Dec 7, 2010

Making Things Happen 2011


A year ago this week, I made a big announcement from Breckenridge, Colorado.  I never dreamed that some of the names I would read would be my future best friends. Or that I’d be seeing them again in just ten days to celebrate a pivotal, powerful, life-changing year. 2010 has been the best year of my life for more reasons than I can count.

A risky blog post led to a 20 city tour led to over 400 new friendships that have brought me to today:  humbled, grateful, in awe of how God can change a life in such a short time.  We traveled to 20 cities this year to challenge people to conquer fear and harness their true potential.  Never in a million years would I have guessed the result.  I can’t take credit for what the MTH Alumni have accomplished since this first began 12 months ago.  They genuinely lived what I said: Feel the fear and do it anyway.   The feedback and the community support has blown me away.

One of the biggest factors in all of this success has been the community and fierce accountability from the MTH alum. The support I see every single day from past attendees is just phenomenal. There aren’t words big enough to describe what these people have done for each other to help one another conquer fear and make really big things happen in their lives and in business.

There have been countless late night phone calls, group Skype chats to offer encouragement, weekly meet-ups, a thousand encouraging texts, uplifting emails (I know all of this because I’ve been a recipient myself!), facebook groups that are active by the hour, Twitter messages to encourage and support, many tears, frustrations, hurdles, triumphs, and remarkable advances.

Want a peek inside the tour?  I made a new montage/video thing really fast.  I’ve only made one other montage/video thing in my life.  You have full permission to berate my montage/video thing skills.  I’m awesome at jumping moguls on skis and making muffins, so it all evens out.  Watch carefully for some new faces towards the end.  I know it moves fast, so get that espresso brewing!

Making Things Happen 2011 from lara casey on Vimeo.

It is with so much excitement and gratitude that I announce the first part of Making Things Happen 2011!  We will be visiting five major airport hubs this January for easy travel:  Tampa, Charlotte, Atlanta, Las Vegas (WPPI) and New York City!  We are looking for one more city to add to the tour, so please leave a comment and let us know where you’d like us to come.  Spread the word, because we need at least 10 people per city to make it happen.

The 2010 Tour completely SOLD OUT, so this one is sure to as well.   I wish I could visit more cities, but with my packed schedule – and a commitment to not be on an airplane so much in the new year – I can’t pack any more in.  So, jump on these places!  We purposely chose places that are easy to travel to so you can make it happen.

This workshop is not for the faint of heart, but for creatives who really want to change, grow, and harness their full potential in the new year. Are you ready to Make Things Happen?  Pull the trigger now, while there are seats.

Need help to make it happen?  Leave a comment here telling me 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? One scholarship seat will be announced January 1st!   I’m so excited about the upcoming year and can’t wait to kick it off with you! Life is too short to play small. PLEASE NOTE: The only cities offered for 2011 so far are Tampa, Charlotte, Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York. We are open to suggestion on one more city to visit.


  1. Lisa Smith on December 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I am working on rebranding my company and taking it to another level I have tried before but I really didn’t have a clear understanding of how important your brand is to your business until now so that what I want to make happen rebrand and rebuild my business with a clear vision of what I really want it to be. I would love for you guys to come to Detroit but I would also love to travel to Atlanta to attend MTH 2011. Be blessed continue to inspire us to be our best! ~ Lisa

  2. Courtney Dial on December 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Absolutely dying to attend MTH. From getting to know Emily Ley and hearing all the wonderful things about MTH from other twitter friends, etc.. I can only imagine what it would do for weeks like last week where I wasn’t sure I could even do “this” anymore and thought about going back to the mundane 8-to-5. I want to feel energized to power through those valleys of doubt and keep going! I want to grow and be known for styling and table design. I don’t want to think that’s crazy for a 26 year old, but rather jump out there and not look back. Would be a dream come true to win the scholarship, which is really quite an understatement, I’d squeal from the top of well… I guess my apartment 🙂 But I’d scream loud! Any city would make me a happy girl, but Atlanta/Charlotte are closest for me. Eeeeh, fingers and toesies crossed.

  3. Amy Lynn Larwig on December 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I am a makeup artist looking to launch an all natural product line in 2011 with an emphasis on guiding women to making smart and safe decisions about their cosmetics. I’d love to MTH in Atlanta!

  4. Hillary on December 7, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    After starting my business during my last year of college andd having an incredible first year, I am more determined than ever to increase my wedding planning business in the Middle Tennessee Area. Unfortunately, the old saying “you have to have money to make money” is too often true to me. My goal for 2011 is to find a way to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN without breaking the bank and spending income on marketing! I want to #MTH2011 in ATLANTA!

  5. JESSICA on December 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    How do I even begin to sum it up in a few short paragraphs?!
    I WANT TO MAKE MY BUSINESS – wedding invitations/graphic design – HAPPEN IN 2011!
    I want to get past the ‘why isn’t this working’ to ‘what do I need to do to make this work’!
    I think I know what I’m doing, but I don’t have a clue really. What I do know, is that I need direction and most of all, guidance!
    I need to clearly define my brand (I’m like a kid in a toy store, distracted by all the shiny, new toys), create a realistic pricing structure and most of all, find a balance – I need to learn to step away from the computer!
    I’ve read the submissions and I feel that MTH is the break I need to help me find MY (if I could bold and underline this a million times I would) way.
    I would so very much appreciate being considered for the scholarship – NY location.
    Thank you!

  6. JESSICA on December 7, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Sorry, I forgot to include my business info. Yeah, totally missed that point .. ha ha!

  7. Lara on December 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Love you so much, Melissa! Thanks for the encouragement. SO excited for your year ahead! You are walking joy and brilliance.

  8. Katie on December 7, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I am a senior in college majoring in graphic design and starting the process of finding the right fit for me, in a job, is a daunting task. I want to make my dreams of finding THE job come true. I want to do what I love and love what I do. No matter how crazy it seems in the moment but just to remember that “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”(Psalms 119:105) and I REALLY can do it. I have a passion for design and anything creative from simple arts and craft time to crazy insane projects that I loose sleep over. I live in NC so Charlotte would be the closest.
    Just posting this is a step for me in the process of really finding out more about my passions and MTH 2011 would kick it into high gear. 🙂

  9. Wendy on December 7, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    To the future Class of MTH2011…get ready for a whole lotta work and even better? A whole lotta love! This workshop changed how I look at my life…practically overnight. The doors of opportunity have not increased…I’ve just learned how to recognize and say yes to them. Learned how to commit to them. And I’ve learned how to take action in order to grow from them. It’s not rocket science…but if you show up, do the work and remain honest, this workshop WILL change you. And you’ll have NO choice but to say YES to the opportunities that are presented to you each every day.

    • Lara on December 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      Wendy, I am so proud of you today and for all the HUGE advances you have made! You continue to inspire me!

  10. ellie on December 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I’m so excited to be apart of the MTH family, it was so amazing, i enjoyed every moment. It helped me so much in every aspect of my life. I put it all out there and had the best feedback. Lara is amazing teacher and i hope to be apart of MTH2011….

    • Lara on December 7, 2010 at 7:50 pm

      E – you are a part of my heart. I’m so grateful to have you in this family too. NYC!!!

  11. Latrice on December 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    As a MTH2010 Alum from Nashville, I am here to “Keep it 100” aka “be honest” LOL!

    As I told my class in Feb. 2010, I had no idea what to expect from the class, all I knew was that I trusted Lara & her authenticity that she had shown both online & through personal interaction.

    MTH the workshop is honestly what you make of it because when you leave your “internal fire & passion” is BLAZING like someone started a fire within, however its up to you to keep it burning. Whether its reviewing notes, chatting with classmates, or reading inspirational documents.

    As an Alum, honestly I have been motivated, overwhelmed, & enlightened by the connections that I have gained from my classmates. I encourage you to be apart of the MTH2011 class & even after the class to continue to put your thoughts and visions on paper and ensure your relationships are thriving.

    Personally with me, in seeking clear vision & clarity I had to silence “chatter” from others, which meant listening to my inner voice & heart and it was then that I realized the path that I needed to take. Still unclear sometimes, but much clearer than it was months before.

    I believe if you search your heart & listen to that still small voice, you will realize that we are all Destined for Greatness…..Psalm 139:14

    Peace & Blessings to the MTH2011 Class!

    • Lara on December 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

      Love you, Latrice! Thank you for always being a light of integrity and encouragement to me and so many.

  12. Aimee on December 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I would like to attend MTH in Minnesota…ONE thing sticks out in my mind more than anything else about my photography level. I always refer to things (future events, goals, etc) as “WHEN I become a professional photographer I…”. My mind/heart/soul hasn’t allowed me to feel that I am yet a professional photographer. I feel like I am always one step away, one skill away, one shoot away from becoming who I want to be photography wise but never getting there. I want to feel confident in saying, “I AM A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.”

  13. Aimee on December 7, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    oops…then I go and miss a letter in my blog site. 🙂

  14. Katie McCrary on December 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I so badly want to attend MTH 2011 in ATL or Tampa. Lara, I love to read your posts. I want to grow my photography business into an experience that my clients walk away from with a new vigor for enjoying the small moments in life. Those are the ones I love to capture. I want to glorify God with the gift he has bestowed upon me. I feel unworthy of his beautiful gift, so of course, I want to grow it as big as I can so that I might glorify HIM more through every day. I want to walk in the light through my photography in such a way that it shines down on others. I want my clients to leave having had a true experience, not just a photoshoot. I want my business to be organized, polished, vibrant, and worthy. I want to work so hard that others can see the blood , sweat, and tears that went into it so that they value it. I want my business to have value in others eyes because of the quality it projects. I want to gift others with the memories of their families. Memories that are fleeting and treasured. I want to brand myself in such a way that attracts the type of clients that than I can share my faith faith with. I want to be a Tigger and not an Eor. I want to lift others up through my business and inspire others to succeed. I want to succeed. I want to have the faith to succeed. I want to have the tools to succeed. I want to kick butt and take names at a business that I tackled so that when my 3 year old grows up he can say, my mom worked hard and it paid off! I want to teach my kids that anything worth having is worth working hard for. I want them to know if you don’t do something to the best of your ability, you shouldn’t do it at all! So pick me! Lara, thanks for your encouragement. Thanks for all you post and all you do! Your inspiration is phenomenal and your Maker is proud!

