Author: Lara

There’s something in your life you’re considering letting go of.

But something is holding you back from making a decision.
You want the perfect plan, outcome, or path before taking that leap.
You want assurance that you’re making the right decision—and that everything will work out well when you do.

I’m pulling back the curtain today on the story of letting go of Southern Weddings, about the day we were going to be at $0—and the surprising thing that happened next.

It’s okay to let go of a dream to make room for a new one! Listen in to learn how.

In this episode:

— I begin by telling you a story – the story of Southern Weddings Magazine. It’s a story that’s deeply entwined with the story of my life – my grandparents’ legacy in the South, my husband going to war, my marriage, and so much more.
— I tell you about the crossroads we came to in 2017 – with two growing, successful businesses, both doing good work that was changing people. I answer the question, “Why couldn’t you just do it all?”
— I walk you through the questions we asked to decide whether this was the right decision, the one God desired for us, and then, once the decision was made, how we prepared to tell our audience – and what the announcement day was like for our team.
— Then, I tell you about the season that followed – possibly the hardest one we’ve ever faced as a team. I tell you about the one bow I REALLY wanted to place on the top – and about the fruit we received instead.
— Are you walking through your own season of transition? I’m grateful to share with you seven simple steps that might help you move forward if you’re facing an important decision.
— I also pass along three tips that gave me the strength to keep going in our difficult season. I needed them all!
— By the end of the episode, I hope you’ll see that endings can be new beginnings, and that it’s okay to have more than one dream. You can do hard things, and you can write a new story!

Interested in some of the things I mentioned throughout this episode? Here you go!

Here’s the post I shared on the day we announced the new chapter for Southern Weddings.
— The Southern Weddings archives are still alive and well – visit them here!— I mention my books – Make It Happen and Cultivate (buy them both together!).
— I also mention PowerSheets – a crucial tool that helps me uncover my best decisions and then walk them out day by day.
— Here’s a peek at the “peach shoot” and the “strawberry shoot” – two of my favorites!
— The Sweet Tea Society manifesto.
— I share my love for Fearrington. Visit if you’re ever in North Carolina!
— Here’s where you can find more information about C12. Meeting with my group is a highlight every month!
— Many of you have asked about the beloved (and now sold-out) Southern Weddings Planner. I’m thrilled to say we are working on a solution to get it back in your hands. Sign up to be the first to hear more:

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So, you want to start a garden. Plant lady that I am, I’m thrilled for you! But, do I sense a bit of overwhelm? There’s just so much information out there, and so many resources. You just want to be told how to get started, in plain language. You want to know:

what to plant
when to plant it
how not to kill it.

I may be an unlikely gardener (I’ve killed plenty of plants in my day!), but over the years I’ve kept trying and trying again. The lessons I’ve learned, and the beauty I’ve experienced with my family in the garden, have kept me moving forward. No matter how far from green your thumb is, YOU can become a gardener, too. Let’s talk! LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:

— You’ll hear a little bit about my history as a gardener (dead plants and all), and why I love getting my hands dirty.
— I tell you about the Gardening 101 LIVE class we’re offering for the first time ever. I’ve helped hundreds of people start and tend to their first gardens, and I want to do the same for you! Register here. We’re going to have so much fun, and by the end you’ll be ready to get started with a garden of your own and – best of all! – you’ll know how NOT to kill your plants.
— You’ll hear about my first year of gardening, and the classic mistake I made – and how I’ve course corrected since then.
I’ll tell you about my gardening WHY and help you find yours. Is it for food? Teaching? Fun? Beauty? Filling vases? Attracting butterflies, birds, and bees? Let’s find out!

Interested in some of the things I mentioned throughout this episode? Here you go!

— You can learn everything you need to know to start your own garden in my new, LIVE Gardening 101 class. It’s on April 16th, and if you can’t join live, the replay is yours to watch whenever you’d like! Register now.
— I wrote a whole chapter in Cultivate about all the plants I’ve killed. There’s hope for you, too! : )
For Garden’s Sake is my favorite local nursery. If you’re in the Triangle, pay them a visit!
— We chatted a bit about how our garden fuels my homeschooling with Grace. Here’s my homeschool planner – a free download!

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Somewhere along the line, someone told you something about who you are or who you’re NOT and you believed that someone. You feel stifled, held back, stuck in an identity box someone else created. And when glimmers of your true self and life surface, you feel like you’re not the person for the job.

In this episode, you’ll learn how to break that identity box and be the woman you were created to be. LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:

— I tell you the story of my hair—yep, my hair. Everything, for almost my whole life, told me curly hair was something to hide. So I did. And along with hiding my hair, I hid part of who I was created to be.
— I tell you about the day I decided to stop fixing my hair, and what changed in my life.
— We chat about what I do now when I’m battling the desire to hide—how I lean into truth, not feelings.
— You get to meet two of my friends – Maghon and Ashlea! You will love their stories of breaking free from lies that were holding them back.
— I lead you through six simple prompts to help you identify and break out of your own identity box (I can’t wait to hear your lightbulb moments!).
—Finally, I suggest three tools to help you live out this new identity in a world that will want you to keep hiding.

Interested in some of the things I mentioned throughout this episode? Here you go!

