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Christine’s PowerSheets – October Progress

Our goal for this community is to create a safe place for PowerSheets users to share their intentional goal-setting journeys. We're honored to have our Blog Contributor, Christine Dore, share about her October PowerSheets progress. Thank you, Christine, for taking the time to share your story with us! If you haven't yet, be sure to read Christine's introduction here. If you haven't purchased your 2017 PowerSheets yet, now is the chance! -Jess

When I chose my word for 2016—“change”—I had no idea just how powerful it would be. December of last year found me struggling. I was struggling at work, I was struggling with planning my wedding, struggling with anxiety, and struggling with who I wanted to be and where I wanted to go. At 27 years old, I joked I was having a quarter-life crisis.

After a little “come to Jesus” talk with my now-husband, I knew something had to change, because I had changed. I wasn’t my happy-go-lucky self anymore. I was turning down social plans, scared to go grocery shopping when I knew the store would be crowded, and becoming, honestly, a bit of a recluse. He was justifiably worried about me. I had allowed wedding planning stressors and a solo long car-ride commute and a not-very-collaborative job with people whose values clashed with mine and self-doubt cause me to draw in and hide.

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Image by French Press Mornings.

I prayed more that December than I ever did as a kid wishing for a special treat from Santa (in the way kids’ minds work, small-child Christine thought Santa was Jesus’ cousin or something, and He could put in a good word for me). I prayed for guidance. I prayed for help. I prayed in gratitude that He’d sent me such an astute, patient, loving man to spend my life with.

Then, I found the PowerSheets through Southern Weddings, and decided to give it a shot. That moment of, “alright, I’ll give it a whirl—why not?” was absolutely God speaking right to my heart, even if I was too mired in self-doubt to hear it for what it was. Something just had to change, and I figured it was as good a place as any to start. And so, “change” became my word for this year.

Fast-forward 10 months and my life has radically changed. I’m married and actively planning my dream future with my husband (I still get a thrill calling him that!), I have a new job with a much shorter commute and am learning new skills all the time, I’m writing for fun again, I landed my first creative content client, and I’m taking better care of myself. Out of all of those, that last one is the most important—and enables all the others.

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Taking care of yourself means something different for everyone. For me, it occasionally means letting go of guilt to enjoy something delicious and seasonal. Really appreciating the great days I’ve been blessed with helps me push through the hard days.

This last refresh of the year has me looking toward 2017, and thinking about what word I’ll choose when I receive my new set of PowerSheets I ordered on November 1st. Progress? Love? Creativity? I have no doubt in my mind that I will continue to change. Life is about change. But I’m ready for a more positive word. To look ahead with excitement and start digging into the good stuff to make things happen.

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Growing up in Florida, I never experienced picking pumpkins right from the vine! I loved putting “pumpkin picking” on my October Tending List and Fall Bucket List. How are you soaking up the end of this year, to fuel you into 2017?

What are you looking forward to for next year? What are you doing to take care of yourself during this busy time of year?

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Bailey’s PowerSheets – Summer Recap

Our goal for this community is to create a safe place for PowerSheets users to share their intentional goal-setting journeys. We're excited to share a PowerSheets progress update from our contributor, Bailey Robert. If you haven't yet, be sure to read Bailey's introduction here. Thank you, Bailey! - Jess

One of the things I have looked forward to the most in working through this year’s PowerSheets are the quarterly refresh pages. Setting goals in January is set up for success by the regular reassessing of those goals and refining of them to suit each season’s needs.

However, when the summer set rolled around, I froze.

A season change was approaching and I wasn’t ready.

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Grad school came to a close in May, and I moved back in with family for the summer. I had been applying and interviewing for teaching jobs since February, and by the end of June I was weary and honestly losing hope that something would fall into place before the fall. I’m typically a stickler for following the sheets in order, but I skipped over the Summer Refresh Sheets straight into July. I simply couldn’t find the vision to prep for the next season when I wasn’t satisfied with what it was going to look like.

But the PowerSheets are about making progress, not about being perfect.

Since I hadn’t worked through my goals at the end of June for the summer season, I decided to wait until my 25th birthday which would come mid-July, and use them to give vision for the coming year in that way. I love how Lara says there’s nothing magical about January 1st, and my birthday seemed like a great restart date in the middle of the year.

Coincidentally two days after my twenty-fifth birthday, I received the phone call I had been waiting for. I GOT A JOB! I finally found out where I would be moving and that I would be teaching high school theatre this fall. Needless to say life changed in a snap, and that transition is still a bit of a whirlwind.

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Back to the PowerSheets. With a new job in mind and a new year of life ahead of me, it was time to refresh those goals. The prep pages for the three-month refresh are full of GREAT questions to get you reflecting on what worked, what didn’t, and what needs to changed. In this waiting and worrying process, particularly about the job, I learned:

Worry gets you nowhere.
Choosing joy is always worth it.
Trust the Lord’s timing.
Fueling your soul is important.

It had been easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of finishing grad school and hunting for a job, taking care of my heart falling to the wayside beneath stress and striving. Boy, did I feel it. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My shoulders were tense, my back in pain. I was short with family and friends, complaining too much. My Bible lay untouched and prayer discarded because I wasn’t getting the answers I expected. This only amplified the struggle of that season.

Taking time to do what fired me up, fueling my soul with creative things, became a simple fix. Days before turning twenty-five, I set my PowerSheets aside and headed off to NYC for a week with a few of my best friends. We saw plays and musicals, shopped some sales, and took masterclasses at a teachers workshop. Being around other creatives (and getting a phone call in Times Square with the job offer!) made me SO excited to come home and dive into those refresh pages.

So when refreshing my goals, I chose very carefully what I would say yes to: intentionality, simplicity, risk, a new community, and more of what fires me up. Being intentional helps me say yes and no to the best things for my season. Simplicity reminds me that I don’t have to do it all or have it all. Risk infuses me with the umph I need to dive into a new city and job with gusto. Making community a priority will surround me with encouragers and family in a foreign place. Doing more of what fires me up will refuel me creatively so I can tackle my responsibilities with a full heart.

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From there I chose my word(s) for the next season: JUST GO.

I’m an introvert, y’all. I’m also a theatre girl and I’m going to be a teacher. It’s important to find alone time to recharge, but sometimes I use that as an excuse to stay home. In a new place, it’s important to JUST GO. Just go to the new Bible study, even if I don’t know anyone. Just go to church on Sunday, even if the show went late Saturday night. Just go and introduce yourself to the other teachers, even if they are already friends. Just go for it. I want to walk out confidently in this new season, and having clear goals will certainly help.

Some of the goals I set for my 25th year include:

-Get in the Word daily and intentionally.
-Get physical/active. Make it fun ;)
-Move to my new city!
-Budget & balance.
-Fill with creative fuel.
-Pour into my spheres with joy and Jesus.
-Continue 52 books in 52 weeks.

I also made use of the spectacular deal the Lara Casey Shop was running right in July and picked up a set of six month PowerSheets and a gold foil Make it Happen Binder to set goals specifically for my new job. I’ll share more about those next time.

The important takeaway here is to make the PowerSheets work for you. If you’re not ready for or don’t need a refresh when it falls in the sheets, skip it, adjust it, or come back to it later. Use it on your birthday or when that new job comes. These are to help YOU create YOUR most meaningful life.

Don’t forget to have fun along the way. It’s worth it, trust me.

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