  15. Carlee Sizemore on December 7, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I am so, so excited that MTH is coming back to Atlanta and I am so fired up for the future 2011 attendees! If you have heard that tee-tiny inner voice telling you to “Go for it!”, you MUST listen. Attending MTH2010 completely changed my outlook on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. There are no truer words than, “A year from now you will wish you started today”. Trust that inner voice; it speaks the truth.

  16. KatieMcGihon on December 7, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    MTH 2011 Attendees…… get ready for a life changing experience. I never would have imagined that being locked in a room for 12 hours with Lara, Emily, Gina and 15 other attendees would have impacted me as much as it did! Lara put it so well, fierce accountability from MTH alums will keep you going. It’s amazing. I’m so thankful for my new MTH family and SO ready for a BOLD new year! Love to Lara and everyone else!

  17. Natalie Clamp on December 7, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I would absolutely love, love, love to attend MTH (Tampa). Lara-I have followed your (ongoing) journey for some time and would love the opportunity to meet and most of all, be challenged by those that have faced their fears, mistakes, passions, head-on. The “hard stuff” nobody feels comfortable to talk about. I style dessert tables (Chic Sweets) and it is my love, my baby, what makes me stay up until the wee hours… however, I am still working full time, raising three boys and finding that that there is clearly not enough hours in the day. What am I scared of: everything! Is Chic Sweets going to make it? What am I thinking? I should just be a good mother…the list goes on (an on). All I know is at the end of the day, Chic Sweets is my passion and I am determined with every part of my being to put away the excuses make this happen! Thank you Lara for the great opportunity and good luck to everyone that participates! Let’s get fired up 🙂

  18. Sandi Spells on December 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I really would like to attend Making Things Happen in Atlanta because it’s time for me to go to the next level. I have follows this movement from the very beginning and it has and still inspire me to push for greatness. Lara you are a wonderful motivator and I so need to be in your presence so I can learn how to make things happen in 2011. It is my destiny to be the best invitation designer and in order for me to achieve this goal I must release this fear that have. If chosen for this scholarship, I will forever be greatful.

  19. Michelle on December 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I would be honored to have the opportunity to attend MTH 2011 in New York City. I started my business, Hey Babe Studio, at the beginning of September. A few weeks later, my father, 53 yrs old, was diagnosed with lung cancer. A few weeks after that, he suddenly past away. I’m not telling you this sad story for pity, that is the last thing I want. I’m telling you about this incredible hardship that I am facing because it has changed something in me. Sure, I wanted to start my own business before as a mere casual thought or a hobby. But now, NOW, the drive in me is stronger than ever. Life changes in an instant and we might not have as much time as we want to accomplish everything we want to accomplish. I can feel the drive to make an impact and do what I love with my life. I want this scholarship to MTH 2011 so I can face those fears that are in the back of my mind. I want to do it for my dad. I want to take my love of crafts and develop it into a brand that concentrates on whimsical decorations for weddings and events. Thank you.

  20. Geada Ford on December 7, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I am tired of playing small. I am sick and tired and fed up with it. I refuse to look at this year as a disappointment but as the growth for next year and my years to come. I left the job that “a million girls would die for” for the life that I want to live. I am 23 years old and felt I had reached my goals and the destantation wasn’t as fantastic as everyone had promised. I felt like “this is it, this is what I have been waiting for” every single day. For so long I have been willing to push it but only so much. I want to follow my heart and go after my big dreams but somehow I became paralyzed this year. That’s why I decided to take the biggest leap of my life with no financial support and change careers in the middle of a recession to a field I have no formal education in, head first. I have entered into the world of event design dreaming of all the possibilties I can give the world with a design degree in my pocket. I want to share with people all the joy there is for being on this planet every single day. I want them to bask in the glory of their wonderfulness, let go of all their day to day problems, break loose and remember what life is really about. I want to share with people their most special day and have them say all the things they have bottled inside them, in the most beautiful poetic visuals. Creating memories is what my world is about. You seem to share these feelings as well. You are an inspiration to me and so many others by showing us that by really truly living YOUR life amazing things can come and the ride can be just as enjoyable. I sometimes feel alone because at this time in my life a lot of people aren’t on to these ideas. Being apart of MTH 2011 in New York City (native and staying woot! woot!) I would have the opportunity to be around such driven/talented people and that would be one of the most enriching things of all. I feel I am a ball of energy ready to get everyone fired up for 2011 because I believe with all my heart this is our year! Thank you Laura for this oppurtunity and I hope I get to thank you in person for all you have already given me. With much love, Geada.

  21. Tanya Walker on December 7, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    What’s holding me back? One word: Fear. I need to know how to overcome it. I’m actually afraid that I will do the very thing that I want to do, and that is SUCCEED. I don’t know why I’m afraid of success, I just AM. Being an entrepreneur takes risks, and that probably has a lot to do with it.
    I also need someone to hold me accountable. I need help redefining what it is that I am doing. I need clarity. I have a newfound passion for what want to do, but I feel like I’m running in place! I need MTH2011 (Atlanta)!
    I’ve just begun a new chapter in my life as a single mother, so money is tight. A scholarship would be the only way I can attend the workshop. : (
    Scholarship or not, Lara, I think you absolutely ROCK! Thank you for all that you do.

  22. Desiree on December 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    My motto has always been “go big or go home”. I’m an all or nothing personality type. My Mom says I’ve always been that way. It’s both good and bad. I’m extremely passionate about life and want to “have it all”. 2010 was a big year for me. I graduated from grad school while working full-time, and then in May only weeks after school ended I had my first baby. She’s amazing. I plan to show my daughter by example that she should live life with passion, drive, and resilience. I want her to see that her Mom meets challenges and “makes things happen”. I don’t believe in quitting. That being said I haven’t started what I’d really like to make happen because I’m scared (not easy to admit). Remember the all or nothing issue? I would love to work in the world of photography. I dream of starting my own photography business. Tampa is my pick city. Emily Ley has inspired me to enter. I love reading about all the great things going on with MTH. You guys make me want to play big and I think 1/20/11 is the perfect day for the push I need. I want to put this dream into the all category. Hope to see you inspirational ladies in Tampa in 2011. Thanks for listening! ~~ Desiree~~

  23. Karen Ard on December 7, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Being apart of MTH2011 in Los Angeles would be just what I need… for my photography, for my passion, for my soul. When you first announced your LA date, I went to sign up but the cost is unrealistic for me. We are fighting off losing our home and I couldn’t take this money away from my family. I am so tired of taking any job that comes my way, no matter the fee because I’m trying to keep a roof over our heads. My work is better then that. I am better then that. I refuse to give up on my dream of being a successful photographer but it is taking a toll on my well being and the time away from my kids just kills me. This may be exactly what I need. Thank you for considering me. I love what you do!

  24. Carissa on December 7, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    2 words: life.changing. I am so excited for everyone that is going to attend MTH 2011! I thought that this intensive would be something that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend until years from now, but I made it happen, Lara helped me and I am so eternally grateful. If you’re thinking about it, DO IT! It changed my life, my outlook, and my drive! Not only will you be motivated, but you’ll have a whole new family to be a part of this journey with you.

    Good luck to everyone!

  25. Courtney on December 8, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I have been flying (sometimes floating) through life for the past few years in a fog, but still doing a pretty decent job. Although always knowing I can do it better. Just not sure how to get there. I found out about you and your amazing accomplishments and program through Natalie Nortons blog and have spent the last 48 hours trying to figure out how I am going to get to one of these because I have to! There is a reason for everything right? I know there is a reason that I found this and I am determined to get there one way or another because this is my next step. I would love for 2011 to come to San Diego, but if not then I will go anywhere to be there. I can’t wait. It’s time to finally jump in.

  26. Lyndsi on December 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I would love to attend the Making Things Happen Tour in Atlanta. I have been following your blog for quite some time and I have felt very encouraged by the things you write and your own life experiences. I have been struggling over the last 10 years to work full time as a wedding and portrait photographer. Because of my fear of financial stability, I have been afraid to make that leap into the unknown of running my own business and quitting a job I’ve been hanging on to for years that really brings me down sometimes. Over the past year, I have been really trying to enhance my business, branding and marketing to grow into a place where I can focus on being a fresh face of wedding photography in Memphis. I know I still have a lot of fear that I want to overcome to achieve my goals and that is why I would love to attend your workshop. I’m ready!

  27. kelsy on December 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

    as part of a husband and wife photography duo, we are constantly trying to push and improve ourselves so that we continue to challenge and bring out the best in each other. i am an emotional, passionate, motivated, optimistic woman and i know {KNOW!} that MTH will be a life changing experience for me. breaking down barriers and building that strong connection with a group of people equally as determined and excited about their future is exactly what i need. want. HOPE to experience. and of all people to look up to, Lara, you are such an inspiration. thank you for considering me for this amazing opportunity! and if i’m not chosen, please consider coming to Madison or Milwaukee, WI!!

