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Stories from PowerSheets Giveaway Recipients

In celebration of Cultivate What Matters Week, we wanted to share the stories of some special women who are cultivating what matters in their own lives that we've recently "met," thanks to your generous nominations!

The whole reason we changed the name of our business last year was because we knew we needed a platform to tell other people's stories–YOUR stories! Last month, we posted an open call asking for nominations of special ladies to receive a sold out One-Year PowerSheets Workbook, and the stories that came in were incredible! The best part? These are ladies who have been cultivating what matters in their own lives before having PowerSheets in hand (though we changed that with some happy mail!)

As we celebrate a week of little by little progress, we thought there was no better time to celebrate these women. We hope these stories will touch your heart as much as they touched ours and encourage you to start cultivating what matters to you right now–right where you are! Like our Cultivate Manifesto says, "we believe that good things grow over time, through little by little progress."

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Sonia's Story, nominated by her daughter

"Sonia is my mother. Throughout my struggle with mental illness, she has stood with me and helped me to take the steps to heal. She has encouraged, shown compassion, and nudged me always in the right direction. She would give me the best advice each day: take it moment by moment, step by step. I feel that her belief in me helped me believe in myself. In the past two years my mother has experienced very extreme and severe hardship. She found out that her husband was battling numerous addictions, and she stood by his side sacrificing so much to serve him throughout treatment. When it became evident that he was not willing to recover, she bravely walked away from the emotionally abusive relationship. She welcomed my sister and brother into her home when they lost theirs. She took on two extra jobs to support herself and her children. During that time, she also began having health issues that were not covered when her insurance was unexpectantly terminated. She also is a caretaker for my grandmother and never fails to make time for her. Throughout all of her suffering, she has not once wavered in her belief that God has faith in her path and endurance. She continues to selflessly care for those around her. I nominate her because, as everything seems to be crumbling in her life, the PowerSheets may help her see a new light. They may be the ticket to healing and thriving when it can feel like there is so little hope for her to hold onto in this new season. After caring for so many people, I would like her to invest in her own healing."

Catherine's Story, nominated by her sister

"Catherine is my sister, and although younger by two years, she is my inspiration! She pursues her faith, relationships, and life-purpose so gracefully and generously and always encourages me in my own goals. She's my best friend. Catherine introduced me to the PowerSheets, and we both fantasized about getting sets and working on them together. However, they simply weren't in the budget for the foreseeable future. When she saw that you were hiding a set in our town of Greenville, SC on your PowerSheets Road Trip she hunted it down and (so generously!!) surprised me by gifting it to me instead of keeping it and enjoying it for herself. I would LOVE to be able to return the surprise and gift her!"

Marcie's Story, nominated by her husband

"Marcie is the love of my life, a wonderful mother, and my best friend. She is the lifeblood of our family, keeps us together, and on track with our goals."

Wilma's Story, nominated by her daughter

"Wilma is my momma, and she is always there when I need her! Every day, she teaches me what it means to be a strong woman! Because of her example, I have an amazing relationship with both of my daughters. She has atrial fibrillation and received a pacemaker in December. A month later, she was diagnosed with stage 3A breast cancer. She just started chemotherapy, and she is trying really hard to stay positive and upbeat. I think PowerSheets will help her set goals, manage her life in this season, and, most of all, encourage her. She is my rock, and at 48 years old, I still call my momma every single day!"

Allison's Story, nominated by her best friend

"Allison is my absolute best friend. She is an amazing woman of God, creative, smart, talented, beautiful and always there to encourage me! She is a homeschooling Mama who just made a cross-country move with her four young children to support her husband and his growing business. In this new season, she's trying to figure out her family's goals and direction for this new chapter. She wants the best for her family and just needs a bit of guidance in figuring out what their goals are. PowerSheets would be an amazing tool for her!"

