Things I learned at Making Things Happen:
1. Encouragement holds GREAT Power! I guess prior to MTH I thought I might meet a few cool people and read their occasional facebook statuses and that would be the end... NOPE. I text with my incredible room mate, Meredith several times a week to keep track of the goals we are working on. Chaundra, an incredibly creative, stylish, educator sends bear hugs in the mail and encourages me with the details of her journey. Texts from Lara with encouragement sending virtual hugs from her and her precious baby, Grace. Chatting with Kristin...These little, small efforts have been huge in my life. It is an upcoming goal of mine to make encouragement a priority. I'm excited to share my plans for this!
3. People that are different from you are awesome, and have things to teach you. I came in contact with so many incredible people at MTH. Some of which I related to so much, and others... well I just didn't. And I LOVED that. Michelle Edgemont, one of the guest speakers taught me that so well. Michelle is modern and edgy and everything I'm not, but she is so stinking real and true to herself that I became obsessed with her as she shared about her life and her business. I will never forget her talking about when she is styling for a couple that wants to use mason jars in their wedding. She asks them if they liked mason jars before they were engaged. She hits the nail on the head in knowing that when people are planning, they are influenced by so many outside sources.. but what really matters is planning a day that is representative of the couple. Michelle is hilarious and bold and great. I think that she would be happy to know that I learned from her how important it is to be true to yourself, yet to learn from others. (Michelle is pictured below in the green pants!)
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5. Authentic friendships start when you see people through a filter of value. Approach relationships with vulnerability about your struggles.
6. Focus on what Fires Me Up!! This deserves a post of it's own. Coming soon, friends!
7. Living out my "ideal morning" every day, regardless of my circumstances... life changing! I will never forget hearing Nancy Ray share about how the first thing she does every morning is light a candle, simply because she loves them. Something so simple can set the tone for the rest of your day. I also remember Lara saying that this is most important when she travels. I know for me, a weekend away from home means I don't have my morning quiet time. Hearing these ladies talk about how important this is to fight for... well that in itself fired me up!
My ideal day consists of: scripture, candles, journaling, a full glass of water, extra snuggles with the hubs, a healthy breakfast.
I have followed Nancy's blog for some time and loved reading about how grounded her life is. Some of my favorite posts by her can be found here, here, and here. Nancy was no different in real life than how I expected her to be. That's huge, I think.
8. My obsession with stories continues. One of my favorite parts of MTH was hearing all of the speakers share both their personal and business story. Emily Ley started this off for us so well. What an incredible woman who I truly look up to. If you're reading this, and you're the praying kind, then pray a second for Mrs. Ley and her sweet fam. They have a lot going on right now, as shared on her blog. It's been on my heart to pray for her, even though she's such a role model to me. Everyone needs prayer, yall.
9. Look at everyone you meet as a special and worthy person.
I am obsessed with these joyful images of me with Lara. Trying to take a photo with a baby inspires big smiles and giggles. It's hilarious that Grace is the only one not laughing. Too cute. I was BLOWN away by Lara. Someone who has so many things on her plate genuinely makes an effort to connect meaningfully with everyone she comes in contact with. She made every person feel remembered and special. I also noticed how her interactions with others truly lack preference. I often read James 2:1, "My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism." I am so guilty of this sin. I thought Lara was an incredible example as seeing all people as just who they are, a special creation of the Lord.
10. It doesn't stop here. I think it has taken me so long to process all my thoughts from Making Things Happen, simply because everything that I learned is all about application. I heard so much during the two day intensive but the real lessons started at home when I was fighting those tired eyes to have great conversation with my husband or to have my ideal morning. I think about MTH every single day. I think about the incredible ladies I met and realize new things, based on the core truths that I learned at MTH. I am so thankful for the investment of Lara, Gina, and Emily, and all the other guest speakers. I learned so much from each of them.
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I also learned tons of tangible advice about the next steps I'm taking in my future career. What? I have a career. Well, I guess I don't yet.. I'm in my pajamas blogging. Not so much of a career woman right now. I continue to be so overwhelmed by the incredible changes that have taken place in my life during the past year. A year ago I was a college sorority girl who had no idea where she would live after college or when she would get married. Two years ago I was a single lady. Now I'm married, about to graduate from Texas A&M, and live in a beautiful and loving home that I pray warmly welcomes anyone who enters. I overflow with gratitude.