  28. Jen on December 8, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I know I am supposed to write soemthing poetic about why I want to attend MTH2011. But that really isn’t me. I tell it like it is so here it goes… I love what I do but it isn’t enough for me. I want more, to acheive more, to do more. But I second guess myself… a lot. I know I need a community around me who wants the same things I do. It is really that simple.

    I want to create a brand that reflects all the things that I am and that I do for my clients. I don’t want live in anyone else’s shadow. So watch out 2011 here I come.

  29. Lauren Harrell on December 8, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I want to paint for a living! I attempted to do this in 2009, but wasn’t able to make it work financially. I’m now painting on the side, but would really like to get into the world of art licensing and maybe have my own stationary line. I need help getting a cohesive look together & a plan.. I”m all over the place. I’m deathly scared of rejection…. putting your art ‘out there’ is so very personal. It sounds like you guys could make that happen!

  30. Dana E on December 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

    In 2011 I want to Make Photographing Weddings HAPPEN!!! I’m so excited and ready for this leap of faith. I’ve been so intimidated about making this leap but it’s time! I want the Making Things Happen experience because I know that it will help propel me to where I want to be professionally. I also want and NEED to meet others that want to make things happen! I honestly have a need for sincere support and community. My passion is helping others and capturing the beauty of love and togetherness through photographs. I strive to be the best person I can be for my family, friends, and clients. This scholarship would be a true God sent blessing because He knows how much I need and want to be a part of this extraordinary experience. Thank you for this opportunity!!! xoxo
    (Atlanta, GA!!!)

  31. Jenae on December 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Lara…you did a great job in the video! Props to you!

  32. Briana on December 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    To those unsure about attending MTH2011, stop questioning. Just do it. Take the risk, put yourself out there, because I guarantee it will change you. Before I went to Making Things Happen, I had been trapped in my own life. I had a dream that I wanted to make happen, but the fears and sheer immensity of what needed to be done left me spinning in my tracks. Depression and anxiety ruled my thoughts. But Making Things Happen found my reset button. It gave me the hope, the confidence, and the tools to face my fears, do it anyway, and put my dreams into action. I am blessed to be part of the Making Things Happen family, they continue to push and inspire me every single day.

  33. Lesley on December 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I would love the opportunity to attend MTH2011 in Tampa. My husband and I have been maintaining a photography business in the Tampa area but we believe in 2011 it is time to go to another level and really start to see and do what we want to really want to do — not just maintain. A few weeks back you mentioned in a blog, that the bible says Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 We had already felt that was something we needed to change — instead of being an island out to sea by ourselves. When I read that it confirmed what I had been already feeling. So in 2011 that is what we endeavoring to do. We are going to face our fears and surround ourselves with business people, that are not only successful but love God and honor Him in their life. So in other words, we would love the opportunity to be challenged for a day by you!

  34. Monica on December 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Why would I like to attend MTH 2011? Because I want to finally feel the fear and do it anyway. Because I turned 50 in September (I am sure I am much older than all of those who follow you!) and asked God to give me another 50 years so that I could finally live in freedom of fear. Because God has given me a vision of a business that is greater than I will ever be and I need Him and those who are gifted to encourage me forward. Because I truly want to please Him and bless others in unimaginable ways. Because life is too short and I can no longer live where I am, doing what I am doing because I am going nowhere.

    Oswald Chambers encourages us to look at our lives at this time last year and see if there has been any change. I am still praying the same prayers and fighting and living the same fears. ENOUGH! NO MORE limited living!

    So, Charlotte is the closest location for me and anytime available will be a gift. May each person who submits or participates in this life-changing experience be blessed beyond measure.

    Take good care

  35. JESSICA@DOSSIE-A on December 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    To Briana – your testimony really resonates in me. I often feel overwhelmed by how large the picture really is. I’m only one person in my business, so I act as accountant, PR, marketing guru, and designer – I have to wear so many hats. It often leaves me with no time to do what really matters – projects, connecting with prospective brides, etc. I get so mentally drained that its a struggle to switch gears when it’s time to be creative. Often times, I’m trapped in my anxiety, not knowing where to go first, what’s the best direction for me and fear of failing. This leaves me feeling depressed and defeated!
    But, I am uplifted by all those submitting encouragement – THANK YOU! for sharing your experiences and breakthrough’s. I’m already hitting up family and friends for their support in case I am not selected 🙂
    and… to all those submitting for this scholarship, GOOD LUCK!! Each of your stories has already encouraged me and has made me feel less alone in my struggles 🙂 Keep believing in God for greatness, and never give up!

  36. Christine DeLessio on December 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    The past 19 months have been a wild ride. In May 2009, my son was born. Two months later, I lost my job as a staff photographer at a daily newspaper. I now see both of these life-changing moments as wonderful blessings. Don’t get me wrong – losing my job was devastating, but it also gave me that push to take a leap that I had been too afraid to take. I’m proud to be a stay-at-home mom and also juggle my own photography business. That’s where you come in. I’m having an identity crisis. I have been having a tug-o’-war with myself, trying to figure out where my business is heading. Which path to take. How to find the same happiness I cherish at home at work. I think I’m afraid to label my business as just weddings or just family and children – that I will be pigeon-holed. I need to ask myself the tough questions and challenge myself to make some big decisions. I would love to attend the MTH2011 in Tampa and be held accountable for listening to my heart and not being afraid to accept my fate.

  37. Kelly on December 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

    2010 has been a year of change for me. It has been an emotional year of firsts….some good some very sad. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer over 20 years ago and was given 6 months to live. She took that as a challenge and beat cancer into remission and was considered cured after 7 years. Just under 9 years ago while I was pregnant with my third child, the cancer came back and my mom beat it into remission again and again. Until last summer….the Doctors told us that there was nothing more they could do and encouraged us to find a clinical trial to participate in. In November of last year one trial became available but it was too late, my mom’s health had deteriorated and she wasn’t healthy enough to participate. By December she was very ill and in the hospital. I brought her home on Christmas Eve to spend the last hours of her life at my home surrounded by family. She passed away that night. So this year has been the first birthday that my mom wasn’t the first person to call and wish me happy birthday, the first Thanksgiving without her help with the dressing and the first Christmas with no gifts from “Love” (her version of Santa)under the tree for me.
    I have 3 children, 16 to 9 and I put my business on hold to stay at home with them while they were young. I don’t regret a second of that time but now it is my turn and I am taking that big leap to make my dreams come true. I don’t want to be scared of the firsts anymore. I would love to come to Atlanta and fill my cup! Re-energize and focus on my Wedding, Event and Interior Design Company and to let myself dream big! I am starting the New Year with a huge celebration….The Pink Gala (a fundraiser in memory of my mom) on New Year’s Eve and I want that to define my journey…hope! Here’s to Making Things Happen in 2011

  38. Erin on December 9, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    2010 has been an interesting year to say the least. At the beginning of the year I was a senior designer for an amazing gift retailer, but 4 months later I lost my job due to the company filing bankruptcy. As scary as the outlook was, I took that as a sign to step out from a ‘real’ job and continue and grow my own custom design company. The work has been fulfilling and gratifying to an extent, but I still feel held back. Whether by my own fears or anxieties about failing or even succeeding, or by the struggle to actually survive in the business climate today. I have seen the power that MTH has had on people and I take hope and comfort in knowing that there is a solution (and community) to handle these struggles. I would love to attend MTH 2011 in Nashville! It would in no better terms, make my heart swoon!

    • Lara on December 9, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Erin! Thank you so much for your entry. We already visited Nashville, so we won’t likely be returning there in 2011. Can you let us know an alternate city? Thank you!

  39. Erin Davenport on December 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Hi again Lara,
    I’m psyched about this post! I am so thankful that you are willing to give even more of yourself to inspire change in more people. Thank you! I know you don’t have to keep doing this. I know your own life isn’t perfect and that you have bad, sometimes terrible, days too. I am just even more inspired by you knowing all of that and seeing you rise up and still be a powerful positive influence!
    In 2011 I want to make happen the launch of my business! I have been electrified by the excitement I’ve seen come from MTH2010 and yearn to be a part of the community too! I know this will change me, I want it to. I need it to! I want to learn how to say yes to opportunities and not let my insecurities stop me from being great. My passion is photography. Freezing emotion, capturing the beauty that’s in everyone.
    I didn’t realize that you wouldn’t be returning to some of the cities you already visited and I’ve been voting for Santa Barbara, CA (an hour from where we’ve just moved {Vandenberg AFB}–arrived last night!) or Colorado Springs which is where I’m moving late next summer (with my Air Force hubby). Each time I’ve “voted” I’ve said L.A. or Denver, too, thinking since they’re bigger they might make more sense. I’d be up for any of them!
    For now, if I were lucky enough to win the scholarship I would want to attend in Tampa which is actually where we just moved away from! It would, in fact, be easy to travel to–though I was hoping for a California MTH that I could drive to (am I crazy?? I just drove 2500 miles in the last week to get HERE!). The scholarship would be an absolute Godsend as my husband and I are currently wondering how we’re going to make moving into a place here in California happen since his pay from the Air Force is all out of whack since he just got back on active duty. Praying on that one and this one as well!
    Thanks again for putting on MTH2011 and for the scholarship opportunity as well 🙂

  40. jacin on December 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    i wold LOVE to see you here in san francisco and i know i would be able to pull together the troops to make it worth your while!! i am currently in launch phase of my new biz and i am so inspired by all you have done, and all the comments around me in this post and others. it’s amazing. san francisco!

