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Clear the Clutter
clear the clutter

Hi y’all! We are so excited to share that we are starting a accountability challenge that we will conquer together monthly! Starting with Clearing the Clutter in April! We know a big part of Making Things Happen is all about community. We will sharing our encouragement, failures, successes and little wins on clearing the clutter during April. Isn’t it the perfect challenge to start out spring with?

We really want to lift each other up, so make sure to tag your Instagrams and tweets with #mth_2013 #MTHclearingtheclutter.

Now get over to Lara’s blog to go through the steps in detail, but here is an overview of what we will be CONQUERING in April.

Your Clearing the Internet Clutter To-Do List

  1. Do a social media free weekend. Take (at least) one weekend off in April of social media. You can do it and I promise you won’t fall over and die. (I made it happen last weekend and I am still here to tell you how awesome and refreshing it was)
  2. Gut your facebook and twitter feeds.
  3. Gut your blog list. See google reader even says so. Simplify.
  4. If you have twitter, facebook or specific distracting blogs in your toolbar delete them. Right now. 
  5. Clear your computer desktop. Then fill it with a beautiful screen, like the amazing FREE ones Lara has designed 
  6. Unsubscribe. Cool Tip :: Search unsubscribe in your email search and boom here are all the emails that you can go through and UNSUBSCRIBE!
  7. Install Rescuetime or Leechblock or any other limiting device to your browser. To really put the stop to your i-spend-all-day-on-facebook-and-get-nothing-done syndrome. 
  8. Do a happy dance you rocked this!!!

(I will be posting the physical clutter steps soon as well, but if you are ready for more they are in this post as well)

Remember Progress not Perfection!!! Reach out if you are struggling. Keep us up to date with what step you are on and how you are CLEARING the clutter!!! We are SO excited to  see all the hard work that is going to be done!!!


Gina aka. your biggest cheerleader!

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Big Dreams and Making Things Happen

This post originally appeared on Lettered Life.

Lettered Life

I can’t really believe it’s been almost 2 weeks since I left for North Carolina, but it has, and March is just flying by!  As I mentioned before, I flew out to NC to visit my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law and attended Making Things Happen!  It was a fantastic trip marked by awesome company, delicious food and a learning experience I will never forget.

While it’s hard to share just one part of MTH because the whole experience was so illuminating, I definitely wanted to pass along the above quote.  It’s one we talked about at MTH, and I just loved it….namely because it dared me to be honest about my dreams.  I think I underestimated the power of defining specific long-term goals, so actually putting everything down on paper was such an energizing activity.  One of my favorite questions asked to help us clarify our our long-term goals was “Where do you want to be when you are 80?” To be honest, I hadn’t really ever thought that far ahead.  I have a vague idea of what I’m eating for lunch.  I’ve got a to-do list for the week going.  The weekend plans are penciled in, and I even have monthly goals that I’ve been shooting for.  But where do I want to be when I’m 80?  That question caught me off guard because it’s a little out of the scope I typically think about.  But how powerful is that question?  What do you start to picture?  For me, I wanted to be serving God, loving my family, being creative, laughing with people with whom I’ve formed deep relationships.  And still of course dancing to Beyonce and making chocolate chip cookies for everybody.  And with this vision in mind, I have to think about how well I am currently preparing myself to live that life down the road.  I have to figure out what changes I can make today to get me closer to where I want to be when I’m 80.

If there’s anything I can pass along from the weekend, it’s to write down those dreams.  Give yourself a little gift of freedom and take ten minutes to think about what you really really want to do with your full-of-possibilities life.  And then think about one little thing you can do TODAY that’s going to help you get a step closer, no matter how wild and crazy your dreams are.  Do something little that sets you on a path you’re excited to follow!  (I get excited FOR YOU just thinking about it!)  Since being able to make great food for my family is one of my big-dream goals,  a little action step for me today is to find a recipe I can make for a family get-together this weekend, and I’m pretty pumped about it.

Let’s do this!

xo, Caitlin

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Making Things Happen

This post originally appeared on Emily March Photography.

Stop Thinking and Start Doing

Oh goodness, how do you take two days that have changed your life and put them in a blog post? It sounds crazy, but that’s because it is! The ideas, tools, resources and people I have been blessed with have the ability to radically impact my business and my life if I let them. If I work hard at them. If choose what matters most.

And that will take time and patience and tears and mistakes and sacrifice, but if it means that I can love Brendan better and be a more focused entrepreneur, then it’s so worth it. And man, does that word scare me! Entrepreneur. Creative entrepreneur. And I guess it should because there is inherent risk involved with not applying for your dream job, but creating it.

Progress not Perfection

I learned a lot about myself at MTH. I learned that I have an occasionally paralyzing fear of never being enough. I learned that comparison not only increases my insecurities, but it weakens me, robs me and kills my momentum. I learned that I have actually made wise business decisions. The same kinds of decisions that built the foundations of many of the women who led MTH. Oh man do those phrases above stir my heart right now. Emily, you don’t need 4000 Facebook likes to be valuable in your market. You don’t have to strive to be the next Jose Villa. He’s already taken. How about being the first Emily Nycum/Payne? (An aside: I’ll actually be the second Emily Payne because that’s Brendan’s sister’s maiden name.)

To think and actually believe in my heart that I can do this. That I can use what I love most to not just pay the bills, but fill people’s hearts and reflect the beauty of my God. That my blog can make a girl with a shiny new ring on her finger feel at home, radiant and happy. That this little website could have the power to encourage and lift people up. That my clients can be my friends. That my photography is art.

I can and I will

Naturally, this all calls for a lot of action on my part, and some of the decisions I’ll be making in the near future will be big and scary and they won’t add up on a spreadsheet. They will probably scare the pants off me. They will require to me to break some habits (deuces snooze button) and  they will force me to trust the Lord with every bit of my heart.

Y’all, I’m so excited. Like butterflies in my stomach, stream of consciousness rambled on to Brendan last night for two hours kind of excited about what’s ahead. About the path before me. About a newfound vision that will marry the things I love most. About a strengthened confidence and capability and vision. About what I can make happen.

The Best is Yet To Come

I’m heading to Colorado (eeeee!!!!!) for the next week to ski/attempt to not die and spend some awesome quality time with Brendan’s family and some close friends. I’m so excited about this time to recharge and explore a new environment. I fully intended to come back with over 600 pictures and several rolls of film. Can’t wait to share my adventures with you!

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