My Experience at the Spring 2018 Making Things Happen Conference
Episode 47 Show Notes
Last week, March 19-20, 2018, I attended the Making Things Happen Conference hosted by Lara Casey and her team. The experience was so impactful that I had to record this episode just days before Episode 47 was scheduled to air, bumping my original episode 47 to next week (so if you came here looking for the episode on video, that will air on April 2nd as episode 48).
This episode, unlike most episodes of the podcast, is unscripted and impromptu. I felt it was necessary to share my immediate thoughts and takeaways while the experience still lingered in my breath and bones. As you listen to this weeks episode (for those who listen in real-time), I am still processing and reflecting on this experience and I hope that you will take the time to listen to the episode and consider gifting yourself, your mom, your best friend, or all of the above with this experience.
As I mentioned in the episode, so many of the attendees shared their experience and you can find those on Instagram under the #mthconference hashtag. Now, let’s get to the episode!
What Makes MTH Different
When you don’t know what’s ahead, but you can trust the person guiding you, you trust in what lies ahead. One of the things that I love so much about MTH is that when we arrived, we had no agenda to rely on and we didn’t know exactly how our days would be filled. All that I knew going in was that we would spend two days free of cell phones and would have several encouragers to hear from throughout.
Here’s why I think this was genius: typically when you attend a conference, you know exactly what lies ahead so you can prepare (or is that just me)? You have already thought through what to expect, gathered your questions to ask and at least you know what lies ahead to some degree. Not so with MTH. Lara sets this conference up in a way that the only thing required of you is YOU. All that she asks is that YOU show up, in the exact place and state you’re in. No preconceived conceptions of what to say or do, just come honestly and ready to dive fully into the experience.
Cell-phone free + distraction-free time. When was the last time that you went 10 hours straight for two days without your cell phone? Without noise? Without distractions? Without the need to snap the perfect instagramable image in lieu of truly just soaking in an experience and your environment?
When was the last time that you gifted yourself time to sit and think? To ask yourself, “how am I really doing?” and “what do I want my life to look like when I’m 80 years old?” and then to sit and reflect on that. When was the last time that you considered self-care to be more than mani’s and pedi’s (which are splendid, I know)? When was the last time that you sat in a room full of women who were brave enough to share their stories not only for their benefit but also for the benefit of every woman sitting around them?
I am guessing that it’s been a long time or never. This is yet another gift of MTH. Cell-phone free time to separate yourself from the daily “to dos” and demands to focus on things that we rarely make time for in the day-to-day.
There are a few other parts of MTH that make it unlike any other experience or event that I have attended and I cannot wait for you to experience MTh to learn more about those. I don’t overshare so as to keep the integrity of the event. Truly, walking into this experience with a bit of “I don’t know what’s about to happen” is part of its magic and impact! Trust the process and experience!
A Few Takeaways
MY FIVE ESSENTIALS
We were asked to think what are five essentials, what are five things that I don’t want to go a day without. I was surprised that when I wrote my five things down, I came away with nothing related to work or even daily tasks. I came away with these five. A successful day, for me, has these five components:
1. Reflection, Quiet Time, Journaling and/or Prayer.
2. Smiles, Joy, Laughter.
4. Offering praise to God.
What are your five essentials?
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU’RE 80 YEARS OLD?
This is one of my favorite questions posed at MTH. I think of this question often and now I want to pose it to you. Where do you want to be when you’re 80 years old? and more importantly, what are you doing today to ensure that you get there?
The takeaway for me is that what we do today matters. The choices we make, the leaps of faith that we take, how we fill our time and our days, these things will affect where we are in our later years. So, what is it that you’re doing today that will get you to where you want to be when you’re 80?
One of the purposes of my life is to encourage others to see life from a big picture lens and perspective. To move beyond the minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour and daily to-do’s, to really think about, what is it that I want my life to look like. For me, that question has aided me in making some big career changes, personality and priority shifts and so much more. We can get so caught up in the day-to-day that we sometimes find ourselves robotically moving throughout the day and at the end of the year we find that we’ve spent our time “doing” without intention and without moving toward a greater end goal.
MTH was a reminder that this is one of the reasons why sharing my story matters, it’s one of the reasons why I’ve walked through what I have, so that I can say, from experience, that I know how challenging it can be to make decisions that may contradict past beliefs and priorities, but that it is also imperative to live life on purpose. I know that every action we take is taking us somewhere, so why not take purposeful steps toward a desired present and future. MTH added fuel to my fire to continue to share this message to those who will listen! Hence, me recording this very episode.
I encourage you to consider MTH, and at the very least, walk through the questions posed above. My hearts desire is to see you make what matters happen in your life! I’ll leave with a quote that continues to speak to me daily– “Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but at succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” Here’s to making what matters happen friends!
- After listening to this weeks episode, I would love to hear your thoughts or responses to the takeaways I listed above! Share with me over on Instagram, @shuntagrant.
Hi there! I’m Shunta, I work with women who seek success in their businesses, but not at the expense of joy in their lives! I help them build and grow successful businesses by teaching them how to maximize their time and set and execute goals that matter most. When I’m not helping women run businesses they love, I’m reading a good book, taking a class at the gym or walking the aisles of Target and TJ Maxx with my daughter Zoe. If you believe that both your business and your life can be filled with joy, come hang out with me here on the Business, Life & Joy podcast.
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