    • Lara on December 9, 2010 at 5:53 pm

      Hi Jacin! We were just in San Francisco a few weeks ago for MTH, so we will likely not be visiting there again in early 2011. Is there another city that you would work for you? Thanks again – EVERYONE! – for sharing your incredible stories here!

  41. Cynthia Kain on December 10, 2010 at 9:55 am

    If you are sitting here reading Lara’s post then you already know deep down that you NEED, WANT & SHOULD be at one of the MTH2011 workshops. When I walked into MTH2010 in Houston I was ready to sit & listen while I took lots of lots of notes on how to build my business – I expected to be told what to do. This is not at all how it was.

    MTH Intensive is exactly that…INTENSE. It is INTERACTIVE. It is HONEST. Just as you read about in many posts, be prepared for tears & laughter. There were moments where my heart so bad (seriously)..but it all lead to clarity. I left MTH pumped up & with a to do list I was excited to tackle. It was a to do list for not only my business but my personal life. I can’t tell you how good it felt to come home & share with my husband everything I shared…it brought us even closer. He is my partner is life and plays a huge role in supporting my business.

    If you want to meet some fabulous folks. If you want clarity. If you want to start your 2011 fresh & focused. If you want see your attitude, your doubts, your fears change right before your eyes. GO. SIGN UP.



  42. Shayla J. on December 10, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I discovered my passion for photography back in the summer of 2008 and since then my determination to be a full-time photographer has been side tracked by my fears. My goal for 2011 is to get my business of the ground and embark on a path in my life that I’ve been so scared to follow until now. I would love the opportunity to attend the MTH2011 workshop. I understand that change doesn’t happen overnight, but I would like to tools, resources and new friendships to help me throughout my journey. It’s llike you said Lara, “The truth: the only prson who is responsible for your life is you.” You’re so right, it is me, and I’m ready to make things happen. I just need a little help!

  43. Deb Peluso on December 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Please put Cleveland on your list! PLEASE! I’m ready to strike out on my own as a photographer and “Making Things Happen” is the lightning strike I need in my life!

  44. Lindsay H on December 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I have always wanted to be a photographer but didn’t make any attempts out of fear of not being good enough. I have finally decided this is the year to no longer be scared. I am working on getting myself out there and networking and trying to build a business but I need that one last push that MTH2011 can provide. I have taken every photography class offered in the Charlotte NC area and I am finally ready to let go of my fear and dive into 2011 as a honest to god professional photographer!

  45. Claire Strebeck on December 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I would LOVE to attend MTH 2011 in Charlotte! I love people. I love to show people their happiness from their wedding as well as all the crazy moments & intimate details that they may not remember without the photos. I am passionate about beauty. Real beauty of loving relationships and of creation. I want to attend MTH2011 because I would love to turn Claire Strebeck Photography up several notches in terms of an extensively cohesive brand.

  46. Jen May Pastores on December 11, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I’d like to be fired up. In fact, I desire to live it and daily seek the act of keeping the dream alive. You know, I came so close to attending your past workshop, but God only knows why it didn’t work out. I’m still in this season of low, low, low, but also brought into high, high, high. Expect this time the low is tremendously scary and discouraging. Attitude helps. Prayer brings me through it. Lara, what I want to make happen is to experience a reality of my artistry that sustains me, provides for basic needs, and funds my creativity that just wants to give and give back. I’m on the edge of my seat with exciting ideas and a vision way bigger than myself, but I guess when I’m so close to something so gigantic I’m coming across obstacles that I need help to overcome in. I no longer want to be alone in my career. I’m asking for mentorship and a team of industry peers to lend a helping hand. I’d really like to meet you and hear how you’d approach my situation, and to simply enjoy getting to know someone as yourself. Thanks again for this opportunity 🙂

  47. rachaelmarie on December 11, 2010 at 7:33 am

    i need this…more than i can explain. i have this intense desire to take what i have rolling around in my head and my heart and share it all with the world. but somehow, i always let myself get in the way of launching anything resembling my vision. i started my own photography business about a year and a half ago and this ride has been nothing short of amazing so far. but it’s time for me to really nail down how and what i want to do and do it my way. to well, make things happen. i think i have a good start, just pursuing my passion by starting my own photography business. but, i have so much more in me, so much more i want to learn, so much growing i have yet to do. and i want my passion to remain intact while doing it all. my foundation is here and i am ready to fly…i just need someone to shoe me how to make it happen.

  48. Deb P on December 11, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I’d love to attend the NYC event! I’ve been following your blog and I am so inspired all the time by your words. I’m ready to strike out on my own as a wedding photographer and I know this event will be a major catalyst in making that happen!

  49. Kathleen on December 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Hi Lara. You’re incredibly inspirational, and I love reading your blog, following on Twitter, etc. There are a handful of people in the world with the real ability to lead and motivate, and you certainly have that gift. I would love to attend the MTH seminar in Charlotte (could possibly do Tampa or Atlanta) but am in the middle of a sticky divorce and simply cant spend money that I don’t have. The problem with not having the money right now is that I launched my wedding blog a few months ago, and I need to attend MTH because I need the tools and fire to take the blog to the next level, which is where I know it needs to be. I love this blog. It’s the compilation of years in the wedding business and past careers in ancillary businesses (photography & catering). I’m obsessed with it, and I’m afraid to waste time, but while I think I know the next step, I’m stuck in the paralysis of “not exactly sure.” To launch something is one thing, but to try to catapult it is quite another!! On top of this, I have a 9 year old daughter who is not only watching the development of this blog very closely, but she is watching me handle the changes and trials in my life right now. Not only would the blog benefit from MTH, but I would personally, and I’d love to bring that excitement home to her. I want her to see that a community of like-minded people can inspire, lift, and propel each other. Sometimes life throws you curveballs, but a curveball isn’t the end of the game. You might swing at a curveball and miss it, but that doesn’t have to mean you’ve struck out. Another ball is coming your way. My blog is Both the blog and I would benefit tremendously from attending MTH2011. I know my daughter would benefit, too, if I could bring home the spark she hasn’t seen in me in a while. Thanks for your consideration.

  50. Erica Rose on December 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Come to Chicago! I need to be inspired. I’m at that point where things are seeming really HARD. I’ve had a great year but I need to figure out how to take it to the next level, and it feels like the creative juices are all dried up. I don’t know where to go from here and I would LOVE something like this to give me a little kickstart into the 2011 season.

  51. Emily Scott on December 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I am so excited for everyone this tour is going to touch. I want to help! Lara please let me know if there is anything I can possibly do – I’m going to be in Vegas for sure but don’t think for a minute I wouldn’t fly myself somewhere else just to see your beautiful face. MUAH. xoxo.

  52. Kristen Mitchell on December 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. –Joseph Chilton Pearce
    So I’ve finally decided…I want to live a creative life. A seamless life where my work is also what I just enjoy doing anyway. My name is Kristen Leah Mitchell. I am 30 years old and a native of Atlanta, Georgia. One of the few natives left. You could say we are on the edge of extinction. Not only am I a proud native of Atlanta—I am an engineer, a graphic designer, an aunt, the spoiled youngest child, a Coca-Cola fanatic, book maker, calligrapher, and one who always has to be in the know. I am a woman who thrives on living passionately and purposefully. But I haven’t always been that way.
    In saying all that is reason why I would like a scholarship to attend MTH 2011. This past year has been a whirlwind of uncertainty and uncomfortableness. I think God’s way of giving me the push I needed to finally venture out and explore and live what I am passionate about. Long story short, like many of us, I spent most of my life up to now trying to make myself fit in where i just didn’t fit. After being diagnosed with lupus I decided to make the first steps toward my passions and enrolled in graphic design classes. As a result I began my own freelance graphic design business, Pretty Scribbles. I feel that MTH 2011 would give me more focus on how to propel my business and become my livelihood. I have so many ideas but I have no idea how to start or where. I’ve been following the MTH movement and find it really inspiring to see how it has helped so many others make that leap successfully. I hope to be one of those lucky people too!

  53. Tammie Gilchrist on December 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Do you believe in miracles? I am having a terrible year business-wise. I had a thought a few days ago and it was how much better 2011 is going to be! But where on earth did it come from? Nothing has changed for me, but now I sit here and read this opportunity to win a scholarship for a life changing experience :: something that can turn around me and my business for the good?! How amazing would that be! I’ll be attending WPPI 2011 and would love the opportunity to attend MTH there!
    Much respect,

  54. Angie Watson on December 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    {Atlanta} I have followed your blog for quite some time now, and have found your posts very inspirational on my path of living the life of a young creative. I’m 23 and a full time student in graphic design, but what I REALLY love is photography. Over the last five years I have fought tooth and nail to shape my business and myself as an artist. I can’t tell you how many traditional college rights of passage I’ve missed, how many football games, how many birthday parties, nights out on the town with friends and even just chill nights staying at home I’ve missed out on so that I could make the 2 hour drive to Atlanta to shoot weddings. My friends all think I’m crazy and over-driven for my age, but I made a promise upon high school graduation that I would not forget the dreams that my 18 year old self had for my future, and those dreams involved photography. I believe that life is part fate and part what you make of it, and while I have no control over fate I have 100% control over what I make of it, so I continue to fight to do what I love. Over the past few months, I have become really disenchanted with my business, frustrated with my own shortcomings and the inevitable pitfalls along the way. I looked into selling my equipment and quitting altogether. Then I sat back and thought about my life without this important piece, and it was impossible to imagine. I actually made a video about my experience, and I’ve turned my frustration around and am launching a new project to help me explore new creative avenues with my work. I graduate in May, and for me the next six months are crucial in figuring out who I am and how I can make my dreams a reality. I feel that attending MTH 2011 will help me move the newfound motivation and fervor I have for my work into action. I can say with confidence that this conference would be a life-changing experience for me, but unfortunately as a student with limited resources, affording the conference may not be possible. Thank you for your consideration, and thank you for doing what you do…keeping us all inspired!