Lilli's Story, nominated by a family friend

"Lilli is an incredible young woman who truly knows what she wants out of life. She's the toughest and smartest teenager I know! She is highly discerning and capable. Lilli is in a season of transition, having graduated high school early and now working on college decisions. She is in a place where she's looking to set goals and make progress. She really wanted a set, but didn't hear about PowerSheets until they were sold out!"

Katherine's Story, nominated by her daughter

"Katherine is my mom, and she is the most organized person I know! She plans ahead in years (it's crazy!) She loves to plan but more than anything she loves to help others plan. She sacrifices a lot to be able to selflessly give people what she wishes she could have had at a young age. She ordered a set of PowerSheets for herself but she remembered how much I wanted one and gave it to me when they were sold out! She's the true definition of a mom–sacrificing things she loves for her children."

We are grateful to the men and women who took the time to share these stories with us! It's not too late to get a set of PowerSheets; we've opened preorders for our Six-Month PowerSheets Workbooks that are expected to ship by late May!

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February 2017 Goals Round-Up

It's the first week of February, which means it's time to share our monthly goals round-up! If you read our 2017 Goals Round-Up, you know that I'm a big fan of reading all of your goals for the year and cheering you on!

The whole reason we changed the name of our business last year was because we knew we needed a platform to tell other people's stories–YOUR stories–and the Monthly Goals Round-Up were born!

Remember, keep sharing your goals with us each month so that we can cheer you on! The PowerSheets and Cultivate What Matters community has evolved into something bigger than we could have ever imagined–something bigger than us, and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage each of you to cultivate what matter!

So, without further ado, here are some of YOUR February goals!

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Photo by Allison Norman

Amber's February goals are full of great ideas, especially if you're looking for a way to be more active in your work day (check out the exercise tool she uses at her desk).

We love how Heather made February 1st her January 1st, and she's sharing her 2017 goals and February goals on her blog! If you haven't firmed up your 2017 goals yet, that's okay! Head to Heather's blog for some encouragement to dig in!

Mary's commitment to sharing her monthly goals (along with her progress) is great for accountability, and it's one of the reasons we encourage friends to find a PowerSheets buddy! We particularly love that one of her February goals is to complete the Couples Companion Guide with her husband! (PS. If you want to set goals with your significant other, use the code LOVEBIRDS for free shipping on your Couples Companion Guide!)

This quote from Lynne's February goals is one of our favorite: "February just seems more gentle, more forgiving, more room to breath." Yes!

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My favorite goal that Letticia accomplished was "be nice to herself." Head to her blog to read more about how she accomplished that!

I'm a big reader, so it made me giggle to see that one of Harley's daily goals for February is to stop reading after 30 minutes. As someone who has stayed up way too late reading on work nights, I can empathize with that goal! THIS is why I love PowerSheets; you have the freedom to figure out what hasn't been working for you, and then set goals to intentionally work on those.

Every single line on Rachel's February Tending List is full, and it's easy to interpret that as not leaving enough margin in her days. She considered crossing items off, but then "realized by putting my focus here on these things, I will create margin. I can confidently decline other things that try to come into my life this month if they don’t align with the goals I have set." What wonderful encouragement!

If you've posted your goals somewhere, we'd love to see them! Feel free to drop them in the comments, too–no fancy blog required! We can't wait to take a peek into what this month holds and cheer you on!

 

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2017 Goals Round-Up

Can I tell you a secret? One of my favorite parts of managing the social channels for Cultivate What Matters is coming across your PowerSheets when browsing the PowerSheets hashtag! (Seriously, if you need some encouragement, just head over there!) My particular favorites are reading each of your blog posts about your annual and monthly goals! I love when you share them on social media or in the PowerSheets Facebook group, and the Cultivate team decided I probably wasn't the only one who would enjoy it!

The whole reason we changed the name of our business last year was because we knew we needed a platform to tell other people's stories–YOUR stories! We're starting a new Goal Round-Up Series on the Cultivate What Matters blog where we'll be sharing goals from each of YOU throughout the year!

