In 2009, I posted a blog entry answering a question I’d recently been emailed: “How do you make things happen?”

That blog post (“How to Make Things Happen“) started making waves. Those waves grew quickly into a movement of women who wanted to finally do the things they’d always wanted to do.

A friend suggested I take the ideas I had shared in that post on the road and teach them. Before I knew it, Emily LeyGina Zeidler and I were traveling all across the country doing the Making Things Happen Workshop!

MTH Spring 2017! Photo by Amy Nicole.

But, here’s where the story takes a turn.

I did all the things I wanted to do, too (at the time). I had a growing business. I was traveling and speaking and doing creative work. But, it came at a cost. I didn’t know how to balance it all, and lived firsthand that doing too much of (even) a good thing is too much. My marriage was falling apart. I was working 24/7 at the expense of everything else. My work became my worth. You can read the whole story in my book Make It Happen.

I couldn’t succeed on mere passion and gusto. I had to learn to make the right things happen. I began learning these truths:

Making things happen means knowing that you don’t have to do it all, be it all, or have it all.

Making things happen is about focusing on what MATTERS–on growing what lasts longer than you.

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Making things happen means learning to say NO to what is holding you back, and YES to your unique assignment–not someone else’s assignment.

Making things happen means making decisions that will get you to where you want to be when you’re 80 years old.

Making things happen means taking risks, taking action, and embracing tension.

Making things happen—the right things—changes everything.

As I began learning these truths and living them, the Making Things Happen movement did a 180-degree turn, too. We got off the road and turned the intensive into a two-day conference here in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. But, the biggest change of all was teaching attendees that last truth above — how to make the right things happen.

While everyone else keeps saying what they’ve always said—“Do more! Be more!”—here we are, nine years later (9 years!), teaching something entirely different: do less. Do what matters.

Need some of that in your life?

I want you to join me this September!

Meet the Fall 2018 Encouragement Crew! 

Who is MTH for? Here’s another way MTH is different from other conferences. You won’t be listening to a panel of speakers tell you how to do things; you’ll be led through a powerful process where YOU uncover good goals and make an action plan that fits your specific life and dreams. MTH is for everyone: love-at-home moms, corporate CEOs, students, retirees, creatives, non-creatives, and everyone in between. Whether you know what you want to make happen and need an action plan, or you need help uncovering good goals, MTH is for you. And all ages join us, from college freshmen to women in their 60’s who are ready for a new chapter in life! The unifying factor among our attendees is a desire to live intentionally and make the most of their time and gifts.

MTH is unlike any other conference. It’s like doing PowerSheets in person and meeting a group of women who think like you and will cheer you on in every step forward. Together, we uncover what matters to you and do something about it. Every time I lead this conference, I do the work right along with the attendees. And every time I’m changed. There’s no magic to it, but we have learned a lot over these nine years that helps women simplify and take action.

You might be a mother or wife who is struggling to balance family responsibilities. You might be a working professional trying to run with a big idea. Or you might be a small business owner burning the candle at both ends. (Or all of the above!) If you’re ready to use your potential on purpose, MTH is for you.

I love getting to know you at MTH! Photo by Carrie Joy Osborne

I want you to join me in Chapel Hill on September 24 and 25th for our 53rd experience! This is the only conference I’ll be speaking at in 2018. Many of you have told me you’d love to come. Take the leap. I’ve been doing this conference for nine years and I believe in the work we are doing. Your gifts have a purpose and they were meant to be used!

The early-bird rate ($1000 off) ends July 31—or until we sell out—and we’ve sold out every conference. Want to take a peek inside the conference? Take a look here. I can’t wait to see you there!

You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? Now is your time to do the right things.

Don’t miss this: GET YOUR SEAT NOW!

How it feels when you finish day 2 of MTH (Meeta came all the way from India!)…

Photos by Rachel Coffey 

See you there!

P.S. We’re giving away one scholarship seat in memory of my long-time friend, Yvette Price, who embodied all that we teach at MTH. She was courageous in her battle with cancer and made what matters happen despite great challenges. In her honor, we’re grateful to give away one seat to either an alum or new attendee. This scholarship is for the full ticket price not including travel or accommodations. Enter below to win the Yvette Price Scholarship by July 31st! Note: If you are our lucky winner and have already purchased your ticket, we will issue you a full refund. Don’t miss your chance to purchase a ticket before we sell out!

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I’d love to hear from you: what do you want to make happen?

21 Show Comments
  1. Kyla Shattuck

    This is such a thoughtful, meaningful way to honor your friend, Lara! Not only does this bless the recipient, but it helps to further Yvette’s legacy of making what matters happen.

    I texted my sweet mama to encourage her in a goal she is pursuing and to tell her that I love her. 🙂

  2. elisabeth

    Motivation to DO the things I want to cultivate, rather than just planning for them!!

  3. elisabeth

    I just text a friend to tell her how much I love and appreciate her friendship in my life. She’s such a blessing to me!

  4. Jo

    The MTH Conference would be such a helpful tool for me to uncover my full potential, and give me the tools to reinforce, and discover my confidence and strengthen my drive.

  5. tricia

    this sounds wonderful 🙂 hoping to attend some day.

  6. Kelsey

    I am a first time power sheets user and just read both of your books! I would love to attend this conference! If I can’t make it to this one, I am already budgeting to go to the next one 🙂

  7. Sarah Gusky Kemer

    Wow this is so exciting!! The combination of travel (from New England) + price of the ticket is prohibitive for me right now. But you always talk about the ripple effect. The Cultivate team doing MTH, plus the women attending, definitely has an effect on my life. Love it!!

  8. Christina

    I want to re-focus on the meaningful and celebrate the little things!

  9. LINZY

    I want to dig deep to discover what I’m good at in life . I have a desire to be my own boss, but I have so many ideas that I’m uncertain which avenue I should take! I believe the MTH Conference would give me the break through that I need to start living my best life now.

  10. Kate

    This looks like a great conference! I found out about power sheets recently and hope to buy one once they are back in stock 🙂

  11. Caley

    YAY!!!! I cannot wait x

  12. Laura

    This conference always sounds so amazing! Would love to win a seat!

  13. Laura

    If I won a ticket, I’d love to explore making things happen in a bigger way with my hobby blog!

  14. Rachel

    Saving my money so I can attend!!!

  15. Susan

    I’m going to be an empty nester in less than 30 days. What’s next for me? I have some ideas but I need some help, guidance and support. MTH would be a super spot for all of these nerds.

  16. Susan

    My encouragement is that I am sending 3 postcards to three friends. No one ever expects Happy Snail Mail! I hope I make someone’s day!

  17. Chasity

    This conference sounds like it’s just what I need! Hopefully I am able to join you guys in September!

  18. Mandy S

    What an opportunity! You know that I would absolutely LOVE to be there and hug you all!

  19. Mandy S

    I encouraged a friend by giving her a set of 6 month Powersheets and let her know it doesn’t have to be perfect, to start right where she is 🙂

  20. Lynleigh Barber

    I let my mother in law know how much she means to me and to our children!

  21. Lynleigh Barber

    I left a comment on a friend’s Facebook to let her know that I love and appreciate her!