    Seek ye the beautiful and the good,

  55. Becky Devlin on December 14, 2010 at 7:30 am

    How about Washington, DC?!

  56. Katherine on December 14, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Lara, 2010 was one big blur, full of triumphs and frustrations for me. As a young professional, I landed my first full-time position. As a young woman, I’ve grown friendships, relationships and experienced great loss. This past year has stretched me more than I thought ever possible. I have learned so much about myself and what I want out of life. 2010 was a learning year. During this learning year, I continued my on-the-side job that has become my passion: event planning. I consider myself to be very lucky. I have one of the most amazing mentors one could pray for. She has taught me so much over the past two and a half years. She has taught me that event planning IS what lights me up, makes my heart full and keeps me going. My excitement to be a part of the wedding industry is only reinforced by the amazing online community of professionals I have met through Twitter, Facebook, et cetera. I found people, all over the world, who share the same passion I do. I can’t really put into words how this simple technology has brought me to such a monumental epiphany in my life. Then there is the group of vendors in my community that have shown faith in me. And there is the MTH group. To be able to lift others up to their full potential, time and again, is a gift from a higher being. It seems almost silly, but all of these wonderfully driven people made me realize: IT IS TIME. It has taken me a while to let go, listen to my heart, but I have decided to risk a lot and start my own business. I am on the cusp of what I know will be an amazing, scary adventure. I am 25 years old and full of knowledge, passion and energy. There is NO time like the present. 2011 IS my time.
    With all of those wonderful ideas expressed, I am held back by a frustrating and nagging fear. I refuse to settle, though I cannot help but to address that anxiety that comes with this risk. My faith is shaken to its core. I believe that my professional and personal life could be taken to the next level should I experience Making Things Happen 2011. I will get there, somehow, some way. However, I firmly believe that the experience and tenacity of the MTH crew could lift me up even more and save me from this fear. I am ready. I am ready to take this challenge head-on. I am ready to fall down, and get back up. I am ready to make mistakes. I am ready to be asked the difficult questions. I am ready to be brutally honest with myself. I am ready to answer my own prayers. I am ready to make things happen. I am BEYOND ready!
    I live in Durham, NC and would travel to Charlotte to grow myself and my dream at MTH2011.

  57. Jenn on December 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I stumbled across your existence a few months ago following the growth of Chaviano Couture (Annette and I attended the same college). Lara is now a common household name. I’ve seen first hand (well, from the sidelines) how you took Annette’s passion and turned it into a thriving business. Since then I’ve developed dreams I never thought I could (or should) dream. I now find myself flailing full of ideas, spirit, and determination. It’s like the dark little corner I tucked all my hopes and dreams in was filled with daylight and I’m standing there, squinting, trying to make sense of it all. I need your help! I’m a new mom and am afraid of slowing down. I want twenty eleven to be the best year of my life. For me. For my husband. For my son. I want to be the best version of myself. Help me make things happen in twenty eleven.

    ATLANTA MTH2011 make room for me!!!

  58. Victoria Sharkey on December 15, 2010 at 7:51 am

    In 2011 I want to make so many things happen for myself personally, which I’m hoping would spill right over to the professional side. I want Tradewind Creations, every aspect of the company, to be the best it’s ever been. I want to get certified, make a plan, and start the branding process for an Event & Wedding business. I WANT. I NEED the experience of this intensive. From what I’ve seen all over twitter and following the tumbler blog of MTH2010 I crave it all! Simple as that. I know it’s not always going to be easy, in fact I look forward to the challenges ahead. Being creative in every form drives me to the very core, at times I could just explode with ideas. Basically my passion is creativity.

    I am currently going through the process of planning my wedding. Some unexpected costs have surfaced pretty recently due to some health issues, and this scholarship would help immensely!!!!

    To MTH in Charlotte would be such a complete joy, and I would be forever grateful.

  59. Bess on December 16, 2010 at 10:28 am

    At 41, I am trying to muster up the courage to make a career change. My father reminded me that he started his business at 41 and of the poster that hung over his desk of the two buzzards on a limb with the quote, “Patience H*ll, Let’s go Kill Something!” He says that’s my new motto, but I sort of like the one on your blog, “A year from now..” I’ve always had a passion for photography, and finally signed up for a course starting in Feb. This Atlanta MTH seminar in Jan. would be the best thing to get my engine started!!

  60. Kathleen Burlew on December 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Kathleen Burlew. Kathleen Burlew Creative. I have ideas, SO many ideas, and I want to make them happen. Scratch that, I WILL make them happen. That’s why being part of MTH2011 is a NECESSITY for me. I started laying the foundation for KBC, a custom design brand for all your paper treasures, exactly one year ago. I have spent this year learning as I go along after diving in head first following my passion. I want 2011 to be the year of coming into my own with my brand by forming the genuine pieces (those ideas I was talking about). I would LOVE to be able to inspire people and be inspired by other individuals trying to make things happen. That’s why I need to be there. I have a task at hand that I won’t give up on: To make things happen for Kathleen Burlew Creative and give my own little piece of me to the world. Thank you Lara and MTH family! I hope to see you in New York.

  61. Nicole Lucciola on December 19, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    My name is Nicole Lucciola and I want to take this course in Tampa, FL. Right now I am a pediatric registered nurse who wants desperately to let out my creativity. I am obsessed with everything wedding related and my google reader is probably going to explode with all of the blogs I have subscribed to. I am a certified wedding and event planner and I am interning with Signature Events in Tampa while working as a nurse in Jacksonville (Yes, I take a 4 hour road trip twice a week!!). This year I want to make weddings my reality. I have started my blog called Fashionably Wed and have discovered my passion for writing and of course for gorgeous inspirational pictures. My ultimate dream would be to work for a wedding magazine and I want to make it happen this year! I cannot wait to take this seminar and meet you , Lara. I have so much to learn from you and I will see you in January!

  62. Wes on December 20, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I’m not writing for myself, but for my wife, business partner, and seriously the best and most loyal friend you could ask for. Three years ago, my wife was graduating college (21 years old then) and was ready to dive into the corporate world when we sat down and had a talk about our future. We made a decision for her to peruse her calling of photography…. it was a financially risky move that lead us to moving our home and now both being self employed! By the grace of God and His will we’re where we are today. I’m writing on this post because I know my wife needs and deserves some encouragement. Yes this business is awesome and it’s hard not to love what we do… but there’s another side to the traveling and photos. I think it can be tough on her because of the pressure of owning your own business. People don’t see the amount of hours of working at home on separate computers editing, answering emails and trying to stay ahead of the game so we still can be proud of our business. It takes a lot of work to run this business with two people (she ran it by herself for 2 years) and I know in order for our business to grow we have to take some major steps… not just to improve our business but to improve the way we live life. My fear is my wife getting burned out in a short time because of the lack of direction or sadly a lack of encouragement. From what I’ve read and seen, this event seems like it could conquer that. I believe in my wife and have incredible confidence in her ability to serve our family and our business… I just want to add a little “preventive maintenance” so that her world is open to dreaming! I know we’re doing what we’re called to be doing and a big part of my job is to serve my wife… hence the comment on this post.

  63. Holly Clarke on December 20, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I vote for doing another Watercolor stop. It’s not a major hub, but how can you pass up a trip home? If you don’t choose Watercolor, then I would be honored to attend either Atlanta or Tampa. Here’s a little something I wrote up about my story and why I’m ready to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!
    The only tangible evidence my daughter Charlotte Grace will have of her father are the few pictures I took of the two of them right after she was born and some snapshots from shortly afterwards. Images of their hands together, cradled in his arms, holding onto her tiny foot… Images taken in front of my makeshift studio of some opens windows and a black sheet. Images taken while I reeled from the stress arising from her premature delivery, holding fast to newborn daughter and my camera. I look back on these images with fondness and am so grateful I captured these moments.
    Six weeks after Charlotte came into this world, after a manic and psychotic episode, my husband was involuntarily committed. He was battling alcoholism and bipolar disorder, and the humiliation of both. I had no choice but to leave until he became stable, knowing that my ultimate responsibility was to my daughter. And so we waited… Legally bound to stay in the state, we distanced ourselves as much as we could to keep ourselves safe. Homeless and jobless, we shared a bed in my brother’s house. For several months I distracted myself by laughing at my daughter and coming up with new ideas for creating captivating images.
    Just after Charlotte’s first birthday, my husband meticulously and methodically took his own life. When I learned that my greatest fear had become reality, I was devastated. I was angry at him for not taking responsibility for himself and for giving up on what could have been a happy life together. He would never see his daughter dance, laugh, or even say his name. I slept on a friend’s couch for a month, cleaning up the physical, emotional, and financial mess he had left behind. The following months were a blur. I’d lost the hope and passion for almost everything I loved. Everything I had hoped for had been washed away. For months I didn’t have the energy to even pick up a camera. It was everything I could do to survive and get through the day. But then I remembered those images I’d taken of Charlotte and her father right after she was born. Moments when he was lucid and we were all happy. The days preceding those moments when he recognized my passion for photography and encouraged me to pursue what I loved, never judging and never suggesting I was wasting a perfectly good career to “be all artsy.” The days when I was trying to make the best of an engineering career in that my parents wanted me to love and the nights I stood on the streets in the freezing cold trying to get people to buy my photographs. Few did, and while I considered going back to art school and toyed with the idea of starting a photography business, I never had the courage.
    I have always loved photography. But it wasn’t until I became a 20-something widow that I realized what a difference it can make in someone’s life. Photography is ultimately what got me through the trauma I’d experienced. It helped me document my daughter’s life and gave me something to throw myself into. When I made the decision to move back to my hometown to be closer to family, I was torn. I wanted to have a stable job and be able to provide for my family, but I knew that my late husband intended for me to fulfill my dreams. He knew that I would be miserable doing anything else- he made this clear in his last writings. Because he did not pass by natural causes, we received very little life insurance money. Just enough to settle his estate, put the down-payment on a small condo, and to try to get my business running.
    Since then we have not only survived, but thrived. We have a happy, peaceful, stable life, and I have been working hard to build a small business doing wedding and portrait photography. I have found capturing images to be incredibly therapeutic and a great way to preserve the moments in others’ lives. Transitioning from a serious hobbyist to a professional photographer has been exhausting and in the process I have cleared out most what was left of our savings, but I have never been happier. To gain more experience, I am volunteering for an organization that provides free portrait sessions to deployed and deploying medical families. While it gives me the time to practice my skills, I also find it incredibly fulfilling. I’ve met many women that are single by circumstance and struggling to remain strong for their children. In taking the time to get to know them and capture their personalities on film, I often find myself encouraging them and giving them strength. I have found that it gives their deployed family members strength to continue fighting in a war-zone and their gratitude and appreciation for my work in turns strengthens me. I’ve had to take on a part-time job to help pay our expenses, but my present intent is to pursue my passion full-time. I have no idea how I’m going to cover our bills, but I believe in my dream and refuse to give up. Encouraged by Lara Casey’s posts, I am slowly starting from the ground up – putting my entire heart and soul on the line. I have no backup plan, but I have more tenacity, passion, and strength, than most anyone I’ve met. And I am sure that we can do this.
    When Charlotte Grace was born I prayed it would change everything. That my husband could hold on. That things would be different. And they are—very different from the reality I imagined at the moment of my daughter’s birth. Two years and much heartache later, the life he gave Charlotte is now fully in my hands, and the passion for photography he encouraged is fully mine to embrace. Now it’s time to make things happen.