— I wrote more about my hair story and feelings of rejection here.
— Do you have curly hair, too? I shared some of my practical hair tips here!
— Get to know Maghon on her site and Instagram (I want to take her new hand-lettering class!).
— Ashlea is your girl for healthy recipes and pep talks on Instagram!
— The PowerSheets® give you a practical way to live out your new identity day by day—one of the many reasons I love the monthly prep pages and Tending List.
— My book, Make It Happen, is the story of how I chose to make “it”—a greater purpose than mine—happen, and how you can too.

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You often feel unprepared. You throw meals and birthdays and most of life together, forgetting important milestones till the 11th hour (sometimes literally at 11pm). You know you’re not using each day to the fullest, and it makes you sad. You want change. And together, we’re about to find it.

In episode 008, we talked about numbering our days and striking while the iron was hot – about seizing the pivot points that are given to us instead of ignoring the facts, keeping our heads down, and grinding on. In this episode, I’m going to help you do just that. You’re hungry to use your numbered days well, and we’re going to take that fire in your belly and put it to good use! LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:
— I tell you about a season in my life when I had little margin. I’m guessing you’ve been there, too!
— I tell you about my turning point, and the solution I found to the challenge of feeling chronically unprepared, my life feeling one-note, and my plate always feeling full.
— I share three impactful steps you can take TODAY to cultivate your calendar for the year ahead.
— Finally, I let you in on three tools I use to follow through with ease (one involves frozen cookie dough!).
— I remind you that a little forethought goes a long way toward sowing seeds of love and closeness – toward building your legacy!

Interested in some of the things I mentioned throughout this episode? Here you go!

— You can connect with Sally Clarkson on her website and read her new book, Girls’ Club.
— The book I’ve been reading: Essentialism by Greg McKeown.
— I wrote more about that season-of-little-margin here.
— A flourishing life is possible – no perfection required! My book Cultivate was written as part encouragement anthem and part practical guide.
— I uncover my priorities and follow through simply with my PowerSheets. This is the number one thing I do to simplify my time and, instead of doing it all, spend my time on the right things.
— I mentioned the Celebrations Binder, a simple, intentional planning system for all your celebrations. No more feeling unprepared to celebrated well!
— Psst – if you love to celebrate others, you will LOVE our greeting card set! The most beautiful cards, perfect for all your special days!
— The Cultivate sticker book will help you remember to take action.

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Do you ever feel like life is passing you by?

You blink and another year, day, hour has passed—where is time going?! Two little words keep slipping out of your mouth: time flies!

In this SPECIAL EPISODE of the Cultivate Your Life Podcast, you’ll learn the 6 secrets of slowing down time and spending it like this is the only life you’ve got.

Get ready to laugh, cry (get your tissues ready—you have been warned!), and our whole family might have a surprise for you at the end. Today, we’re going to have a conversation that will change your life! You’ll be so glad you listened.

LISTEN NOW!

In this episode:

— You’ll hear about a few “tipping points” in my life, experiences that made me confront a freeing truth: life is finite AND life is a gift.
— We’ll talk about what it means to number our days (hint: that phrase isn’t something I made up—it comes straight from the book of Psalms!), and how that changes the way we live out each one.
— You’ll meet one of my “number your days” role models : )
— This is all sounding big and a bit scary, doesn’t it? Stick with me! I’ll share 6 practical tips for gaining this new perspective and applying it to your life.
— I’ll guide you through a life audit—a simple tool to assess how you’re currently using your resources.
— I’ll encourage you to embrace the freshness of this perspective and to “strike while the iron is hot!” You’ll also pick up a practical tip for keeping this perspective day after day.
— I’ll wrap things up with 3 ways to keep yourself accountable to this new way of living. They’re simple, and they’re good. I’ll also leave you with one simple action step so you can get started today.

Interested in some of the things I mentioned throughout this episode? Here you go!

— Take these two free life expectancy tests from the Social Security Administration and LivingTo100.com. Tell me in the comments what your life expectancy is!
—Enjoy our family’s favorite (and not-so-fancy!) Simple Mills Spice Cake mix.
—Reread this life-changing chapter of the Bible: Psalm 90 (pay specific attention to verse 12)!
—Subscribe to my 5-day YouVersion Bible reading plan GOD + GOALS: How To Set Goals As A Christian.
—Grab your Write the Word Journal (I’m currently using Cultivate Prayer!) to grow your faith in 2019. I’m loving the fruit that comes from writing the Word every evening. Bonus for my mama friends: there’s a Write the Word journal for kids, too!
—Get your 2019 PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner!
—Tune into previous Cultivate Your Life Podcast episodes: 1, 3, 4, and 6!

I’m celebrating YOU with a fun giveaway over on Instagram.

READY FOR A GIVEAWAY? I can’t forget this! To celebrate YOU cultivating your lives and downloading the podcast over 100K times, I’m giving away: Apple AirPods, signed copies of my books Make It Happen and Cultivate, and a $50 Cultivate What Matters gift card. Read this post on Instagram for details on how to enter (it’s really easy)!

LOVE THE PODCAST? SHARE IT! Text, email, carrier pigeon—share this episode with friends however you like! This episode is really special, so I hope you’ll share it with someone you love! Feel free to grab one of these graphics to post about it, too!

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I’D LOVE TO MEET YOU! Come say hi on Instagram! I love sharing my life with you! And if you loved the outro, don’t miss the “Ari Raps” highlight on my Instagram!

SUBSCRIBE NOW to the Cultivate Your Life podcast on iTunes so you won’t miss an episode. If you love the podcast, please leave a quick review on iTunes—it helps other women find this free encouragement! Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. I’ll be featuring some of your reviews in a future episode!

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