Jan 29, 2019

Making Things Happen 2019: Where your goals come to life

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Ever get the feeling life is passing you by?

You think, Where has the time gone? And the next thought that comes to your mind: Am I using this gift of a life well?

How we spend our time is how we spend our lives.

We all want our lives to add up to something.

But, it’s easy to get stuck, isn’t it? Stuck in the mundane daily routine of sameness or busy—and you just don’t know how to break the cycle. 

I reached that point in 2009. I felt like I wasn’t living my purpose, and I was frustrated. I didn’t think it was possible for anything to change, though I wanted my life to change and I wanted to make things happen.

I just didn’t know how to do it.

In the midst of feeling stuck—and learning from that season how to break free—I posted a blog entry answering a question I’d recently been emailed: “How do you make things happen?”

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

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

MTH Spring 2017! Photo by Amy Nicole.

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

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

I couldn’t succeed on mere passion and gusto. Sound familiar? Do you feel like you’re running on empty? I had to learn to make the right things happen. I began learning these truths:

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

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

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Making things happen means learning to say NO to what is holding you back, and YES to your unique purpose.

Making things happen means making decisions that will get you to where you want to be when you’re 80, 90, or 100 years old, TODAY.

Making things happen means taking risks, taking action, and embracing good change.

Making things happen—the right things—changes everything.

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

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

Need some of that in your life?

You CAN take action on those truths, too, starting from right where you are.

It’s time to invest in yourself and join me in March! This will be our only conference of 2019, and we’re excited to make it our best yet!

Meet the Spring 2019 Encouragement Crew!

Who is MTH for? It’s for YOU! You won’t just be listening to a panel of speakers tell you how to do things; we do the work together! You’ll be led through a powerful process where YOU uncover good goals and make an action plan that fits your specific life and dreams. MTH is for everyone: love-at-home moms, corporate CEOs, students, retirees, creatives, non-creatives, and everyone in between. Whether you know what you want to make happen and need an action plan, or you need help uncovering good goals, MTH is for you. And all ages join us, from college freshmen to women in their 60’s who are ready for a new chapter in life!

If you want to live intentionally and make the most of your time and talents, MTH is for you.

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

You might be a mother or wife who is struggling to balance family responsibilities. You might be a working professional trying to run with a big idea. Or you might be a small business owner burning the candle at both ends. (Or all of the above!) It’s time to give yourself the best gift you can in 2019—the gift of uninterrupted time. Time to dream and make a plan you can’t wait to get started on. If you’re ready to use your potential on purpose, MTH is for you.

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

I want you to join me in Chapel Hill on March 25th and 26th for our 55th experience! Many of you have told me you’d love to come. Take the leap. I’ve been doing this conference for nine years, and I believe in the work we are doing. Your gifts have a purpose and they were meant to be used!

You can continue on doing the same things you’ve always done and getting the same results you’ve always gotten, OR, you can do things differently. You can get unstuck and live on purpose.

BUT YOU’LL NEED TO HURRY! The early-bird rate ($1000 off) ends January 31!Want to take a peek inside the conference? Take a look here. I can’t wait to see you there!

You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? Now is your time to do the right things. We can’t wait for you to dig in!

Don’t miss this: GET YOUR SEAT NOW!

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

Photos by Rachel Coffey 

See you there!

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

This giveaway is now closed and our winner is: Amanda Johnson! We can’t wait to see you at MTH!

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


  1. Mackenzie on January 29, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Can’t wait! What a LIFE CHANGING experience- I can fully attest to this as a 3-time attendee! 🙂

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Mackenzie, I’m so grateful for you!

  2. Emily Wood on January 30, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    WOW!!!! I would LOVE to go to the MTH Conference!!!!!! It is seriously something I have written down on my personal bucket list!!!! One of these days I PLAN to be there!!!! 🙂

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      Emily, I can’t wait for that day!!!

  3. Rachel on January 31, 2019 at 3:22 am

    MTH has been on my dream list for awhile! I am working on saying no to things that no longer serve me and yes to the things that matter most.

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Rachel, I’m cheering you on! I know it’s hard to say no to some things (even good things!) , but it allows you to say a big “YES!” to to other things. 💛

  4. Amanda Frape on January 31, 2019 at 7:13 am

    This conference is definitely on my bucket list!! The PowerSheets have changed the way I do this life and the MTH would be so inspirational!!

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      Amanda, this is so encouraging!

  5. Jenna B on January 31, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Have loved following you and hope to attend this conference someday!

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you, Jenna! I hope so, too!

  6. Elizabeth Auwarter on January 31, 2019 at 8:05 am

    This sounds like such a game changer! I would love to go! I am a new powersheets user, and it has truly changed my life. I still would love help because I easily get overwhelmed with all that I want to do!

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:08 pm

      Elizabeth!! Welcome to the Cultivate Family! I’m so glad to hear that PowerSheets are serving you well this year—that’s exactly what they are for!

  7. Ellen on January 31, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I too would love the opportunity to attend this awesome conference. I have never gone to a personal growth type of conference and a faith based option is just what I am looking for. I am a 2 year Power Sheets user and I would love to continue to grow in this process.