  64. Katasha on December 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I am definitely at a crossroads. As a rare person that thinks out of her left brain AND right brain, I’m not sure which road to take. There are a few really cool (and polar opposite!) ideas brewing. I love my scientific and technical background, but I really adore what I have built out of releasing my creative outlet. And all the feedback from the alum makes it seem that something pivotal happens at these intensives. Lara–can you help me make up my mind??! I think you can. When you’re in Atlanta. . . 🙂

  65. Kelly Lane on December 20, 2010 at 10:25 am

    A year and a half ago, I discovered my purpose. I discovered something I loved. Something that made me tick. Something I was passionate about. I fell in love with wedding photography and decided to pursue it as a career. In 2011, I want to take my business full time. No more part time photography and FT other job. I want to take a chance and go after it! I would be honored to attend the Atlanta session. Thanks!

  66. shannon kelley on December 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I have hit the comment button on this post 4 times over the past. Each time sitting and staring at it, empty and glaring, not knowing how to put into words what is in my heart. And then I read through the comments and I tear up at some of the stories, lives and people that so deserve this scholarship. I have no clue how you can pick just one, I’m in tears reading some of these, or how in any way mine can measure up. But this is me facing a fear and stepping out with my story, trusting that the right person will be selected, even if that isnt me. (i’d love for it to be me but, seriously, have you read some of these entries!! Eeeks, I have tough competition!)

    So you know that aching in your heart when you know that you were meant for something and you would give up everything for it if only you knew what and how it really looked like in real life? That is where I am right now. Yes, photography is my business and a passion, but my heart, my purpose is to change the world, even if one person at a time. My dream is to live full time on the mission field, to impact the least of these in a tangible way, and to somehow incorporate photography into that. In 2011, I want to dream big and make that happen, even if its to face the fear and take baby steps, or maybe dive in headfirst. My heart is to do what God is calling me to do and be in the place where He wants me to be. And I know that my journey begins with MTH. I’d be honored to attend the Atlanta or WPPI one.

  67. Adger Rothwell (Sealed With Appeal) on December 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Attending MTH2011 would be life-altering, not only for me and my business but for all of my clients, family, and friends. I want to live what I learn and teach others how to do the same. Sealed With Appeal, a small custom stationery business, was started two years ago when I was laid off as a graphic designer. Since then it has grown to be a steady business, but I am prepared to grow significantly. I am consistently getting positive reviews from clients, so I know I’m on to something good, I just don’t know how to go about taking the next steps. My ultimate goal is to own my own storefront and establish myself as a premium stationer nationwide. I believe I am in need of the support and encouragement that MTH2011 will offer. I want to take my business and my personal life to the next level in 2011. I want the ability to love what I do and make a living doing what I love. MTH2011 was created specifically for someone like me and I can’t imagine what I would feel coming away from such a life changing experience. I want to transform myself. I want to “face the fear and do it anyway”. A little guidance from someone that has been in my shoes and some direction is what I seek. I’ve come so far all on my own, but I’ve hit a plateau and just need the slightest push to go to the next level. I want to focus and know how to go about defining and achieving the goals set for the coming year. For me it’s not about monetary wealth, it’s about the wealth of happiness.

  68. Evie Perez on December 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I want change in 2011!! Not just in my business but also in my personal life. I need help and I am not ashamed to admit it. I am tired of going through the same mountain, its time to dig deep and face my fears. Am I afraid of failing? You bet I am but at least I can say I tried. I want to become a full time wedding photographer. I want to live out what I know God has called me to be. I want to use my business to heal the hurt, help the wounded, and show people how beautiful they are. I am so excited that you are coming to Atlanta!! I hope to attend the MTH 2011 in Atlanta. Thanks!!

  69. Bridgett on December 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I came across your site via Emily Ley and have been following her journey and yours. Your ability to open people up and make things happens, honestly scares me but it’s what I need. I’m at a pivotal point in my own business and need to break through my shell and have the confidence to know that I can do this. And I just know, deep down in my heart that attending a MTH conference will catapult me to where not only I need to be, but what and who I need to be for my family. Bravo for everything you’ve been doing. Hope to see you in New York! Cheers, Bridgett

  70. Jackie Faria on December 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Having the chance to attend MTH 2011 would be an opportunity of a life time. I can only imagine how the experience will make me grow as a person and in my business.

    After being diagnosed as depressed a year ago I knew that it was time I make a change that it was time, And follow my passion of photography and become a wedding photographer. I move forward with my life. I was 21 unhappy, afraid, and unmotivated. For years I heard that I couldn’t make it as a photographer. All my life people have told me I couldn’t do it. I want to prove them wrong. I need to prove to myself that I can do it. I want to make things happen for myself, I want to make my dreams happen. I need this to save me from my worst fear of never achieving a dream, living with fear, and being critically unhappy.

    My fear of failure has paralyzed me for achieving the things I want most in life. And my constant sadness has become a strain for my soon to be husband. I need to 2011 to be the year of change. I’m risking everything to become the best version of myself and to achieve my dreams. People have told me I’m inspiring to them that I inspire them, but I find that don’t inspire myself. I want to inspire myself to get fired up.

    There are so many people who deserve to attend and who need to attend. I just hope that god helps you choose the most deserving person for the scholarship, even if it’s not me. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I hope to meet you in NYC. I not I hope one day I get to attend MTH and thank you for all the inspiration.

  71. Missy on December 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I am so happy to hear that there will be another Making Things Happen tour in 2011. By the time I heard about the 2010 tour, all of the cities were sold out. I am looking forward to attending when you come to New York. Can’t wait to sign up! I have an invitation business that has been growing steadily but this year I took extraordinary risks to get to the next level. I will be doing the same in 2011 and want to surround myself with others who are doing the same and have the same drive and go-getter spirit that I do. Can’t wait!

  72. brooke @ claremont road on December 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Attending MTH in New York would be a goal fulfilled for me. I have a long list of things I want to accomplish in my life and career; I have been fortunate to have already made some progress on that list, including starting a graphic design studio with four talented partners and launching a line of letterpress wedding stationery. However, I sometimes feel stuck and don’t know how to move forward in solidifying our existing brand image while also pursuing new projects that will ultimately contribute to our success. I have new ideas every day but don’t always know what to do with them once they have fallen into my lap; the ideas are there but the execution is often where I struggle (and, I admit, feel a little scared). I have overcome a lot of my hesitations and fears (and my resulting former habit of procrastination!), but there is still something holding me back from truly fulfilling my dreams and making. things. HAPPEN! Attending MTH2011 would provide me with the direction I need to convert ideas into actions and find the success that is awaiting me — it’s there, and I can almost taste it.

    Winning the scholarship would allow me to more clearly seek the direction I need to achieve my other goals without asking my husband to make one more sacrifice for my dreams and my business. Although I know he’d do it because he loves me and wants nothing more than to see me happy, giving the scholarship a shot is my gift to him to thank him for already sacrificing so much along this crazy ride. I know that the lessons learned, the clarify found and the connections made will help me hone in on my success and ultimately be a better partner to him, a better business owner, and a better designer. Thank you, Lara, for this incredible opportunity! And Merry Christmas to you.

  73. Feuza on December 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

    What I want for 2011 is to support my family with my passion, to be financially free, if I can’t provide for my loved ones with my passion than what is the point, I got into photography it was for the lifestyle of freedom so I want to be FREE 2011….

