Monday, April 15, 2013

Making Things Happen 2013: What I learned

Read about the beginning of my MTH journey.

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!

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2. Talking about others in any capacity will leave you feeling empty. This is something I have such a desire to live out. We all know how easy it is to want to comment on what other people are doing in their lives, good or bad. Something I realized at MTH is that I'm great about not gossiping... until I feel like the person I'm talking to doesn't think I'm interesting or  we don't have anything else to say. Then, out of my own insecurity I bring up other people. That stops now, and I would encourage you to do so as well. Whatever stage of life you're at, it is NEVER fruitful to talk about others.

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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Image by Mackenzie Kern
4. I waste time on: facebook, pinterest, instagram, twitter, deleting emails I never even read.... etc.I've unfollwed, unsubscribed, and defriended A LOT recently. Why? Because when I do get on any of these social media networks, I want to be filled with news about people who encourage me, people I love, not people who I can then talk about or question or be discouraged by. I would really encourage you to do this. (On facebook, I've just been hiding people from my newsfeed. This has been GREAT, and no feelings are hurt. :) )

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.

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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.

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9. Look at everyone you meet as a special and worthy person.

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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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The women who lead us through Making Things Happen were honest, open, and real with us. I aspire to be like that in daily life, and also continue to realize that God has placed in my heart a desire to tell stories.

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.

8 comments:

  1. Hi, Victoria! I was at MTH, but I don't think our paths ever crossed! Just wanted to say that I love your post and that the verse from James that you quoted really spoke to me today. What an important reminder! Thank you for that. :)

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  2. Love this so much, Victoria! I relate so much to everything you said, especially the part about gossiping. I have made such a huge effort since MTH to cut this out of my life, and though I struggle daily, I'm so proud of my progress.

    I also adore your ability to marvel at how great your life is right now, being happy and present is so important! Have a great week, friend!

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  3. love this post, Victoria! So glad you were able to go to an inspiring conference like this!!! xo

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  4. I LOVE this. I'm struggling to Make Things Happen lately and I love reading your re-cap! It sort of fires me up too :) xo

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  5. victoria!! your heart inspires me so much, and I'm just giddy over your excitement and passion!! love you lots!

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