Keep sharing your goals with us each month so that we can cheer you on! The PowerSheets and Cultivate What Matters community has evolved into something bigger than we could have ever imagined–something bigger than us, and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage each of you to cultivate what matter!

So, without further ado, some of the wonderful blog posts about some of your 2017 Goals!

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For it being her first time using PowerSheets, Kristen set some exciting goals for 2017 in both her personal life and professional photography business!

I love how Natalie chose core words that correspond with each of her goals for the year!

Kyla's encouragement that goal setting looks differently for everyone and gracious reminder that it's okay for your goals to look different than others!

Stephanie chose her word for the year and set her goals for 2017 knowing that the arrival of her firstborn in March would mean she was entering into a new season. This post is full of great encouragement for the momma-to-be's out there!

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Photo by Valerie Woerner (Val's 2017 Goals)

Amanda makes a great distinction between planning and doing when it comes to goals, and we're excited to cheer her on in 2017!

Our very own Emily Thomas shared her guideposts for 2017, and I can personally assure you her perspective on so many things–goal-setting including–will be a welcome breath of fresh air for you!

We're often asked about how to incorporate your faith into goal-setting, and Allyn did a great job aligning each of her 2017 goals with a piece of Scripture.

Not only does Laken share her 2017 goals, but she also shares her biggest lesson from 2016 and what she's letting go of this year! Thanks for your transparency, Laken!

If you've posted your goals somewhere, we'd love to see them! Feel free to drop them in the comments, too–no fancy blog required! We can't wait to take a peek and cheer you on!

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How To Set Good Goals for 2017

We don’t do traditional pressure-filled, do-it-all goal setting around here. We uncover intentional, less-is-more goals. This is grace-filled goal setting. We set “good goals.”

Good goals are about stewarding what you’ve been given well: your relationships, your money, your possessions, your work, your children, your home, your health, and your time. A little intentional forethought goes a long way!

We are humbled to say we are sold out of both our One-Year and Six-Month PowerSheets, but that doesn't mean you can't set intentional goals for the year! Lara Casey shared her Sixth Annual Goal-Setting Series on her blog last week, and it's the perfect place to get started on cultivating your most intentional year yet! Grab a journal (we recommend the Make It Happen Journal from the shop!), and join Lara as she walks you through her Personal PowerSheets Prep Work for 2017!

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We are completely sold out of our 2017 PowerSheets, and we are looking into getting a small batch of Six-Month #PowerSheets for the second half of the year, but that doesn't mean you have to wait! Use Lara's Goal-Setting Series to dig in right now. There is nothing magical about January 1st (or June 1st for that matter!)

Do you need the PowerSheets and Make It Happen book to have an intentional year? No. You don’t need any thing to live this life well. They are great tools if you choose to use them, but if you only do this blog series, and use scrap paper to write your answers, that’s great too. Use what you have! If you are someone who has been stuck in indecision lately, or feeling fear about diving into new things, join us in making a mess and dig in!

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Part One: Let's Get Started!

Part Two: Cultivate What Matters

Part Three: Say Yes, Say No, Choose a Word

Part Four: Uncover Intentional Goals

Part Five: Make It Happen!

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Have you set your goals for the year? If so, leave them as a comment so we can cheer you on!

Still need more direction after Lara's Goal-Setting Series?

1. Grab a copy of Lara's bookMake it Happen.

2. Explore the rest of the Cultivate What Matters community site for resources and encouragement!

3. Join Lara and the rest of the Cultivate team in person for the Making Things Happen Conference in March.

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How to Get Started with PowerSheets

Watch our PowerSheets Prep Party replay from December 14! Inside, Lara, Nicole, and Emily chat about how to get started with PowerSheets and some of our best tips for prep work.

Buy the PowerSheets at Shop.CultivateWhatMatters.Com

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