  74. Shay Cochrane on December 28, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Wow, reading all of the other comments is humbling…there are just so many incredible people out there who would benefit from a scholarship and definitely deserve it. How can I even add my name to the list?
    My husband and I left our family and friends two years ago and moved to Tampa, FL where God was very clearly calling us to help plant a church that specifically reaches out to college students. We left our “secure” jobs and headed out into the great unknown. At the time I was also 7 months pregnant with our first child. People thought we were crazy to say the least but we knew that this was where God was calling us. A few months after we moved, bought a new house and had our daughter, my husband lost his job. I had just moved my own two year old photography business and started gaining clients in FL but with a new little one I knew that I could not bare the burden of supporting the family. My husband Graham was, and still is, both the worship leader and the accountant for our new church plant in Tampa, a job that is almost full time but is completely unpaid until the church grows. This is part of his passion and calling and we know that God is using us but it does prevent him from being able to have an additional full time job. Praying through the panic we felt the push (maybe it was desperation?) to take a another blindfolded leap of faith and Graham started his own business as an audio engineer, producer, and blogger. With little clear direction but lots of prayer we have pushed ahead, both running creative businesses from home. His recording blog ( has over 10,000 readers a month worldwide at less than a year old. In 2011 He is launching a new company that will work with churches to produce albums. He is creating and selling products, getting blog sponsors and even creating and launching a live conference series for audio engineers in 2011. He is my hero. At the same time, as a result of us both working from home starting two new businesses and still working for free as a full time worship leader – we literally pray for food on the table and bills to be paid from month to month. We have no debt (except the mortgage) but right now we rely heavily on the help of family who support our vision. It is the lowest and scariest point we have ever been at but at the same time the most exciting and humbling to see what God is doing and watch Him provide for us each month and grow our businesses.
    So what in the world am I asking for? Probably the impossible. Although I am so far the one with the (more) successful photography business and would give anything to be at MTH, my husband is the one who needs to be a part of this conference more than I do. For him to pursue this dream and see it come to fruition and be able to provide for our family is literally life or death…or maybe just food on the table or no food on the table. haha. More than anything, I would love to attend the Tampa MTH together as we have built our businesses together from day one (and he may feel a little out of place in a room full of women haha). But the cost for even one of us is beyond being possible at the moment. My dream would be scholarships for us to come as a team but if even one scholarship came our way I would give it to him – again, he is my hero and is working so hard to pursue these dreams while providing for our family and following God’s promptings. Thanks for even taking the time to rad all this. I know that whoever wins the scholarship will be greatly blessed by you guys!

  75. Travis Bischof on December 28, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I’m sure by now you are honing in on your scholarship winner, but I want to ask you to reconsider my wife. I’m sure she’s already commented (yep, she did. Just saw it). She is a magnificent woman. Coming from a childhood that was far worse than my worst nightmare, it is unbelievable at how deeply she loves and what a wonderful mother she has become. We’re newly weds (about a year and a half) and our little surprise was born twenty five days after our one year anniversary. I think my wife needs some help to make things happen. To know it isn’t only okay to take time for yourself, but that necessary to be the best you. Atlanta is the closest city to us, but if you gave her a scholarship to anywhere, I know she’d hitch hike there. If I had the money to drop to give her this opportunity, I would (From as much as my wife takes to heart all you write, you are clearly worth any price tag). Due to being new parents and expanding our business, it just currently isn’t possible. Help me give my wife the 2011 she deserves.

    Thank you and God bless.

  76. Danielle on December 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Dear Lara, I began reading your posts and learned of MTH
    less than a year ago. I don’t know if I can properly express how I
    feel about everything you share, much less possibly getting the
    chance to be a part of MTH 2011. I just know that your words,
    pictures and experiences move me at a very deep level. Every time I
    visit your blog, I get a physical stir of excitement and hope in my
    belly as if there is beautiful blue water 1 foot in front of me
    that I want to jump into. I’ve never ran my business well. That’s
    the truth. I began young and didn’t have an ounce of business
    know-how. My family looked at it as an expensive hobby and so I was
    required to have a ‘real job’ as well. No one was in my corner
    telling me they believed in me. Ever. But worse than that, I’ve
    held onto that and let those feelings of doubt and fear stop me
    from doing so many things. I used my lack of higher education as an
    excuse to be ‘less than’. I never entered competitions or submitted
    my work to anyone for fear of being discovered as a phony. And I’m
    finally tired. I’m tired of being scared. I’m tired of not pushing
    myself. I’m tired of not believing that I can MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.
    Right now, my husband is out of work for the second time in 2 years
    and I barely have a business. Maybe one client a month. And I’m
    GOOD. I can finally say I’m good at what I do. But not all of it.
    Not even close. There’s probably several things standing in the way
    between myself and success, I just don’t know how to maneuver them
    yet. I know that MTH 2011 would bring me challenges I cannot even
    imagine right now. And for once, I’m incredibly excited by

  77. Noa on December 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I would be honored and humbled to win a scholarship to
    NYC’s MTH2011. I have spent so many years feeling sadly depressed
    from my dead end job. I felt I had to keep it because of the income
    it provided, and having an unemployed husband working on his
    masters degree (teaching of social studies) and a beautiful toddler
    meant I was the sole provider. Then, December of 2009 I came to a
    breaking point. I was so depressed of what had become of my life —
    that I one day just slapped myself and decided to DO something
    about it. Not mope, bitch or complain. But DO. Something. ACTIVELY.
    I’m a fighter… I served in the Israeli Army, I moved across
    continents when I met my (American!) soul mate, settled with him in
    the States, attended Columbia University while working full time
    and graduated magna cum laude (without a cent of debt). I knew that
    I have the fire in my belly to fight…. Losing is not really an
    option. So December 2009 I decided to change things, and in January
    2010 I started a portrait photography business. I worked hard,
    attended workshops, watched countless business webinars, lost a lot
    of sleep. But I got that business rolling, and after a year in
    business I broke even and am planning for an amazing 2011 year. I’m
    STILL working full time at the job-which-must-not-be-named, but I’m
    hoping that this September my husband will get his teaching
    position, and I will be able to retire that part of my life and
    concentrate 100% on my business, family, and pursuing the things in
    life that make me passtionate. I really hope to be considered for
    this scholarship… It would mean the world to me. There’s so much
    more for me to learn and soak up. There is so much fear in me I
    need to learn to let go of. Thank you so much for reading this and
    considering my application…… Noa

  78. Amy Paulson on December 28, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I dream of making “expecting” adopting couple shoots the norm. I want to find creative ways to capture that expectation – that heart fluttering – my baby will be here soon awesome-ness.
    I want to reconnect couples with their stories and their love for each other. And then leave them with pictures that stir memories and encourage new ones – every day.
    I long to tell the stories that are overlooked. Whether it’s the person down the street or across the world, I want to help tell their stories. And one day – I want to help start or work with a program that gets cameras into the hands of children in impoverished areas to give them the platform, education and tools to share their story.
    I long to stop time for brides and grooms.
    I want to help women all of ages and walks of life see just how beautiful they are. To go in and do the work that it takes to enable them to be themselves – their beautiful selves. And then to leave them with pictures that remind them every day of just how beautiful they are and just how beautiful their story can be.
    And in doing all of this, I want to support my husband and our kids as he follows his dream of getting his PHD in sociology and helps make changes in our social systems.
    As far as going to the Making Things Happen Intensive? Yeah…that would be a dream come true. And I would love to attend in Atlanta or Las Vegas.
    Bottom line – thank you so much for doing this. For taking risks, for offering a scholarship, for being committed to facing your fears and pushing us all to do the same. Thank you, Lara!!!

  79. Amber on December 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    The corporate job I hold now is toxic to my self, to my creativity, to my soul. I want 2011 to be the year that I live the life that I was meant to live and fulfill the business dreams I was meant to create – which includes leaving said job behind. I turned 30 this year and I have this feeling of time running out. No longer can I chalk up missed opportunities to the idea that something better lies ahead someday for me. No longer do I want to sit around on ideas only to see others implement them while I sit back and watch. If I’m going to make my business what I want it to be, I have to do it NOW. …There are dozens of reasons and excuses that can be made for why I haven’t made the full time leap for my event design/stationery/marketing business. And I am tired of listening to them….I question at times why all these other people are so more deserving of their successes and happiness. What is this ‘inside secret’ they have that I’m missing? …I feel as though I’ve been on verge of a leap to greatness for so long. I can’t wait for the opportunity to be alongside others who have this same feeling and we can push each other together. Thanks for this opportunity! I would like to attend MTH Atlanta.

  80. Lauren on December 28, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I recently moved to the D.C. area and left everything I
    knew behind – my job working at a major film studio, my ENTIRE
    family, my friends – that lovely Los Angeles weather…. to become
    an associate wedding planner at an amazing wedding planning
    company. I have never once questioned by decision to leave. I am so
    excited about the opportunities that I have here. But I need new
    ideas, a renowned sense confidence – STRONGER ENERGY! Since I’ve
    heard about this conference I have literally been dreaming about
    it. Weird? I think not. I would just ABSOLUTELY adore the chance to
    be apart of MTH2011 and really come away with a clearer vision of
    my future success (yes, I’m predicting it) and passion for the new
    year with others right there…pushing along with me! So I thank
    you in advance for the consideration… as I would die to / adore
    to / love to attend the MTH NYC!! My fingers are crossed!

  81. Jennifer Reilly Kelmer on December 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I need to make this scholarship seat happen for me for MTH 2011! I get up in the morning just knowing that the day can any direction I want it to, but it often takes a similar direction everyday. As an art director of a small family owned business, my voice is heard and I want to make my voice clearer, stronger and inspired. I know there’s more SPARKLE waiting to happen in my life and I know that I have it in me to get there. I would love to join a community of excited, creative people who know the direction they want to take. Thank you for the opportunity, Lara!

