MTH alum are the best encouragers around, hands down! I’m so grateful to be a recipient of such awesome encouragement on a daily basis. Hi friends! I love you!!!
The intensive itself is pretty simple. We spend a day talking in a small group. We talk about our fears, our dreams and how we are going to make them happen. We spend a good 8-10 hours together, so we really get to know each other. When you spend a day talking about your fears and dreams with someone, it challenges you to take the leap. Whatever that big leap is for you. We hold each other accountable. And the incredible thing for me is that, as I grow, so does the power of the intensive. I know the same is true for Emily, Gina and Natalie as well. Oh, what incredible progress we’ve made in our lives since this all started! We are so grateful! I’ve been through it in the last year. My heart is more focused than ever. My companies are on the most grounded clear path they’ve ever been on. Things are at a whole new level. I can’t wait to share all I’ve learned and all I’m doing to simplify my life and make what matters happen.
People ask me all the time if we can do an online version of Making Things Happen. It’s like picking out a wedding dress from a catalog. You could do it, but there is nothing like feeling the magic of slipping into that gown in person. OK, for the guys (or gals, too!) out there… it’s like fantasy football. Awesome, but not at all the same as being there on the sidelines. You can’t phone Making Things Happen in. You have to sit in the seat and look in the eyes of the person next to you. You have to take a risk and be present. You have to sit in the seat to really harness the change you want in your life. Quite simply, you have to show up. As you are. Fears and all. Everyone else is in the exact same boat. We tell people to come in comfy clothes. No heels. Leave the decked-out duds at home. MTH is a place to come and just be yourself. It’s the greatest feeling to just let go with people that get you.
As usual, we’ve chosen cities for the 2012 Tour that are easy to travel to. Registration is now open for ALL 2012 CITIES! The Spring Tour: Chapel Hill, Atlanta, DC, NY and Boston! The Fall Tour: Austin, Phoenix, LA, Chicago and one last city yet to be determined.Every intensive (except NYC) will be by the airport, too, for convenience. About 60%-80% of attendees fly or drive in from another state to attend. Lucky you, if you happen to live in one of these cities! By the way, people are always looking for roommates if you want to share. You might make a friend for life, as I know so many alum have done!
We have are so passionate about this work that we have given a lot of partial scholarships in the past. We want people to be able to make things happen, no matter their financial situation. So, to give EVERYONE the chance to get a partial scholarship, if you enter the contest below, you will automatically get 50% OFF until the regular rate, just for telling us what you want to make happen! (West Coast cities have till July 4 for early-bird registration at the same 50% OFF rate.) We also have very flexible payment plans. Just email Marissa to get set up with one.
We want to make this easy for you. Y’all, I’m going to push you on this because I believe in this work so very much. If you think this is right for you, do yourself a huge favor and apply so you can either win a scholarship or get the half-off rate. Save the other half to invest in your business or your family or whatever sets your heart on fire. You will thank yourself. And register before your city sells out. I’ve been doing this for three years and it sells out every time. I want you to make things happen with us. I want to get to know you. Really, I do. Because your story will teach me something and I hope mine does the same for you.
Want to know more? Read the post that started it all and take The Challenge and read and this and this and this or any of these posts from alum. Ask an alum about their experience. I can’t wait for you to be inspired to make big things happen!
We have had some very generous alumni step forward and donate to a full scholarship fund yet again. Year after year, the generosity of so many amazes all of us! So, we’ve decided to match that and give two full scholarships this year.
Two ways to enter:
The Alum Scholarship: Leave a comment here an tell us what you want to make happen. Also, please tell us the city you would like to attend. Anyone who applies for a scholarship will be given the ability to register at 50% OFF if they are not chosen. So, you have nothing to lose and EVERYTHING to gain by entering.
The MTH Match Scholarship: Leave a comment here telling us what you want to make happen AND spread the word! Tell your friends about Making Things Happen, too! Tweet, Facebook, Blog, Pin this, send smoke signals… whatever you want to do to tell people about Making Things Happen and just link to this post. Leave a separate comment here telling us you did so. We will pick a random winner for this second scholarship, so the more entries you submit, the better!
Deadline: You have until midnight on April 1st to apply. Again, if you enter to win a scholarship, you’ll still be given the chance to register at 50% OFF the regular rate if you aren’t chosen. We want you to be able to make this happen no matter what!
It’s a remarkable coincidence that I’m posting this on Leap Day. Today is your day to take the leap, my friend. I have goosebumps typing finishing this post because I am genuinely so excited to read your entries. We all are! I never cease to be inspired by what makes people really come alive. So, what do YOU want to make happen? Join us!
P.S. We’re working hard behind-the-scenes on a brand new Making Things Happen website as we speak! So, the main site is currently offline for a major overhaul. Yeah!!! Get ready. It’s packed with phenomenal inspiration and incredible alum stories! Your story could be next.
P.P.S. THANK YOU for the outpouring of support and encouragement I received from my last post. WOW. So many notes and messages and letters and open hearts. I am sincerely grateful. Your kind words helped me and so many others. You just never know how much even a blog comment will encourage someone else.
If you want to be inspired, just reading the scholarship entries below will do it. This was such a hard decision for us to make. There is so much fire and determination in every single entry! No matter what, all of you are destined for great things, regardless of if you attend MTH or not. Just your words alone, and your ability to share so much of your true selves, shows your passion and your drive. Thank you all for sharing your hearts! Amazing!
Making Things Happen started in the spirit of paying it forward and, after 30 cities, we are just overjoyed to continue on this track! So, if you are not the main scholarship winner, don’t fear. You may be getting a phone call from us in the next day or so. Check your email and check that voicemail over the next few days!
CONGRATS to everyone who entered! If you applied for the scholarship below, you get 50% off registration! Email [email protected] for your special registration code. The tour is almost sold out now, so let Marissa know ASAP if you need a payment plan as well.
Congrats to scholarship winners, April Foster and Emily-Claire! (email Marissa to get your registration set up) We CANNOT WAIT to see everyone in a few short weeks! Time to make big things happen, friends!