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:08 pm

      Ellen, I’m so excited for you this year! Cheering you on, my friend! 🎉

  8. Tiffany on January 31, 2019 at 8:27 am

    A weekend devoted to thinking and reflecting on what matters most with other likeminded women?! Sounds amazing.

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Tiffany, that is really what makes it so impactful! Just like you said—thinking and reflecting on what matters most with other likeminded women!

  9. Julie Knisley on January 31, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I will be home from Holland and would love to attend this. Would make a much needed impact on my life. AND, it`s the day before my 50th! Aaaaggghh 🙂

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:10 pm

      Julie! This year sounds exciting for you! Celebrating you!

  10. Elizabeth on January 31, 2019 at 8:50 am

    I’ve had friends attend who all RAVE about how wonderful this conference is! I’ve read Lara’s books and am working through powersheets this year again – such an encouragement for intentional living. I’m sure the event is even more of that good stuff!! I’m currently working on making a course for pre/postnatal women happen – because I want to help mamas feel at home in their bodies and connect to their God-given strength. And there are some amazing ladies on the line-up who I know will be such an inspiration to all the attendees! Would love to attend and get set up better on my journey to inspire too

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Elizabeth, wow!! Thank you for your kind words and way to go! Your work is important and life-changing!

  11. Cathleen Jackson on January 31, 2019 at 9:07 am

    One day I’ll come. Maybe this year?

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      I can’t wait for that day, Cathleen!

  12. Cayla on January 31, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I would love to go to MTH! I am struggling to figure out what my purpose is in life. I have so many ideas but believe that with the guidance and support of the conference then I could finally have the courage and confidence to chase my purpose!

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Cayla, we would love to have you! Sending hugs!

  13. Elisabeth on January 31, 2019 at 10:11 am

    I would love to win a ticket to MTH and hope to get un-stuck when it comes to consistently making progress on my goals and not feeling discouraged.

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      Elisabeth, I would love to see you there, too! Sending hugs and cheering you on!

  14. Elisabeth on January 31, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Oh and I hugged a sweet friend!!! 🙂

    • Lara on January 31, 2019 at 2:12 pm


    • Elisabeth on February 1, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you Lara!! Would be thrilled to give you a hug in real life! 🙂

  15. al on January 31, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I didn’t think this sort of thing would over be my cup of tea, but maybe this is the year I try it.

    • Lara on February 7, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      💛💛💛 I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

  16. Katie on January 31, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I really need this conference. I bought the 2019 PowerSheets and already feel like I’ve failed because my tending list went untended. I’m going to talk to my husband about coming this year and will probably sign up tonight! What does the cost of a ticket include? 😊

    • Lara on February 7, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      Hi, Katie! I love hearing this! Feel free to email orders@cultivatewhatmatters.com and Jordan will be more than happy to walk you through any questions you may have!

  17. Emily on January 31, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    The Making Things Happen conference was so LIFE CHANGING for me!!!! I had the best time!!!! Everyone is so fabulous. 🙂

    • Lara on February 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Emily, you are so kind! 💛

  18. Filomena on January 31, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    This looks so inspiring!

    • Lara on February 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Filomena, we think so! I am truly inspired by each and every woman that attends each year!

  19. Lacey Wallace on January 31, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I’m a first year Powersheets user and obsessed with Cultivate What Matters. Going to the conference would be UNBELIEVABLE!

    • Lara on February 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Lacey, I’m so glad you are loving your PowerSheets!

  20. Carrie Edwards on January 31, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Definitely have this as a TO DO one day when $$ is better. Excited you are giving a scholarship away.

    • Lara on February 7, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Carrie, I would love to see you there in the future!

  21. Anita Kalkhorani on January 31, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    I have shared this conference with my friends & we’re all hoping to one day attend!!!!

    • Lara on February 7, 2019 at 3:25 pm

      Anita, thank you! I hope you will, too!

  22. Meghan on February 1, 2019 at 3:04 am

    LOVE that you are offering a scholarship too! As someone who was recently diagnosed with cancer the Power Sheets have been so amazing in helping me reorganize my priorities!

    • Lara on February 7, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Meghan, you are very kind. I’m sending hugs and prayers!

  23. Lisa on February 1, 2019 at 10:53 am

    This would be so exciting to attend a MTH conference! I love my Power Sheets and I’m so thankful for the way they help me to make progress on the goals that truly matter in my life!

    • Lara on February 7, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Lisa, I’m so glad and grateful for you!

  24. Mandy on March 7, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    After a year and a half of transition, things are slowly coming together! MTH would help me put the tools together to take the next step forward. Thank you for this opportunity!

    • Lara on March 8, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Cheering you on as you find your footing and embrace this season of change : )

  25. Jessica T. on March 7, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I was dealing with postpartum depression and the aftermath of the traumatic birth of my first child when I learned about Powersheets. (We are both doing much better 🙂 )They have been a great resource to learn about myself and set goals to help get me out of depression. The cultivate team is so supportive. I would love to attend the conference some day.

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