  82. Erica Prewett on December 29, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I bet you could look into the behind the scenes of this website to find my IP address and see just how many times I have come to this very point and then not done anything. I have this *thing* about asking for help. A certain pride mixed with a heafty dose of doubt in my worthiness if help were indeed given.

    But I’m doing it now. I’m asking for help. I’m asking for help because I am confident that the questions I’ll be forced to answer during the MTH process will make me better. I know that the answers I give will force me to have a better understanding of my purpose in this world, the value I bring to it, and the impact I can make. I know that if given the scholarship to attend the Atlanta MTH conference, I will do everything asked of me, lovingly suggested, and even required. I will be accountable. I will make changes. I am ready to Make Things Happen in my business in 2011.

    The things I want to make happen in 2011 are a renewed sense of purpose and clarity in my favorite client. To create a true plan for marketing my purpose to my favorite client. To create a re-tellable story that others can tell on my behalf about the value and love they received from me. To create a system that will allow me to grow my business bigger than me.

    Thanks for the opportunity to ask.

  83. Leika on December 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I am afraid of failure, but I am more afraid of success. In 2011, I want to face my fears, stop being afraid to share my ambitions…stop pausing before I tell people about the projects I’m working on, stop expecting them to reject my right to success. I know I am supposed to be doing more, giving more, but I am paralyzed by my fear of others’ judgment. Put simply, I need MTH. I need that kick in the pants to help me face my fears and do what I know I can, to help me find the strength to share my God-given talent of writing. How frightening, how arrogant it sounds to say that I am talented. And therein lies the problem. Your writing and your faith never fail to move me, Lara, and your dedication never fails to inspire me. In MTH, I want to unlock that same fearlessness in myself. I won’t list a city because while MTH NYC or Charlotte would be closest, I know I can’t let something like a little travel stand in the way of my dream of attending MTH if I am chosen. Thank you for the opportunity, and I wish you the best in the new year.

  84. April on December 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    In 2011 I am excited to start my photography business, I am totally excited and completely scared. Some days I am over whelmed but mostly I want to rejoice in my passion for photography and have it feed my soul!

  85. April on December 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Oops I forgot to add that I would like to attend in NY 🙂

  86. Bobbi Edwards on December 30, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I want to meet my dreams. I have always wanted to become a “real” photographer and writer. I am always afraid to jump in and not make it and life gets so busy it just takes over for me. I would love to find inspiration with you.

  87. Kristy Carlson on December 31, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I lost it, and I want it back. Somewhere along the line my confidence was rattled and I lost my “it factor.” I used to be the bravest go-getin-est woman I know, I was free in my fearlessness. Now looking like an idiot or not having all my ducks in a row scares me to bits.. A great photographer named Natalie recently asked me what I wanted and I couldn’t answer her. That sucked. I want it back, and I’m ready to fight for it. I would attend any of them, but Minneapolis would be the best. I live in South Africa, but I would make the trip. I’d find a way, cuz that’s what winners do 🙂

  88. KellyW on December 31, 2010 at 10:19 am

    MTH is exactly the thing I need, the thing I crave, yet I can give you a laundry-list a mile long of why I can’t come. My family, time of year, locations, why should I’s, why can’t I’s, etc, etc, etc. Not much different than anyone else. I know I can fly, yet I let the excuses keep me grounded: my boys need me, it’s their busy-time with basketball and raising 4H animals, I can’t take time away for me right now, they’ll be gone in such a short time. I use my family to hide my own fears, when I know they are the ones that love and support me no matter what. As much as I love being a mom and a wife, it’s within the taking of photographs that I feel alive. When everything is just right and the shutter spins through it’s little space and the moment is preserved, that is when I am most me. It’s those moments I want to make happen. I want to share what I see in the lens: the connections, the stories, the truths that we don’t always see with our own eyes, the magic – I want to share that with the people who trust me enough to see it. And I have complete faith that this is the path God wants me on right now. But the fear…. the fear that is not of Him, yet I allow my fear to keep me fettered. I need something – somebodies, actually, to keep me accountable, inspired, and focusing on the possible so there is no room for the scaredy-cat thinking that holds me back. Thanks for all you are doing to inspire and motivate. I would love an opportunity to MTH in either Tampa or Vegas. Back to that family schedule thing…. 🙂

  89. Janet McKnight on December 31, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I want to make it happen! And yes, I need help! I’m a people person, and I work from home by myself. Which means I hardly get anything done 🙁 The community you described that comes out of the workshop made me want to jump up and down and cry at the same time- because I can imagine the possibilities. My photography business is struggling. It’s hard to compete with the mommy photographers in my city who don’t mind if they don’t make any money. I’m single, and rent is always due.
    This year I don’t want to take my business to the next level; I’d like to jump about 10 levels. I have plans. I have ideas. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO MAKE THEM HAPPEN. I’d like to be able to pay rent, help others, and hire at least one other person to work with me full time (just writing that is SO scary!). I’m not as particular about the city, but New York City would be great.
    Just knowing that MTH is out there is encouraging. Thanks for doing this great thing, and helping others make their dreams happen!

  90. Emily Hansel on December 31, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    In 2011 I want to get things really moving with my three year old jewelry design business. After my 2010 wedding I decided that my heart truly lies in creating custom handcrafted pieces, especially for brides and bridal parties. So much thought goes into choosing wedding outfits, and I want to created something just as thoughtful and unique, that really brings together the look and feel of the whole wedding. But life as a newlywed and new homeowner has been busy, and I need a little shove to Make Things Happen! As a former bride of Nancy Ray, I know just how life changing MTH can be, and I think that MTH in Charlotte is just what I need to kick off 2011 and become what I really want to be.

  91. Lynn on December 31, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I have been struggling with where to begin for months,
    probably years, now. I have been following the MTH movement/tour
    for a few months. This sounds like exactly what I need right now. I
    am feeling like I’m headed in the wrong direction, or worse, in no
    direction. I’m not in the wedding industry. Maybe I should be – I
    certainly spend enough time looking at websites about it. But I
    don’t know if that would make me happy. I just don’t know what I
    want to be doing, what my passion is. I would like to connect with
    people who are driven and determined, who believe that there is a
    career out there that they will wake up every day excited to go to,
    and that have the courage to go after that path. I think in the
    presence of these type of people, I could begin to discover my own
    path. I would love to have a MTH in Minneapolis, but if that
    doesn’t happen, I would prefer to attend in Las Vegas.

  92. Emily Steffen on December 31, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I sit here on New Year’s Eve wondering what my next 2011
    will look like. I have dreams inside of me that I know are there,
    but need help making a reality. I have been through tragic losses
    in the past 3 years of my life and need someone or something to
    help me turn around and keep me dreaming. I have had made big
    strides in 2010 with my goals as a photographer, but need MORE! I
    need more inspiration, more experience and more accountability to
    what I know that I can be. I know that there are big ideas and
    lofty aspirations inside of me. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to attend
    Charlotte, NY or Vegas in 2011 and would be so grateful for the
    opportunity! 🙂

  93. Ashley on December 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I would love to attend the MTH2011. I have been thinking a lot about what my next steps are and where I want my event planning business to go. I know I need to grow and need to take the next step. I am excited and terrified at the same time. I need something that is going to put the fire under me to take the leap of faith that I desperately need to take!! I would love to attend the Vegas MTH2011. Deep in my heart I know this is what I need to grow. Have a happy New Year and hope 2011 is everything and more for you!!!

  94. Karen on December 31, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Starting January 1, 2011 at 12:00am I am taking a huge step in life- I will be taking my new photography business from part time to full time. As a twenty year old with tremendous student loans, it’s the scariest thing I could possibly do. I know my goals, I know my dreams… but I just don’t know what the next step to make is. With personal family issues going on right now, I just can’t afford to go to the MTH in New York. But I know I can do this; my word/mantra for 2011 is BELIEVE. I have to believe in myself. I have to believe that my family and friends will be there to support me. I have to believe that God will be there to guide me. I just have to believe.

    Thanks so much for this opportunity… And Happy New Year! 🙂

  95. Katie on December 31, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Lara I would love the opportunity to attend MTH2011 in NYC or Atlanta. I want 2011 to be a year of action instead of re-action. I want to take my dreams seriously and follow through on my ideas. MTH would give me a kick to get going… I need a mind switch. Would be so honored and floored to join the MTH family of 2011.

  96. Joni on January 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    So many great comments already! I would love to be part of MTH. I’ve always tried to look at like in a positive way, but the last year took a toll on me and made me come to the conclusion that “life is hard, there’s no way around that.” In the past few months I’ve had all that I’ve worked for sort of start to crumble around me. I decided that I need get rid of the excess worries/mental clutter and focus and what is most important, my family and fulfilling my dreams.

    So, I know life is hard, but I want to refocus and make life the best it can be by enjoying life. I was a tv producer and just quit 3 months ago to stay at home to be with my 2 kids. I did this so that I could refocus and try to start up my own business (film and photography) on my terms…keeping my family first but still releaing my creativity. I’d love to be a part of MTH 2011 NYC!!!

    You all inspire me!

  97. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on January 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Seeing all of these wonderful people so excited to make things happen only fires me up more. I was so blessed to be able to attend MTH in 2010, and am so excited to see what the 2011 class has in store!

  98. Tracy on January 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Oh please come to SLC UT! 🙂 I have been wanting to start an invitation business for years and don’t even know where to begin. And I have many ideas I would love to implement but just don’t know how. I am starting schooling in Graphic design and hopefully can get some direction.

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