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Introducing the Cultivate Series

When we changed the name of our shop, one of our biggest motivators was to create a new home in which to tell other people's stories–YOUR stories. We wanted to simplify, live well, give big, cultivate what matters, and help you do the same. The Cultivate team have been long-time lovers of podcasts, and we kept toying with the idea of creating a podcast for Lara and the rest of our team to interview women and invite them to share their stories.

But creating a podcast takes a lot of work. We didn't have any podcast experience, and we realized that adding something new to our plates would take time, energy and resources away from our current projects and shift it to this new endeavor. That would be okay if we were a big team, but we're a small team of women, and we believe in the power of small! Podcasting also wouldn't give us the ability for each of you to interact live with any guest on the show, which was a big draw for these interviews to begin with! We wanted you to be able to ask questions to each of these guests ahead of time!

Get inspired for an intentional 2017, as Lara Casey interviews three women who are cultivating what matters in their own lives in The Cultivate Interviews. Get practical advice and inspiration, as well as the opportunity to ask these ladies your questions during our Q & A time. If you aren't able to join at the time of these live broadcasts, you can still register and have access to the replay. Sign up for one or all three!

Thursday, December 8th at 11am EST with Sally Clarkson

Sally Clarkson is the best-selling author of The Life-Giving Homea book about creating a place of belonging and becoming in your home. Register here for free!

Thursday, December 15th at 11am EST with Renee Swope

Renee Swope is the best-selling author of A Confident Heart, a book that gives voice to the questions, doubts, struggles, and hopes so many women have. Register here for free!

Wednesday, December 21 at noon EST with Erin Benzakein

Erin Benzakein is a farmer-florist at Floret Farms, author of a new book releasing in March 2017, and floral workshop teacher. Register here for free!

We'd love to hear any other guests you'd like to see hosted in future Cultivate Interviews! Feel free to leave a comment, or email Jess!

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Bailey’s PowerSheets – Fall Goal Refresh

One of our favorite part in the PowerSheets is our Goal Refresh section every three months that allows you to either recommit to your initial goals or redefine them! Goals change, and that's okay! This is about grace-filled goal-setting. Grab your set of 2017 PowerSheets today! 

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 Goal Refresh update from our contributor, Bailey Robert. If you haven't yet, be sure to read Bailey's introduction here. Thank you for sharing, Bailey! - Jess

Fall, glorious fall. It may not quite feel like fall down in Texas, but let me tell you I’m ready for it. After living in the Pacific Northwest for a while, I know what fall looks like. The bright reds and yellows, the crisp leave crunching under foot (some as big as your face!), coffee shop corners with cinnamon or pumpkin everything, slowing down before ramping up for the holidays. Fall is one of my favorites.

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I’ve also been looking forward to the fall refresh for QUITE some time! The end of summer brought a new job in a new city, a crazy quick turn-around as I launched into my first year of teaching. To be honest, I’ve been in survival mode, and I’m ready to THRIVE instead.

When I look back, survival mode was allowed to happen because I lost my focus. I let my priorities fall to the wayside, and my goals got packed away. Out of sight, out of mind. It’s so so true.

But now that I’ve unpacked my apartment and made it through the first eight weeks of school, I’m finding a new routine. My PowerSheets have a new home on a cookbook stand on the bar that separates my living room and kitchen. I have to walk past them every day on my way out the door, and it’s such a great reminder.

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My fall goal refresh for the last stretch of 2016:

  1. Get in the Word daily + pray with purpose.
  2. Celebrate others well!
  3. Cultivate contentment + simplify.
  4. Fulfill all teaching duties with JOY.
  5. Create life-giving habits.
  6. Continue 52 books in 52 weeks.
  7. Become more financially responsible.
  8. Savor singleness during festivities.
  9. Prioritize self care + create boundaries.
  10. Choose joy.

Some of these are pretty broad, but it’s on my monthly tending list that I make them more specific, and the action steps change every month and every week. Some of these have also carried over in every refresh since the beginning of the year. For example, it was my goal to read 52 books in 52 weeks, and I’m on book #49! Every month I add “Read 5+ books” to my tending list. Sometimes I make it, sometimes I don’t, but I add that goal without fail.

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The fall/winter also holds several weddings and holiday celebrations, and I want to celebrate others with joy and generous giving while also tending to the tender places of my heart. Relationships are changing and transitions have happened, so this season is going to look different than last year and the year before, but I cannot wait to see what is actually in store!

What are you making happen in these next few months, friends? How are YOU going to finish the year strong?

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