Your PowerSheets Are Here. Now What?

Now that PowerSheets preorders have shipped (and a month ahead of schedule to boot!), we know many of you are transitioning from excitement (pictured above) to nervousness, wondering "what do I do now?"

One of our goals is to provide practical and encouraging tips on how to cultivate what matters in your own lives, so we've rounded up some of our favorite first steps to PowerSheets Prep Work! These might seem simple on the surface, but we've found that simple is often helpful!

Write your name in your Powersheets. Yes, this is important if you ever leave your PowerSheets somewhere, but there's actually a different reason we tell you do this right away. One of the most important steps in the PowerSheets process is to let go of perfection and get comfortable with making a mess. That means you have to start writing in your PowerSheets, and there's no better place to start than writing your name and date you started! Find that page, and start scribbling. No perfection required!

Find the stickers. One of the things that consistently makes me smile is learning how many of our PowerSheets friends didn't realize there were stickers in the back of each workbook. While I'm happy they had a fun surprise a few months into goal-setting, I want you to be using the stickers throughout the Prep Work and Monthly Goal Pages. So go on a little scavenger hunt, find those sticker pages, and put your favorite next to where you just wrote your name!

Join PowerSheets Facebook Group. Accountability is everything when it comes the PowerSheets process. Yes, PowerSheets are intentionally designed, but they are only as effective as you are in doing the work. If you're a Facebook user, find our PowerSheets Facebook group. Thousands of women are here offering encouragement and inspiration throughout their journey to cultivate what matters!

Learn from others. If I could sit down with each of you (over chips and guac, of course!) and walk you through the PowerSheets Prep Work, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Why? Because I know how overwhelming it can be to get started, and I LOVE seeing the moment everything starts to click in your eyes. Since that isn't feasible, I want to invite you into our PowerSheets process! We're by no means experts, but we love sharing what we're learning and how we make PowerSheets work for us. Lara's Goal-Setting Series on her blog walks you through her personal PowerSheets Prep, and the Cultivate team shares our PowerSheets Prep Party each month on the blog.

Be realistic, and set mile markers for yourself. Finishing all 40 pages of your PowerSheets Prep Work in one sitting is certainly possible, but it isn't necessary (and sometimes it isn't even feasible). Instead of waiting for the "perfect time" to dig in, make right now the perfect time. One of my favorite pieces of advice is to break the Prep Work into smaller pieces to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed. Start with completing three pages in one sitting. If you have time to do more, that's great. If not, that's great too. Just make a plan to come back to it, even if it's only a 30-minute break. I can promise you the little by little will add up!


Thanks for sharing, Maria!

Veteran PowerSheets users, it's your turn–hop in the comments and share what you wish you knew when you started your PowerSheets journey. We have so much to learn from one another!

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April 2017 Goals Round-Up

Happy April, friends! It's that time of the month where we share a monthly goals round-up!

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! Whether you're posting in our PowerSheets Facebook Group, leaving us a comment on social media, or using the #PowerSheets hashtag, we love seeing what you are working towards each month!

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

PS. If you haven't seen the news yet, Six-Month PowerSheets arrived early and they're shipping as we speak! Order a set today to start cultivating what matters!

Six-Month PowerSheets Goals Round Up

Thanks for sharing, Kasey!

One of my favorite part of these Goal Round-ups is hearing about your progress from the previous month! Rachel kept some of her goals the same, and she refreshed others depending on what March looked like!

Mary incorporated fun celebrations and events into her April Tending List, like enjoying Master's Weekend and celebrating her birthday! We love the idea of adding fun events as monthly goals!

The end of March means the end of the first quarter of 2017, and it's a great time to go back to your 2017 goals. Amanda shared her goals for the year, and it's great encouragement if you're in need of a refresh.

If you're feeling like you already want to give up on your goals, Megan's post is for you! Her honesty about making little by little progress is so encouraging to me!

Need help figuring out where to focus in April? Karyn's post challenges us to think about what worked well, what didn't work, and lessons you learned! If you're feeling stuck on your goals, start there.

You can tell Courtney uses her PowerSheets! She tears our her Tending List each month, folds it up, and makes sure she has it with her so she can track her progress. That's exactly why we added perforation to 2017 PowerSheets!

Lindsey's PowerSheets might be some of my favorite, because they have a few coffee stains on them (just like mine!) Further proof that your PowerSheets shouldn't be perfect; they should be used! Cheering you on, Lindsey!

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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PowerSheets Party – April 2017

Happy April, friends!

On the final Friday of each month, the team hops on Instagram stories to share our personal PowerSheets prep with each of you! Join us in sharing your prep work each month using the hashtag #PowerSheets on social media so our team can cheer you on and encourage you as you cultivate what matters. This month's PowerSheets Party is actually one of my favorites, which might surprise you since it didn't involve me at all! Our lovely Marketing Director, Amber, and Southern Weddings' Editor-In-Chief, Kristin Winchester, shared their April PowerSheets with you, and it's so fun to watch!

My favorite part? How Amber and Kristin both used their PowerSheets in completely different ways. Kristin's willingness to say, "watercolors just aren't my thing" and use something different was so refreshing to me personally, and I hope each of you felt the same way!

If you haven't finished your April PowerSheets Prep yet, that's okay! Take some time today to dig in! Even if you only fill in a few items on your to-do list, it's still better than a blank page!

Share your April goals in the comments below. We'd love to read about what you have planned for the month!

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March 2017 Goals Round-Up

Happy March, friends! It's that time of the month where we share a 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! Whether you're posting in our PowerSheets Facebook Group, leaving us a comment on social media, or using the #PowerSheets hashtag, we love seeing what you are working towards each month!

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 March goals!


Photo by Cultivate's lovely Art Director @NicoleAYang

Lara's March goals are full of color and inspiration, and she also offers some encouragement on how to combine similar goals on your Tending List.

If you're looking for an encouraging word to add to the top of your March PowerSheets, look no further than Rachel's PowerSheets! It's quite appropriate for a month where we celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Lynne's March PowerSheets recap is a great reminder that not only is it okay to step away from the routine of your everyday life each month to spend time working on your PowerSheets, it's an investment!

Erin offers a great recap of her February goals as well as her goals for March! One of our favorite things to see is how some of her goals are already turning into habits! Way to go, Erin!

If you've recently gone through a life transition, Brandi offers a lot of encouragement about how to use PowerSheets for basic needs and then shift towards some of your other goals!


Photo by Gina Zeidler

One of the reasons the Cultivate Team sets monthly PowerSheets Prep days is because we know how quickly the days can go by! We love how Rachel has set reminders on her calendar to fill out her PowerSheets each month!

Ashley's "small and simple" goals are perfect for her because they are connected to what matters most in this season! This is a great reminder that your Tending List doesn't need to be completely full each month!

We're excited to see that Harley is tackling a Social Media-Free Weekend on her March PowerSheets!

If you're a recovering striver, Janelle's March goals offer encouragement and practical tips for you!

Courtney reminds us all that daily goals are habits we want to cultivate, and she added a few new daily goals to her PowerSheets this month! While these goals might seem simple (a 10-minute a day Pilates challenge), we know that the little by little is where good things grow!

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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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."


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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